An Edited Literary Reading Series

All The Feels


It hurts, doesn’t it?

On May 2nd, The Disagreement presents, “Don’t throw it all away because of your ’emotions’ …” Join us at Hi-Fi. We’ll start around 8.


James Capozzi is the author of Country Album (Parlor Press), which won the New Measure Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared recently in Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Posit Journal, and Ohio Edit. He lives in New Jersey.

Emma Horwitz lives and works in New York City.  Previous work in fiction has appeared in Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Joyland Magazine, Two Serious Ladies, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and elsewhere. She also writes for performance, and will begin her MFA in Playwriting at Brown University this fall.

Brady Huggett is a writer and journalist living in New York City.


We Turned Four…and Other News


On January 25, we celebrated our 4th anniversary. Each reading we’ve hosted since 2013 has been a blast in it’s own way, but the anniversary events are always an incredible pleasure. That’s because unlike our “normal” readings, where we pick what will be read, on our anniversaries, we invite back a handful of writers to surprise us with new work. And we’re always wowed by what they choose to read.

This year, Jen Levitt, Rebecca Bates, Kayla Rae Whitaker, Sarah Wang, and Paula Bomer gave us poetry, novel excerpts, and creative non-fiction, respectively. Though each writer approached the theme “If only we had known we were going to get played…” in their own way, the work they presented shared the kind of compassionate and deep reaching wit that reminds you why you read in the first place. Photos from the night below. (Top to bottom: Jen Levitt, Rebecca Bates, Kayla Rae Whitaker, Sarah Wang, and Paula Bomer).


The Other News Part: Our next reading is May 2nd and the theme is: “Don’t throw it all away because of your ’emotions’…”

We’re accepting submissions though April 15th.








Hold Your Head Up


We’re going to make it. Somehow.

Join us on January 25, same place, same time (HiFi at 8pm) as we bring back some our fav readers from our past lives (Jen Levitt, Sarah Wang, Paula Bomer and Rebecca Bates…) plus Kayla Rae Whitaker, who read for us in our disagreeable infancy, and whose debut novel, The Animators is out on January 31st!


Now for an update: We closed on our third year on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving with four great readers who helped us feel “Just lower than before…” which is to say fucking great.

From top to bottom: Stu Watson, Jen Levitt, Sarah Wang, and Ian MacAllen.





Updates, Belated and Otherwise


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.


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.


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 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


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.


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


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.


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.


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).




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 


Jackie Corley is the founder and publisher of Word Riot ( 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:

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


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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