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Reaching Beyond the Saguaros

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I am thrilled to be included in Serving House Books recent travelogue project based around the concept of home, and I’m especially excited that my short memoir was featured alongside the one and only Richard J. O’Brien. Huge thanks to Heather Lang for her amazing editorial work and to David Pischke for his beautiful cover art!

“I come from tobacca, bourbon, bluegrass and born agains, horse farms and meth labs and biscuits with milk gravy.  A land of toothless grins in forgotten towns preserved like defunded museums.  I turned eighteen and fled.

Now, as I sit on a rooftop and stare at the buildings glittering in the sky like the jagged ups-and-downs of my lifeline, I am awe-struck by my own duality: the misplaced Metropolitan returned to her long-lost city / the simple country girl yearning for her woods.  Both a curse and a gift, I’m always home yet never home.”

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“Home Grown” Was a Blast – The Resistance Is Strong!

What an inspiring and motivating night! Many thanks to poet Terence Degnan, novelist Nora Fussner, blues/rock band JSanti, and folk/country group Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues for killin’ it this past Saturday, and to Sidewalk for having us. And thanks to all of YOU for supporting us artists and the NYCLU! We raised over $200, wooo! Stay strong, ya’ll, and check back every Friday for a new post + info on all the happenings with The Brooklyn Players Reading Society.

The BPRS Presents “Home Grown”- An NYCLU Fundraiser @ Sidewalk Cafe on Sat, March 4th!

The BPRS Presents “Home Grown” – An NYCLU Fundraiser at Sidewalk Cafe, Saturday, March 4th, 6-9 pm, $10+ suggested donation! All proceeds go to the NYCLU!

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Join us on Saturday, March 4th at Sidewalk Cafe (94 Avenue A) for a night of words and music featuring poet Terence Degnan, novelist Nora Fussner, singer/songwriter John Santiago, rock/poetry duo The Brooklyn Players Reading Society (that’s us!), and folk/country group Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues. Literary door prizes, too!

In light of the recent executive order telling refugees, immigrants, and even legal green card holding residents that America is no longer their home, the reading portion of the night will revolve around the question, “What is home?” We’ll also provide you with resources and ways to join the resistance so that you’ll leave ready to act.

$10+ suggested donation – all proceeds go to the New York Civil Liberties Union!

Come share ideas, enjoy some art, and get motivated. RSVP on Facebook! #artistsresist

There’s more great music after our show so please stick around! Blues band Victor V. Gurbo goes on at 9, followed by The Line Up, a hip-hop/soul/rock showcase presented by CPP and The Band Called FUSE. Hosted by Silent Knight. (Read: dance party!)

Please note that Sidewalk has a two item minimum (including delicious food, beer, wine, cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks).