- Lost Lit and the New York Writers Coalition have teamed up to bring you a special writing workshop
that’s part of the great lineup of Brooklyn Book Festival Book End Events. The workshop is designed to
help you connect to your authentic writing voice and develop a writing life that works for you.
Workshops will be lead by Lynne Connor of Lost Lit and Aaron Zimmerman of NY Writers Coalition.
Through writing, discussion, and concrete exercises, participants will leave with a deeper understanding
of their own goals and mission as an artist and writer. This workshop is open to anyone interested in
greater creativity, self-expression, and commitment to their own writing life. No prior writing experience
required, and writers of all genres and backgrounds are welcome.
Time: 3:00pm – 5:30pm
82 Bond St.
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Space is limited. REGISTRATION REQUIRED HERE
- Lost Lit is thrilled to host Lit Crawl Brooklyn again, making this our second year of literary
fun and frolic. With Remy the Pug as this year’s program inspiration, he will be in attendance
and invites his furry and human friends to partake in what’s sure to be a ruff rough reading!
furry variety, to the non-furry, naked, human kind. Join us for a special reading
where Tim Barker, Lynne Connor, Wynne Kontos, Theresa Navarro, Regina Porter
and Charissa Townsend will honor all things ruff rough.
Time: 5:00pm – 5:45pm Reading
82 Bond St.
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Admission: FREE! (donations welcome)
TIM BARKER is an actor/voice over artist who resides with his wife Tracy in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Sights & sounds of his work can be found at Barksound.com Much thanks to Lynne and Lost Lit
for the opportunity to discover unchartered territory in the land of paper and pen!
LYNNE CONNOR, a Korean adoptee transplant from New Jersey calls herself a writer. She received
her M.F.A. in creative writing from Mills College and has been published in the Asian American literary
journal, Kartika Review, as well as Adoption Today Magazine. Currently, Lynne has a love hate
relationship with her memoir ABANDON ME and hopes to return to her YA fiction manuscript that’s
been patiently waiting for attention. In the meantime, Lynne is a certified Amherst Writers & Artists
affiliate leading creative writing workshops through Lost Lit. She resides in Brooklyn, NY with her
husband, Grumpy Bert and furry son Remy-the-Pug. Twitter: @LostLitBrooklyn Instagram: remythepug
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, friend hanger-outter, avid reader and a poor organizer of closets.
Wynne has been a writer for as long as she can remember. She 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 done poetry readings in Indiana, but this is her
first memoir reading so she thanks you for your patience. Look for Wynne & Fezziwig online on the
following platforms: Twitter: @wynneisdinner Blog: wynnealisonnyc.tumblr.com Instagram: WhenKnots
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, THERESA NAVARRO moved from the island of O’ahu to
the island of Manhattan to produce and promote multi-platform independent storytelling. Now based in Brooklyn, her current projects focus on youth-centered community engagement initiatives with partners
like HBO, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2011,
Theresa was featured as one of 15 Asian Pacific American Women Leaders for her work in promoting the media arts. She holds undergraduate degrees from the University of California at Riverside, and completed
her graduate work at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. As an independent film actress and producer, her recent credits include YES, WE’RE OPEN (CAAMFEST ’12), DAYLIGHT SAVINGS (South by Southwest ’12), the upcoming sci-fi feminist feature film ADVANTAGEOUS, and the feature-length sports documentary 9-MAN, which will be playing as part of Stranger Than Fiction Docs at the IFC Center this Tuesday, May 20.
REGINA PORTER is an award-winning writer whose works have been presented at Playwrights Horizons,
The Joseph Papp Theater, New York Stage & Film, The Woolly Mammoth Theater, and Horizons Theater Company. Ms. Porter has received commissions from The Women’s Project, The Actor’s Theater of
Louisville, and Mixed Blood Theater in Minneapolis. Her plays have been anthologized in Plays from
Woolly Mammoth by Broadway and Heinemann’s Scenes For Women by Women, and her writing has
been profiled in Southern Women Playwrights: New Essays in History & Criticism by University of
Alabama Press. Ms. Porter recently completed her first novel.
