On next Thursday, November 8, Literary Arts will host the Small Doggies Reading Series at our center at 925 SW Washington. The reading begins at 7:30 pm and is free and open to the public. There will be poetry by Brian S. Ellis, fiction by Vanessa Veselka, music by Rick Klaras, and to quote the hosts Carrie Seitzinger and Matty Byloos: a “possible special guest. If it happens, it’ll be a surprise.”
Brian S. Ellis is a writer and performer based out of Jamaica Plain, MA. He’s represented Boston at the National Poetry Slam and the Individual World Poetry Slam; co-founded the Whitehaus Family Record, a venue and arts collective in Jamaica Plain; been published online and in print in Danse Macabre and Lunchbox Quarterly; has published Uncontrolled Experiments in Freedom (2008) and Yesterday Won’t Goodbye (2010) with Write Bloody Press. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice.
Vanessa Veselka has been at various times a teenage runaway, an expatriate, a union organizer, and a student of paleontology. Her work appears in The Atlantic, Tin House, Zyzzyva, The FSG anthology Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, and Maximum Rock ’n’ Roll. Her debut novel, Zazen, won the 2012 PEN / Bingham Prize for fiction.
The Small Doggies Reading Series began in September of 2010, in Portland, Oregon. Hosted by Smalldoggies Magazine and Press editors Carrie Seitzinger and Matty Byloos, the series was originally conceived as a way to bring the Portland literary community together with local and traveling writers from all over the country. The series typically features one musical guest together with 3-4 writers, who are drawn from across all styles, genres, and stages of one’s career.
Small Doggies Press supports, defends, and publishes the most beautiful, challenging, and artful prose and poetry that they can find. They believe that the author has all the power, and their job is to create a context within which the author, and most importantly the author’s work, can flourish and find the intelligent, curious readership that it deserves.