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Susan Ito – The Ice Cream Gene

    Solo Performance (Adoption) – Fri. October 9, 2015
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    On Friday, October 9, 2015, Lost Lit is thrilled to present Susan Ito’s Solo Performance of The Ice Cream
    Gene, about adoption, love and family. Afterwards, we’ll have time for an intimate Q&A with Susan.

    As a young adult Susan seeks out and finds her birth mother. When she finally meets her, she discovers that
    some things simply just are genetic—like loving Haagen-Dazs Mocha Chip ice cream! Susan’s one-woman solo performance brings to life her first meeting with her birthmother in a hotel room in 1980.  Will they like each other?  Will they like the same ice cream?  Follow their emotional roller coaster in a Midwestern Holiday Inn.
    With no set, no props, she brings to life that nervous 20-year-old eager to be liked and stunned to learn new information about her first family.

      EVENT DETAILS:
      Date: Friday, October 9, 2015
      Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
      Place: Grumpy Bert
      82 Bond St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
      Admission:$10. suggested donation

    RSVP REQUIRED: Since seating is very limited YOU MUST RSVP. Please email lynne (at) lostlit.com
    and provide:

      *First/ Last name
      *Email/ Phone #
      *If you’re bringing a guest: First/ Last name (limit to +1) and
      *How you found out about this event.


    Seat not guaranteed until confirmation email received.

    WRITER BIO:
    SUSAN ITO is a biracial Asian adoptee, teacher, and writer. She has served as the director of Pact Camp from 2004 to 2011 and is now Head of Pact’s Adult Adoptee Advisory Board. She is also a board member of Pact, and on the advisory team for the Adoption Museum Project. Her book “A Ghost At Heart’s Edge is one of the few literary anthologies focused on all members of the adoption triad. Susan’s solo performance piece on adoption, The Ice Cream Gene, has been performed nationally.

    She is the author of The Mouse Room, a SheBooks mini-memoir and is a creative nonfiction editor at the online literary journal Literary Mama. Her writing has appeared in many publications, Growing Up Asian American, Choice, Hip Mama, The Bellevue Literary Review, Making More Waves,the Kartika Review and elsewhere. She writes and teaches at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, and in the Creative Nonfiction MFA program at Bay Path University. She lives in Oakland with her husband, two daughters and mother. http://www.susanito.com


Susan Ito & Marie Myung-Ok Lee Reading

    Asian American Women Writers Reading – Mon. Oct. 12, 2015
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    On Monday, October 12, 2015, please join us for a Special Poets & Writer’s Funded Reading and chat with published Asian American Women Writers and long time friends Susan Ito and Marie Myung-Ok Lee. Susan and Marie will both read from current projects exploring themes of family, identity, health, secrets and love. Afterwards, there will be time for them to catch up in person, talk about the writer’s life and answer audience questions.

      EVENT DETAILS:
      Date: Monday, October 12, 2015
      Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm (Reception to follow)
      Place: Grumpy Bert
      82 Bond St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
      Admission:$5. suggested donation

    RSVP REQUIRED: Since seating is very limited YOU MUST RSVP. Please email lynne (at) lostlit.com
    and provide:

      *First/ Last name
      *Email/ Phone #
      *If you’re bringing a guest: First/ Last name (limit to +1) and
      *How you found out about this event.


    Seat not guaranteed until confirmation email received. Reception-no RSVP necessary. Just come on by!

    WRITER BIOS:
    SUSAN ITO is the author of The Mouse Room, a SheBooks mini-memoir. She co-edited the anthology A Ghost At Heart’s Edge: Stories & Poems of Adoption (North Atlantic Books). She is a creative nonfiction editor at the online literary journal Literary Mama, and her work has appeared in Growing Up Asian American, Choice, Hip Mama, The Bellevue Literary Review, Making More Waves,the Kartika Review and elsewhere. She writes and teaches at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, and in the Creative Nonfiction MFA program at Bay Path University. http://www.susanito.com

    MARIE MYUNG-OK LEE is an acclaimed Korean-American writer and author of the novel Somebody’s Daughter. Her next novel, on the future of medicine, is forthcoming with Simon & Schuster. She graduated from Brown University and was a Writer in Residence there, before she began teaching at Columbia University’s Writing Division.
    Her stories and essays have been published in The AtlanticThe New York TimesSlateSalonGuernica, and The Guardian, among others. She was the first Fulbright Scholar to Korea in creative writing and has received many honors for her work, including an O. Henry honorable mention, the Best Book Award from the Friends of American Writers, and a Rhode Island State Council on the Arts fiction fellowship.
    She has been a Yaddo and MacDowell Colony fellow and has served as a judge for the National Book Award and the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. In addition, Ms. Lee is a founder of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop.


