A.M. Homes, Amy Hempel & Hannah Tinti @ the Stone

Next Tuesday, February 22nd @ 8 pm, OS author A.M. Homes, Issue 139: “Omega Point or Happy Birthday Baby” will be teaming up with OS editor-in-chief Hannah Tinti, and Amy Hempel for a reading and a special *musical* performance at the Stone in NYC. Admission is $10 and goes to benefit One Story, a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

Born in Washington, D.C., Homes’s work strikes a narrative which both challenges current conventions and brings American prejudice into light. In this vein she does not seek sentimentality but rather digs deeper into more unsettling territory. Homes’s latest book, a memoir titled The Mistress’s Daughter, came out with Viking Books in 2007. Tinti’s work has been described as, “richly imagined, gothically spooky, and replete with the ingenious storytelling ability of a born novelist.” Her novel The Good Thief was released in 2008. A master of the short story, Amy Hempel’s writing has been most notably described as “minimalist,” with some of her pieces even straddling the line between prose and the prose poem. A collected works of her stories was released by Scribner Books in 2007.

The reading starts at 8pm at the Stone on the corner of Ave. C and 2nd St. in the Lower East Side. The musical performance will likely feature a melodica, a ukelele, and some (literary) singing. Not to be missed!

OS Staffers Unite!

All should know that One Story will be having a staff reading next Friday, February 18th at the Old American Can Factory in Brooklyn, NY. Bring your friends, bring their friends, bring everybody you know!
We have quite a lineup for you:
Adina Talve-Goodman
Caitlin Jackson
Christopher Gregory
Conor Messinger
Jaclyn Alexander
Jesse Hassenger
Julie Innis
Karen Seligman
Hannah Tinti
Marie-Helene Bertino
Michael Canterino
Michael Jackson Pollock
Pei-Ling Lue
Sarah Batkie
Tanya Rey
This will be a monumentous reading, it will defy all expectations! On another note there shall be drink and general merriment. You should not miss it for the world! The Can Factory is at 232 Third Street corner of Third Avenue (Enter on 3rd Street at the door under the glowing 232 sign). The event begins at 7pm in the Munchroom on the 1st Floor. Be there or be square!
Much Love,
~One Story

Jim Hanas & Darin Strauss at Le Poisson Rouge February 13th

Daris Strauss

OS authors Jim Hanas, issue #8 “The Cryerer,” will read alongside fellow OS author Darin Strauss, issue #15 “Smoking Inside,” at (Le) Poisson Rouge February, 13th. Both writers had new books out last year, Hanas with Why They Cried, and Strauss with Half a Life. The reading is part of the InDigest Reading Series which asks authors to read their work while referencing another piece of writing which they found influential. In addition, (Le) Poisson Rouge has continually been a fantastic venue for artistic exploration and the like. So come out and support your these talented authors!

AWP Panels & Events You Must See

This year’s AWP Conference will be held in our Nation’s Capital. One Story will be at the book fair again this year, supporting our fantastic writers. As usual the conference offers an incredible amount of writers, discussions and panels. Here are just a couple panels which stuck out to me:

Beyond Print: Digital Directions in Literary Publishing. (H. Emerson Blake, Michael Archer, Jeffrey Thomson, Ram Devineni, Steven Lagerfeld) Digital media is often presented as a challenge for literary magazines and journals—an obstacle to be overcome. But digital media also presents dynamic opportunities for the world of good writing. This panel features the editors of five print, digital, or online-only publications—Guernica, Orion, From the Fishouse, Wilson Quarterly, and Rattapallax—that are using digital media to find new methods of expressing their missions and new ways of connecting with their audiences.

Filling the Void: Growing & Sustaining Literary Communities. (Jill Pollack, Christopher Castellani, Alix Wilber, Kyle Semmel) What is the beating heart of a city’s literary community? Writing centers across the country are doing more than filling a void: they are building vital links and opportunities to serve writers at all stages of their careers. Panelists from some of the largest centers in the country will share the successes and challenges of helping writers to study the craft, creating training grounds for MFA graduates to teach, developing reading audiences, and participating fully in a city’s cultural life.

