Brick City Speaks First Reading

Join us at Hell’s Kitchen Lounge for the first reading of our Brick City Speaks reading series.
Poets: Melissa Adamo, Dinah Finkelstein, Sean Battle and fiction writer Jon Corcoran.

Start promptly at 8pm with drink specials!

Dinah Finkelstein is a poet, copywriter, and librettist living in Brooklyn. She has spent several years in communications and grant writing for social justice causes, including marriage equality and arts education. Currently, Dinah works at an advertising agency in the city, where she writes copy and manages social media for several major brands, allowing her to bring her hilarious punning to an international audience. She is pursuing her MFA in creative writing from Rutgers-Newark, and her black belt in commuting from the Port Authority of NY & NJ.
Melissa Adamo received her MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers-Newark University in 2012. She enjoys short walks in the woods, Sarah Silverman, and burgers. Her poems have previously appeared in journals, such as Gingerbread House, Hypothetical Review, Per Contra, and Selfies in Ink. Her essays and book reviews have recently appeared in Connotation Press, English Kills Review, and Modern Language Studies. She currently teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at Rutgers and Ramapo College and works as a writing tutor at Brookdale Community College (basically, enjoying all of New Jersey and the best the parkway has to offer due to her love of language and try-hard students). She hopes to one day learn how to play the ukelele but will never commit to buying one. However, she is an epic steering wheel player and car singer. Follow her word-thoughts on poetry, feminism, and Game of Thrones onTwitter @adamopoeting

Born in Camden, NJ, Sean Battle is the combination of an ambitious mother and Pro Wrestling theatrics. A random homework assignment in US History class would lead to his first poem, in the voice of a soldier in WWII. His work on written, verbal, and physical poetics has led to an MFA in Poetry at Rutgers-Newark, and a BA in English at Rutgers-New Brunswick, where he was President of the Verbal Mayhem Poetry Collective. Battle’s poems have been published in journals such as Borderline, Radius: Poetry from the Center of the Edge and The Legendary, as well as written and performed for the Raices Cultural Center production, Spirit of the Drum: History and Evolution of a Caribbean Tradition. He resides in Newark, NJ as an Adjunct Professor for English at Essex County College, co-hosts The People’s Open Mic (alongside Margie “Mia X” Johnson) and is working on his first full-length poetry collection, The Forest of Bricks.


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