Lost Lit | Creative Writing Workshops | Brooklyn, NY

Call For Submissions-Mother ME Stories

    The role of Mother, the label of Mom, the relationship, the responsibility and the unparalleled joys that go along with it. We are remembering it all as an ode to Mother’s Day. We hope you’ll be able to join us on Saturday, May 6, 2017 as Lost Lit presents the Mother ME Reading.

    But first, we need your stories! Whether it’s about your Mother (living, gone or passed on) or you’re a new Mother yourself. We want to know what the word Mother means to you. And how Mother’s Day is either celebrated and honored or emotionally triggering and dreaded. Submit your short story, personal essay, novel or memoir excerpt for a chance to participate in the Mother ME Reading! Thanks for considering.

      • Must fit the Mother ME 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 Saturday May 6, 2017 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: Thurs. April 13, 2017, by 11:59pm.
      • Notification: All submissions will be responded to. Final winners will be notified shortly after deadline.

Mother Loss Writing Workshop

    Lost Lit & NYC Motherless Daughters
    presents: A special one day event on Mother Loss.
    We all process the grief and loss of our mothers in different ways. Whether the loss is recent, whether it happened years ago, grief can be ever present, pulsing just behind our retinas or be triggered at the most unexpected and unwelcome times. In this workshop, we will use the tool of writing, the art of storytelling and the excavation of memories to work through our grief. To give voice to our feelings, to process our feelings and to make sense of it all.

    What to Expect?
    Lynne Connor, a writer, owner of Lost Lit and motherless daughter, will lead the workshop by offering writing prompts specifically targeted to Motherloss. We will write together for a timed amount of time. Then come back together as a group to share our newly produced writing. All the feedback will incorporate the Amherst Writers & Artists method, which treats all writing shared as fiction and only allows positive, supportive responses. Lynne will ask the group: what stays with them? What did they love? What do they remember. The combination of writing, reading their work aloud and receiving positive feedback is guaranteed to be a healing, magical experience. We hope you’ll join us.

    Date: Friday, April 28, 2017

    Time: 6:30pm-9:00pm

    Place: Grumpy Bert
    82 Bond St., Brooklyn, NY 11217

    Fee: $50. (one-day) REGISTER HERE

    *DISCLAIMER: No refunds or make up date.

Taiwan in the Trump Era – Ed Lin & Shawna Yang Ryan Reading

    On Saturday, February 18, 2017, please join Lost Lit for our first Literary event of the year! We’re showcasing two incredibly talented writers: Ed Lin and Shawna Yang Ryan, as they present their recently released new books, INCENSED and GREEN ISLAND, respectively. Join us for a special reading and lively panel talk about Taiwan in the Trump Era, moderated by Professor Jack Tchen. Afterwards we’ll have an intimate reception where you can personally chat with the writers and get copies of their books signed.

      Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017
      Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm (Reading)
      8:30pm – 9:30pm (Reception)
      Place: Grumpy Bert
      82 Bond St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
      Admission: FREE (Donations greatly appreciated)
    RSVP REQUIRED: Since seating is very limited YOU MUST RSVP HERE! Seat not guaranteed until email confirmation received from Eventbrite. Reception-no RSVP necessary. Just come on by!
      ED LIN, a native New Yorker of Taiwanese and Chinese descent, is
      the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards and
      is an all-around standup kinda guy. His latest book, INCENSED, a
      Taipei-based mystery, was published by Soho Crime in October.
      Follow him at edlinforpresident.com and on twitter @robertchow.

      SHAWNA YANG RYAN teaches in the Creative Writing Program
      at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is the author of
      WATER GHOSTS and GREEN ISLAND, which was an Amazon
      Best Book of February 2016. In 2015, she was the recipient of the
      Elliot Cades Emerging Writer Award. Follow her at
      shawnayangryan.com and on twitter @shawnayangryan.

      JACK TCHEN is the founding director of the Asian/Pacific/American (A/P/A) Studies Program & Institute at New York University & part of the original founding faculty of the Depart. of Social & Cultural Analysis, NYU, where he currently still teaches. Jack co-founded the Museum of Chinese in America in 1979-80. He is the author of several books on Chinatown, including “New York before Chinatown: Orientalism and the Shaping of American Culture, 1776-1882” & “Genthe’s Photographs of San Francisco’s Old Chinatown, 1895-1905.” He is the co-author of “Yellow Peril! An Archive of Anti-Asian Fear.”

Brooklyn Book Festival 2016

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    Lost Lit and Grumpy Bert are thrilled to be apart of the Brooklyn Book Festival for our 4th year in a row! Not only will we be representing a tiny sampling of art zines and books at a booth (tbd) on the big Book Festival Day, we’re hosting THREE official Brooklyn Book Festival Book End Events! See details below!

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    Lost Lit is proud to welcome Leland Cheuk, Marie
    Myung-Ok Lee, Sally Kim & Ayesha Pande, with Ed Lin
    moderating, as they dissect the question of the invisible
    minorities in publishing. DETAILS HERE!

    Tues. Sept. 13 – LOST IN SPACE Talk
    Come & get lost at Grumpy Bert’s as we travel through
    space & time for an out of this world discussion.

    Wed. Sept. 14 – ENTER MY BELLY Panel
    Who’s hungry? Grumpy Bert is proud to offer
    another Enter My Belly, Food Talk!

    Lost Lit and Grumpy Bert will be sharing a table at the
    Brooklyn Book Festival! Come by and say Hi!

      Time: 10:00am – 6:00pm
      Place: Brooklyn Borough Hall & Plaza
      209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
      Fee: FREE
      Full schedule, visit www.brooklynbookfestival.org.

Brooklyn Book Festival BookEnd Event: Asian Americans in Publishing Panel


    On Monday, September 12, 2016, Lost Lit can’t wait to host a Brooklyn Book Festival BookEnd Event! Leland Cheuk (Writer), Emi Ikkanda (Senior Editor at Spiegel & Grau), Marie Myung-Ok Lee (Writer) and Ayesha Pande (Literary Agent of Ayesha Pande Literary), with Ed Lin (Writer) moderating, will give a panel talk on the topic of Asian Americans in publishing. They will tackle the question of invisibility, how positive stereotypes like the model minority are still harmful and who is supporting who when it comes to Asian American stories.

      Date: Monday Sept. 12, 2016
      Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm (Panel)
      Place: Grumpy Bert 82 Bond St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
      Admission: FREE (donations welcome) Seating is first come, first serve
    LELAND CHEUK is the author of the novel THE MISADVENTURES OF SULLIVER PONG (CCLaP Publishing, 2015). He has been awarded fellowships and artist residencies including one from the MacDowell Colony, and his work has appeared in publications such as The Rumpus, Kenyon Review, [PANK] Magazine, Heavy Feather Review, Valparaiso Fiction Review, Tahoma Literary Review, and others. His first story collection LETTERS FROM DINOSAURS is forthcoming in 2017. He lives in Brooklyn. lelandcheuk.com

    EMI IKKANDA is a Senior Editor at Spiegel & Grau, an imprint at Penguin Random House, and she has edited acclaimed authors, including Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award Finalist Carla Power, New York Times Bestselling authors Richard Reeves and Julia Angwin, National Bestselling novelist Michael David Lukas, former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao, viral sensations Donovan Livingston and Zach Anner, and novelist Lijia Zhang. Before joining S&G, Emi worked as an editor at Henry Holt & Co. In fiction or non-fiction, she loves exploring untold stories and hidden worlds. emiofthecity.tumblr.com (photo credit: Matthew Dunivan Photography)

    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. Essays have appeared in The New York Times, Slate, The Guardian, The Nation, Salon, and she is a regular contributor to The Atlantic. She was the first recipient of a creative writing Fulbright Fellowship to South Korea and has won the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts fiction fellowship and the Richard Margolis award for social justice reporting. She graduated from Brown University and was a Writer in Residence there, before she began teaching at Columbia University’s Writing Division. www.facebook.com/MarieLeeWriter

    AYESHA PANDE heads up a boutique literary agency with an eclectic client list, which include the international bestselling author Shilpi Somaya Gowda, PEN/Bingham winner Danielle Evans, PEN/Bingham Finalist Patricia Engel, and Naomi Oreskes, author of Merchants of Doubt and The Collapse of Western Civilization. She has worked in the publishing industry for over twenty years. Before becoming an agent, Ayesha was a senior editor at Farrar Straus & Giroux. She has also held editorial positions at HarperCollins and Crown Publishers. She holds a master’s degree from Columbia University. www.pandeliterary.com

    ED LIN a native New Yorker of Taiwanese and Chinese descent, is the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards and is an all-around standup kinda guy. His books include Waylaid and This Is a Bust, both published by Kaya Press in 2002 and 2007, respectively. Snakes Can’t Run and One Red Bastard, which both continue the story of Robert Chow set in This Is a Bust, were published by Minotaur Books. His latest book, Ghost Month, a Taipei-based mystery, was published by Soho Crime in July 2014. Lin lives in Brooklyn with his wife, actress Cindy Cheung, and son. www.edlinforpresident.com

Jasper Collective Visitations Reading Videos

On Friday, May 20, 2016, Lost Lit collaborated with the Jasper Collective to present their Spring Reading “Visitations,” where ten super talented writers shared their fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry pieces. For those unable to attend, 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!

Jasper Collective: Visitation(s) Reading

    On Friday, May 20, 2016 at 7:00pm, Lost Lit is thrilled to collaborate with the THE JASPER COLLECTIVE to present their Spring Reading. The Jasper Collective is comprised of a group of women interested in editing and interrogating the creation of story in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Come hear featured readers Nicole Sealey and Jason Koo, members from the Jasper Collective and invited readers interpret the theme of “Visitation(s).” Afterwards, please join us for a small reception to meet the readers and enjoy some refreshments.

