Celebrate Big Other's 10th birthday with a night of readings from ten Big Other contributors: Roberta Allen, Jared Daniel Fagen, Jennifer Firestone, Karen Heuler, Eugene Lim, Joe Pan, John Reed, Stephanie Strickland, and Kailey Tedesco. The event will be hosted by publishing editor John Madera.
Established in 2009, Big Other is an online arts and culture magazine, which features work by Pulitzer Prize winners Rae Armantrout and Forrest Gander, National Book Award winners Daniel Borzutzky, and Arthur Sze, Grand Master of Science Fiction and Fantasy Samuel R. Delany, and a host of other stellar writers. Big Other is edited and managed by John Madera.
John Madera’s fiction may be found in Conjunctions, The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, and many other journals. His nonfiction may be found in Bookforum, The Believer, and many other venues. Recipient of an M.F.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University, John Madera lives in New York City, where he edits Big Other and runs Rhizomatic: Publicity for Small Presses with Big Ideas.
Roberta Allen is the author of nine published books, including her latest, The Princess of Herself. Her conceptual art, exhibited worldwide in galleries and museums, is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and many other public and private collections. She lives in New York City.
Jared Daniel Fagen's prose and essays have appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Numéro Cinq, Entropy, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, 3:AM Magazine, The Quarterly Conversation, Hyperion, and elsewhere. He is the editor of Black Sun Lit and a PhD student in Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Jennifer Firestone is the author of five books of poetry and four chapbooks including Story, Ten, Gates & Fields, Swimming Pool, Flashes, Holiday, Waves, from Flashes and snapshot, and Fanimaly. She co-edited (with Dana Teen Lomax) Letters to Poets: Conversations about Poetics, Politics, and Community and is collaborating with Marcella Durand on Other Influences, a book about feminist avant-garde poetics. Firestone has work anthologized in Kindergarde: Avant-Garde Poems, Plays, Songs, & Stories for Children and Building Is a Process / Light Is an Element: essays and excursions for Myung Mi Kim. Firestone is an Assistant Professor of Literary Studies at the New School’s Eugene Lang College and is also Director of the Academic Fellows pedagogy program.
Karen Heuler is the author of In Search of Lost Time, Other Places, Glorious Plague, The Inner City, The Made-up Man, Journey to Bom Goody, The Soft Room, and The Other Door. Her short fiction appears in over a hundred literary and speculative journals.
Eugene Lim is the author of the novels Fog & Car, The Strangers, and Dear Cyborgs. His writings have appeared in Granta, Dazed, Fence, The Brooklyn Rail, Jacket2, and elsewhere. He runs Ellipsis Press, and lives in Jackson Heights, NY, with Joanna and Felix.
Joe Pan is the author of Operating Systems, The Art Is a Lonely Hunter, Soffritto, Hi c cu ps, and Autobiomythography & Gallery, and served as co-editor of Brooklyn Poets Anthology. His work has appeared in The Boston Review, Hyperallergic, The New York Times, and The Philadelphia Review of Books. He is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Brooklyn Arts Press, an independent publishing house honored in 2016 with a National Book Award win in Poetry, as well as serving as the publisher of Augury Books, and is the founder of the services-oriented activist group Brooklyn Artists Helping.
John Reed is the author of A Still Small Voice, The Whole, Snowball's Chance, All the World's a Grave: A New Play by William Shakespeare, Tales of Woe, and Free Boat: Collected Lies and Love Poems. His writing also appears in Artnet, Tin House, Artforum, Hyperallergic, Bomb Magazine, Art in America, The Believer, The Paris Review, The Times Literary Supplement, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Harper's Magazine, and elsewhere. He teaches at The New School University and The New York Arts Program.
Stephanie Strickland is the author of numerous poetry books, many of which have been published in print and in interactive hypermedia formats. Her work includes How the Universe Is Made, Poems New & Selected (1985-2019), V : WaveTercets / Losing L'una, Dragon Logic, Zone : Zero, True North, and Give the Body Back. She edited What’s Become of Eden: Poems of Family at Century’s End, and co-edited, with Anneliese Wagner, River Poems. Strickland’s poetry was included in Best American Poetry 2013. Strickland has taught at the University of Utah and the Georgia Institute of Technology. She lives in New York City.
Kailey Tedesco is the author of She Used to be on a Milk Carton, These Ghosts of Mine, Siamese, and Lizzie, Speak. Senior editor at Luna Luna Magazine and a co-curator for Philly's A Witch's Craft reading series, she has work featured or forthcoming in Electric Literature, Fairy Tale Review, Bone Bouquet Journal, Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere.