Presenting: Your December Readers

“Neither snow nor rain nor ice nor cold stays these readers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” — A variation of the USPS creed, which has its own Wikipedia page.

Tonight (yes, tonight!) is the next Oh, Bernice! reading. So please join us at the Astoria Bookshop at 7pm to hear these intrepid literary postmasters.


Originally from Sydney, Australia and now based in New York, Jack Feldstein is the pioneer of neon animation films. His almost thirty neon animation film have screened worldwide from New York’s Lincoln Center to Rotterdam International Film Festival to Sydney International Film Festival. His scripts “A House Like Any Other” and “Three Months with Pook” have won prizes in Australia and in Britain with the BBC International Radioplay Writing Competition. Currently, he is working on book and lyrics of the world’s first theremin musical, Falling in Love with Mr. Dellamort, to be launched in 2014. For more information, please see his website or Wikipedia page.

Deborah Fried-Rubin is pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Queens College, CUNY after many years of practicing law, and is a recipient of Queens College’s Silverstein-Peiser Award for Poetry and a former writer-in-residence at the Louis Armstrong House Museum. Her work has appeared in the anthology Why I Am Not A Painter (Argos Books) and at Broadsided (online), as well as in WSQ’s VIRAL issue, and in Permafrost. Her chapbooks Language of the Lost and Found and Go Soon are respectively available and forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. She lives on Long Island with her husband and three children.

Hillary Gulley is a writer and translator. Born in West Virginia, she lived in Spain, Hungary, Cuba and Italy before moving to New York City in 2007. She holds an M.A. in Italian Literature from Middlebury College and an M.F.A. in Literary Translation from Queens College. In 2012, she won a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant for her work on Marcelo Cohen’s The End of the Same. In 2013, she was awarded an NEA Literature in Translation Fellowship for a July residency at Vermont Studio Center. Her first book is an anthology of Cuban short stories she translated from Spanish entitled VoCUBAlary, forthcoming in March 2014.

Brian Kim, seen here shredding the air guitar, graduated from the MFA program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College, where he now teaches as an adjunct professor. He was a 2011 writer-in-resident at the Louis Armstrong House Museum Archive, and his work was recently published in The Telegram Review. He’s also making his way through half of the Criterion Collection, an endeavor you can follow at

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