Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Beat Goes On

Mixer Reading and Music Series
Wednesday, October 14, 7:00 p.m. FREE
with readings by Darin Strauss, Farrah Field, and Maya Pindyck
and musical guest, Uninhabitable Mansions
with your hosts, Melissa Febos and Rebecca Keith
at Cakeshop
152 Ludlow St., bet. Stanton and Rivington
F, V to 2nd Ave., F, J, M to Delancey/Essex

Danit Brown is the author of Ask for a Convertible (Anchor), which received an American Book Award and was named a Best Book of 2008 by the Washington Post. Her fiction has appeared in many literary journals, including Story, Glimmer Train, StoryQuarterly, andOne Story.

Farrah Field's first book of poems, Rising, won Four Way Books’ 2007 Levis Prize. Her poems have appeared in many publications including the Mississippi Review, Typo, Harp & Altar, La Petite Zine, Eklesographia, Effing Magazine, and are forthcoming in Ploughshares. She lives in Brooklyn and blogs at

Maya Pindyck grew up in Newton, Massachusetts and Tel Aviv, Israel. Her first collection of poems, Friend Among Stones, won the Many Voices Project Award from New Rivers Press. Her chapbook, Locket, Master, received a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship. She is also a visual artist and co-founder of Project Voice (, a growing compilation of personal stories that aims to deflate the abortion stigma. Maya earned her M.F.A. in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College and her M.A. in education from Brooklyn College through the New York City Teaching Fellows Program. She currently teaches 10th grade English in Brownsville.

Darin Strauss is the international bestselling author of the New York Times Notable books Chang and Eng and The Real McCoy, and the national bestseller More Than It Hurts You, out in paperback June 30, 2009. Also a screenwriter, he is adapting Chang and Eng with Gary Oldman, for Disney. The recipient of a 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction writing, he is a Clinical Associate Professor at NYU's creative writing program.

Uninhabitable Mansions is the musical division of a Brooklyn-based art collective that isalso called Uninhabitable Mansions. Robbie Guertin (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) sings and plays guitar. Annie Hart(Au Revoir Simone) sings and plays keyboards. Tyler Sargent (CYHSY) sings and plays bass. Chris Diken plays guitar. Doug Marvin (Dirty On Purpose) plays drums. The band’s releases include the 7-inch record We Misplaced a Cobra in theUninhabitable Mansion and the full-length album Nature Is a Taker.
Uninhabitable Mansions also has published books and rulers, scored a dance piece,
released a limited-edition print, participated in an art fair, drawn comics about
sandwiches, and installed more than 50 fish in a storefront window.
Learn more at

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