NOVEMBER: Brown, Fitzpatrick, Jones

Wednesday, November 19 will feature the lovely:


Unnameable Books / 7 pm / free


JERICHO BROWN worked as speechwriter for the Mayor of New Orleans before receiving his Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston. He also holds an M.F.A. from the University of New Orleans and a B.A. from Dillard University, and he has served as poetry editor at Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. His poems have appeared in Callaloo, The Iowa Review, jubilat, New England Review, and Prairie Schooner. The recipient of a Cave Canem Fellowship, two scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, and two travel fellowships to the Krakow Poetry Seminar in Poland, Brown is currently an Assistant Professor of English at the University of San Diego where he teaches creative writing. Western Michigan University's New Issues Poetry & Prose published his first book, Please.

CORRINE FITZPATRICK is the author of Zamboangueña (sona books, 2007) and On Melody Dispatch (Goodbye Better, 2007). She is currently working on Minor Crimes and Casualties. Corrine is in the MFA program at Bard College and is Program Coordinator for the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church, where she curated the Friday Late Night Series from 2006-2008. Recent work is out or soon to be out in Denver Quarterly and Tight.

TENNESSEE JONES is an excommunicated Appalachian living in Brooklyn. He is the author of the Lambda Literary Award nominated short story collection Deliver Me From Nowhere. He is currently knee-deep in his first novel and a second collection of short stories. He is a 2008 Javitz Fellow and an obsessive gardener. The flask in his back pocket reads "Hungry Heart."


Down one flight of stairs at 456 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY.


OCTOBER : Brolaski, Carnahan, Hall

Join us Wednesday, October 15 for the next queer installment



Unnameable Books / 7pm / free


JULIAN T. BROLASKI co-curated the the New Brutalism series in Oakland from 2003-2005 (with Cynthia Sailers) and the Holloway Poetry Series at UC Berkeley from 2004-2006. Brolaski is the author of the chapbooks Hellish Death Monsters (Spooky Press 2001), Letters to Hank Williams (True West Press 2003), The Daily Usonian (Atticus/Finch 2004), Madame Bovary's Diary (Cy Press 2005) and the defunct blog Swimming for Dummies (under the name Tanya Brolaski). Xe is a poetry editor at Litmus Press in Brooklyn and is writing es dissertation on rhyme in medieval, Renaissance and Apache poetries.

Brooklyn resident KERRY CARNAHAN has co-authored and edited a number of publications, including the New York City High Performance Infrastructure Guidelines, Cool and Green Roofs, and Sustainable Urban Sites (forthcoming).

JAMES ALLEN HALL is the author of Now You're the Enemy, which was selected for the 2008 University of Arkansas Poetry Series and was a finalist for the Walt Whitman Award. His poems and personal essays have appeared in TriQuarterly, Boston Review, Redivider, American Letters and Commentary, and others. He is working on a memoir (tentatively titled I Liked You Better Before I Knew You So Well) and a second book of poems. He teaches creative writing at SUNY--Potsdam.


down one flight of stairs at Unnameable Books, 456 Bergen Street, Brooklyn.


September 17: Colic + Gardinier + Liu

Bring your queer ears forth to hear September's Uncalled-For poets:


Wednesday September 17 / 7 pm /free

DANICA COLIC lives in Brooklyn and teaches writing at Hunter College, where she also received her MFA. Her poems have appeared in Terrain, Realpoetik, Arts & Letters, and Pebble Lake Review.

SUZANNE GARDINIER is the author of The New World, A World That Will Hold All the People, and Today: 101 Ghazals. Next year Sheep Meadow will publish another of her long poems, called Dialogue with the Archipelago. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Manhattan.

TIMOTHY LIU has two new books forthcoming, Bending the Mind around the Dream's Blown Fuse (Talisman House) and Polytheogamy (Saturnalia Books). He lives in Manhattan.


as usual, we'll be downstairs at Unnameable Books, 456 Bergen St. Brooklyn NY.


August 13 = Jack Lynch + Laura Newbern + Miller Oberman

Climb down into the cellar of Unnameable Books
for another summer Wednesday reading
to hear the poems of your friends or strangers


Wednesday August 13 / 7pm / free


JACK LYNCH received his BFA from the New School and he holds an MFA from Hunter College. His poetry has appeared in Ology, POZ Magazine, various on-line literary journals, as well as the forthcoming issue of The Paterson Literary Review. Jack’s short story “Cocktails With Jennifer” can be found in the anthology Diva Complex, which will be published by University of Wisconsin Press in 2009. He lives in New York City.

LAURA NEWBERN's poems have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere, and are anthologized in Urban Nature and Best New Poets 2007. Her manuscript Love and the Eye has been a finalist for several first-book awards. She teaches at Georgia College and is the Poetry Editor of Arts & Letters.

