Silent Beaches, Untold Stories ~ September, 2016

This is a book I’m incredibly excited about: conceived of and edited by one of my favorite artists and people, Elizabeth Albert, with literary input from the great Underwater New York. I’m so fortunate to have my story “Posthumous Letter from Conrad Poppenhusen to William Steinway”  included in it, along with art and writing by people like Joel Meyerowitz, Mary Mattingly, Carrie Mae Weems, Spencer Finch, Susan Choi, Ravi Howard, and Antoine Wilson.



Selected Shorts Podcast: Out of the Kitchen with Lucky Peach

This episode of Selected Shorts, Out of the Kitchen With Lucky Peach, features work from that splendid food magazine. Marc Maron, Peter Meehan, and Rosie Schaap are some of the writers with whom I’m honored to be included here. Stories are read by the likes of David Cross, Gaby Hoffman, and–for my piece, Supreme Cloud Ear–the incredible Sarah Steele.



McSweeney’s and Audible a la carte edition of History Lesson

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Get the audiobook of my story here. Read by Joel Richards.

The Accidental Reading Series

I live in Saugerties and have a preschool child. So I often miss my friends’ book launch celebrations and readings in NYC (and elsewhere). I decided to invite them upstate to read at my favorite local bookstore, The Golden Notebook in Woodstock. The proprietors, Jacqueline Kellachan and James Conrad, have been wonderfully welcoming and flexible as I somewhat whimsically schedule these weekend afternoon events.

The series kicked off on Sunday, March 6 with Ryan Britt and Joe Garden.

Here are the upcoming readings that I’m hosting:

Saturday, 4/23: Stephen O’Connor and Helen Benedict
Saturday, 4/30: Samuel Ligon, Robert Lopez, and Maddy Owen-Dunow
Sunday, 5/22: Elizabeth Crane
Saturday, 6/4 Natalie Eilbert and Dolan Morgan


Nina Shengold’s Word Café archive

This is Nina Shengold’s archive of the season’s past events. The topic of my Word Café evening was Points of View. Here we are, having a lot of fun. You too can go to Word Café  and have a lot of fun. (Photo: Jana Martin)nelly-reifler-nina-shengold

Rebecca Wolff + Popahna Brandes + me – 9/20 – Brooklyn

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Housing Works on 6-15-15

Here’s a glorious thing: celebrating Patrick O’Neil’s Gun, Needle, Spoon (Dzanc). O’Neil, Jason Donnelly, Jennifer Kabat, Sean Madigan Hoen, and I will be reading–at my second home, Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 6/15 7:00.flier small


I’ll be taking part in University of Cincinnati’s Emerging Fiction Writers Festival, along with Ed Park, Alissa Nutting, and Dean Bakopoulos. March 11-13.


Details HERE

Moby-Dick Marathon

November 14-16 in NYC. I’ll be reading, along with a bunch of incredible people–like Leslie Jamison, Dolan Morgan, Shelly Oria, Elissa Schappell, Lynne Tillman, Emily Gould, Justin Taylor, Joshua Ferris, Melissa Febos, Elif Batuman…. the list goes on and on. I’m on Sunday afternoon. Complete schedule and more information is HERE.


Interview with Dolan Morgan

I interviewed Dolan Morgan for The Believer’s Go Forth section.

His book, That’s When the Knives Come Down, is a wondrous thing.