Lost in Space Reading Videos

On Thursday, June 18, 2015, from 7pm – 8:45pm, Lost Lit and Grumpy Bert hosted a literary reading where nine writers explored the theme of Lost in Space. For those unable to make the reading in person, you are in luck. For the first time ever, we recorded the event in its entirety (which is shown first). Then, a separate video for each reader is shown, by order of appearance. Please enjoy!


LOST IN SPACE Reading

    Literary Reading & Art Show – Thursday June 18, 2015

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    Who wants to get Lost in Space with us? On Thursday, June 18, 2015, Lost Lit is proud to present a special Literary Reading that takes inspiration from the current Grumpy Bert Art Show. Writers will interpret, explore and have creative license with the given theme LOST IN SPACE. Come hear short stories that will have characters traveling through space and time, here on earth.

    FEATURED READERS: Erika Bartolini, Chelsea Fonden, Wynne Kontos, Kim Liao, Nicole Maxali, Theresa Navarro, Sarah Rosenthal, Donna Tallent, & Simone Waugh. (See Bio’s below)

      EVENT DETAILS:
      Date: Thursday, June 18, 2015
      Time: 7:00pm Reading (Reception to follow)
      Place: Grumpy Bert
      82 Bond St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
      Admission: FREE! (donations welcome)

    RSVP REQUIRED: Since seating is very limited YOU MUST RSVP. Please email lynne (at) lostlit.com & provide:

      *First/ Last name
      *Email/ Phone #
      *If you’re bringing a guest: First/ Last name (limit to +1) and
      *How you found out about this event.

    Seat not guaranteed until confirmation email received. Reception-no RSVP necessary.
    Just come on by!

    WRITER BIOS:

    ERIKA BARTOLINI is a dog lover and beagle enthusiast living in Brooklyn. She writes fiction and creative non-fiction and is looking forward to some publishing credits in her future.

    CHELSEA FONDEN writes poetry, fiction, and all-of-a-sudden non-fiction.  Her work has recently appeared in tNY.Press’theEEEL and online literary ‘zine I Want You To See This Before I Leave. Chelsea runs a creative writing program for teens, and has taught workshops to adults at NYC homeless shelters. She dreams of one day residing in the mountains with a pack of arctic dogs, but for now, lives in Brooklyn, NY.

    WYNNE KONTOS is a native Midwesterner and currently a New York City resident. She’s a licensed social worker practicing in the South Bronx and the proud owner of Fezziwig, the cutest Scottish Terrier on the East Coast. Her work is featured in the collection, “Love Sick: Growing Up with a Parent Who Has Cancer” and on the site New York Instant. This is her third reading with Lost Lit. Follow her on: lovenyinstant.tumblr.com.

    KIM LIAO was a 2010-2011 Taiwan Creative Arts Fulbright Scholar and she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her creative nonfiction has been published or is forthcoming in Another Chicago Magazine, Hippocampus Magazine, Fourth River, and Fringe Magazine, and her book reviews have appeared in Ploughshares and Redivider. She lives in Brooklyn with her pet umbrella tree plant.

    NICOLE MAXALI is a San Francisco native that began acting & writing at the age of twelve. Since relocating to New York in 2012, Nicole has performed her various one-woman shows at the famous Joe’s Pub in The Public Theatre, Harvard University and the New York Fringe Festival. You can also watch Nicole as a surgical nurse in the award-winning independent film, Fruitvale Station. Check out her website at www.NicoleMaxali.com.

    THERESA NAVARRO is an interdisciplinary producer, educator and writer. Her recent projects include the public television series AMERICA REFRAMED and sci-fi feminist film, ADVANTAGEOUS, which screens at BAM Cinemafest next Sunday then streams on Netflix. She’s currently working on a marathon reading of Jose Rizal’s work with FAM, a Filipino American Museum startup. Born/raised in California, she now resides in Brooklyn by way of Honolulu. Follow her on twitter: @theresaxtine.

