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The Literary Saloon

Sunday, 5:00 pm EDT June 30, 2024

The Center for Fiction

RSVPs are optional and drink purchases from our Café & Bar are kindly requested.

The Literary Saloon is a monthly, mixed-genre reading series at The Center for Fiction. With an emphasis on local emerging talent and a dedication to diverse and underrepresented voices, these are unique, welcoming, and fun literary events with a Sunday-evening-at-the-bar-with-my-friends vibe.

Host and curator Wesley Straton (The Bartender’s Cure) started hosting readings in the spring of 2021 in the outdoor area of New York Distilling Company, as a way to reconnect readers and writers as we slowly came out of Covid lockdown. Since then she has hosted early-career playwrights alongside bestselling memoirists; debut novelists and award-winning poets; and the occasional comedian.

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    Joshua Garcia

    Joshua Garcia

    Joshua Garcia is the author of Pentimento (Black Lawrence Press 2024). His poetry has appeared in Ecotone, the Georgia Review, Passages North, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from the College of Charleston and has received a Stadler Fellowship from Bucknell University and an Emerge—Surface—Be Fellowship from The Poetry Project. He lives and writes in Brooklyn, New York.

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    Emily Neuberger

    Emily Neuberger

    Emily Neuberger is the author of the novel A Tender Thing, about the creation of a Broadway musical during the art form’s Golden Age. Her writing has also appeared in swamp pink, Bennington Review (2023 Pushcart nominee), the Sun, the Common, Joyland, and more. She received her MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College, and currently is at work on her second novel. You can usually find her running the Prospect Park loop.

    Photo Credit: Michael Kushner

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    charles theonia

    charles theonia is a poet from Brooklyn and a transsexual without direction. They’re the author of Gay Heaven Is a Dance Floor but I Can’t Relax (Archway Editions, 2024), If a Piece Falls off the Poem, Keep It (Belladonna*, 2023) and other writings on zits, piss, and disco.

    Photo Credit: S*an D. Henry-Smith


    Vanessa Walters

    Vanessa Walters

    Vanessa Walters is a writer who settled in Brooklyn after having lived on four continents. She was born in London, the U.K., to Jamaican immigrant parents and has been interested in telling stories about identity, culture, and place since her teens when she wrote the YA novels Rude Girls and Best Things in Life, published in the U.K., and a creative collection inspired by Black British history called Smoke! Othello! Vanessa is a fellow of Millay Colony and Tin House. Her latest novel, The Lagos Wife, was published in 2023 by Atria Books and inspired by her seven years living in Lagos, Nigeria.

    Photo Credit: Jerrie Rotimi