      Date: Friday, May 20, 2016
      Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm (Reading)
      8:30pm – 9:30pm (Reception)
      Place: Grumpy Bert
      82 Bond St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
      Admission: FREE (donations welcome!)
    RSVP REQUIRED: *PLEASE NOTE: This Reading is SOLD OUT. You may still Register HERE but you will be automatically put on the waitlist. Reception-no RSVP necessary. Just come on by!
    Born in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. and raised in Apopka, Florida, NICOLE SEALEY is the author of The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named, winner of the 2015 Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize. Her other honors include an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, the Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from The American Poetry Review, a Daniel Varoujan Award and the Poetry International Prize, as well as fellowships from CantoMundo, Cave Canem and the Poetry Project. Her work has appeared in Best New Poets, Copper Nickel,  Ploughshares, Third Coast, and elsewhere. Nicole holds an MLA in Africana Studies from the University of South Florida and an MFA in creative writing from New York University. She is the Programs Director at Cave Canem Foundation. Twitter: @Nic_Sealey.

    Named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture” by Brooklyn Magazine JASON KOO is the author of two collections of poetry, America’s Favorite Poem (C&R Press, 2014) and Man on Extremely Small Island (C&R Press, 2009). He is also the editor of Poems for Kobe, a private limited edition of poems presented as a retirement gift to Kobe Bryant by the Brooklyn Nets and Brooklyn Poets, and coeditor of the forthcoming Bettering American Poetry anthology and Brooklyn Poets Anthology. An assistant teaching professor of English at Quinnipiac University, Koo is the founder and executive director of Brooklyn Poets and creator of the Bridge. He lives in Brooklyn.

    JESSICA ESPINOZA lives in Jackson Heights, Queens. She is a graduate of Hunter College and Long Island University. Currently, she teaches science at Middle School 217 in Jamaica, Queens. Jessica is cofounder of the Jasper Collective and has read for the Unpublished reading series. Her narratives include themes of immigration, feminism, gender, sexuality, and education. She likes whiskey and reading aloud to her students, not at the same time, of course.

    STEPHANIE JIMENEZ is a Queens-based writer and former Fulbright
    recipient who currently works in publishing. She runs the Young to
    Publishing Writers Committee and is cofounder of the Jasper Collective.
    She has just finished writing her first book-length manuscript.
    Follow her at @estefsays.

    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. Jessica is cofounder of the Jasper Collective and has read for Lost Lit and the Unpublished reading series. She was recently published in Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and is currently at work on a collection of personal essays. She lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn with her dog Kitty. Follow her @JessKashiwabara.

    JESSICA LANAY currently lives in Bronx, NY and works at a magazine for writers in Manhattan. She moved to the city from Macon, Georgia and was raised in different places throughout the South. Themes that trickle through her poetry and short stories are female protagonists, internal migrations, and the investigation of violence, disappearance (of landscape or persons), and magic realism. Her work is forthcoming in Salt Hill Journal, and Crab Fat Magazine. Her work can be found in Sugar House Review, Minerva Rising, Acentos Review, Duende, As/Us and Five Quarterly. She is the founder of the Jasper Collective, an editorial group comprised of women.


    MOLLY BEACH-MURPHY is a NYC based playwright and director from Galveston, Texas. Plays include: ‘Molly Murphy & Neil de Grasse Tyson On Our Last Day On Earth’, ‘Big Bend in the Red Dirt Desert’, ‘The H20 Pool Bar at the San Luis Hotel’. Three-time artistic resident at the Incubator Arts Project, New Georges Affiliated Artist, Member of Fresh Ground Pepper’s Playground Playgroup. Published works in The Hairpin  & The Santa Ana River Review. www.mollybeachmurphy.com

    ORLANDO FERRAND is an American writer and visual artist of Afro-Cuban and French descent. He’s published two award-winning collections of poetry, Citywalker and La otra isla (Spanish edition), the memoir Apologia: Cuban Childhood in My Backpack, essays, and plays. He teaches creative writing and visual arts.

    DIANCA LONDON POTTS earned her MFA in Fiction from The New School and is the prose editor of LIT Magazine. Her work has been featured in Lenny Letter, the Toast, Obsidian, The Village Voice, and elsewhere. She is a Kimbilio Fiction Fellow, VONA Voices alumna, and a Pushcart Prize nominee.

    LEAH SILVIEUS is a poet and writer currently based in the Washington, D.C. area. She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Miami. She is the recipient of awards and fellowships from The American Academy of Poets, Kundiman, and US Poets in Mexico. Her work has appeared in Four Way Review, CURA, The Collagist, and diode, among others. Her chapbook, Anemochory, is forthcoming from Hyacinth Girl Press this year. https://leahsilvieus.wordpress.com/