Tuesday, July 12, 2011

That's All Folks!

After five fabulous seasons, the Ordinary Evening Reading Series is ending. It's been an amazing time. We've met wonderful writers and had wonderful audiences show up every month, rain or snow or shine or holidays. In our absence, please support the other terrific literary events in the Elm City. Keep well and keep reading.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Rescheduled! - April 5: Annie Murphy Paul and Carl Zimmer

Annie Murphy Paul's most recent book is Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of our Lives. A magazine journalist and book author who writes about the biological and social sciences, she was born in Philadelphia, and graduated from Yale University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. A former senior editor at Psychology Today magazine, she was awarded the Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, Slate, Discover, Health, O: The Oprah Magazine, and many other publications. She is the author of The Cult of Personality: How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children, Mismanage Our Companies, and Misunderstand Ourselves. An article based on Origins was included in the Best American Science Writing 2009.

Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for the New York Times and magazines such as Discover, where he is a contributing editor and columnist. He is the author of seven books, the most recent of which is The Tangled Bank: An Introduction To Evolution. Carl's books have won a number of accolades, including "One of the Top 100 Books of 2004" by The New York Times Book Review. His articles have been published in the New York Times, as well as magazines including National Geographic, Time, Scientific American,Science, and Popular Science.

From 1994 to 1998 Carl was a senior editor at Discover, where he remains a contributing editor and writes a monthly column about the brain. He is now a lecturer at Yale University, where he teaches writing about science and the environment. He is also the first Visiting Scholar at the Science, Health, and Environment Reporting Program at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Carl also hosts "Meet the Scientist," a podcast from the American Society for Microbiology.

Carl's work has been anthologized in both Best American Science Writing and Best American Science and Nature Writing. He has won fellowships and a number of awards, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Science Journalism Award twice, for his work for The New York Times and for his blog, The Loom. He is, to his knowledge, the only writer after whom a species of tapeworm has been named.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

April 26: Eleanor Lerman and Gail Mazur

Eleanor Lerman's most recent collection of poems, The Sensual World Re-Emerges was published by Sarabande Press in 2010. It has been nominated for three awards: ForeWord's Book of the Year (poetry), The Audre Lorde Poetry Award from the Publishing Triangle and the Lambda Literary Award (poetry). Her collection of short stories, The Blonde on the Train (Mayapple Press), came out in 2009.

Eleanor's first book of poetry, Armed Love (Wesleyan University Press), was published in 1973 when she was twenty-one and was nominated for a National Book Award. While Eleanor quickly became known as an exciting young poet with a direct, new voice, she also faced criticism for her explicit depiction of then-shocking subject matter. One more collection, Come the Sweet By and By followed in 1975, and then, partly in response to the backlash against her first book, she did not write another book of poems until 2001, when The Mystery of Meteors. This was followed by Our Post-Soviet History Unfolds (2005), which was awarded the 2006 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets for the year's most outstanding book of poetry.

Raised in the Bronx and Far Rockaway, Eleanor has lived in New York City all her life.

Gail Mazur’s poems celebrate the din and detail of ordinary life. Her most recent volume, Zeppo’s First Wife: New and Selected Poems, won the Massachusetts Book Award and her 2001 volume They Can’t Take That Away from Me was a finalist for the National Book Award. Gail published her first collection, Nightfire in 1978 and followed that with The Pose of Happiness (1986).

A graduate of Smith College, Gail has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College. Active in the Boston and Cambridge literary communities, she has served as the founding director of the Blacksmith House Poetry Center, and as Distinguished Writer in Residence at Emerson College.

Monday, February 21, 2011

March 15: Michael Alienikov and Daniel Swift

Michael Alenyikov’s first book, Ivan and Misha, was called “Highly Recommended” by the Library Journal, while Booklist praised its “sweetness, compassion, and great beauty.” Michael’s short stories have appeared in Canada’s Descant, The Georgia Review, the James White Review, New York Stories, and Modern Words. They have been anthologized in Best Gay Stories, 2008 and Tartts Four: Incisive Fiction from Emerging Writers. His essays have appeared in The Gay & Lesbian Review. A MacDowell Fellow, Michael was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2007. He has worked as a bookstore clerk, clinical psychologist, cab driver, and interactive media writer, and lives in San Francisco.

Bomber County, Daniel Swift’s first book, has been reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement and The Guardian, among others. The New York Times called the book, Daniel's account of his lost bomber pilot grandfather interspersed with the poetry of the World War II aviators, "a freewheeling exploration elegantly spiraling from the airborne Icarus to the husk of Cologne." Daniel teaches in the English department at Skidmore College, and his essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Guardian, Bookforum, and the Nation. Born in the U.K. and educated at Oxford and Columbia, he lives in New York City.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Ordinary Evening Reading Series Announces its Spring 2011 Season

The Ordinary Evening Reading Series starts its 2011 Spring Series on Tuesday January 18th -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 Spring line-up includes:

February 15: Edith Pearlman and Elizabeth Ziemska
March 15: Daniel Swift and Michael Alenyikov
RESCHEDULED April 5: Annie Murphy Paul and Carl Zimmer
April 26: Gail Mazur and Eleanor Lerman

If you wish to join our email list, send a note to news.ordinaryevening@gmail.com

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, January 25, 2011

February 15: Edith Pearlman and Elizabeth Ziemska

Reviewing Edith Pearlman’s Binocular Vision on the front page of the January 14th New York Times Book Review, Roxana Robinson wrote that in Pearlman’s stories “we’re caught up in a stream of beguiling details. . .as Pearlman describes a world that’s familiar, beloved and fascinating all at once.” But then, says Robinson, Pearlman “slips in an emotion. . . which permeates the landscape, leaving it known but dreaded, familiar but unbearable, a place we never want to inhabit, but do.”

Edith Pearlman’s Binocular Vision: New and Selected Stories has just been published by Lookout Press. She is the author of three other collections of stories: Vaquita (1996), Love Among The Greats (2002), and How To Fall (2005). She has published more than 250 works of short fiction and short non-fiction in national magazines, literary journals, anthologies, and on-line publications. Her work has been selected by Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Prize Collection, Best Short Stories from the South, and The Pushcart Prize Collection. Her essays have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Smithsonian, Preservation, and Yankee. Her travel writing has been published in the New York Times, The Boston Globe, and salon.com.

Elizabeth Ziemska's first published story "A Murder of Crows," appeared in Tin House (Spring 2007), was a finalist for the 2008 Shirley Jackson Award, and made the extended list for Best American Non-Required Reading. "Count Poniatowski and the Beautiful Chicken" was published in Interfictions:2 (2009). Elizabeth is currently at work on a novel that combines Russia, mythology, sturgeon, and two women.

Born in Poland, Elizabeth grew up in New York and L.A. She went to Vassar and UCLA, where she earned a degree in Biology. After several years working as an agent first in the New York publishing industry and then in L.A.’s film industry, she decided to pursue writing at the Bennington Writing Seminars. She earned her MFA in 2008 and lives in L.A. with her husband, stepson, and three crazy dogs.