(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Authors and poets including Julie Metz, Benjamin Hale, and Mary Lou Buschi will read from their works at Spotty Dog Books & Ale on Saturday, June 11, at 7pm, as part of Volume, the free monthly reading and music series every second Saturday of the month. The readings will be followed by a set by DJ Stephen Bluhm.
Julie Metz’s New York Times-bestselling memoir, Perfection, was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection and is being adapted for television. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Salon, Dame, Glamour, Redbook, and Huffington Post, and the anthologies The Moment and The House that Made Me.
Benjamin Hale is the author of the novel The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore and the collection The Fat Artist and Other Stories. He has received the Bard Fiction Prize and Michener-Copernicus Award, among others. His writing has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, The Paris Review, The New York Times, the Washington Post, and elsewhere.
Mary Lou Buschi’s poems have appeared in FIELD, Willow Springs, Indiana Review and The Laurel Review. In 2014 she was nominated for Best New Poets, and was a finalist for Best of the Net Anthology. Her full-length collection, Awful Baby, was published this year through Red Paint Hill. Tight Wire, her third chapbook, comes out this month.
Stephen Bluhm’s compelling music channels a myriad of time and style, including punk, songbook standards, synth pop, 1960s girl groups, disco, and folk. The captivating amalgam is pop music but driven by imaginative arty twists both distinctive and singular. His compelling theatricality is enriched with Bluhm’s captivating vocals and always catchy lyrical riffs. Bluhm is a much-loved Hudson resident.
Volume is hosted and curated by Hallie Goodman and Dani Grammerstorf French.