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Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street, between Rivington and Delancey

Nearby Subway Stops:
F to 2nd Avenue
J Z to Bowery
6 to Spring
M to Essex
B D to Grand

Fall Season 2019

All readings occur in the Lounge at Dixon Place at 7:30 PM. They are free and open to the public.

The Dixon Place Lounge is open before, during and after the show. Bar proceeds directly support DP’s artists and mission.

In celebration of debut authors

Wednesday, September 25

Julia Phillips is the debut author of the nationally bestselling novel Disappearing Earth, which is being published in eleven countries and has been named one of the best books of 2019 by Vanity FairUSA Today, and Entertainment Weekly. A Fulbright fellow, she has written for The Atlantic, The New York Times, and The Paris Review. She lives in Brooklyn.

James Charlesworth’s writing has appeared in Natural Bridge and was awarded finalist status in Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers. He is also the recipient of a Martin Dibner Fellowship from the Maine Community Foundation. Originally from Pennsylvania, James attended Penn State University and Emerson College in Boston, where he currently lives. The Patricide of George Benjamin Hill is his first novel.

Brian Birnbaum grew up twenty minutes west of Camden Yards in Baltimore, where at four years old he cried because the Yankees were losing. An MFA graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, his work has been published or is forthcoming in The Smart Set, The Collagist, Atticus Review, SLAM Magazine, Political Animal, and more, and he is a finalist for Bayou Magazine's Knudsen Fiction Contest. Brian is a Child of Deaf Adults (CODA) and works in development for the family sign language interpreting business. He lives in Harlem with the writer MK Rainey's dog. Emerald City, is his first novel.

In celebration of debut authors

Wednesday, October, 30

Born in Los Angeles, Sara Faring is a multi-lingual Argentine-American fascinated by literary puzzles. After working in investment banking at J.P. Morgan, she worked at Penguin Random House. She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in International Studies and from the Wharton School in Business. She currently resides in New York City. The Tenth Girl is her debut novel.

Kris Waldherr’s debut novel The Lost History of Dreams received a Kirkus-starred review and was praised by Booklist as “an unexpected delight.” Her fiction has won fellowships from the Virginia Center of the Creative Arts and a works-in-progress reading grant from Poets & Writers. Her illustrated books for adults and children include Bad PrincessThe Book of Goddesses, and Doomed Queens, which The New Yorker called “utterly satisfying.” She lives and works in Brooklyn. 

Christie Grotheim is a New York-based writer whose personal essays and creative non-fiction have been featured on Salon.com, The New York Observer, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, Ducts.org, Smithmag.org, and The Reset.com. The Year Marjorie Moore Learned to Live is her debut novel.

In celebration of debut authors

Friday, November 22

William Dameron is an award winning blogger, memoirist, essayist and the author of The LIE, A Memoir of Two Marriages, Catfishing & Coming Out. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Salon, The Huffington Post, and in the book, Fashionably Late: Gay, Bi and Trans Men Who Came Out Later in Life. He is an IT Director for a global economic consulting firm, where he educates users on the perils of social engineering in cybersecurity. William, his husband, and blended family of five children split their time between Boston and the coast of southern Maine.

Neda Toloui-Semnani is a journalist and writer whose work has appeared in various online and print publications, including the Washington Post, New York, LA Review of Books, The Baffler, The Week, BuzzFeed, and Roll Call among others. Her work has also been featured in The Rumpus and This American Life. She holds a Masters of Science in Gender and Social Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Masters in Fine Arts in Nonfiction from Goucher College. In 2017, she was named a NYFA fellow in Nonfiction. They Said They Wanted a Revolution: A Memoir of My Parents is forthcoming from Little A.

Marco Rafalà is a first-generation Sicilian American novelist, musician, and writer for award-winning tabletop role-playing games. He earned his MFA in Fiction from The New School and is a cocurator of the Guerrilla Lit Reading Series in New York City. Born in Middletown, Connecticut, he now lives in Brooklyn, New York. How Fires End is his debut novel.



The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series logo was designed by Gjoko Muratovski.


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