Mason Jar Press Novella Series Release Party

Wednesday July 17, 2019
07:00 pm

Tags: Event


Grants entry for 1 plus $10 voucher towards any purchase at our bookstore.

Authors Nicole Callihan (The Couples), Jaime Fountaine (Manhunt), and Tomas Moniz (All Friends are Necessary) celebrate the release of their novellas with a reading, signing, and reception. Chris Gonzalez, fiction editor of Barrelhouse, will moderate the conversation.




The Couples, by Nicole Callihan, finds a woman at a crossroads in her marriage and her family life, remembering and reexperiencing her first relationship and all the damage her youth imparted upon her.


In Jaime Fountaine’s Manhunt, an unnamed narrator experiences a summer on the cusp of womanhood, exploring her own sexuality, the deep cuts of her teenage years, and the extreme ennui of suburban decay.

Tomas Moniz’s All Friends Are Necessary follows a young man in San Francisco as he navigates love, addiction, and the struggles of adulthood on his way to maturity and independence.



Originally from North Carolina and raised in Oklahoma, Nicole Callihan writes poems and stories. Her poetry books include SuperLoop and Translucence, a dual-language, cross-culture collaboration with Palestinian poet Samar Abdel Jaber; and the chapbooks: A Study in Spring (co-written with Zoë Ryder White), The Deeply Flawed Human, Downtown, and Aging. A frequent collaborator with artists, actors, and writers, Nicole's work has appeared in Tin House, Sixth Finch, and as a Poem-a-Day selection from the Academy of American Poets. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughters, and is a Senior Language Lecturer in the Expository Writing Program at New York University. Find her on the web at

Jaime Fountaine was raised by "wolves." Her work has appeared in places like JMWW, Paper Darts, X-R-A-Y, and Barrelhouse, where she writes the “Fountaine of Advice” column. She lives in Philadelphia, where she co-hosts the Tire Fire reading series with Mike Ingram at Tattooed Mom. You can find her on the internet at, and @jaimefountaine on Twitter and Instagram.

Tomas Moniz edited Rad Dad and Rad Families. His novella Bellies and Buffalos is about friendship, family and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. He’s the recipient of the SF Literary Arts Foundation’s 2016 Award, the 2016 Can Serrat Residency, the 2017 Caldera Residency and others. He’s recently been published by Barrelhouse, Spring 18, and was awarded the 2018 SPACE on Ryder Farm residency. In 2019, he’ll release a chapbook with Mason Jar Press in July and his debut novel, Big Familia, on Acre Books, the book publishing offshoot of The Cincinnati Review in the Fall. He has stuff on the internet but loves letters and penpals: PO Box 3555, Berkeley CA 94703. He promises to write back.

Christopher Gonzalez serves as a fiction editor at Barrelhouse and a contributing editor at Split Lip. His stories appear or are forthcoming in a number of journals and anthologies, including Best Small Fictions 2019, Forward: 21st Century Flash Fiction, Lunch Ticket, Wasafiri, Third Point Press, and Cosmonauts Avenue. Cleveland-raised, he now lives and writes in Brooklyn, NY and spends most of his free time on Twitter: @livesinpages