JUNE 1, 7PM: Shelter Speaker Series

Join us on June 1st at 7pm for the Shelter Speaker Series!


ANNA DREZEN
is a comedian and writer for Saturday Night Live. She's the editor-at-large of Reductress and coauthor of the books How May We Hate You? and How To Win At Feminism. She performs regularly at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, The PIT, and Union Hall. www.annadrezen.com

SALLY WEN MAO
is a poet and educator, the author of Mad Honey Symposium (Alice James Books, 2014) and the forthcoming Oculus (Graywolf Press, 2019). Her poetry has appeared in The Pushcart Prize anthology, The Best American Poetry 2013, Poetry, Harvard Review Online, and A Public Space. Currently she is a fellow at the New York Public Library Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.

NICOLE R. FLEETWOOD
is Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She is the author of Troubling Vision: Performance, Visuality, and Blackness (University of Chicago Press 2011) and On Racial Icons: Blackness and the Public Imagination (Rutgers University Press, 2015). Her research has been supported by the Whiting Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, National Endowment for the Humanities, Schomburg Center for Black Culture/ NYPL, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She is the recipient of the 2012 Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize of the American Studies Association. Currently, she is in residence at the NYPL Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, completing a book manuscript on art and visual culture in the era of mass incarceration.


SHELTER is a speaker series bringing different ideas together under one roof.

MAY 16TH, 7PM: The Australian by Emma Smith-Stevens Book Launch

Join us at the store on May 16th at 7pm for the book launch of Emma Smith-Stevens' The Australian.

About the Book:


In her humorous and emotionally resonant debut, Emma Smith-Stevens follows the exploits and evolution of a young man—known only as the Australian—over the course of a dozen years, from his time in Melbourne, posing as Superman for tourist photos, to his life in New York, where he spends years unemployed before stumbling into fame and fortune.

Readers include:
Emma Smith-Stevens
Rachel Khong
Nick Flynn
Aaron Their

MAY 15th, 6PM: Accompaniments: Music & Poems



Emily Melander and Joseph Imhauser making music, Farnoosh Fathi, on poems, and Mary Di Lucia with Accompaniments, will be in the garden at Unnameable Books on May 15th from 6-8pm.

Come celebrate the day of Emily Dickinson's passing and the day before Mary's new book Accompaniments, is released by Red Hook Editions.

You can find links to their work here:

Emily Melander & Joseph Imhauser
https://soundcloud.com/gemtactics
Farnoosh Fathi:
http://www.farnoosh-fathi.com/poems-1/
Mary Di Lucia:
http://redhookeditions.com/portfolio/accompaniments/

And for the image, with gratitude:
Laura F. Gibellini
http://www.laurafgibellini.com/

May 13th, 7pm: The Moon Reading


join us at the store on saturday, may 13th at 7pm for the Moon Reading!

Peformances by:
sparrow, eve, violet snow, carol wierzbicki, david huberman, christine timm, jim feast,
austin alexis, francine witte, tsaurah litzky, david pemberton, robert gibbons, yuko otomo, steve dalachinsky,
brendaliz guerrero, jason r. gallagher, lehman welchselbaum, mike topp: TBA

Short Open

curated by eve packer

theme: 'the moon' : whoever, or whatever that means to you. reading from someone else then, our own stuff.

MAY 3rd, 7PM: IN BLOOM: A NIGHT OF POETRY/MUSIC/WEIRDO DRAG


Spring is Sprung and Brooklyn is in bloom!! Come experience the glow-up / bloom wave magic that is TRES FREEBORN (tres myers), LINGUA FRANCA (mariah parker), REXYLAFEMME (rex renee leonowitch). Music/tunes by TRES FREEBORN & LINGUA FRANCA, poetry/drag/weirdness by REXYLAFEMME. 

TRES FREEBORN is a songwriter, composer and conceptual artist. Gathering influence from conversations with future and past, Freeborn’s raw and passionate style of afro-future-grunge focuses on collective and relational liberation. Freeborn’s debut album, The Martyr Suite, will be released in Summer 2017.

LINGUA FRANCA is a linguist by day, lunatic lady rapper by night. Her music is a mix of literary wordplay, social commentary, personal confession drizzled over sulty boom-bap hip hop beats.
https://lingua-franca.bandcamp.com/releases
https://www.facebook.com/liiinguafranca/

REXYLAFEMME (rex renee leonowitch) is a trans/queer/non-binary femme artist/performer/poet from queens, nyc. their art and performance work is grounded in a politics of radical resistance, healing, and witness. rex's book of poems/illustrations, when there is no one & there is everyone, is forthcoming from magic helicopter press this summer. 
http://rexylafemme.tumblr.com/

APRIL 28th 7pm: Book Release Party for Snow Catcher by Ben Gantcher





Join us on Friday, April 28th at 7pm for the release party of Ben Gantcher's new book of poetry, Snow Catcher.



About the Author:

Ben Gantcher’s recently completed collection of poems, “Snow Farmer,” was a finalist in the 2014 Omnidawn Open book contest. His first chapbook, “Strings of Math and Custom,” was published in 2013 by Beard of Bees Press and is available online as a free PDF. “If a Lettuce,” his first manuscript of poems, was a finalist in the National Poetry Series and Bright Hill Press contests. His poems have appeared in many journals, including Tin House, Slate, Guernica, and The Brooklyn Rail. He was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, a resident at Ucross and Omi, a correspondent with the Hyde Park Review of Books and a poetry editor of the journal “failbetter.” He teaches math, Language Structures and an interdisciplinary writing and visual art course at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn, NY, where he lives with his wife and three children.

APRIL 29th 7pm: Black Sun Lit Spring 2017 Showcase





Black Sun Lit presents Ali Power, Chelsea Hogue, JD Larson, Tom Haviv & Virginia McLure at the bookstore on Saturday, April 29th at 7pm.







ALI POWER (BSL) is the author of the book-length poem A Poem for Record Keepers (Argos Books, 2016) and the co-editor of New York School Painters & Poets: Neon in Daylight (Rizzoli, 2014). Her poems have appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, LIT, the PEN Poetry Series, Stonecutter and elsewhere. Currently, she is pursuing a master’s degree in social work at New York University and co-curates the KGB Monday Night Poetry Reading Series.

CHELSEA HOGUE (BSL) currently lives and teaches in Western Massachusetts. Her writing has been published in The White Review, The Collagist, Quarterly West, Autre Mag and elsewhere.

JD LARSON (Vestiges_02) is a poet and translator living in Brooklyn. His translation of Nioque of the Early Spring by Francis Ponge is forthcoming from Red Dust in 2017, and recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Asymptote, The Brooklyn Rail, Gulf Coast, iO: A Journal of New American Poetry, The Volta, Lana Turner and elsewhere. He teaches in the German Department at NYU.

TOM HAVIV
(BSL) is a writer, artist and educator from New York City. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in BOMB, Fence, Conjunctions, Prelude, Sakura Review, The Sensation Feelings Journal and elsewhere. His first book, A Flag of No Nation, is forthcoming from The Operating System. He received his MFA from Brooklyn College and is a co-founder of the KAF Collective.

VIRGINIA MCLURE
(BSL) is a former Goldwater Fellow in Poetry within New York University’s MFA program, where she completed her thesis under Charles Simic. Her recent writing has appeared or is forthcoming in BOMB, [PANK], Nashville Review, Meridian, Cosmonauts Avenue and elsewhere.