Many thanks to Hungry Ghost and to the immensely talented lineup of readers for making Brew V: An Evening of Literary Works such a memorable event. Leah Umansky shared a number of harrowing and heartrending poems from her upcoming dystopian-themed collection Straight Away the Emptied World out soon from Kattywompus Press. Ilana Masad took us into her own version of the post-apocalypse with her dark and exquisitely fragmented tales. Then came Joe O’Brien, taking a complete left turn with some wondrous poems from BADMOTHERFLAPPER, his forthcoming collection inspired by 1990s music and 1920s women. Finally, Sara Lippmann graced us with a hilarious and poignant story of romantic discomfort which she ultimately cut from her collection Doll Palace out from Dock Street Press–but which we Brew attendees were lucky enough to hear Sara read in public for the first and possibly last time.
Leah Umansky is a poet, collage-artist and teacher in Manhattan. Her dystopian themed chapbook, Straight Away the Emptied World¸ is out in March from Kattywompus Press. She is the also the author of the Mad-Men inspired chapbook, Don Dreams and I Dream and the full-length collection Domestic Uncertainties. Her poems can be found in such places as POETRY, Thrush Poetry Journal, & Barrow Street. For more visit www.leahumansky.com or follow her on Twitter @Lady_Bronte.
Ilana Masad is an Israeli-American writer living in New York. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of TheOtherStories.org, a podcast showcasing new, emerging, and struggling writers. She is also an editor for hire (and has business cards now which she’s super excited about). Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Hobart, McSweeney’s, Electric Literature, Broadly, and many more. Check her out at ilanamasad.com or @ilanslightly where she tweets way too much.
Joseph P. O’Brien is the managing editor of FLAPPERHOUSE. His short fiction has appeared in Matchbook and The Alarmist; non-fiction at El Jamberoo. The poems he read at Brew V are part of a forthcoming collection inspired by 1990s music & 1920s women. His spirit animal is coyote. He lives in Brooklyn with his lovely wife & their very popular dog. Visit www.flapperhouse.com
Sara Lippman debut collection, DOLL PALACE (Dock Street Press) was long-listed for the 2015 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. She has been the recipient of an artist’s fellowship in fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and her writing has been published widely, with stories appearing in Carve, Slice Magazine, Tupelo Quarterly, Joyland, and elsewhere. Currently, she teaches through Ditmas Writing Workshops. For more visit www.saralippmann.com.