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Bianca Stone Reading - Highwaymen NYC Reading Series

Tuesday, April 15th, 7:00pm

Mellow Pages Library
56 Bogart Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206

Someone Else’s Wedding Vows reflects on the different forms of love, which can be both tremendously joyous and devastatingly destructive. Drawing on the neurological, scientific, psychological, and even supernatural, this collection confronts the difficulties of love and family. Stone rankles with a desire to understand, but the questions she asks are never answered simply.

“Stone’s poems are highly charged, lively, and interesting. They are fiercely anti-sentimental, and emotionally generous…In her poems we’re in the presence of a naked human voice, not concealing itself—or over-reaching to expose itself—which dives as deep as voices go.”

—Sharon Olds, Pulitzer-Prize–winning author of Stag’s Leap


Bianca Stone Reading - NYU Gallatin

Wednesday, April 16th, 7:00pm

NYU Gallatin
1 Washington Place
New York, NY 10003

With Jenny Zhang and Darin Strauss.

Someone Else’s Wedding Vows reflects on the different forms of love, which can be both tremendously joyous and devastatingly destructive. Drawing on the neurological, scientific, psychological, and even supernatural, this collection confronts the difficulties of love and family. Stone rankles with a desire to understand, but the questions she asks are never answered simply.

“Stone’s poems are highly charged, lively, and interesting. They are fiercely anti-sentimental, and emotionally generous…In her poems we’re in the presence of a naked human voice, not concealing itself—or over-reaching to expose itself—which dives as deep as voices go.”

—Sharon Olds, Pulitzer-Prize–winning author of Stag’s Leap


Bianca Stone Reading and Launch Party - Pacific Standard

Thursday, April 17th, 7:00pm

Pacific Standard
82 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Someone Else’s Wedding Vows reflects on the different forms of love, which can be both tremendously joyous and devastatingly destructive. Drawing on the neurological, scientific, psychological, and even supernatural, this collection confronts the difficulties of love and family. Stone rankles with a desire to understand, but the questions she asks are never answered simply.

“Stone’s poems are highly charged, lively, and interesting. They are fiercely anti-sentimental, and emotionally generous…In her poems we’re in the presence of a naked human voice, not concealing itself—or over-reaching to expose itself—which dives as deep as voices go.”

—Sharon Olds, Pulitzer-Prize–winning author of Stag’s Leap


Kevin Sampsell Reading - Paperish Mess

Friday, April 25th, 7:30pm

Paperish Mess
1955 W Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622

With Megan Stielstra.

Chronicling five years of a troubled romance, This Is Between Us offers an intimate view of one couple’s struggle—from the illicit beginnings of sexual obsession to the fragile architecture of a pieced-together family. In this utterly engrossing debut novel, Kevin Sampsell delivers a confessional tale of love between two resilient people who have staked their hearts on each other.

“Here is the quiet, funny, heartbreak truth of Real Love. Read it and weep.”

—Amelia Gray, author of THREATS


Cari Luna Workshop and Reading - Kalama Word Catcher

Saturday, April 26th

Kalama Community Building
126 N. 2nd Street
Kalama, WA 98625

Inspired by the midnineties squat evictions on New York’s Lower East Side, Cari Luna’s gritty debut novel vividly imagines the lives of five squatters, showing readers a life that few people, including New Yorkers who passed the squats every day, know about or understand.

“Luna creates an array of complex characters caught up in emotions, relationships and situations far from the ordinary as they examine their commitment to their merged family and explore their own ideals and expectations. Enlightening and marked by inventive subject matter, intense reflection and stark eloquence.”

Kirkus Reviews


Bianca Stone Reading - The Enclave Reading Series

Saturday, April 26th, 5:00pm

The Cake Shop
152 Ludlow Street
New York, New York 10002

Someone Else’s Wedding Vows reflects on the different forms of love, which can be both tremendously joyous and devastatingly destructive. Drawing on the neurological, scientific, psychological, and even supernatural, this collection confronts the difficulties of love and family. Stone rankles with a desire to understand, but the questions she asks are never answered simply.

“Stone’s poems are highly charged, lively, and interesting. They are fiercely anti-sentimental, and emotionally generous…In her poems we’re in the presence of a naked human voice, not concealing itself—or over-reaching to expose itself—which dives as deep as voices go.”

—Sharon Olds, Pulitzer-Prize–winning author of Stag’s Leap


Kevin Sampsell Reading - City Lit Books

Saturday, April 26th, 5:00pm

City Lit Books
2523 North Kedzie Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60647

With Russ Woods and James Tadd Adcox, presented by Curbside Splendor.

Chronicling five years of a troubled romance, This Is Between Us offers an intimate view of one couple’s struggle—from the illicit beginnings of sexual obsession to the fragile architecture of a pieced-together family. In this utterly engrossing debut novel, Kevin Sampsell delivers a confessional tale of love between two resilient people who have staked their hearts on each other.

“Here is the quiet, funny, heartbreak truth of Real Love. Read it and weep.”

—Amelia Gray, author of THREATS


Kevin Sampsell Reading - LYE:WORDS

Sunday, April 27th, 7:00pm

Pond Gallery
920 W Burnside Street
Portland, OR 97205

With Jay Ponteri and Rauan Klassnik.

Chronicling five years of a troubled romance, This Is Between Us offers an intimate view of one couple’s struggle—from the illicit beginnings of sexual obsession to the fragile architecture of a pieced-together family. In this utterly engrossing debut novel, Kevin Sampsell delivers a confessional tale of love between two resilient people who have staked their hearts on each other.

“Here is the quiet, funny, heartbreak truth of Real Love. Read it and weep.”

—Amelia Gray, author of THREATS


Bianca Stone Reading - Mental Marginalia Reading Series

Tuesday, April 29th, 7:00pm

The West
379 Union Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Someone Else’s Wedding Vows reflects on the different forms of love, which can be both tremendously joyous and devastatingly destructive. Drawing on the neurological, scientific, psychological, and even supernatural, this collection confronts the difficulties of love and family. Stone rankles with a desire to understand, but the questions she asks are never answered simply.

“Stone’s poems are highly charged, lively, and interesting. They are fiercely anti-sentimental, and emotionally generous…In her poems we’re in the presence of a naked human voice, not concealing itself—or over-reaching to expose itself—which dives as deep as voices go.”

—Sharon Olds, Pulitzer-Prize–winning author of Stag’s Leap


Bianca Stone Reading - Greenlight Bookstore

Wednesday, April 30th, 7:30pm

Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Someone Else’s Wedding Vows reflects on the different forms of love, which can be both tremendously joyous and devastatingly destructive. Drawing on the neurological, scientific, psychological, and even supernatural, this collection confronts the difficulties of love and family. Stone rankles with a desire to understand, but the questions she asks are never answered simply.

“Stone’s poems are highly charged, lively, and interesting. They are fiercely anti-sentimental, and emotionally generous…In her poems we’re in the presence of a naked human voice, not concealing itself—or over-reaching to expose itself—which dives as deep as voices go.”

—Sharon Olds, Pulitzer-Prize–winning author of Stag’s Leap


Bianca Stone Reading - Flying Object

Saturday, May 3rd, 7:00pm

Flying Object
42 West Street
Hadley, MA 01035

Someone Else’s Wedding Vows reflects on the different forms of love, which can be both tremendously joyous and devastatingly destructive. Drawing on the neurological, scientific, psychological, and even supernatural, this collection confronts the difficulties of love and family. Stone rankles with a desire to understand, but the questions she asks are never answered simply.

“Stone’s poems are highly charged, lively, and interesting. They are fiercely anti-sentimental, and emotionally generous…In her poems we’re in the presence of a naked human voice, not concealing itself—or over-reaching to expose itself—which dives as deep as voices go.”

—Sharon Olds, Pulitzer-Prize–winning author of Stag’s Leap


Allen Crawford Presents "Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself" - Rosenbach Museum

Thursday, May 15th, 6:00pm

Rosenbach Museum
2008 Delancey Place
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Walt Whitman’s iconic collection of poems, Leaves of Grass, has earned a reputation as a sacred American text. Whitman himself made such comparisons, going so far as to use biblical verse as a model for his own. So it’s only appropriate that artist and illustrator Allen Crawford has chosen to illuminate—like medieval monks with their own holy scriptures—Whitman’s masterpiece and the core of his poetic vision, “Song of Myself.”

Crawford has turned the original sixty-page poem from Whitman’s 1855 edition into a sprawling 234-page work of art. The handwritten text and illustrations intermingle in a way that’s both surprising and wholly in tune with the spirit of the poem—they’re exuberant, rough, and wild. Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself is a sensational reading experience, an artifact in its own right, and a masterful tribute to the Good Gray Poet.


Allen Crawford presents "Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself" - Brickbat Books

Saturday, May 17th, 7:00pm

Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth St. (between Bainbridge & Monroe Sts)
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Walt Whitman’s iconic collection of poems, Leaves of Grass, has earned a reputation as a sacred American text. Whitman himself made such comparisons, going so far as to use biblical verse as a model for his own. So it’s only appropriate that artist and illustrator Allen Crawford has chosen to illuminate—like medieval monks with their own holy scriptures—Whitman’s masterpiece and the core of his poetic vision, “Song of Myself.”

Crawford has turned the original sixty-page poem from Whitman’s 1855 edition into a sprawling 234-page work of art. The handwritten text and illustrations intermingle in a way that’s both surprising and wholly in tune with the spirit of the poem—they’re exuberant, rough, and wild. Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself is a sensational reading experience, an artifact in its own right, and a masterful tribute to the Good Gray Poet.


Allen Crawford Presents "Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself" - Society of Illustrators

Wednesday, May 21st, 6:30pm

Society of Illustrators
128 E 63rd Street
New York, NY 10065

Walt Whitman’s iconic collection of poems, Leaves of Grass, has earned a reputation as a sacred American text. Whitman himself made such comparisons, going so far as to use biblical verse as a model for his own. So it’s only appropriate that artist and illustrator Allen Crawford has chosen to illuminate—like medieval monks with their own holy scriptures—Whitman’s masterpiece and the core of his poetic vision, “Song of Myself.”

Crawford has turned the original sixty-page poem from Whitman’s 1855 edition into a sprawling 234-page work of art. The handwritten text and illustrations intermingle in a way that’s both surprising and wholly in tune with the spirit of the poem—they’re exuberant, rough, and wild. Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself is a sensational reading experience, an artifact in its own right, and a masterful tribute to the Good Gray Poet.


Bianca Stone Reading - Berl's Poetry Shop

Saturday, May 24th, 7:00pm

Berl’s Poetry Shop
126A Front Street (next to Superfine) in D.U.M.B.O
Brooklyn, NY 11201

A Tin House/Octopus Books evening with Amy Lawless.

Someone Else’s Wedding Vows reflects on the different forms of love, which can be both tremendously joyous and devastatingly destructive. Drawing on the neurological, scientific, psychological, and even supernatural, this collection confronts the difficulties of love and family. Stone rankles with a desire to understand, but the questions she asks are never answered simply.

“Stone’s poems are highly charged, lively, and interesting. They are fiercely anti-sentimental, and emotionally generous…In her poems we’re in the presence of a naked human voice, not concealing itself—or over-reaching to expose itself—which dives as deep as voices go.”

—Sharon Olds, Pulitzer-Prize–winning author of Stag’s Leap


Allen Crawford Presents "Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself" - Housing Works

Tuesday, May 27th, 7:00pm

Housing Works
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012

Walt Whitman’s iconic collection of poems, Leaves of Grass, has earned a reputation as a sacred American text. Whitman himself made such comparisons, going so far as to use biblical verse as a model for his own. So it’s only appropriate that artist and illustrator Allen Crawford has chosen to illuminate—like medieval monks with their own holy scriptures—Whitman’s masterpiece and the core of his poetic vision, “Song of Myself.”

Crawford has turned the original sixty-page poem from Whitman’s 1855 edition into a sprawling 234-page work of art. The handwritten text and illustrations intermingle in a way that’s both surprising and wholly in tune with the spirit of the poem—they’re exuberant, rough, and wild. Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself is a sensational reading experience, an artifact in its own right, and a masterful tribute to the Good Gray Poet.


Bianca Stone Reading - KBG Reading Series

Tuesday, May 27th, 7:00pm

KGB Bar
85 E 4th Street
New York, NY 10003

Someone Else’s Wedding Vows reflects on the different forms of love, which can be both tremendously joyous and devastatingly destructive. Drawing on the neurological, scientific, psychological, and even supernatural, this collection confronts the difficulties of love and family. Stone rankles with a desire to understand, but the questions she asks are never answered simply.

“Stone’s poems are highly charged, lively, and interesting. They are fiercely anti-sentimental, and emotionally generous…In her poems we’re in the presence of a naked human voice, not concealing itself—or over-reaching to expose itself—which dives as deep as voices go.”

—Sharon Olds, Pulitzer-Prize–winning author of Stag’s Leap


Bianca Stone Reading - Brooklyn Poets Reading Series

Friday, June 6th

Dumbo Sky
10 Jay St #903
New York, NY 11201

Someone Else’s Wedding Vows reflects on the different forms of love, which can be both tremendously joyous and devastatingly destructive. Drawing on the neurological, scientific, psychological, and even supernatural, this collection confronts the difficulties of love and family. Stone rankles with a desire to understand, but the questions she asks are never answered simply.

“Stone’s poems are highly charged, lively, and interesting. They are fiercely anti-sentimental, and emotionally generous…In her poems we’re in the presence of a naked human voice, not concealing itself—or over-reaching to expose itself—which dives as deep as voices go.”

—Sharon Olds, Pulitzer-Prize–winning author of Stag’s Leap


Cari Luna Reading - Auntie's Bookstore

Saturday, June 7th, 7:00pm

Auntie’s Bookstore
402 West Main Avenue
Spokane, WA 99201

Inspired by the midnineties squat evictions on New York’s Lower East Side, Cari Luna’s gritty debut novel vividly imagines the lives of five squatters, showing readers a life that few people, including New Yorkers who passed the squats every day, know about or understand.

“Luna creates an array of complex characters caught up in emotions, relationships and situations far from the ordinary as they examine their commitment to their merged family and explore their own ideals and expectations. Enlightening and marked by inventive subject matter, intense reflection and stark eloquence.”

Kirkus Reviews


Bianca Stone at the Juniper Institute for Young Writers

Saturday, June 21st-28th

Juniper Institute for Young Writers
810 Campus Center, 1 Campus Center Way
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003

June 21st-28th: Bianca Stone will be teaching a class on poetry comics at the Juniper Institute for Young Writers.

Someone Else’s Wedding Vows reflects on the different forms of love, which can be both tremendously joyous and devastatingly destructive. Drawing on the neurological, scientific, psychological, and even supernatural, this collection confronts the difficulties of love and family. Stone rankles with a desire to understand, but the questions she asks are never answered simply.

“Stone’s poems are highly charged, lively, and interesting. They are fiercely anti-sentimental, and emotionally generous…In her poems we’re in the presence of a naked human voice, not concealing itself—or over-reaching to expose itself—which dives as deep as voices go.”

—Sharon Olds, Pulitzer-Prize–winning author of Stag’s Leap


Sean Michaels Reading - Greenlight Books

Monday, June 23rd, 7:30pm

Greenlight Books
686 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

With theremin player Rob Schwimmer.

Locked in a cabin aboard a ship bearing him back to Russia and away from the love of his life, Lev Sergeyvich Termen begins to type his story: a tale of electricity, romance and the invention of the world’s strangest instrument, the theremin. Steeped in beauty, wonder, and looping heartbreak, Sean Michaels’s debut novel explores the lies we tell, the truths we imagine, and the lengths we go to survive.

Us Conductors stretches its arms to encompass nearly everything— it is an immigrant tale, an epic, a spy intrigue, a prison confession, an inventor’s manual, a creation myth, and an obituary—but the electric current humming through its heart is an achingly resonant love story. Sean Michaels orchestrates his first novel like a virtuoso.”

