Thank You

The COLUMN Collective would like to thank everyone who came to Monday evening’s Launch Party & Reading Series at the Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn. Each of our readers performed spectacularly, and we were happy to fill the house with a delightful assortment of guests.


If you were unable to make this week’s event, well, you missed a damn good time. But rest assured that there will be many more to come. In the meantime, keep your eye on this space for musings, insights, discussions, love letters, announcements, and everything else you’ve come to expect from your friends at COLUMN.



The COLUMN Collective & The POWERHOUSE Arena         Present The Exclusive PREVIEW Issue 0                         LAUNCH PARTY & READING SERIES

Monday, September 27, 2010
at POWERHOUSE Arena, 7pm-9pm
37 Main Street Brooklyn, NY

Featuring readings by established and emerging writers:               David Gates, Roxana Robinson, Charlene Choi, Nick Forrest,         John Reed, Ben Mirov, Nick Burd, and Michael Idov
And photography by: Kevin Trageser

David Gates is the author of two novels, Jernigan (Knopf, 1991), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Preston Falls (Knopf, 1998), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and a collection of stories, The Wonders of the Invisible World (Knopf, 1999), also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.  Previously a staff writer for Newsweek, he has been featured in Esquire, GQ, Grand Street, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories anthology, and elsewhere.  He lives in NYC and in Granville, NY.

Roxana Robinson is the author of four novels and three short story collections, as well as a biography of Georgia O’Keeffe.  Four of these were named Notable Books of the Year by The New York Times.  Her most recent novel, Cost (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008), was chosen by The Washington Post as one of the Five Best Fiction Books of the Year and by The Wall Street Journal as one of the Year’s Twelve Best.  It won the Maine Publishers and Writers’ Alliance Fiction Award and was long-listed for the Dublin Impac Prize.  Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times, Best American Short Stories, and Vogue, among other publications.  She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the MacDowell Colony.  She was named Literary Lion by the New York Public Library.  She lives in NYC and in Maine, NE.  For more info, visit her at:

Charlene Choi is a Canadian writer, based in Brooklyn, who has recently been selected by the National Arts Club and the Page Series as one of New York City’s Best Emerging Writers.  She has studied at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop Graduate Summer Program and the New School’s Graduate Writing Program and received her MFA in Fiction in 2010.  She has served as Associate Editor of LIT Magazine in Manhattan and Books Contributor to The Brooklyn Rail.  Her nonfiction has been published in The Brooklyn Rail.  Her fiction has been shortlisted by The Yale Review and was featured at The Pierogi Press & Gallery Reading Series this year. Currently, she lives in Iowa City, IA.  For more info, contact her at:

Michael Idov was born in Riga, Latvia, and moved to the U.S. at the age of 16.  He is the author of the 2009 novel Ground Up (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) and its Russian translation, Kofemolka.  His nonfiction has appeared in New York Magazine, where he is a contributing editor, as well as The Wall Street Journal, GQ, and elsewhere.  His next book, Made in Russia (Rizzoli, 2011), will be a photographic study of Soviet design in the 1960s.  He lives in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info, visit him at:

Ben Mirov is the author of I is to Vorticism (New Michigan Press, 2010) and Ghost Machine(Caketrain, 2010).  He has recent and forthcoming work in Absent Magazine, Vinyl, Poor Claudia, Invisible Magazine, Sixth Finch, LUNGFULL!, The Agriculture Reader, and We Are Champion.  His critical writings can be found in The Brooklyn Rail, Bomb Magazine, and The Sink Review.  He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info, contact him at:

Nick Burd attended the University of Iowa and received his MFA from the New School.  His debut novel The Vast Fields of Ordinary (Dial, 2009) was named a New York Times Notable Book and received the inaugural ALA Stonewall Book Award for Young Adult Literature.  His second novel, Andrew Frank, will be released by Dial Books in 2011.  Nick lives and writes in Brooklyn, NY. For more info, visit him at:

John Reed is the author of five novels, A Still Small Voice (Delacourte Press, 2001), Snowball’s Chance (Roof, 2002), The Whole (MTV/Simon & Schuster, 2005),  All The World’s A Grave: A New Play By William Shakespeare (Penguin/Plume, 2008), and the graphic novel Tales of Woe (MTV Press, 2010).  He received his MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University.  His work has appeared in Open City, Artnet, Artforum, Paper Magazine, New York Press, Time Out New York, The Brooklyn Rail, Bomb Magazine, Playboy, Art in America, and the Los Angeles Times.  He lives and works in NYC.  For more info, visit him at:

Nick Forrest grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, moved to Philadelphia to earn his BA in English Literature and Studio Art from Swarthmore College, and attended the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop Summer Graduate Poetry Program in 2010.  He is the recipient of the 2008 Lois Morrell and John Russell Hayes Prize for poetry and the Mahasweta Devi and Gloria Anzaldúa Award for the Arts.  His play Meeley: Or the Fun of It was featured in the 2009 Philadelphia Fringe Festival and selected for production at Swarthmore College in 2010.  Nick is an editor of Apiary, a new Philadelphia-based literary magazine. For more info, contact him at:

Kevin Trageser, our featured contributing photographer, was born in Mississippi and raised in New Jersey.  He has lived in Colorado, London, Los Angeles, and New York.  His work has appeared in The New Yorker (alongside Don Delillo’s short story, “Still-Life”), i-D, Dazed & Confused, Theme, Tokion, Spin, Blender, and COLUMN.  His photos have been exhibited at Design Commission in Seattle, 255 Gallery in New York, and at Colette in Paris.  His collaboration on Home and Away, an art photography book recording the 2006 World Cup in Germany, was published by POWERHOUSE Books in 2007.  He lives and works in NYC.   For more info, visit him at:

Yes, it’s on.

With soaring 24-foot ceilings on a 5,000 square foot ground floor, and over 175 linear feet of glass frontage and amphitheater-style seating, fusing the worlds of literature and photography, art and design, fashion and pop culture, music and architecture, COLUMN & POWERHOUSE collectively bring you …

An evening of literary refreshment.

Our official After Party will be held
at REBAR (just around the corner), 9pm-onward
147 Front Street Brooklyn, NY

It will feature a medley of specialty cocktails made exclusively for our celebratory consumption.

Brought to you by:
The COLUMN Collective
* your literary enablers