Choir, Live With Eugene Lim, Donald Breckenridge, Anelise Chen, Lisa Chen, and Danny Tunick

Sunday, September 24, 2023, 3–4pm

About the event

315 Maujer Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206

This reading is free to attend. RSVP here.

On the final day of Sung Tieu’s Infra-Specter, writer Eugene Lim is joined by Anelise Chen, Danny Tunick, Donald Breckenridge, and Lisa Chen in an in-gallery performative reading of Choir, a text that brings together ten ranting, delusional, and hallucinatory voices that arise from the exhibition’s underbelly.

This live reading primarily engages Sung’s new commission, Liability Infrastructure (2023) in Gallery 932 Grand, and is directed by Eugene Lim.

Choir, Live is co-organized by Amant and Wendy’s Subway and is part of Amant’s Ear to the Ground program series.

About Choir

Choir is a newly commissioned text that marks the launch of Long Take, a new tri-annual series of creative writing co-published by Wendy’s Subway and Amant, taking its initial prompts from Amant’s exhibition and public events program.

About the readers

Anelise Chen was born in Taipei and moved with her family to Los Angeles in 1990. She earned her B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and her M.F.A. from NYU. She is now Director of Undergraduate Studies in Creative Writing at Columbia University, where she teaches fiction. Chen is the author of So Many Olympic Exertions (Kaya Press), a finalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. She is a National Book Foundation 5 under 35 Awardee. Her essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications such as The New York TimesNPRThe AtlanticBeliever MagazineBOMB, and Conjunctions. She has received residencies and fellowships from the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Blue Mountain Center, Banff Centre, the Wurlitzer Foundation, and the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany. Her next book, Clam Down (One World Random House), based on her mollusk column for the Paris Review, will be published in 2025. She lives in New Haven with her family.

Danny Tunick performs and conducts music ranging from Pierre Boulez to hardcore punk. His performances in the rock, jazz, and experimental and classical music genres have been recorded and released on over forty record labels. He is currently most often seen performing in a dress with the band Sugarlife. Mr. Tunick would like to express his gratitude to Eugene Lim for the innumerable opportunities which Mr. Lim has granted him in this life.

Donald Breckenridge has written five novels including And Then (Black Sparrow Press 2017) and As It Falls (Ellipsis Press 2023), he has edited two fiction anthologies, and introduced the NYRB Classics edition of Henri Duchemin and His Shadows by Emmanuel Bove. He was the fiction editor of The Brooklyn Rail for nineteen years, and co-founded and co-edited InTranslation. He is currently working on a new novel.

Eugene Lim is the author of Choir and of the novels Fog & CarThe StrangersDear Cyborgs, and Search History. He works as a school librarian, runs Ellipsis Press, and lives in Queens, New York.

Lisa Hsiao Chen is the author of Mouth (Kaya Press) and Activities of Daily Living (W.W. Norton), a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel and Gotham Book Prize and selected by The New YorkerVogue, and Publishers Weekly as a Best Book of 2022. She is the co-founder with Eugene Lim of the Tehching Hsieh Free Thinking Group. Born in Taipei, she now lives in Brooklyn.


Brainstorm – Sept 22nd

Friday, September 22nd
Pete’s Candy Store
709 Lorimer Street
Brooklyn, NY

BRAINSTORM is a reading series organized by grad students from the Queens College MFA Program in Creative Writing & Literary Translation. With special guests John Weir, Briallen Hopper, and recent recipients of the Louis Armstrong House Museum & Archives Residency Program.

Hear writers you know, meet writers you might like to know, and perhaps be introduced to your future favorite author.


Eugene Lim: Off the Page

The MFA Program is so proud to welcome this year’s visiting professor, novelist Eugene Lim, with a reading from his own work. Following will be a conversation with MFA alum Kaz Uy, and a reception in the lobby of the Music Building.

This event will be both in person and broadcast over Zoom, so I hope you will join us!

DATE: Oct 3
Choral Room, Music Building
Reception to Follow

MEETING ID: 797 375 6638


Eugene Lim is a Visiting Associate Professor in English and the MFA
Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens
College. He is the author of four novels: Fog & Car (2008), The Strangers (2013), Dear Cyborgs (2017), Search History (2021) and the chapbook The Basement Food Court of Forking Paths
(2020). His writings have appeared in such journals as The New Yorker, The Believer, Granta, and Fence. Honors include a book award from the Association of Asian American Studies and Big
Other’s 2021 Award for Fiction. He runs Ellipsis Press, known for publishing innovative fiction.