    SARAH ROSENTHAL works in advertising by day, and writes by night. Her work has appeared in SpliceLit, I Want You to See This Before I Leave Zine, and Outrageous Fortune Magazine. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @sarahmrosenthal. She lives in Greenpoint, though her Lost in Space story takes place back in her Alphabet City days.

    DONNA TALLENT recently wrote a short-form essay about her grandfather that made her grandmother very proud. In high school, Donna wrote poems on gum wrappers and tiny scraps of paper and sent them to her then-boyfriend in the Navy. Now she happily spends her weekends puttering around her Brooklyn apartment with her husband and cat, working on short stories and personal essays. She is somewhat active on Twitter: @linoleumrose.

    SIMONE WAUGH is a writer, social media maven, and Arts educator in Brooklyn, NY. You can view the stories of her relationship woes on www.Say-Waugh.com and on other platforms in the U.K. She has performed her poetry on several stages across the United States and released her first book Bubble Baths, Sex & Hot Chocolate,” filled with anecdotes and poetry about love and heartbreak in May of 2015. When she’s not writing about relationships she’s spending time with her cat and favorite cuddle buddy, Lasagna. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @moniwaugh.


Call for Submissions: Lost in Space Stories

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    Who wants to get Lost in Space with us? Save the date for Thursday, June 18, 2015, when Lost Lit presents a special Literary Reading that takes inspiration from the current Grumpy Bert Art Show titled Lost in Space. We had so much fun putting out an open Call for Submissions for our Ex.Stories Reading that we’re ready to do it again!

    We want, need, crave your LOST IN SPACE stories. In keeping with Lost Lit’s mission, we are only interested in human, earthly, grounded stories. We’re most intrigued to see how the physical body travels through space and time. As well as mapping out the character’s psychological and emotional journey. In other words, let’s save the science fiction, fantasy, outer space aliens and monsters for the artwork. And fill the reading lineup with humans on earth, very tied-to-reality, emotional stories. Thanks for considering.

      SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
      • Must fit the Lost in Space description above.
      • Must be a story-fiction or creative non fiction. (sorry no poetry)
      • Maximum length of story must fit into a 5min. time slot when read aloud. (about 5pg max)
      • You must be available to read your story aloud at the Literary Reading on Thurs. June 18, 2015 at Grumpy Bert’s.
      • How to submit story: Email lynne (at) lostlit.com as a PDF or MS Word document attachment by deadline. In email, please introduce yourself. Who you are and how you found out about the Call for Submissions.
      DEADLINE: Friday, June 5, 2015, by 11:59pm.
      • Notification: All submissions will be responded to. Final winners will be notified shortly after deadline.


Ex.Stories Reading

*SPECIAL NOTE: (as of Feb. 2nd) This event is SOLD OUT! If you’d like to be put on the wait list see below.

    Literary Reading & Art Exhibition – Sat. February 7, 2015
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    On Saturday, February 7, 2015, in an anti-Valentine’s Day celebration, Lost Lit & Grumpy Bert
    will present Ex.Stories, a special, Literary Reading and Art Show Opening. Come hear true, real-life
    stories about the Ex. Not any Ex., but THE EX. that changed the direction of the reader’s life.
    That made or shaped that person into someone different. That left an imprint in some huge way,
    that no other person has. Or will.

    We’ll laugh. We’ll cry. We’ll hear stories that leave impressions on our hearts even if it’s the reader’s
    heart that’s broken.

    Featuring: Erin Ferencik, Wynne Kontos, Jessica Kashiwabara, Kim Liao, Richard Louissaint,
    Kathy Moore, Kate Perry, Nicole Reinhardt, David Rosenberg, Sarah Rosenthal, Adam Shapiro.

      EVENT DETAILS:
      Date: Saturday, February 7, 2015
      Time: 7:00pm Reading (Reception to follow)
      Place: Grumpy Bert
      82 Bond St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
      Admission: FREE! (donations welcome)

    RSVP REQUIRED: Since seating is very limited YOU MUST RSVP. Please email lynne (at) lostlit.com & provide:

      *First/ Last name
      *Email/ Phone #
      *If you’re bringing a guest: First/ Last name (limit to +1) and
      *How you found out about this event.

    Seat not guaranteed until confirmation email received. Reception-no RSVP necessary. Just come on by!

