An Edited Literary Reading Series

Updates, Belated and Otherwise

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It’s been awhile. We needed a rest. But we return to you renewed and refreshed and ready to present the disturbingly apt “Just lower than before …” on November 22.

We chose this theme almost a year ago. It sounded funny then. Now it just sounds sad.

At the Hi-Fi Bar. We’ll start around eight.

With:

Stu Watson is a writer, musician and teacher who lives in Brooklyn. His poems, essays, and stories have appeared in PANK, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, The Collapsar, Flapperhouse, and other publications. A founder and editor of Prelude, he teaches literature at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. 

Sarah Wang is a writer based in New York. In 2016 she won a Chicago Tribune Nelson Algren Literary Award runner-up prize. She has written for The Last Newspaper at the New Museum of Contemporary Art; semiotext(e)’s Animal Shelter; The Los Angeles Review of Books; Conjunctions; Story Magazine; and Stonecutter Journal, among other publications. 

Jen Levitt’s poems have appeared in Tin House, Sixth FinchCutBank, No, Dear and elsewhere. Her first collection is forthcoming in 2016 from Four Way Books.

Ian MacAllen is the Interviews Editor at The Rumpus and the founder of English Kills Review, a website focused on on books, authors, and New York City. His writing has appeared in The Rumpus, The Billfold, Electric Cereal, Thought Catalog and elsewhere. Ian received his M.A. in English from Rutgers University in 2012. He lives in Brooklyn and tweets from @IanMacAllen.

And while we’re here: we had some readings earlier this year. We took some pictures. Here they are.

 “Depending on how I grip it …” 

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From top to bottom: Julia Philips, Tobias Carroll, Dorian Rolston, Mark de Silva

“Here’s good news if you have to sleep on the floor …”

img_20160302_211508 img_20160302_203737 img_20160302_203331From top to bottom: Paula Bomer, Lynn Steger Strong, and Jill Capewell. Meredith Turits also read but somehow went inexplicably unphotographed. 

Barely Hanging On

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Ever feel like you’re not going to make it? That your life is slipping from your already tenuous grasp? Of course you have. Feeling like you’re losing it might be the only sane response to this modern age.

And on that note, The Disagreement presents “Depending on how I grip it …” on Monday, May 30, featuring four readings about losing one’s hold on reality, their bodies, the past, the present, and everything in-between.

At the Hi-Fi Bar. We’ll start around eight.

With:

Mark de Silva is the author of the debut novel Square Wave, which was released by Two Dollar Radio in February of 2016. He holds degrees in philosophy from Brown (AB) and Cambridge (PhD). After several years on the editorial staff of the New York Times’s opinion pages, he now freelances for the paper’s Sunday magazine, while also serving as a contributing editor for 3:AM Magazine.

Julia Phillips writes about Russia. Her fiction has appeared in The Rumpus, The Toast, and The Antioch Review, while her nonfiction has appeared in BuzzFeed, Jezebel and The Moscow Times. She is a Fulbright fellow in creative writing. Follow her @jkbphillips.

Hi, I’m Dorian Rolston. Nice to meet you too. So I’m…Like Gray, yeah, my parents are big fans, wild about Wilde! All the time. Always nice to hear, though. To think I was almost my dad’s namesake instead, a George, Jr., just like young G Doubya under examples of namesake in a sentence at Merriam-Webster.com. Really! It says: How much did President George Bush influence his son and namesake George W. Bush? Who knows. Possibly rhetorical. I think we think things are more patrilineal than they actually are. Well, my wife took my last name but she was never under the influence of my dad, if that makes sense.

Tobias Carroll is the managing editor of Vol.1 Brooklyn. He is the author of the collection Transitory, out on Civil Coping Mechanisms in August, and the novel Reel, out on Rare Bird in October.

 

 

Nobody Promised You a Bed

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And nobody promised you any hamburgers either. You weren’t promised much of anything, which is why you should be thankful for any crumbs you might get. However, we can promise you a fantastic night of readings next Wednesday, March 2, when The Disagreement presents, “Here’s good news if you have to sleep on the floor …” in the back room of The Hi-Fi Bar. We’ll start around 8.

With:

Jill Capewell is a writer and copy editor living in Brooklyn. Her writing has appeared on Joyland, Paper Darts, The Billfold and Nerve. She also co-curates and -hosts the long-running Pete’s Reading Series in Williamsburg.

Lynn Steger Strong‘s novel, HOLD STILL, will be published by Liveright/Norton in March 2016. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Meredith Turits works in editorial at The Foundry at Time Inc. and as fiction editor for The Brooklyn Quarterly, and is the former senior literary editor at Bustle. Her culture writing and fiction has appeared in Vanity Fair, ELLE, The Paris Review Daily, the New Republic, Hobart, Joyland, Five Quarterly, and more. She is currently at work on a novel. Find her in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn or at @meredithturits.

Paula Bomer is the author of Inside Madeleine, the novel Nine Months, and the collection, Baby and Other Stories. Her forthcoming book on Christina Stead’s The Man Who Loved Children is due out late 2016.

 

Hoverboards Have Wheels

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It’s like being told Santa Claus isn’t real.

It’s like being told Milli Vanilli couldn’t sing.

It’s like being told the Challenger exploded.

It’s like being told that Bill Cosby is a rapist.

It’s like being told 2020 is only four years away.

On January 13, The Disagreement presents our third anniversary reading, “It’s like being told you’re obsolete.” Join us and some of our favorite readers from 2015 at the back room of the The Hi-Fi Bar.  We’ll start around 8.

With:

Erin Swan is a writer of fiction and non-fiction whose work has been published in various journals, including Asia Literary Review, CALYX, and The Quarterlife Quarterly. She holds an MA in English Education from Teachers College at Columbia University and is currently completing an MFA in Fiction at the New School for Public Engagement. She has worked in publishing, taught English in South and Southeast Asia, and is now teaching literature and writing in a New York City public high school.

Elizabeth Clark Wessel is a founding editor of Argos Books & co-editor of Circumference: Poetry in Translation. She is the author of three chapbooksWhither Weather (GreenTower Press, 2012), Isn’t that You Waving at You (Big Lucks Books, forthcoming in 2015) and Amsterdam (Dancing Girl Press, forthcoming 2015). Her full-length collection Two Suns will be published by The Lit Pub in 2015. She lives in a farmhouse in Connecticut and translates Swedish novels for a living.

Ron Kolm is a member of the Unbearables, and an editor of several of their anthologies; most recently The Unbearables Big Book of Sex! Ron is a contributing editor of Sensitive Skin and the Editor of the Evergreen Review. He is the author ofThe Plastic Factory, Divine Comedy and, with Jim Feast, the novel Neo Phobe. His most recent collection of poems, Suburban Ambush, was published by Autonomedia last year. He’s had work in Hobo Camp ReviewHave A NYC 3. theToo Much anthology and the Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. Ron’s papers were purchased by the New York University library, where they’ve been catalogued in the Fales Collection as part of the Downtown Writers Group. Ron read from his new collection, Duke and Jill. 

Allie Werner lives in Brooklyn and works in the basement of a museum. Her work has appeared most recently in NANO Fiction, Corium, and Hobart.

Past and Future

Past-Present-Future-neon-sig-2.pngSkipping right past the present, let’s talk about the future. The Disagreement returns in 2016 with six readings. Join us on January 13th at The HiFi Bar for our 3rd Anniversary when we’ll bring back readers from each of the 2015 Disagreements to present their interpretation of the theme: “It’s like being told you’re obsolete…”

We’re open to submissions for the rest of the year, and you can find all of our upcoming themes and dates here.

