Last night writers piled into the new Work Heights community space in Crown Heights, BK, for the inaugural Franklin Electric Reading Series. The series is hosted by NYU CWP alumna, Victoria Kornick, her roommate Will Frazier, and current NYU students Jordan Bolden and Jessie Marion Modi (our assistant poetry editor here at ONSQU!). Friends since undergrad, they are all Virginia transplants living and working in Brooklyn.
Free beer was provided by Blue Point Brewing, along with some weirdly dense quinoa cheese balls. Standing room only after the 40 seats were filled, the audience steamed up the glass windows behind the stage.
First, Joseph Alexiou read from his recently published book Gowanus: Brooklyn’s Curious Canal, a charming history of long-maligned waterway. He read from the prologue about the time in 2007 when a baby whale (called by Sludgy the Whale in the headlines) wandered into the polluted canal, allowing for whale-watching to briefly become a pastime in New York City.
Lastly ONSQU’s own Kate Doyle, assistant fiction editor, closed the night with a short story. Check out Kate’s work at The Meridian where she recently won the 2015 flash fiction contest!
Charlotte was stirring her hot chocolate rapidly. Listen, I was saying. Using the term “break-up” when you are explicitly not dating is like saying you’re definitively abandoning your career in the ballet when you’ve been to class maybe 2-4 times ever in your life and all those times you just talked about how much you really weren’t sure about ballet. Charlotte said, You said this to me yesterday. I said, I did?
“That Is Shocking” by Kate Doyle
If you’re interested in reading at a future event, send the coordinators an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Franklin Electric Reading Series will be back next month!