Kaz Uy is a trans writer who spent his childhood in the Philippines and earned an MFA in creative writing from Queens College. His writing shows his love for finality, horror, and the magic in the mundane. He can be found on Instagram: @cryptypical.

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MFA Events – Fall 2023

We’re getting ready for a brand new semester with not just classes but a whole lineup of events for your literary pleasure!

Come out to Queens and learn more about publishing, creative nonfiction, black solidarity, and more!

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Brainstorm – Tuesday, August 29 at 7:00pm

Tuesday, August 29 at 7:00pm

BRAINSTORM is a reading series organized by grad students from the Queens College MFA Program in Creative Writing & Literary Translation. Tonight, they present work by legendary (think Rashomon) Japanese writer Akutagawa in a new translation by Lisa Hofmann-Kuroda and Allison Markin Powell. Joining them are William Pagdatoon and Leor Stylar, whose works are thoroughly unlike, and yet, aligned in risk-taking strategies.

709 Lorimer Street
The Williamsburg section of Brooklyn
=>> G to Nassau or L/G to Metropolitan-Lorimer

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A Reading by Brian Turner – 4/19

The Queens College MFA Program is so happy to announce the upcoming reading by poet and memoirist Brian Turner, on April 19, 7pm, in the Godwin-Ternbach Museum. The reading will be followed by a conversation facilitated by MFA poetry alum Jasper Lo, as well as a reception and book signing.

Brian Turner is an award-winning writer and US Army veteran and his reading is timed to coincide with not only National Poetry Month but also the twentieth anniversary of the war in Iraq. It promises to be an amazing event!

We hope to see you there!

Please note: guests to QC will be required to show proof of vaccination and ID to enter campus



Brian Turner is a poet and memoirist who served seven years in the US Army. He is the author of two poetry collections—Phantom Noise and Here, Bullet—which won the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award, the New York Times “Editor’s Choice” selection, the 2006 PEN Center USA “Best in the West” award, the 2007 Poets Prize, and others.

In addition to his poetry, he is the editor of the anthology The Kiss (2018), a diverse anthology of essays, stories, poems, and graphic memoirs. Turner’s work has been published in National Geographic, The New York Times, Poetry Daily, Harper’s Magazine, and other fine journals. Turner has been awarded a United States Artists Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Fellowship, and more. His recent memoir, My Life as a Foreign Country, has been called “achingly, disturbingly, shockingly beautiful.”

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A Reading and Discussion with Ellis Ging, Winner of the Loose Translation Prize

Wednesday, March 15, 2023 • 7 pm
Klapper Hall 710

Book cover for The Cells of Terror, written by Alfonso Sastre and translated by Ellis Ging published by Hanging Loose Press. It features bars of light on a black background, the bars reflect a human visage walking on an abstract black and white landscape.

Please join us for our first in-person event of the semester, as we celebrate MFA alum Ellis Ging winning the Loose Translations Prize from Hanging Loose Press! Rather than host a huge, formal reading, we wanted MFA students and members of literary community to be able to sit down with Ging and ask him about his work translating Alfonso Sastre’s Cells of Terror, so this event will take the form of an intimate salon, where Ellis will read and then engage us all in Translation Terror (and joy)!

Details about the book and the author are below. All guests from outside of the CUNY community will have to show ID and proof of vaccination at the main security gate on Kissena Blvd. before entering campus.

Hope to see you there!


The Cells of Terror, written by Alfonso Sastre and translated by Ellis Ging, consists of twenty-four stories, all very short, scientifically formulated about the cells that are the origin of terror—which is to say, about a few of the key situations that sow in the hearts of human beings the monstrous seed of terror. As told by a variety of narrators whose perspective is both unflinching and darkly humorous, these tales encompass the visceral, the metaphysical, and the political in horror.

Alfonso Sastre (1926–2021) was a Spanish author best known as a Generation of ’50 playwright, though he also wrote prose, poetry, essays, and screenplays. His work received numerous awards, including the Premio Nacional de Teatro (for La taberna fantástica) and the Premio Nacional de Literatura Dramática (for Jenofa Juncal). Sastre is also known for his leftist political activism: his opposition to the dictatorship of Francisco Franco and support of Basque independence.