Now the past. We’ve been slow on the updates, but July and November we’re fantastic readings. On November 3rd, Barbara Rosenthal, Kevin Dugan, Jay Deshpande, and Erin Swan (pictured, respectively below) gave us fiction and poetry on our favorite topic: failure. The theme was “The low bar is harder to learn,” and we heard it all — the way our bodies fail us, and we them, the cracks in parent-child bonds, how we’re just not measuring up, at all.

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No matter what we do, the past continues. Back on July 20th, “The bank closed, so they moved on” (with Lynn Strong, Jackie Corley, Elizabeth Clark Wessel, and Ben Purkert).

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Debts, collectively

maxresdefaultIn the 1986 American comedy film The Money Pit, young lovers Shelley Long and Tom Hanks buy a million dollar mansion in distress, soon falling into distress themselves. Metaphorically, isn’t this kind of like what we all do, everyday? Nothing we have is permanent, and everything we throw money at just breaks again eventually. Collectively, aren’t we just the sum of our debts – personal, societal, emotional, financial?  How many holes are in your floor? 

Join The Disagreement on Monday, July 20th for “The bank closed, so they moved on.”

At HiFi (169 Ave A), 8pm 

FEATURING:

Jackie Corley is the founder and publisher of Word Riot (http://www.wordriot.org). Her work has appeared in Redivider, Fourteen Hills, 3AM Magazine, Vol. 1 Brooklyn and in various print anthologies. A short story collection, The Suburban Swindle, was published in 2008 by the now-defunct So New Press.

A former New York Times Fellow at NYU, Ben Purkert has published poems in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Agni, Kenyon Review, Boston Review, Fence and elsewhere. He currently teaches creative writing at Rutgers and is working on his first novel. He’s also the founder of CityShelf, an initiative to support indie bookstores. More at: benpurkert.com.

Elizabeth Clark Wessel is a founding editor of Argos Books & co-editor of Circumference: Poetry in Translation. She is the author of three chapbooks Whither Weather (GreenTower Press, 2012), Isn’t that You Waving at You (Big Lucks Books, forthcoming in 2015) and Amsterdam (Dancing Girl Press, forthcoming 2015). Her full-length collection Two Suns will be published by The Lit Pub in 2015. She lives in a farmhouse in Connecticut and translates Swedish novels for a living.

Lynn Steger Strong‘s novel, HOLD STILL, will be published by Liveright/Norton in March 2016. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Best Yet

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On May 12, The Disagreement got dirty.

We were emotionally unavailable. Unshowered. Foul-Mouthed. Not Hygienic.

Thanks to our readers, pictured below: Ron Kolm, Karen Heuler, Nichole LeFebvre, Arden Levine, and Frank Weisberg

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If Cleanliness Is Next to Godliness …

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Creepy Crawly Slimy Greasy Grimy Slippery Slick Wet Moist Damp Sticky Musky Stinky Smelly Putrid Rank Reeking Glistening Sopping Soaked Soggy Doused Soused Drenched Oily Funky Gooey Viscous Icky Gloppy Oozing Tacky Gummy Dirty Filthy Squalid Sullied Foul Nasty Grungy Raw Grubby Stained Vile Musty Moldy Stale Dank Smeared Infected Spoiled Rotten Festering Fetid

On May 12, The Disagreement presents “Better yet, did you need to wash it today?” Four writers and one poet will read work dealing with varieties of uncleanliness. Be sure to shower before you come.

At The Hi-Fi Bar. In the back room. We’ll start around 8.

With:

Frank Weisberg is 29 years old and from Orange County, New York. He holds degrees in Literature and History from SUNY Purchase College and an MFA in Writing from the California College of Arts in San Francisco. His work has appeared in Phoebe and Sparkle + Blink. If you like his story, please do drop him a line: frankweisberg@yahoo.com

Karen Heuler’s stories appear in literary, fantasy, and science fiction magazines regularly and have won various awards, including an O. Henry. Her 2014 novel, Glorious Plague, was about a strangely beautiful apocalypse, and her second story collection, The Inner City, was chosen as one of the best books of 2013 by Publishers Weekly.

