Presenting: Your November Readers

This Saturday, November 16th, is the next Oh, Bernice! reading. Please join us at the Astoria Bookshop at 7pm for a sample of work from these fine readers.


Born to a Mexican mother and Jewish father, Rosebud Ben-Oni is a 2013 CantoMundo Fellow. A Leopold Schepp Scholar at NYU, she won the Seth Barkas Prize for Best Short Story and The Thomas Wolfe/Phi Beta Kappa Prize for Best Poetry Collection. She was a Rackham Merit Fellow at the University of Michigan where she earned her MFA in Poetry, and was a Horace Goldsmith Scholar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 2010, her short story “A Way out of the Colonia” won the Editor’s Prize for Best Short Story in Camera Obscura: A  Journal of Contemporary Literature and Photography. A graduate of the 2010 Women’s Work Lab at New Perspectives Theater, her plays have been produced in New York City, Washington DC and Toronto. Her work appears in Arts & Letters, Bayou, B O D Y, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Lana Turner Journal and Puerto del Sol. Her debut book of poems SOLECISM was published by Virtual Artists Collective in March 2013. Rosebud is a co-editor for HER KIND at VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Find out more at

Devin Doyle is an actor and poet from Queens, NY. His first publication is in Newtown Literary and he partakes in several poetry readings. He is currently working on a novel. For more information, please email him at

John Rice is as tall as a human sized tree. (A tree that eats sandwiches and reads books.) He has an MFA from Queens College, concentrating on poetry and mayonnaise. He is the former recipient of the Silverstein-Peiser and James Kreuzer awards, and, in 2011, was a featured reader in both the Queens and Brooklyn College’s Summer Festival of the Performing Arts, proving (once again) that Brooklyn needs Queens. He is available for both bachelorette parties and Bar Mitzvahs.

Jonathan Alexandratos (playwright) has been rejected countless times by countless theatrical organizations around the world. If you chose a random day out of the year, chances are a play of Jonathan’s is running nowhere on the planet. Should you approach anyone in the theatre world and say, “Oh, hey, I just saw this playwright, his name is Jonathan Alexandratos?” the professional you are talking to will probably respond, “Who?” Jonathan started off using Gmail labels for rejection notices from theatre companies. He doesn’t do that anymore. Jonathan supposes “Fuck off” might be another response you could get when mentioning his name to a theatre professional, given the way some people have tempers. If Jonathan still used Gmail labels to label his rejection emails, he would be, on certain days, so labeling every email he receives. If someone did tell you to “Fuck off” after you mentioned his name, Jonathan would posit that you’re talking to someone who, should you hold the door open for said person, is likely to just walk on through without ever saying “Thank you” or anything. Jonathan would like to revise his earlier statement that, on some days, he’d have to label all of his received emails “Rejection.” He would not label TheaterMania’s almost hourly couponing that way. Though, he’d also be in no mood to go to the theatre, even at a steep discount, given the other emails that would be labeled “Rejection.” It is really frustrating when you hold the door open for someone, and said person just walks on through without so much as a nod, isn’t it? “Club Free Time Picks” is another organization that seems to have an itchy trigger finger, when it comes to sending coupons via email. Luckily for Jonathan, though, none of this — the rejections, the angry professionals, the spam — has anything to do with the voice in the wilderness that keeps him writing.

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