Much gratitude to the remarkably gifted writers and lit-lovers in attendance who made BREW VII such an enthralling night. Madeline Stevens bestowed upon us an excerpt from her novel-in-progress about the darkly hilarious, deeply unsettling exploits of a nanny and the dysfunctional family for whom she works. Katie Longofono eviscerated any and all comfort levels in the room with her series of “Virus” poems, exposing the perils, uncertainty, and vulnerability of modern love and sex. Mark de Silva read from his debut novel Square Wave (Two Dollar Radio, 2016), sharing a passage which begins with an incredibly visceral description of a bloodied prostitute, and spirals from this moment outwards to encompass musings upon society, dystopia, existence, and so much more. Finally, BREW alumnus Bud Smith made a cameo appearance to read with me from a collaborative short story about two men who may be demon hunters or may be severely delusional–or possibly both. By the end of the night the floor was strewn with the writers’ discarded pages, a mosaic of love, death, and all the delightful / godforsaken things in between.
Madeline Stevens is a fiction writer from Boring, Oregon currently based in Brooklyn. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and her work has been published in Scribd, Blunderbuss Magazine, People Holding, and Nailed Magazine. She also hosts and curates Brooklyn’s Sunday at Erv’s reading series in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. Find her on Twitter @Madeli63.
Katie Longofono received her MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, where she directed the 2014 SLC Poetry Festival. She is the co-founder of Dead Rabbits Reading Series, a monthly literary salon that takes place in NYC. Her first chapbook, The Angel of Sex, was published by Dancing Girl Press in 2013. Her chapbook Angeltits is forthcoming from Sundress Publications. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from GlitterMOB, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, BOAAT, South Dakota Review, Juked, Midwestern Gothic, and more. She may or may not be on Twitter. She lives in Brooklyn.
Mark de Silva is the author of the debut novel Square Wave, which was released by Two Dollar Radio in February of 2016. He holds degrees in philosophy from Brown (AB) and Cambridge (PhD). After several years on the editorial staff of the New York Times’s opinion pages, he now freelances for the paper’s Sunday magazine, while also serving as a contributing editor for 3:AM Magazine.