Readings in the Tampa area Oct-Nov 2011

Peter Trachtenberg, reading

Peter Trachtenberg is the author of The Book of Calamities: Five Questions About Suffering and Its Meaning (Little, Brown 2008), a book that combines reportage, memoir, and moral philosophy to explore suffering and its narratives, which won the 2009 Phi Beta Kappa Ralph Waldo Emerson Award for works that contribute significantly to interpretations of the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity. In 1997, his debut book, Seven Tattoos: A Memoir in the Flesh (Crown) was published. Of this book, the Montreal Gazette wrote, “Seven Tattoos is like a Lou Reed record: off-key and on the mark at the same time….A reminder that the memoir, when it’s revealing and reflective, can go where the best literature has always sought to go—straight to the human heart.”

Trachtenberg’s fiction, essays, and reportage have appeared in The New Yorker, Harpers, Bomb, A Public Space, Bidoun, O: The Oprah Magazine, and The New York Times Travel Magazine. He has performed his monologues at Dixon Place, PS 122, and The Kitchen and broadcast commentaries on NPR’s All Things Considered. He is the recipient of a Whiting Award, the Nelson Algren Prize for Short Fiction, an Artist’s Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and a 2010-2011 Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. In 2008-2009 he was a visiting professor of creative nonfiction at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

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October 13, 7-10pm

thread will be having its 3rd Annual Reading is Sexy Showcase– a more formal (with free food) event than last month’s fundraiser. But more importantly, this event differs from last month’s in that we want to revive the celebration of last year’s published writers with the goal in mind that those who were published in the Spring will read at this specific event.

Also, Oct. 13th marks the open submissions date for thread this year! We will be accepting submissions in literary criticism (max 15 pages), fiction (max 15 pages), poetry (max 5 pages each, 4 poems total), creative non-fiction (max 15 pages), and a short screenplay (max 15 pages or 1 Act). *Note: the submission guideline has changed from last year. Please submit all submissions to

Come on out all you threadies and be inspired to submit!

Readers include:
Robert Alderman (published before; short story)
Ryan Bollenbach (published before; short story)
Amanda Molinaro (published before; short story)
Jenni Nance (graduate student; short story)
Neil Pepi (published before; screenplay)
Alan Shaw (graduate student; non-fiction)
Brogan Sullivan (published before; short story)

Mon, November 7, 7pm – 9pm
Ella’s Folk Art Cafe, 5119 N. Nebraska Ave
This year’s writers harvest will feature poets Erika Meitner and Michael Hettich and fiction writer Karen Brown. The event raises money and canned goods for Feeding America.

October 5, 2011. Uncategorized.

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