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The Enclave Reading Series

Since 2006, THE ENCLAVE Reading Series has organized monthly readings
featuring established & emerging authors of both national & international recognition

The Enclave returns with Mike DeCapite, Andrew Zornoza, & Sean H Doyle!

After a summer hiatus, the Enclave Reading Series is back in business! To kick off our fall season we have an eclectic (and electric) mix of three great authors, MIKE DeCAPITE, SEAN H DOYLE, and ANDREW ZORNOZA.
Come see why Electric Literature has called The Enclave “the one good thing to do on a Saturday afternoon” and why BOMB Magazine has called us “the pre-party party.”

As always the lights will be dim, the drinks will be cheap, and admission is free.

Saturday October 11

5:00 - 7:00 PM

Cake Shop, 152 Ludlow St., NYC

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1487380844845386/
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The authors…


Mike DeCapite's novel 1998 novel Through the Windshield was reprinted this year by Red Giant Books. He is the author of the chapbook Creamsicle Blue and the short-prose collection Radiant Fog. His work has appeared most recently in Vanitas and No Tokens. DeCapite lives in New York.


Andrew Zornoza is a writer and photographer.  He is the author of the novel Where I Stay. His short fiction, essays and photography have appeared in BOMB, The Poetry Foundation, Gastronomica, Sleepingfish and many others. He has taught at Gotham Writers’ Workshop and in Parsons Design & Technology MFA program. Born in Houston, Texas, he currently lives in New York City.


Sean H. Doyle lives in Brooklyn, NY. He works hard every day to be a better person and is learning how to love himself more. His book, This Must Be The Place, is forthcoming from CCM Press in 2015. For more information on Sean and his work visit his website www.seanhdoyle.com

The Enclave Reading Series returns JUNE 14 with another fantastic line-up of authors. Literary upstarts Bradely Spinelli and Jillian Mcmanemin are on on the bill…as is the one and only Romy Ashby!
We’re excited about this one, and you should be too. It’s the Enclave’s last reading before our summer hiatus, so be sure to catch it. As usual, the admission is free, the drinks will be cheap, and the lights will be down low.

Saturday…June 14…5:00 – 7:00 PM…Cake Shop, 152 Ludlow St

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/735511089826003/
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ROMY ASHBY is the creator of the little interview magazine Housedeer and the blog Walkers in the City. Most recently she directed The Two-Character Play by Tennessee Williams at the 292 Theatre in the East Village. Romy is the author of The Cutmouth Lady, published in 1995 and co-author, along with Debbie Harry and Chris Stein, of numerous Blondie songs. www.romyashby.com

JILLIAN McMANEMIN is a multimedia artist and writer. Her work has been presented by Anthology Film Archives, Dixon Place, and BGSQD. Her current projects include the feature film Confederitis and the forthcoming publication of the chapbook Interior Blindness by Papercut Press.

BRADLEY SPINELLI is the author of the novel Killing Williamsburg. His play Elusive was presented by the National New Playwrights Network in Denver. His play, Ifni, was workshopped in New York, and his one-act Pretty Mouth was produced at the Duplex. Spinelli was a principal actor in the independent film Home, and he wrote and directed, the short film Kind of Blue. His short fiction has appeared in Sparkle Street Press, Le Chat Noir, and Sensitive Skin.

June 14: Romy Ashby at The Enclave

The Enclave Reading Series returns June 14  with the inimitable Romy Ashby on the bill. It’ll be the Enclave’s final reading before our summer hiatus, so be sure to catch this one. More details to come…

The Enclave returns this month, and we have a hell of a line-up for you. The extraordinary SARAH SCHULMAN is on the bill, as is poet/artist BIANCA STONE and one of our favorite novelists, JARED HOHL. The Enclave’s 2014 season has been a blast thus far, and this month’s eclectic line-up will be no exception to what The Enclave aims to bring you: authors who are fearless, intelligent, and at times transgressive. Don’t miss this one!

The bar will be open, the lights will be dimmed, and admission is free.

April 26, 5:00 - 7:00 PM

CAKE SHOP, 152 Ludlow St, NYC

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/283446511819477/
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SARAH SCHULMAN is a novelist, nonfiction writer, playwright, screenwriter and journalist. Her most recent work includes an investigative piece in The Atlantic.com on HIV Criminalization. She also recently acted the role of filmmaker Shirley Clarke in Steven Winters’ answer film to Clarke’s 1966 work Portrait of Jason.