Double Duty: Writers Who Work in the Publishing Industry. (Parneshia Jones, Randall Horton, Toni Margarita Plummer, Dan Bernitt) Join four accomplished writers who happen to be successful publishing professionals from the commercial, independent, and university press backgrounds. They will discuss the pros and cons of being on both sides of the literary coin, as well as how they have learned to make wiser decisions about their own writing careers while being responsible for publishing award-winning writers from all over the world. Get the inside writer’s view of the publishing industry.

Building the Literary Robot: The Lit Journal as New Media. (James Engelhardt, Scott Lindenbaum, Jurgen Fauth, Zach Dodson, Zachary Schomburg, Travis Kurowski) Lit has gone viral, adapted to fit Twitter feeds, iPhone apps, and social networks, and fashioned into flash animation for posting on YouTube. How do literary journals step into these new, far-reaching modes of publishing? What role will e-literature have in contemporary publishing and the teaching of creative writing? What will this mean to the traditional short story, poem, and essay? Writers and editors of online and print literary journals tell how they’ve explored new e-lit territory.

And for those of you who got stiffed on getting into Junot Diaz’s reading at NYU back in November (myself included) there is redemption ahead–the Pulitzer Prize-winning author will be reading at the conference, as will Jhumpa Lahiri, Mary Gaitskill, and others… See you there! Don’t forget to stop by the One Story booth and say hello.

Support The Austin Batcave!


Headed by executive director Manuel Gonzales, OS author of issue #66, “Pilot, Co-Pilot, Writer“, The Austin Batcave runs workshops and tutoring for kids in Austin Public Schools. This entirely non-profit and underfunded project provides an indispensable opportunity for these young writers. In addition, it relies on a strong network of volunteers dedicated to giving these kids the support they deserve. The Batcave is totally free for the kids, their parents, and their teachers.

“We introduce students to writing and music and art; we help them understand that writing doesn’t have to be a chore, that it can be an opportunity for them to discover their voices, tell their stories; we teach them the fundamentals of writing through creative workshops they actually enjoy and want to attend again and again”

–Manuel Gonzales

Support this vital organization and young writers in Austin! Even a small donation will go a long way to keeping The Batcave growing.

Louis Auchincloss Prize: Pete Hamill

In recognition of Louis Auchincloss’ literary legacy and his passing this January, the Museum of the City of New York is awarding Pete Hamill the Auchincloss Prize. Hamill’s work shows not only a strong connection to New York, but a wide array of mediums, styles and content. The event will take place Monday, November 15 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Now here’s the kicker! Mention One Story and get a five dollar discount! Space is limited so RSVP to programs@mcny.org ASAP. Hope to see you there for this unique event!

Symphony Space Annual Writing Contest 2011

Submit to The 2011 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize with guest judge Jennifer Egan! The winning submission will be read as part of the Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space on June 8, 2011. The theme for the contest is “Restaurants & Bars” and submissions must be kept under 750 words. The story will also be recorded for possible later broadcast as part of the public radio series. The winner will receive $1000; deadline is March 1, 2011. Check out Symphony Space for more details on this great opportunity!

Wake of Forgiveness reviewed in The NY Times

Bruce Machart, OS author of issue #34 “What You’re Walking Around Without,” received praise for his debut novel, The Wake of Forgiveness in the New York Times Sunday Book Review. Machart, who read from Forgiveness at One Story‘s reading at Powerhouse Arena last Thursday, weaves together a gothic tale of tragedy, deceit and beauty. The story follows the life of a Czech farming family in Texas and the twisted world which has been carved out for them. The book begins with the mother’s death in childbirth. Afterward her husband, Vaclav Skala, symbolically burns their bed. He “reached in and pulled out the feathers, one bloody handful after another, and fed them to the fire, which spat and sizzled before blazing into yellow flames and thick white billows of smoke.” Machart’s stark, blunt language carries the mystery and tragedy of the American Southwest, yet remains grounded in its humanity.  Bruce has crafted a raw and captivating debut novel. Check out the latest Book Review!

Ben Stroud’s Imaginative “The Moor”

Ben Stroud, author of “Eraser,” Issue 119, has a new story out in the Boston Review. “The Moor” addresses issues of assumption, identity, and bias, through a truly imaginative work of historical fiction. Set in the mid to late 19th century, “The Moor” follows the tragic, beautiful and, at times, ludicrous life of detective Jackson Hieronymus Burke. Stroud creates a piece which uplifts the mystery that is history. History and fiction can seem quite close at times and Stroud investigates this line astutely. Check out the latest Boston Review!