Here’s a story for you. Once upon a time, I would promote on social media my own local NYC readings by addressing my ‘local friends,’ those folks who could jump on a subway or walk to a bookstore or bar to attend a lit reading in the bustling, dense, soul-revivifying metropolis that is New York F*cking City. But what do terms like ‘local’ or ‘far-flung’ even mean anymore? We all live virtually inside a little digital box now. Which scares the hell out of me. In fact, since the pandemic shut down Gotham City, I’ve heard more people say that this whole thing seems like a nightmare. Fear, anxiety, suspicion and doubt pervade. And so, my friends (both local and far-flung), tonight, from inside my tiny digital cell, I will read to you a Tiny Nightmare, which just happens to appear in the soon-to-be-released anthology of horror-inspired flash fiction—TINY NIGHTMARES: VERY SHORT TALES OF HORROR (Catapult, 2020)—featuring over 40 new stories from literary, horror, and emerging writers—edited by Lincoln Michel and Nadxieli Nieto, the twisted minds behind Tiny Crimes: Very Short Tales of Mystery and Murder (Black Balloon, 2018). If you want to hear my tale of horror, join me tonight online from where ever you are currently holed up. The reading will be hosted by the august Guerrilla Lit: John Domini, Joseph Salvatore, Suzanne Dottino, which I will link below. And if you’d like to support this dark new anthology, please consider pre-ordering TINY NIGHTMARES: VERY SHORT TALES OF HORROR (Catapult, 2020). Here’s that link (which has Bookshop listed there, my favorite way to buy books these days):…/tiny-nightmares-very-short-tale…

Join me tonight, friends from all over. I’ve got something especially nightmarish to read to you. Details about the reading will be in the comments below.

Dixon Place Presents a Virtual Guerrilla Lit Reading Series

We are pleased to announce that the reading scheduled for Wednesday,May 13 features John Domini, Joseph Salvatore, Suzanne Dottino.

This virtual reading will occur on Zoom at 7:30 PM.


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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

About the Readers

John Domini’s latest book is The Color Inside a Melon. Blurbs came from Salman Rushdie and Marlon James, and the Washington Post praised it as it “sage,” “spry,” and “especially well-turned.” He has three earlier novels and three story collections; The Millions called his work “a new shriek for a new century.” Other books include selections of criticism and poetry. He’s published fiction in Paris Review and Ploughshares, non-fiction in GQ and the New York Times, and won a poetry prize from Meridian. Grants include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Domini has taught at Harvard and elsewhere and makes his home in Des Moines.

Joseph Salvatore is the author of the story collection To Assume A Pleasing Shape, published by BOA Editions, and the co-author of the college textbook Understanding English Grammar. A Spanish translation of his story collection, Presentarse En Forma Grata, was published in 2018 by Editorial Dos Bigotes. He is Books Editor at The Brooklyn Rail and a frequent contributor to The New York Times Sunday Book Review. His fiction has appeared in, among other places, The Collagist, Dossier, Epiphany, New York Tyrant, Open City, Post Road, Salt Hill, Sleeping Fish, and Willow Springs. His criticism has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Rain Taxi, the Routledge International Encyclopedia of Queer Culture, Angels of the Americlypse: an Anthology of New Latin@ Writing, the Believer Logger and elsewhere. He is an associate professor of writing at The New School in New York City, where he received the University Distinguished Teaching Award, and was the founding editor of the literary journal LIT. He lives in Queens.

Suzanne Dottino is a writer of fiction and plays. Her latest story “Angel of Mercy,” appears in the current Issue of The Bellevue Literary Review and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She teaches literature at BMCC. She is the editor of the online literary journal KGB Bar Lit.

Dixon Place Literary Programs are generously supported by the Axe Houghton Foundation and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

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