BIANCA STONE is a poet and visual artist. She is the author of Someone Else’s Wedding Vows (Tin House/Octopus Books, 2014), several poetry and poetry comic chapbooks, and is also the illustrator of Antigonick, (a collaboration with Anne Carson). Her poems have appeared in Bomb, American Poetry Review, Tin House, and Crazyhorse

JARED HOHL’s fiction has appeared in Electric Literature, Monkeybicycle, The Agriculture Reader, H.O.W. Journal, Torpedo Magazine, Washington Square Review, and in the anthology The Apocalypse Reader.


The Enclave Reading Series is excited to present yet another fantastic line-up of authors. One of our favorite writers, Ann Rower, will be reading new work. And the one and only Steve Dalachinsky is on the same bill! The remarkable short storyn writer Jess Arndt will also be taking the stage. It’s an evening of readings you won’t want to miss. As usual, admission is free, the drinks will be cheap, and the lights will be dimmed.

Saturday, March 29
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Cake Shop, 152 Ludlow Street, NYC
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ANN ROWER is the author of If You’re a Girl (Semiotexte), and the novels Armed Response (High Risk) and Lee & Elaine. She was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a member of the Wooster Group. She has also worked with the St. Mark’s Poetry Project. Her current project is Can We Go Home Now?, a novel about wounded animals. Rower’s fiction has been described as “Dorothy Parker as if she’d taken acid to come down from speed.”

STEVE DALACHINSKY’s work has appeared in various publications and anthologies, including The Brooklyn Review, Big Bridge, Milk, Ratapallax, Evergreen Review, The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, and The Big Book of Sex. His book of poems, The Final Nite (Ugly Duckling Presse), won the 2007 PEN National Book Award. His most recent books are Logos and Language, a collaboration with pianist Matthew Shipp; Reaching into the Unknown, a collaborative project with French photographer Jacques Bisceglia; and A Superintendent’s Eyes. Dalachinsky has collaborated with various musicians, including Thurston Moore and Vernon Reid.

JESS ARNDT is a fiction writer and co-editor of the prose experiment, New Herring Press. She was most recently published in Aufgabe, BOMBsite, Matchbook, Parkett, The Diner Journal and GLU Magazine.


The Enclave continues its already bombastic 2014 season with yet another line-up for the books. New York legend PENNY ARCADE and award-winning lit punk RAMI SHAMIR are on tap. There will also be a reading of RENE RICARD’s work by Penny Arcade and a few other special guests. It’s another Enclave event you won’t want to miss!

As always, admission is free, the drinks will be cheap, and the lights will be dimmed.

Cake Shop
152 Ludlow Street, NYC
Follow on Twitter: @enclavianmatter



PENNY ARCADE is a poet, actor, director, and playwright. She has been called “the Little Sister of the Avant Garde,” having collaborated with Andy Warhol, Jack Smith, Quentin Crisp, and Jonas Mekas among many others. Her most famous play, Bitch! Dyke! Faghag! Whore!, was called by the London Times “the most quotable show of the year.” She is the author of Bad Reputation: Performances, Essays, Interviews (Semiotexte) and Arcade is the co-founder of the Lower East Side Biography Project, a video production and oral history workshop that trains participants in documentary filmmaking and preserves the stories of Lower Manhattan artists and activists


RAMI SHAMIR is the author of Train to Pokipse, the novel that publisher Barney Rosset called “a Catcher in the Rye for the new century.” His work has appeared in Adbusters, Evergreen Review, and The Brooklyn Rail, and is forthcoming in the Norwegian Feminist Magazine FeTT. He is a recipient of the 2013 Kathy Acker Award for fiction.


RENE RICARD was a poet, painter, and one of the most influential art critics of his time. He is credited with launching the careers of Julian Schnabel, Keith Haring, and Jean-Michel Basquiat among others. He appeared in the Andy Warhol films “Chelsea Girls” and “Kitchen” and was a longtime resident of the Chelsea Hotel. He was the author of several books of poems, including Trusty Sarcophagus Co., Love Poems, and God with Revolver. Rene died on February 1 of this year.

JANUARY 25: Bruce Benderson, Chavisa woods, and Tommy Pico at The Enclave!

The Enclave Reading Series kicks off its 2014 season with another powerhouse line-up. The legendary Bruce Benderson will be joined by remarkable poet Tommy Pico and award winning fiction writer Chavisa Woods. What better way to spend a NYC winter afternoon than in the company of these two formidable authors and in the comfort of The Enclave’s “dungeon of fiction.” Trust us, you don’t want to miss this one.

As usual, the lights will be dim, the drinks will be cheap, and admission is free.