—Anthony Marra, author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena


Sean Michaels Reading - McNally Jackson

Tuesday, June 24th, 7:00pm

McNally Jackson
52 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012

With David Gutowski.

Locked in a cabin aboard a ship bearing him back to Russia and away from the love of his life, Lev Sergeyvich Termen begins to type his story: a tale of electricity, romance and the invention of the world’s strangest instrument, the theremin. Steeped in beauty, wonder, and looping heartbreak, Sean Michaels’s debut novel explores the lies we tell, the truths we imagine, and the lengths we go to survive.

Us Conductors stretches its arms to encompass nearly everything— it is an immigrant tale, an epic, a spy intrigue, a prison confession, an inventor’s manual, a creation myth, and an obituary—but the electric current humming through its heart is an achingly resonant love story. Sean Michaels orchestrates his first novel like a virtuoso.”

—Anthony Marra, author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena


Lacy M. Johnson Reading - Powell's City of Books

Sunday, July 20th, 7:30pm

Powell’s City of Books
1005 W Burnside Street
Portland, OR 97209

With Nick Flynn.

“Wow. Just…Wow. The Other Side is the sonic boom of a powerful story meeting an even more powerful storyteller. It’s hard to say anything about a book that leaves you this breathless. Lacy Johnson is my new literary hero.”

—Mat Johnson, author of PYM

Lacy Johnson was held prisoner in a soundproofed room in a basement apartment that her ex-boyfriend rented and outfitted for the sole purpose of raping and killing her. She escaped, but not unscathed. The Other Side is the haunting account of a first passionate and then abusive relationship, the events leading to Johnson’s kidnapping and imprisonment, her dramatic escape, and her hard-fought struggle to recover. At once thrilling, terrifying, harrowing, and hopeful, The Other Side offers more than just a true crime record. In language both stark and poetic, Johnson weaves together a richly personal narrative with police reports, psychological evaluations, and neurobiological investigations, provoking both troubling and timely questions about gender roles and the epidemic of violence against women.


Lacy M. Johnson Reading - Brazos Bookstore

Thursday, July 24th, 7:00pm

Brazos Bookstore
2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005

“Wow. Just…Wow. The Other Side is the sonic boom of a powerful story meeting an even more powerful storyteller. It’s hard to say anything about a book that leaves you this breathless. Lacy Johnson is my new literary hero.”

—Mat Johnson, author of PYM

Lacy Johnson was held prisoner in a soundproofed room in a basement apartment that her ex-boyfriend rented and outfitted for the sole purpose of raping and killing her. She escaped, but not unscathed. The Other Side is the haunting account of a first passionate and then abusive relationship, the events leading to Johnson’s kidnapping and imprisonment, her dramatic escape, and her hard-fought struggle to recover. At once thrilling, terrifying, harrowing, and hopeful, The Other Side offers more than just a true crime record. In language both stark and poetic, Johnson weaves together a richly personal narrative with police reports, psychological evaluations, and neurobiological investigations, provoking both troubling and timely questions about gender roles and the epidemic of violence against women.


Lacy M. Johnson Reading - BookPeople

Tuesday, July 29th, 7:00pm

BookPeople
603 North Lamar
Austin, TX 78703

“Wow. Just…Wow. The Other Side is the sonic boom of a powerful story meeting an even more powerful storyteller. It’s hard to say anything about a book that leaves you this breathless. Lacy Johnson is my new literary hero.”

—Mat Johnson, author of PYM

Lacy Johnson was held prisoner in a soundproofed room in a basement apartment that her ex-boyfriend rented and outfitted for the sole purpose of raping and killing her. She escaped, but not unscathed. The Other Side is the haunting account of a first passionate and then abusive relationship, the events leading to Johnson’s kidnapping and imprisonment, her dramatic escape, and her hard-fought struggle to recover. At once thrilling, terrifying, harrowing, and hopeful, The Other Side offers more than just a true crime record. In language both stark and poetic, Johnson weaves together a richly personal narrative with police reports, psychological evaluations, and neurobiological investigations, provoking both troubling and timely questions about gender roles and the epidemic of violence against women.