Ellis Ging is a librarian and translator based in New York with a particular interest in the horror genre. He has an MFA in Literary Translation as well as an MLS from Queens College. He is winner of the 2022 Loose Translation Prize from Hanging Loose Books. 

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Spring 2023 MFA Events

Queens College Spring 2023 Literary Events

MFA Program* and Related Activities

*Monday, February 27, 7pm

zoom link tba [open to current MFA students]

Author, editor, and Deputy Director at Poetry Society of America Brett Fletcher-Lauer speaks about their chapbook contest.

*Tues March 7, 5pm,

in person Klapper 710 [open to current mfa students]

John Weir micro-event

*Tues March 7, 8pm

zoom link tba [open to current MFA students]

New York editor visits Crystal Hana Kim’s Fiction Workshop and speaks about the editorial process.

Saturday, March 11, 8pm

in person Kupferberg Center for the Arts (tickets on KCA website; free for students)Ira Glass, Seven Things I’ve Learned: An Evening with Ira Glass

Ira Jeffrey Glass is an American public radio personality. He is the host and producer of the radio and television series This American Life and has participated in other NPR programs, including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Talk of the Nation.

*Wednesday, March 15, 7pm

in person Klapper 710

Hanging Loose Press launch of Ellis Ging translation of Alfonso Sastre’s book:

“The Cells of Terrorconsists of twenty-four stories, all very short, scientifically formulated, about the cells that are the origin of terror—which is to say, about a few of the key situations that sow in the hearts of human beings the monstrous seed of terror. As told by a variety of narrators whose perspective is both unflinching and darkly humorous, these tales encompass the visceral, the metaphysical, and the political in horror.”

*Thursday, April 20, 7pm

zoom link tba

MFA alum speak about life post-MFA

speakers tba

Wednesday, April 19 

details tba

Arun Venugopal, WNYC—Journalist-in-Residence at QC–speaks about audio storytelling. 

*Wednesday, April 19, 7pm 

in person Godwin Ternbach Museum, Klapper Hall

Brian Turner–poet, memoirist, and activist–reads from his latest collections of poetry that draw from travels and social projects over the last six years. Each collection is, in its own way, an expanded exploration of grief and memory on a personal and global scale. “As a war poet, [Brian Turner] sidesteps the classic distinction between romance and irony, opting instead for the surreal.” The New York Times Book Review

*Monday, April 24, 7pm

in person Rosenthal Library, Tanenbaum Room 300i

Ghostbird Press launch of Joe Gross chapbook Lest We All Get Clipped.

“A collection of poems that seek our innate divinity through both ecclesiastical and (extra)ordinary experience.”

Friday, April 28, 12–1pm

zoom (information on AAARI website)

AAARI Reads Book Club our virtual Book Club (Asian Amerian/Asian Research Institute)

The inaugural selection is Rajiv Mohabir’s Antiman: A Hybrid Memoir, described as “an experimental genre-blending exploration of the ways that race, sexuality, gender, and diasporic culture inform Mohabir’s experiences as a queer immigrant Indo-Guyanese poet.”

*Saturday in May

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LAHM event: Spring 2023 MFA resident writers read from their original work prompted by the Louis Armstrong Archives.

*Thursday, June 1, time tba

in person Godwin Ternbach Museum, Klapper Hall

Graduation Reading

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Clotheslines journal launch

Two of our alums, Marine Cornuet and Francesca Hyatt, are having a launch for their new, small-batch, hand-bound journal Clotheslines. Relations are at the center of this journal, and we aim at giving readers and ourselves many lenses for reflecting on what it means to be reaching for each other, connecting with those who came before us, and feeling the places we roam.

If you’re down for some great readings by Meghan Forbes, Leor Stylar, Miriam Atkin, and Rebecca Suzuki, you should be there at 360 Van Brunt Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn on Friday, December 16 at 7:30pm!

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Open House Event (12/05, 5-6:30pm)

What goes on in a vibrant MFA Program in Creative Writing & Literary Translation?
How does our program differ from other venerable institutions
in the metropolitan area and from other programs across the U.S.?
Is this program the best match for your own creative energies?

Join us on Monday, December 5, 2022 between 5–6:30 pm EST

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