In case you were wondering how my essay reading tour is going (and I know you were!), here you go:
I’m producing a series of essay readings, a la David Sedaris, with a group of talented writers. For details, take a look at the press release below and check out the sidebar here for upcoming event dates and locations. And away, we go!
WRITERS GO ON TOUR FOR ESSAY READING SERIES
“Living, Out Loud: Writers Riff on Love, Sweat & Fears”
New York, NY (January, 2013) – A group of accomplished New York-based writers is banding together for a year-long original essay reading series that kicks off on February 5th with an event at Guild Hall in East Hampton.
Themed, “Living, Out Loud: Writers Riff on Love, Sweat & Fears,” the reading series brings together a diverse group of professional writers who will read their works to literary audiences throughout venues in New York, Brooklyn and Long Island.
Taking a page from book readings, which usually involve an author reciting directly from a published chapter, this unique series features writers taking turns at the microphone, each reading an original essay.
“Jerry Seinfeld, who still does stand-up comedy, was recently quoted in The New York Times Magazine about the need to perform for live audiences,” said the event organizer and writer, Claudia Gryvatz Copquin. “He said, ‘We’re craving the non-digital even more these days, the authentically human interactions,’ a statement that is extremely on-point, particularly for writers who typically work in isolation.”
In addition to Copquin, a New York Times and Newsday contributor and the author of three books, participating writers in rotation include New York Times “Modern Love” writer and memoirist Paula Ganzi Licata, award-winning NPR humor essayist David Bouchier, two-time New York Emmy award-winning writer Iyna Bort Caruso, speechwriter and essayist Robin Bernstein, and Friars Club historian and head writer Barry Dougherty.
Some essays have been previously published in magazines and newspapers while others are never-before-seen. “The topics run the gamut of the human experience — humor, relationships, love, death…And all offer a unique point of view that we know audiences will relate to,” Copquin added.
The group’s first reading event is on Tuesday, February 5 at 7:30 pm at Guild Hall’s Naked Stage, in East Hampton, NY. Admission is free (guildhall.org). Upcoming readings will be held at Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor (April 6), The Half King in New York City (April 29), Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington (April 14), The Nassau County Museum of Art (June 2) in Roslyn, and other venues.
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