Whales, Wenches & Winches

September 14, 2013 - 8:15 PM

Preserve24 (21+)
177 East Houston Street

1174713_10151698725589713_24076750_nCome aboard for Lit Crawl’s saltiest event of the night. Swill rum, sing sea chanteys, tie knots, curse like a sailor, and leave with an anchor tattoo. 

Crew: Elizabeth Bradfield, Amy Brill, Elyssa East, Oona Patrick & Robin Beth Schaer

LizBradfield2Elizabeth Bradfield is the author of two poetry collections: Approaching Ice and Interpretive Work. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Orion, The Believer, Poetry and she has been awarded the Audre Lorde Prize and a Stegner Fellowship, among other honors. Founder and editor-in-chief of Broadsided Press, she lives on Cape Cod, works as a naturalist locally as well as on expedition ships, and is the current Poet-in-Residence at Brandeis University and on the faculty of the low-residency MFA program at University of Alaska Anchorage.

AmyBrill_whaling_wifeAmy Brill’s stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Guernica, One Story, The Common, Salon, and Real Simple, among other places. Her first novel, The Movement of Stars, about the relationship between a female astronomer on 1840s Nantucket and a black whaler from the Azores, was published by Riverhead Books in April.

ElyssaEast_PirateElyssa East’s first book, Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town, won the 2010 L. L. Winship/P.E.N. New England Award in Nonfiction and was a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Awards as well as an Editors’ Choice Selection of the New York Times Sunday Book Review. Elyssa has received fellowships from the Jerome, Ragdale, and Ludwig Vogelstein Foundations; the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference; and the Corporation of Yaddo. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, The Dallas Morning News, The Kansas City Star, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Elyssa’s short fiction has been published in Cape Cod Noir and is forthcoming in The Best of the Akashic Noir.

OonaPatrick_DiverOona Patrick grew up in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where her ancestors were whalers from Portugal’s Azores Islands in the mid-Atlantic. She also spent part of her childhood living aboard a leaky wooden sailboat on the Intracoastal Waterway. Her nonfiction has appeared in a number of literary journals and been cited as notable in Best American Essays and Best American Travel Writing. She has won fellowships to the Vermont Studio Center and the Millay Colony, and done residencies in Provincetown dune shacks, in the Azores, and in southern Portugal. She now works on the Dzanc Books DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal.


Robin Beth Schaer’s work has appeared in Tin House, The Paris Review, Bomb, Denver Quarterly, and Washington Square, among others. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Saltonstall Foundation, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She teaches writing at Cooper Union and Marymount 

Manhattan College in New York City, and worked as a deckhand aboard the Tall Ship Bounty, a 180-foot full-rigged ship lost during Hurricane Sandy. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, the writer Anthony Tognazzini, and their son Faro.

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