Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Ordinary Evening Reading Series Fall 2010 Series Starts September 21st!

The Ordinary Evening Reading Series starts its 2010 Fall Series on Tuesday September 21st, an ordinary evening -at 7PM in the Anchor Bar's Mermaid Room (272 College Street, New Haven). We're excited to welcome a diverse range of writers - and we hope to welcome you, too.

Our Fall line-up includes:

September 21: Caryl Phillips and Matt Debenham
October 19: Ruth Lepson and Joana Smith Rakoff
November 16: Mark Wunderlich and Paul Beckman
December 14: Phillip Lopate and Cynthia Zarin

If you wish to join our email list, send a note to

We welcome drinkers and teetotallers alike for an evening of readings by writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Please join us for what the New Haven Independent called "one of those unofficial civic ventures that make New Haven such a vibrant place."

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Caryl Phillips and Matt Debenham

Caryl Phillips was born in St.Kitts, West Indies, and brought up in Leeds. He is the author of numerous books of non-fiction and fiction. Dancing in the Dark won the 2006 PEN/Beyond Margins Award, and A Distant Shore won the 2004 Commonwealth Writers Prize. His other awards include the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Crossing the River, which was also short-listed for the Booker Prize. He has written extensively for the stage, television, and film, and is a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines on both sides of the Atlantic. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Professor of English at Yale University, he currently lives in New York City.

Matt Debenham's story collection The Book of Right and Wrong (published in 2010) won the Ohio State University Press Prize for fiction and featured the Pushcart Prize-nominated title story “The Book of Right and Wrong.” Matt holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. His work has appeared in numerous journals, including Roanoke Review, The Pinch, Weston Magazine, Dogwood, Painted Bride Quarterly, and North Atlantic Review. He teaches in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program, writes a blog and twitters.