Ron Kolm is a member of the Unbearables, and an editor of several of their anthologies; most recently The Unbearables Big Book of Sex! Ron is a contributing editor of Sensitive Skin and the Editor of the Evergreen Review. He is the author of The Plastic Factory, Divine Comedy and, with Jim Feast, the novel Neo Phobe. His most recent collection of poems, Suburban Ambush, was published by Autonomedia last year. He’s had work in Hobo Camp ReviewHave A NYC 3. the Too Much anthology and the Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. Ron’s papers were purchased by the New York University library, where they’ve been catalogued in the Fales Collection as part of the Downtown Writers Group.

Arden Levine lives in Brooklyn, New York and is a reader for Epiphany.  In 2015, her work has appeared or will appear in AGNI Online, Rattle, Bodega Magazine, Emotive Fruition, and the New York City Poetry Festival.  She holds an MPA from New York University and consults to nonprofit organizations.

Nichole LeFebvre won The L Magazine’s Literary Upstart competition and was published in their 2013 Summer Fiction Issue. Her writing has also appeared in Gigantic Sequins, Necessary Fiction, and Bustle.com, and she was runner-up in Columbia’s 2015 nonfiction contest.

The Best Place to Cry is the Bathroom

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On March 24th, The Disagreement celebrated its (belated) 2nd anniversary with “What Business Do You Have To Cry Here?”, filling the back room at HiFi and reveling late into the night. We hosted some of our favorite readers from 2014, reading poetry and prose that stared loneliness, fear, rejection, and unpleasant bodily sensations in the face.

Usually, The Disagreement participates in the process of choosing the work that will be read, but for our anniversaries, we like to be surprised. Thanks to Brittany Goss, Tobias Carroll, Miles Klee, Mary Krienke, and Lizzie Harris (all pictured below, respectively).

As far as we know, no one actually cried during the reading. They had no business to do so.

We’ll be back in May with “Better Yet, Did You Need To Wash It Today?”

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Bawlin’

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It’s my party, and I’ll cry if I want to
Cry if I want to, cry if I want to
You would cry too if it happened to you

On March 24, The Disagreement presents five of our favorite readers from 2014, reading selections of their own choosing on the perennial theme of: “What business do you have to cry here?”

It’s our second anniversary. No crybabies.

At the Hi-Fi Bar, 169 Avenue A. We’ll start at 8.

With:

Lizzie Harris  first collection is Stop Wanting (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2014). She’s a poetry editor for Bodega Magazine.

Tobias Carroll lives and writes in Brooklyn, New York, where he is the managing editor of Vol.1 Brooklyn. His writing has been published by Tin House, Underwater New York, The Paris Review Daily, Midnight Breakfast, and Joyland. His collection Transitory will be released by Civil Coping Mechanisms in 2016.

Mary Krienke grew up in the Midwest and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. She received her MFA from Columbia University’s Fiction Program and has been previously published by Midwestern Gothic, Joyland, The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, The Best American Poetry Blog, and Underground Voices, with work forthcoming in Palooka. An associate literary agent at Sterling Lord Literistic, she represents literary fiction and creative nonfiction and is especially drawn to writing that explores the intersection of the body and the mind, the personal and the societal, the cosmological and the spiritual. She is currently writing her first novel.

Miles Klee is a reporter for the Daily Dot and author of the novel Ivyland, a finalist in the 2013 Tournament of Books. He contributes to Vanity Fair and Lapham’s Quarterly, while his short fiction has appeared in 3:AM, Unstuck, The White Review, Birkensnake, The Collagist, and Pinball.

Brittany Goss has writing published or forthcoming in Confrontation, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Joyland Magazine, The Writing Disorder, Bellingham Review, and Grasslimb Journal. She holds an MFA from Colorado State University and has received support from the Vermont Studio Center. She is currently at work on a collection of short stories.