MILLER OBERMAN was the 2005 recipient of Poetry Magazine's Ruth Lilly Fellowship and has recently had poems in Bloom Magazine, the minnesota review, and Lilith.


Readings are held down one flight of stairs in the basement of Unnameable Books, at 456 Bergen Street (between Flatbush Ave. & 5th Ave.) in Brooklyn, NY, one half block from the 2/3 at Bergen, or a short walk from 4/5/B/D/N/Q/R at Atlantic/Pacific.


Uncalled-For in July: Funaro + Legaspi + Sanyal

Bring friends, bring wine, bring yourselves...
down to the lower depths of Unnameable Books again
to hear friends or strangers


Wednesday July 16 2008/ 7:00 pm /free


MAYA FUNARO completed her MFA in poetry at Hunter College this spring. She works in the field of entertainment and copyright law, and has studied printmaking, bookbinding and letterpress printing in Providence, Bologna and New York. She's from New Jersey and lives in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

JOSEPH O. LEGASPI is the author of Imago (CavanKerry Press). Born in the Philippines, he was raised there and in Los Angeles where he immigrated with his family when he was twelve. Currently, he lives in Manhattan and works at Columbia University. A graduate of New York University’s Creative Writing Program, recent works appear in Callaloo, North American Review, Poets & Writers, New York Theater Review, Crab Orchard Review, Gay & Lesbian Review and the anthology Language for a New Century (W.W. Norton). A recipient of a poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, he co-founded Kundiman (www.kundiman.org), a non-profit organization serving Asian American poets. Visit him at www.josepholegaspi.com.

Sometimes, in the wee hours of the night, RONICA SANYAL writes her novel in hospital back rooms teeming with bacteria. The colonization and domination properties of the roiling bacteria remind her of war and how we may all one day succumb to the inevitable biological battleground. Are hospital-based infection deaths better than death by terrorists? She asks you to reconsider your allegiance to the War on Terror fight because this type of completely imaginary, explosive death (in these days of prolonged, science-filled, terrible life) would most likely be a kinder one. Ronica is one of the founders of the writing group, Agent 409.


Readings are held down one flight of stairs in the basement of Unnameable Books, at 456 Bergen Street (between Flatbush Ave. & 5th Ave.) in Brooklyn, NY, one half block from the 2/3 at Bergen, or a short walk from 4/5/B/D/N/Q/R at Atlantic/Pacific.

THAT was Uncalled-For.

Thanks to the readers and listeners who came out in the rain to make last night's series launch so excellent!


Uncalled-For Reading Series, First Reading!

at Unnameable Books

Wednesday June 18 2008 / 7:00 pm / free


Tamiko Beyer
Ana Božičević
Tisa Bryant
Daniel Lin


TAMIKO BEYER'S work has appeared numerous journals including Calyx, Crab Orchard Review, Gay and Lesbian Review, The Progressive, and the anthology Cheers to Muses: Contemporary Work by Asian American Women. She is a Kundiman Fellow and a member of Agent 409, a multi-racial, queer writing group based in New York City. Through the NY Writers Coalition, she leads writing workshops for homeless LGBTQ youth, and she works as a freelance writer. She will be pursing an M.F.A. at the Writing Program at Washington University in St. Louis, beginning in the fall.

ANA BOZICEVIC emigrated to NYC from Croatia in 1997. She's the author of chapbooks Document (Octopus Books, 2007) and Morning News (Kitchen Press, 2006). Fresh poems are forthcoming in the Denver Quarterly, Hotel Amerika, absent, typo, and elsewhere. Ana co-edits RealPoetik with Caroline Conway.

Poet, writer and radical cineaste TISA BRYANT makes work that often traverses the boundaries of genre, culture and history. Her first book, Unexplained Presence (Leon Works, 2007), is a collection of hybrid essays that remix master narratives in film, literature and visual arts to zoom in on the black presences operating within them. She teaches writing at St. John’s University, Queens, lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and is a founding editor/publisher of the hardcover annual, The Encyclopedia Project.

DANIEL LIN has published poems in Chelsea, Verse, Washington Square, Agni and Indiana Review, as well as a chapbook, Tinder, with Nightboat Books. He was a Tennessee Williams Scholar at Sewanee Writers Conference and a NY Times fellow in NYU's graduate writing program. He is currently working on a campus novel.


Unnameable Books can be found at 456 Bergen Street (between Flatbush Ave. & 5th Ave.) in Brooklyn, NY, one half block from the 2/3 at Bergen, or a short walk from 4/5/B/D/N/Q/R at Atlantic/Pacific.

Readings are held down one flight of stairs in the basement.