    WRITER BIOS:
    ERIN FERENCIK studied English literature and creative writing at Fordham University.  She’s relishing the opportunity to work through her personal problems under the guise of art.

    JESSICA KASHIWABARA is a web editor at Poets & Writers. She has written for Spin.com, the Amsterdam News, and on mental health for the Child Mind Institute, and hopes to publish poetry and creative work soon. This is her first reading in New York City.

    WYNNE KONTOS is a Midwestern native who arrived in NYC sitting on a cooler as a middle seat in a two-person U-Haul. She is a licensed Masters-level social worker in the South Bronx, a macaroni and cheese aficionado, fashion junky,avid reader and a poor organizer of closets. Wynne was the recipient of an honorable mention in poetry at Purdue University’s Indiana writing contest, and was published in “Love Sick: Growing Up With a Parent Who Has Cancer.” She has performed at literary events in Indiana, and with Lost Lit for the Brooklyn Lit Crawl. Look for Wynne & her scottish terrier Fezziwig online on the following platforms: @wynneisdinner, lovenyinstant.tumblr.com, and WhenKnots (Instagram).

    KIM LIAO was a 2010-2011 Taiwan Creative Arts Fulbright Scholar and she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her creative nonfiction has been published or is forthcoming in Another Chicago Magazine, Hippocampus Magazine, Fourth River, and Fringe Magazine, and her book reviews have appeared in Ploughshares and Redivider. She lives in Brooklyn with her pet umbrella tree plant.

    RICHARD LOUISSAINT is a working videographer and photographer in New York. He is A former music journalist who eventually received his MFA in Creative Writing only to abandon it to the camera. He hopes to make amends with that decision.

    KATHY MOORE was born and raised in Brooklyn, where she still lives and works. She studied French literature at Cornell University and has an MA in TESOL from Hunter College. She is indebted to the Lost Lit workshops at Grumpy Bert for providing inspiration, support and snacks on many Wednesday nights.

    NICOLE REINHARDT studied writing at Sarah Lawrence College and works at Poets & Writers, Inc. She was born in the Rockaways and now lives further inland. She’s read at the Dead Poets Slam and Brooklyn Poets Yawp. And now for something completely different…

    DAVID ROSENBERG grew up in Louisville, escaped to NYC, migrated to Miami and ran back to Brooklyn. He once broke up with a girl because she’d never heard of Groucho. Learn more about him at: davidrosenberg.dunked.com.

    SARAH ROSENTHAL works in advertising by day and writes nonfiction and poetry by night. She runs a blog called Let’s Eat Our Feelings and her work has been featured in SpliceLit and I Want You To See This Before I Leave Zine, where she was the featured author in the December 2014 issue. When she’s not writing she can be found cooking, baking, knitting, and bingewatching. She lives in Brooklyn.

    ADAM SHAPIRO is a Masters candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University and is pursuing a career in education policy. A former lawyer and banking consultant, Adam is pretty sure this new career will be awesome, but wants to keep a hand in the writing biz just in case. Adam is an alumni of the Lost Lit writing workshops where he has enjoyed the camaraderie of fellow writers in a wonderful space.


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Ex.Stories

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    On Saturday, February 7, 2015, in an homage to Valentine’s Day, Grumpy Bert & Lost Lit are planning a not-to-be-missed, Art Show & Reading titled Ex.Stories. But, since we’re all about community, we want your stories! Here’s our CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS announcement!

    We’re looking for true, real-life stories about the Ex. Not any Ex., but THE EX. that changed the direction of your life. That made you, or shaped you into a different person. That imprinted you in some huge way, that no other person has. Or will. Since this is called Ex.Stories, we are looking for a complete story to be read aloud. You’re a writer. You know what that means. Beginning, middle, end. Woo us. Make us laugh. Make us cry. Let your story leave an impression on our hearts even if it’s your heart that’s broken.

      SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
      • Must fit the Ex.Stories description above.
      • Must be your true-life story, using creative writing craft
      • Maximum length of story must fit into a 6min. time slot when read aloud.
      • You must be available to read your story aloud at the Literary Reading on Sat. Feb. 7, 2015 at Grumpy Bert’s.
      • How to submit story: Email lynne (at) lostlit.com as a PDF or MS Word document by deadline.
      DEADLINE: Friday, January 23, 2015, 12:00am (midnight).
      • Notification: All submissions will be responded to. Final winners will be notified on Tues. January 27, 2015.
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