Lightning Round


This quarterly reading series fuses quick, high energy readings with a broad range of voices–both established and emerging–into a seamless hour of literary brilliance. Each event will feature 20 readers, each of whom will read no longer than three minutes before introducing the next reader. No interruption from the host means a continuous listening experience. No guidelines other than length means maximum variety of form and content. Monkeybicycle’s Lightning Round! Reading Series: a cure for the common reading.


Round Three.

JULY 13, 2011, 7pm, The Cake Shop, New York City

There has been a lot of talk in recent months about the lack of female writers included in places like The New Yorker and The Atlantic. And in Esquire’s recent list of “75 Books Every Man Should Read,” only one was penned by a woman. This is a sad state of affairs, and like so many others, we at Monkeybicycle wish this didn’t need to be a discussion. But since it is, we’ve decided to show our solidarity by hosting a Monkeybicycle Lightning Round! event consisting of nothing but female readers. We’ve rounded up some of the best in the business from the New York area for what is sure to be an amazing event.

READERS INCLUDE: Hannah Assadi, Jami Attenberg, Kate Hill Cantrill, Laura Carney, Ann DeWitt, Claire Donato, Shelley Jackson, Rozi Jovanovic, Aya Karpinska, Catherine Lacey, Deb Olin Unferth, Dawn Raffel, Lauren Spohrer, Terese Svoboda, Lauren Waterman, Katie Wudel, Anya C. Yurchyshyn, and others.


Round Two.

MARCH 16, 2011, 7pm, The Cake Shop, New York City

We’re happy to say that this edition of the Lightning Round will also double as a release party for our eighth print issue, which will be available shortly.

Featuring: Paula Bomer, Vince Czyz, Scott Geiger, Jeff Grunthaner, Michael Hickins, Suzanne Marie Hopcroft, Blake Kimzey, Lincoln Michel, David Moscovich, Dustin Luke Nelson, Steve Peacock, Edwin Rivera, Kathleen A. Ryan, Andrew James Weatherhead, and Katie Wudel, plus others.


Round One.

OCTOBER 22, 2010, 7pm, KGB Bar, New York City

Featuring: Paula Bomer, Sarah Bridgins, Jason Brooks, Ben Cake, Laura Carney, William Clifford, Jim Freed, Scott Geiger, Greg Gerke, Eirik Gumeny, Chris Heavener, Krystal Languell, Michael Leong, John Madera, Peter Richter, Matt Salesses, Joe Sullivan, Robert Swartwood, Mike Topp, Timmy Waldron, Mike Wood, and John Woods.