CHARISSA TOWNSEND is a native Detroiter by way of Chicago, but currently calls Brooklyn home. She’s
held different job titles in the nonprofit field where she’s learned a lot about the human experience from different racial, economic, social and emotional perspectives. These hilarious, sad, and amazing
perspectives make up the characters in her fictional stories, inspire her poems and are the motivation
behind her forthcoming novel. Twitter: @GrimeyGorgeous Blog: griefgrimegorgeous.blogspot.com
We all have something to bark about. Some louder than others. From the canine furry variety, to the non-furry, naked, human kind. Join us for a special reading where we honor all things ruff rough.
- SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
• Must fit into the theme Ruff Rough. It’s completely up to you how literal or non-literal you interpret it.
• Must be a creative writing piece meant to be read aloud. This includes: a short story, a novel excerpt, personal essay, memoir excerpt, poem/s. (Sorry-no plays, screen plays)
• Maximum length of piece must fit into a 7min. time slot when read aloud.
• How to submit: Email lynne (at) lostlit.com as a PDF or MS Word document by deadline.
• DEADLINE: Friday, April 18, 2014, 12:00am (midnight).
• Notification: All submissions will be responded to. Final winners will be notified on
Sat. April 19, 2014.
You’re cordially invited to the Amherst Writers & Artists 92Y Event Writing As A Spiritual Practice.
Honoring AWA founder Pat Schneider and the Amherst Writers & Artists method, featuring Sapphire,
and thanks to Event Director Valerie Ann Leff, it’s a writing event not to be missed!
12:30pm – 9:30pm (All Day event)
7:30pm – 9:30pm (Evening event)
Place: 92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10128
$145. (All Day Event) REGISTER HERE
$29. (Evening Event) REGISTER HERE
Workshops lead by: Lynne Connor of Lost Lit, Aaron Zimmerman of NY Writers Coalition, Bisi Ideraabdullah
of Women of Color Writers Workshop, Maureen Buchanan Jones of Writing at Full Tilt, Susan Turk and
Film screening: Award-winning documentary, Tell Me Something I Can’t Forget, with Pat Schneider
Panel: Writing in prisons, homeless shelters and hospitals, featuring Pat Schneider, Aaron Zimmerman, Bisi Ideraabdullah and Karen Buchinsky, moderated by Valerie Ann Leff.
Evening event: With a special introduction by Sapphire, Pat Schneider will read and discuss her latest book,
Writing as a Spiritual Practice: How the Light Gets In. Book signing and reception to follow.
to attend, email lynne (at) lostlit.com to be placed on a wait list.***
Featuring: David Amarel, Martha Crawford, Lynne Connor, Kathryn Joyce, Joy Lieberthal, James Lane, Andy Marra and John Sanvidge. Kevin Vollmers, the mastermind behind Land of Gazillion Adoptees, will emcee the night.
BUT THAT’S NOT ALL! We want the audience to be fully engaged and involved in this discussion. After the presentations, there will be time for everyone to write their own letter to someone or a group of people and then have the chance to read their letter aloud. Since the act of writing and reading your thoughts aloud on such a loaded topic (adoption) can be intimidating, paralyzing even, we invite audience members to write their letters at home (yeah like HW), bring them in and then volunteer to read the letter aloud. OR, there will be an option to place letters in a real time mail box to be read aloud by one of the presenters.
When: Wed. May 28, 2014
7:00pm – 8:30pm Reading
8:30pm – 9:30pm Reception
82 Bond St.
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Admission: FREE! (donations welcome)
*First/ Last name
*Email/ Phone #
*If you’re bringing a guest (limit to +1)
*Adoption affiliation & OR why you’d like to attend
*How you found out about this event.
Seat not guaranteed until confirmation email received.
LYNNE CONNOR, a Korean adoptee transplant from New Jersey, calls herself a writer. She received her M.F.A. in creative writing from Mills College and has been published in the Asian American literary journal, Kartika Review, as well as Adoption Today Magazine. Currently, Lynne has a love hate relationship with her memoir ABANDON ME and hopes to return to her YA fiction manuscript that’s been patiently waiting for attention. In the meantime, Lynne is a certified Amherst Writers & Artists affiliate leading creative writing workshops through Lost Lit. She resides in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, Grumpy Bert and furry son Remy-the-Pug.
