(HUDSON, N.Y.) – “Here, Now II: A Reading by Emerging and Established Writers,” featuring readings by six local authors reading unpublished or in-progress works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, including Richard Boch, Nic Glenn Francis Flood, Dave King, Andrea Kleine, Sonia Pilcer and Amy Rigby, takes place at the Spotty Dog on Friday, October 10, 2014, at 7pm.
The event, which kicks off Arts Walk Literary 2014, is presented in conjunction with the Columbia County Council on the Arts.
“Here, Now” celebrates the role of writing on our community by inviting both established and “hidden” writers to present their work. Writers will read unpublished or in-progress fiction, memoir and poetry. By focusing on unpublished work, “Here, Now” emphasizes the craft and process of writing over the finished product.
Last year’s “Here, Now” reading was a standing-room-only affair which featured Melissa Holbrook Pierson, Karen Crumley Keats, Sara Kendall and, in one of her last public readings, the late Maggie Estep.
Richard Boch is an artist, writer and lifelong New Yorker. He was born in Brooklyn, grew up on Long Island and studied printmaking and painting at The University of Connecticut and Parsons School of Design/The New School. He lives in upstate Columbia County, N.Y., and New York City. Richard is currently working on a memoir and history of the time, 1979 and 1980, centered on twenty-two months spent working the door at NYC’s Mudd Club. In 2014, Richard moderated the panel discussion, Nightclubbing, at NYU’s Bobst Library, The Fales Collection. In addition, he edited Low Fidelity: Still Photographs 1975-1983. Recent exhibitions include a group show at Wendy McDaris Fine Art, a suite of multi-media prints titled A Throwback Thrown Forward at CR-10 and a series of Page Paintings as part of No Wave Heroes.
Dave King holds a BFA in painting and film from Cooper Union and an MFA in writing from Columbia University; he taught English at Baruch College and Cultural Studies at the School of Visual Arts in New York before moving to New York University’s Gallatin School of Interdisciplinary Studies. Of his bestselling debut novel, the New York Times Book Review wrote, “The Ha-Ha is full of emotional truth and establishes King as a writer of consequence.” The Ha-Ha was a finalist for Book of the Month Club’s best Literary Fiction Award and the Quill Foundation’s award for Best Debut Fiction and was named one of the best books of 2005 by the Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Amazon.com. Several foreign language editions are in print, and a film version is in development. In addition, The Ha-Ha earned Dave King the 2006 John Guare Writers Fund Rome Prize Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
King’s poems and essays have appeared in The Paris Review, The Village Voice and Fence, and in the Italian literary journal Nuovi Argomenti; King is also a translator of the Italian poet Massimo Gezzi. He and his husband, the painter Franklin Tartaglione, divide their time between Brooklyn and the Hudson Valley of New York, and a new novel, tentatively entitled The Beast and Beauty, is forthcoming.
Andrea Kleine is a writer and interdisciplinary performance artist. She is a five time MacDowell Colony fellow, a Montalvo Arts Center literary fellow, a New York Foundation for the Arts fellow, and was valedictorian of her eighth grade class. Her new performance work, Screening Room, will premiere at the Chocolate Factory Theater in New York this December. She is currently working on a novel.
Sonia Pilcer will be publishing her sixth novel, “The Last Hotel,” in January 2015.
Karen Schoemer is a poet and author living in Columbia County. Her book “Great Pretenders: My Strange Love Affair With ’50s Pop Music,” was published by Free Press in 2006. Her poetry has appeared in Chronogram and Zephyrs. A former music critic for the New York Times, Newsweek and many other publications, she has contributed to numerous anthologies, including “Leonard Cohen on Leonard Cohen” and Innocent When You Dream: A Tom Waits Reader. She is the host of The Schoemer Show on WGXC 90.7 FM and the vocalist for the Schoemer Formation, a rock trio whose sound has been described as “spoken-psych.” In 2013 she released two EPs with the British band Detective Instinct, Schoemer Songs and Falling in Lilacs, both featuring Mike Watt of the Minutemen on bass. She has two tracks on the Detective Instinct LP Black Floral, released in July 2014 on Sickroom Records.