Back to All Events

The Other Side of Violet, NYC

  • KGB BAR, Red Room 85 East 4th Street New York, NY, 10003 United States (map)

Celebrate the publication of our latest anthology, The Other Side of Violet.

Featuring contributors Mark Blickley (with guitarist Joe Battista), Annie Christain, Melissa Hunter Gurney, Karen Hildebrand, Matthew Hupert, Eliel Lucero, Cynthia Manick, and Yuko Otomo



The Other Side of Violet is an exhilarating collection of contemporary poetry and short fiction by established and emerging writers from across the United States and beyond. The anthology also contains interviews with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Paul Harding and award-winning poet and novelist Tim Z. Hernandez.


2 drink minimum (alcoholic or non)

Submissions for our next anthology open October 15 2017


Mark Blickley is the author of the short story collection, Sacred Misfits (Red Hen Press). His play, The Milkman’s Sister, was produced in fall 2016 at New York City’s 13th Street Repertory Theater, where his new play, Valadon: Reclining Nude, will premiere in 2017. Mark’s work appears in many current anthologies including Ellipse (Replika, Berlin), Maintenant (Three Rooms Press), and Post Mortem (Mad Gleam Press). He is a proud member of PEN American Center.

Annie Christain is an associate professor of composition and ESOL at SUNY Cobleskill with poems appearing in Seneca Review, Oxford Poetry, Chariton Review, and The Lifted Brow, among others. She received the grand prize of the 2013 Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Contest, the 2013 Greg Grummer Poetry Award, the 2015 Oakland School of the Arts Enizagam Poetry Award, and the 2015 Neil Shepard Prize in Poetry. Additional honors include her being selected for the Shanghai Swatch Art Peace Hotel Artist Residency and the Arctic Circle Autumn Art and Science Expedition Residency.  Her debut poetry collection, Tall As You Are Tall Between Them, was published in 2016 by C&R Press. 

Melissa Hunter Gurney is a Brooklyn-based independent writer as well as the founder of GAMBA Magazine, GAMBA Z’s Artist Residency, and GAMBA Forest (an art gallery and event space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn). She is connected to the artist life as seen throughout South America and writes for La Gente Descalza (The Barefoot People). Her work can be seen in various independent magazines including Those That This, Across the Margin, PANK, At Large Magazine, Brilliant Short Fiction, and Post (Blank).

Karen Hildebrand’s poetry was adapted for the play “The Old In and Out,” produced in 2013 by Three Rooms Press. She lives in Brooklyn and is chief content officer for Dance Magazine.

Matthew Hupert is a guerilla ontologist, and would be a hedonist if it wasn’t so much work. His poetry has appeared in several salmagundi of sounds and words. Ism Is a Retrovirus, his first full-length collection, was published by Three Rooms Press in 2011. In addition, Neuronautic Press has released his chapbooks, including clouds gradually undrape the moon in 2012. Matthew is a founder of the long running Neurounautic Institute Poetry workshop at the Auction House in New York City.

Eliel Lucero received his GED in 2001. His work appears in publications including Before Passing (great weather for MEDIA) and Best Short Fiction 2016 (Queen’s Ferry Press).

Cynthia Manick is the author of Blue Hallelujahs (Black Lawrence Press, 2016). Her work can also be found in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day Series, African American Review, Bone Bouquet, Callaloo, Kweli Journal, Muzzle Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. She has a MFA in Creative Writing from the New School and has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Fine Arts Work Center, Hedgebrook, Poets House, and the Vermont Studio Center. Cynthia serves as East Coast Editor of Jamii Publishing and is founder and curator of the reading series Soul Sister Revue. 

Yuko Otomo is a bilingual writer and visual artist of Japanese origin. She writes poetry, haiku, art criticism, travelogues, and essays. Her latest books include STUDY & Other Poems on Art (Ugly Duckling Presse), Elements (the Feral Press), and KOAN (New Feral Press). She has exhibited her art at Tribes Gallery, Courthouse Gallery at Anthology Film Archives, Vision Festival, and elsewhere.

Earlier Event: November 14
Last Night of the Tour! Charlotte NC
Later Event: November 19
Spoken Word Sundays NYC