MARTHA CRAWFORD is a psychotherapist, with a generalist private practice in NYC for the past 20 years, and writing coach. She is an adoptive parent to two children born in Korea. She and her husband David with the help of several other committed adoptive parents and adult adoptees, founded All Together Now – an adoptee-centered support group for adopted children and their families. Martha and David are adoptive parent columnists at Gazillion Voices magazine and she is author of the blog What A Shrink Thinks.
KATHRYN JOYCE is a journalist and author of The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking and the New Gospel of Adoption and Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Slate, The Nation, The American Prospect, Mother Jones, The Atlantic and many other publications.
JAMES LANE is a late discovery adoptee, internet media professional, political activist and heavy metal bassist. His current titles include: Adoption Survival Coach, Healing House Publishing ; VP of Client Solutions, Xaxis; Founder, Hot Indie Media; Editor-in-Chief, Hot Indie News; Music Director, M3 Radio; State Committee Member, Green Party of New York; National Diversity Committee Member, Green Party of the United States; Founder, Green Party Adoption Reform; Bassist, Black Dawn. James learned about his adoption at the age of 23 after both of his parents had died within months of each other, but due to laws preventing access to original birth certificates for adoptees it took him 25 years to find his mother last year. He is now using the energy of his reunion to fight for adoption reform so nobody else experiences the trauma that he and his mother had to experience for 48 years.
JOY LIEBERTHAL is a social worker and private clinician in New York. She works primarily with kids and young adults who are adopted. She is also a counselor at The Juilliard School in Manhattan. Joy is adopted from South Korea. She has been in reunion with her birthmother since 1994. She is the author of the blog Adoption Echoes.
ANDY MARRA is the Communications Manager for the Arcus Foundation, a private grantmaking institution dedicated to the idea that people can live in harmony with one another and the natural world. Prior to Arcus, she was the Public Relations Manager at GLSEN. Previously, she was Co-Director of Nodutdol for Korean Community Development and Senior Media Strategist at GLAAD. Andy has also served on boards and advisory councils, including Chinese for Affirmative Action, Funding Exchange, Human Rights Campaign, the National Campaign to End the Korean War, and the National Center for Transgender Equality. Andy has been honored by the White House for her contributions to the LGBT movement, profiled in The Advocate’s “Forty Under 40″ and the inaugural Trans 100, and listed as one of The Huffington Post’s “Most Compelling LGBT People.”
JOHN C. SANVIDGE was born in Seoul, South Korea and adopted at four and a half months. He was raised in Troy, NY along with his two other adopted siblings. He received his BFA in Film/Video from the School of Visual Arts and is currently a freelance editor who has worked for A&E, Spike, Animal Planet, National Geographic Wild, and Biography, among others. In 2003, he decided to begin his documentary called, “Finding Seoul.” In 2013 he was able to finish the film. He currently
resides in NYC.
KEVIN HAEBEOM VOLLMERS is the founder of Land of Gazillion Adoptees, LLC (LGA), a multimedia company based out of Minneapolis, MN. He is also the co-editor of Gazillion Voices magazine, and the publisher of: Parenting As Adoptees; The Declassified Adoptee: Essays of an Adoption Activist; Lost Daughters: Writing Adoption From a Place of Empowerment and Peace; and Hank Aaron’s Daughter. Much of his work focuses on the intersectionality between adoption, race, culture, identity, performance, art, politics, and social movement. He has been featured in The New York Times, National Public Radio, Minnesota Public Radio, CNN, Colorlines, Racialicious, Hyphen, and the Daily Beast. Kevin lives in Minneapolis with his two kids.
What a way to celebrate Lost Lit’s 6-month anniversary of being open! Andrea, a contributing writer for Downtown Brooklyn, took a virtual interview we had through email and produced THIS! I have such admiration for journalist’s ability to spin magic! To be concise, yet still tap into the emotional core of the piece. Don’t take my word for it. Read it for yourself. I’d take a Lost Lit Workshop if uh, I wasn’t running them.