Digging Through Reading Series

Digging Through is a reading series curated and hosted by Gessy Alvarez. It takes place on the second Tuesday of the month in The Red Room at KGB Bar. We aim to entertain and celebrate cultural omnivores by showcasing a diverse mix of writers, poets, and local musicians.

Postponed Event

Date to be determined
Nawaaz Ahmed is a transplant from Tamil Nadu, India. In a previous life, he was a computer scientist, researching search algorithms for Yahoo. Quitting his job, he got an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he won several Hopwood awards. He’s been invited to Macdowell, Yaddo, Djerassi, and VCCA residencies, and was a Breadloaf waiter. He’s also a Kundiman and Lambda Literary Fellow. His first novel Sings Like A Bird will be published in 2021 by Counterpoint Press. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Swati Khurana is a New York City-based writer, artist, and Tarot reader. she has received fellowships from Kundiman, New York Foundation for the Arts, Center for Fiction, Jerome Foundation, and Vermont Studio Center‘s Grace Paley Fiction Award. She is working on a podcast, editing a flash fiction series for Asian American Writers Workshop and co-curating “Writing prompt: Travel Advisories” with Rosamond King—follow her on IG@tarotbooksradio.

Born stateless in Seoul and raised on four continents, Grace Jahng Lee’s writing has been supported by VONA, Kundiman, Yaddo, Bread Loaf, the Brooklyn Arts Council, and the Jerome Foundation. Her work has appeared in Bustle and the Asian American Literary Review, and has been featured in exhibitions at SOMArts, Hegyvidek Gallery, the i-Hotel Manilatown Gallery, and the NYFA Gallery, among others. She attended the Simon Bolivar Conservatory of Music in Caracas and holds a B.A. in anthropology from Smith College and graduate degrees in Latin American Studies and public health from UCLA. She is working on a novel and an essay collection.

Dolan Morgan is a writer and illustrator and lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. He is the author of two books: That’s When the Knives Come Down (A|P, 2014) and INSIGNIFICANA (CCM, 2016). Publishers Weekly describes his work as “stories that are as bizarre as they are brilliant.” His writing has appeared in The Believer, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, and Selected Shorts.

Michelle Peñaloza is the author of Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire, winner of the 2018 Hillary Gravendyk National Poetry Prize (Inlandia Books, 2019). She is also the author of two chapbooks, landscape/heartbreak (Two Sylvias, 2015), and Last Night I Dreamt of Volcanoes (Organic Weapon Arts, 2015). The recipient of fellowships and awards from the University of Oregon, Kundiman, Hugo House and The Key West Literary Seminar, Michelle has also received support from Caldera, 4Culture, Literary Arts, VONA/Voices, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, among others. The proud daughter of Filipino immigrants, Michelle was born in the suburbs of Detroit, MI and raised in Nashville, TN. She now lives in rural Northern California.

With musical guest:

Isaac DaBom is a musician, singer, and producer. In his live shows, he is a one-man-band – incorporating singing, guitar playing, beatboxing and live looping to create multi-layered musical arrangements. Originally from Tel Aviv, Israel, Isaac has toured Europe with his award-winning hip hop opera “The City”, and has produced albums and hit singles for artists in Israel.




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