October 23, 2022, Room 31 NYC, 7:30 PM
Readings by: Joanna Acevedo, Tobias Carroll, JP Infante, Swati Khurana and Karen Levy
Music by: Shira
Shira is a NYC based Israeli-American folk singer-songwriter. Born in upstate NY to Israeli parents, Shira split her time growing up between Israel and the States. Shira calls her sound fairy-folk; infused with her sensational ukulele stylings, her music is reminiscent of powerhouse singer-songwriters like Joni Mitchell, Sara Bareilles and Brandi Carlile .
“Golden-voiced singer” –NYTimes
“Shira presents an authentic narrative of longing for places we call home, as we head toward new frontiers — a metaphor we can all relate to right now.” –Americana Highways.
Joanna Acevedo (she/they) is the Pushcart nominated author of the poetry collection The Pathophysiology of Longing (Black Centipede Press, 2020) and the short story collection Unsaid Things (Flexible Press, 2021). Her work has been seen across the web and in print, including or forthcoming in Hobart Pulp, Apogee, and The Rumpus. She is a Guest Editor at Frontier Poetry, Associate Poetry Editor at West Trade Review, and runs interviews for Fauxmoir and The Great Lakes Review. She received her MFA in Fiction from New York University in 2021 and is supported by Creatives Rebuild New York: Guaranteed Income For Artists.
Tobias Carroll is the author of four books, most recently the novel Ex-Members. He writes a monthly column about books in translation for Words Without Borders.
JP Infante is an educator, writer and Borough of Manhattan Community College alum. He is the winner of PEN’s Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize and Thirty West’s Chapbook contest. His writing has appeared in Kweli, The Poetry Project, Rigorous, A Gathering of the Tribes, and elsewhere. He has been awarded scholarships and fellowships from the NY State Writers Institute and PEN America. He holds an MFA from The New School.
Swati Khurana is a writer, artist, Tarot reader, and Flash Fiction editor at Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s The Margins. Her writing has been featured in The New York Times, Poets & Writers, Guernica, Apogee, The Offing; in the anthologies, Good Girls Marry Doctors (Aunt Lute) and Book of Curses (AALR) and has been a Notable Essay in Best American Essays. They are the recipient of fellowships from NYFA, Center for Fiction, Vermont Studio Center, Kundiman, and Center for Book Arts. Swati likes quiet train cars, loud dance floors, bhel puri, being chaotic on Instagram @tarotbooksradio, and knowing what other people like.
Karen Levy is a writer and storyteller whose work appears in the Caribbean Writer, Cleaver Magazine, Brilliant Flash Fiction, and various fiction anthologies. Her novel, The Story You Choose to Tell was shortlisted for the Virginia Prize and the Long Leaf Press First Novel Contest. She’s performed at many New York venues, including, KGB Bar, Parkside Lounge, Three of Cups, Cornelia Street Cafe, and now the Arlo Nomad.