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.


Thank you, Dr. Matthew Finch.

Finch talks about the way we categorize literature, Mavis Gallant, Tom Scioli’s art, and Elect H. Mouse State Judge HERE.

Inspired by That’s When the Knives Come Down

Both T Kira Madden and I have work responding to the final story in Dolan Morgan’s collection–just out from Aforementioned Productions–up at Sundog Lit.

Here is one of her haunting images:

And here is my piece, The Sister.

All the work commissioned by Sundog for Dolan’s book can be seen HERE