The Pigeon Pages NYC reading series nests monthly in Brooklyn, NYC.
We showcase a dynamic and diverse group of writers for a literary evening each month, and are proud to be a platform for emerging writers while also celebrating the successes of local authors.
Our readings are always free & open to the public, hosted by Alisson Wood.

Join us for our next reading,
Monday, November 18th at 7pm
a celebration of our NYC Queer Literary Community!
Featuring Hugh Ryan,
Elliott Sky Case, Allyson McCabe, Leah Schnelbach,
& Joanna C. Valente,
in collaboration with Luna Luna Magazine, No Tokens,
& The Rumpus

 
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Hugh Ryan is a writer, curator, and speaker, whose first book, When Brooklyn Was Queer, was published to great acclaim this year. His work about queer politics, culture, and history has appeared in such venues as The New York Times, The Guardian, The Daily Beast, VICE, Hazlitt, and Tin House, among others. He is the recipient of grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the New York Public Library, and is a graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars. @Hugh_Ryan

Elliott Sky Case is a poet and visual artist from California, with poems in appearing in Hobart Magazine, Tenderness Lit, and The Wanderer. They have a digital micro-chapbook, Chiron's clouded mirror, out on Ghost City Press; their first chapbook, Get Home Safe, was published by Midwest Writing Center. Elliott is a Scorpio rising and married to the sunset.

Allyson McCabe is a storyteller whose work often appears on National Public Radio, in The Rumpus, and across other venues including KCRW's Lost Notes and the BBC's Short Cuts. 

Leah Schnelbach is a staff writer for the pop culture website Tor.com, where they write about everything from Steven Universe to the Rapture, a fiction editor for No Tokens, and a sci-fi & fantasy columnist for Lithub’s Book Marks site. Their work has appeared in fabulous places including Joyland, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Tin House Online, and Electric Literature, they have an MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College, and their work has been supported by Tin House Writers Workshop, VCCA, the I-Park Foundation, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.

Joanna C. Valente is a ghost who lives in Brooklyn, New York. Joanna is the author of Sirs & Madams (Aldrich Press, 2014), The Gods Are Dead (Deadly Chaps Press, 2015)  Marys of the Sea (The Operating System, 2017), Xenos (Agape Editions, 2016), Sexting Ghosts (Unknown Press, 2018), No(body) (Madhouse Press, 2019), and #Survivor (The Operating System, 2020). They are the editor of A Shadow Map: Writing By Survivors of Sexual Assault (CCM, 2017), and received a MFA in writing at Sarah Lawrence College. Joanna is also the founder of Yes, Poetry, as well as the senior managing editor for Luna Luna Magazine, and a professional tarot reader. Joanna also teaches courses at Brooklyn Poets.

McNally Jackson in Williamsburg is located at 76 North 4th St, Brooklyn, NYC, right off the Bedford Ave. L stop.

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Chloe Caldwell reading at PowerHouse Arena on August 27th, 2017, photographed by  Lindsay Comstock.

Chloe Caldwell reading at PowerHouse Arena on August 27th, 2017, photographed by Lindsay Comstock.

Our September 2017 readers: Jodi M. Savage, Nick Flynn, Alisson Wood, Paul Lisicky, & Hannah Beresford.

Our September 2017 readers: Jodi M. Savage, Nick Flynn, Alisson Wood, Paul Lisicky, & Hannah Beresford.

From L to R, Lisa Marie Basile, Diannelly Antigua, Alisson Wood, Adam Dalva, & Darin Strauss. April 30th, 2017.

From L to R, Lisa Marie Basile, Diannelly Antigua, Alisson Wood, Adam Dalva, & Darin Strauss. April 30th, 2017.

From L to R:: Lindsay Comstock, Alisson Wood, Jennifer Baker, Chloe Caldwell, Katie Heaney, & Molly Tolsky, at PowerHouse Arena on May 21st, 2017.

From L to R:: Lindsay Comstock, Alisson Wood, Jennifer Baker, Chloe Caldwell, Katie Heaney, & Molly Tolsky, at PowerHouse Arena on May 21st, 2017.

Tobias Carroll at PowerHouse Arena, on May 21st, 2017. Photographed by Jamal Carryl.

Tobias Carroll at PowerHouse Arena, on May 21st, 2017. Photographed by Jamal Carryl.

From L to R: Alisson Wood, Lynn Steger Strong, & Michele Filgate, Celebrating Lynn's novel Hold Still at BookCourt, Sept. 25th, 2016

From L to R: Alisson Wood, Lynn Steger Strong, & Michele Filgate, Celebrating Lynn's novel Hold Still at BookCourt, Sept. 25th, 2016

 

 

The Pigeon Pages reading series was founded by Alisson Wood in 2016 at BookCourt bookstore in Cobble Hill (RIP). In 2017, the series found a new home at PowerHouse Arena bookstore in Dumbo. We talked at length about our love of pigeons over at English Kills Review. 

 

From L to R: Francisco Marquez, Leigh Stein, Alisson Wood, Swati Khurana, Sasha Smith, & Ashley Lopez. At BookCourt, August 28th, 2016

From L to R: Francisco Marquez, Leigh Stein, Alisson Wood, Swati Khurana, Sasha Smith, & Ashley Lopez. At BookCourt, August 28th, 2016

The 1st Annual Best of NYC Lit Mags celebration, featuring Slice, No Tokens, Fence, A Public Space, & Joyland.

The 1st Annual Best of NYC Lit Mags celebration, featuring Slice, No Tokens, Fence, A Public Space, & Joyland.