January 25…4:00 - 6:00 PM…Cake Shop…152 Ludlow St…NYC

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/520278664737197/

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BRUCE BENDERSON is a novelist, essayist and translator whose most well known book, The Romanian: Story of an Obsession, was awarded the prestigious Prix de Flore in its French edition. Other publications include the essay collection Sex and Isolation, the novels Pacific Agony and User, and the story collection Pretending to Say No. He has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, LIbération and many other American and French publications. He regularly translates books from the French.

CHAVISA WOODS recently completed her second novel, The Albino Album, a novel, which was released by Seven Stories Press in the spring of 2013. Her debut collection of short stories, Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind (Fly By Night Press, 2009) was a Lambda Literary Award finalist for Debut Fiction. The second edition if this book is set to be released by Autonomedia Press in April of 2012. She was recently awarded the Cobalt Prize for Fiction.

TOMMY PICO is the founder and editor in chief of birdsong, an antiracist/queer-positive collective, small press, and zine that publishes art and writing. He was a Queer/Art/Mentors inaugural fellow, 2013 Lambda Literary fellow in poetry, and is the author of Absent Mindr (VERBALVISUAL 2014)— the first collection of poetry released as iOS mobile/tablet App. Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now lives in Brooklyn.


For our December event we have a real holiday treat for you…video art, poetry, music. What more could you want? Artist NATHANIEL SULLIVAN will be presenting his much talked about piece “Dating in New York and the Movement of Bodily Fluids”, followed by a reading of one of favorite poets at the moment, JACQUELINE WATERS. And since they were such a huge hit last time around, we’ve invited back ROSEWATER THIEVES.

As usual, the lights will be dim, the bar will be open, and admission is free. Come get all holiday cozy/boozy at The Enclave!
December 14, 4:00- 6:00 PM 
Cake Shop
152 Ludlow Street, NYC.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1436265136586321/
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NATHANIEL SULLIVAN is a video and performance artist who has lectured on subjects as varied as Francois Mitterrand’s last meal, Wilt Chamberlain’s sex life, and the love letters of banker Jamie Dimon. For the past year he has taken this practice out into the streets and has led a guided walking tour of an abandoned housing project re-imagined as a Richard Serra sculpture, conducted a seminar on desire from the back of a limousine and performed for one person at at Brooklyn Nets game.


JACQUELINE WATERS is the author of “One Sleeps the Other Doesn’t” (Ugly Duckling Presse) and “A Minute without Danger”(Adventures in Poetry). Recent poems have appeared in The American Reader, Clock, Fence, and With+Stand. She edits The Physiocrats, a pamphlet press.


For more about ROSEWATER THIEVES check out: www.rosewaterthieves.bandcamp.com


It’s yet another bang up billing at The Enclave Reading Series. For our November line-up we have returning champ Fiona Maazel, joined by none other than Jonathan Santlofer, and very special guest Liza Bear


November 16, 4:00 -6:00pm @ Cake Shop, 152 Ludlow Street, NYC

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/230993520399612/

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FIONA MAAZEL is the author of the novels Last Last Chance and Woke Up Lonely.


JONATHAN SANTLOFER is the author of five best-selling novels, The Death Artist, Color Blind, The Killing Art, Anatomy of Fear, and The Murder Notebook and is the editor of The Marijuana Chronicles. He is the recipient of a Nero Wolfe Award, two National Endowment for the Arts grants, and has been a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome, the Vermont Studio Center, and serves on the board of Yaddo, the oldest arts community in the US.


LIZA BEAR’s short stories have been published in Bomb and Between C and D. She is the co-founder of Avalanche and the author of Beyond the Frame: Dialogues with World Filmmakers (Praeger, 2007). Her films have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, the Sao Paulo Biennial and the ICA, London. She has taught at Columbia, NYU, and SVA and has received fellowships in film from the Jerome Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and from the New York Foundation for the Arts in Creative Non-Fiction.

Joseph McElroy and Shya Scanlon open the fall season - OCTOBER 26

The Enclave Reading Series is back with yet another stellar line-up of authors. Joseph McElroy, a veritable living legend, is joined by  formidable upstart Shya Scanlon. And since we can’t leave well enough alone, we’ve invited Rosewater Thieves do a live set as well. It’s an Enclave event you won’t want to miss. As usual, admission is free, the lights will be dimmed, and the bar will be open.


RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/602256326484197/

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Joseph McElroy is the author of nine novels—including the new Cannonball, published by Dzanc Books along with a reprint of Ancient History with introduction by Jonathan Lethem—plus a novella, a volume of short fiction, a volume of essays, Exponential, soon to be reissued in expanded form, and a forthcoming  non-fiction book about water. He received the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller,  D.H. Lawrence Foundations, Ingram Merrill and NEA. 

Shya Scanlon is the author of the novels Border Run and Forecast, and the poetry collection In This Alone Impulse.