A Reading to Benefit the Victims of Hurricane Sandy

Thursday December 6, 2012
07:00 pm

Tags: Event



The Center for Fiction was lucky enough to escape Hurricane Sandy without any damage, but we teamed up with members of the literary community to give back to those less fortunate. We worked with the author Leora Skolkin-Smith to put together a reading of some of your favorite authors.  All proceeds went to Restore Red Hook. Readers included: Helen Benedict, George Blecher, Wesley Brown, Beverly Gologorsky, Phoebe Hoban, Joanna Hershon, Anne Landsman, Eileen Myles, Dawn Raffel, Victoria Redel, Deborah Shupack, Dan Simon, Leora Skolkin-Smith, Steve Stern, Ronna Wineberg and more.


Helen Benedict, who teaches at Columbia University, is the author of eleven books. Her latest novel is Sand Queen, about women on both sides of the Iraq War.

George Blecher is a fiction writer and literary translator as well as a journalist whose articles on American politics and culture appear in many European venues, among them

Wesley Brown is the author of three published novels, Tragic Magic, Darktown Strutters, Push Comes to Shove, three produced plays, Boogie Woogie and Booker T, Life During Wartime, A Prophet Among Them, co-editor of the multicultural anthologies, Imagining America (fiction), Visions of America (non-fiction), editor of the Teachers & Writers Guide to Frederick Douglass and wrote the narration for a segment of the PBS documentary, W.E.B. DUBOIS: A Biography in Four Voices. He is Professor Emeritus at  Rutgers University, currently teaches literature at Bard College at Simon's Rock and lives in Spencertown, New York.   

Beverly Gologorsky is the author of New York Times Notable Book The Things We Do To Make It Home. Her new novel Stop Here will be published in 2013. Her work has appeared in anthologies and magazines.

Phoebe Hoban is a New York-based journalist. She has covered culture and the arts for a number of publications, including The New York Times, New York Magazine, and The New York Observer. Her books include: the best-selling biography of 80’s art star Jean-Michel Basquiat, Basquiat: A Quick Killing in Art, a New York Times notable book of the year; and a biography of Alice Neel, Alice Neel: The Art of Not Sitting Pretty.

Joanna Hershon is the author of four novels: A Dual Inheritance (forthcoming-- spring, 2013), Swimming, The Outside of August, and The German Bride. Her writing has appeared in (among other places) The New York Times, One Story, The Virginia Quarterly Review, the literary anthologies Brooklyn Was Mine and Freud's Blind Spot, and was shortlisted for the 2007 O. Henry Prize Stories.

Anne Landsman is the award-winning author of the novels The Rowing Lesson and The Devil’s Chimney. She has written for the Guardian, the Believer and the Washington Post, amongst many other publications, and has taught graduate writing workshops at Columbia University and Brooklyn College.


Eileen Myles is a poet and writer based in New York City. She has published over twenty books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction, plays, and libretti, including Inferno (a poet’s novel), SkiesCool for You, School of Fish, and Not MeThe Importance of Being Iceland (2009) travel essays on art was awarded a Warhol/Creative Capital grant.


Dawn Raffel is the author of four books, most recently The Secret Life of Objects. She is the web editor and editor of The Literarian at The Center for Fiction.

Victoria Redel is the author of six books of poetry and fiction, her most recent, a collection of poems, Woman Without Umbrella was published in October 2012. She is on the faculty of Sarah Lawrence College.


Deborah Schupack is the author of two novels, The Boy on the Bus and Sylvan Street.


Leora Skolkin-Smith’s first published novel, Edges, was edited and published by the late Grace Paley for Ms. Paley own imprint. The Fragile Mistress, a feature film based on Edges, is currently in pre-production with Triboro Pictures. Hystera, a new novel, has recently won the Global E-Book Award 2012, and the USA Book Award in Fiction.


Dan Simon is co-author of a biography Run, Run, Run: The Lives of Abbie Hoffman, and translator of Van Gogh: Self Portraits by Pascal Bonafoux. He is founder and publisher of Seven Stories Press.


Steve Stern is the author of several novels and story collections, including The Wedding Jester, The Frozen Rabbi, and The Book of Mischief. He's received grants from the Fulbright and Guggenheim foundations and won a National Jewish Book Award. He's a writer-in-residence at Skidmore College.

Ronna Wineberg is the author of Second Language, a collection of stories. The book won the New Rivers Press Many Voices Project Literary Competition and was the runner-up for the Reform Judaism Prize for Jewish Fiction.  She’s received a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.  She’s a founding editor and senior fiction editor of Bellevue Literary Review.