Double Take 28: Fun

Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
291 Church Street, NYC

At apexart’s Double Take reading series, poets, novelists, editors, and artists are invited to create and share an original work in response to a single, open-ended prompt, in this instance: Fun. As a result, apexart audiences experience a one-of-a-kind evening of stories and reflections.

Featuring contributions from:
Joanna Fuhrman
Rachel Levitsky
John Madera
Val Vinokur

Organized by Albert Mobilio.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP encouraged.


The National Book Critics Circle celebrates Small Press Month 2011 with a panel discussion moderated by Library Journal’s Barbara Hoffert at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at the NYU Bookstore, 726 Broadway, New York, NY 10003. The public may call (212) 998-4667 for additional information.

Panelists include:

Tim W. Brown (novelist, critic, former board member of the Small Press Center)

John Deming (poet, critic, editor of Cold Front Magazine)

John Madera (critic, editor of Big Other and The Chapbook Review)

John Reed (NBCC board member, novelist, critic, book review editor of The Brooklyn Rail)

More info Here.

RSVP here.


I’ll be reading as part of “The Monkeybicycle Lightning Round!”

Friday, October 22, 2010, 7:00pm-9:30pm
85 East 4th St. New York, NY 10003

This new quarterly reading series fuses quick, high energy readings with a broad range of voices–both established and emerging–into a seamless hour of literary brilliance. Each event will feature 20 readers, each reading no longer than three minutes before introducing the next reader. No interruption from the host means a continuous listening experience. No guidelines other than length means maximum variety of form and content.

Featuring: Paula Bomer, Sarah Bridjins, Jason Brooks, Laura Carney, William Clifford, Nicole Elizabeth, Jim Freed, Greg Gerke, Eirik Gumeny, Chris Heavener, Krystal Languell, Michael Leong, John Madera, Peter Richter, Joe Sullivan, Robert Swartwood, Mike Topp, Timmy Waldron, Mike Wood, and John Woods.


I’m moderating a panel entitled “On the Well-Tempered Sentence” with Gary Lutz, Ben Marcus, John Haskell, and Christine Schutt on October 6, 2010 at the Center for Fiction. I hope you can make it.

Four exacting artisans of the sentence (Gary Lutz, Ben Marcus, John Haskell, and Christine Schutt) discuss writing at its most basic level. Critic, writer, and editor John Madera will lead this panel on one of the most critical parts of narrative.

John Haskell is the author of American Purgatorio, I Am Not Jackson Pollock, and Out of My Skin. A contributor to the radio program The Next Big Thing, he lives in Brooklyn.

Gary Lutz is the author of three short-story collections: Stories in the Worst Way, I Looked Alive, and Partial List of People to Bleach. Lutz has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

Ben Marcus is the author of three books of fiction: Notable American Women, The Father Costume, and The Age of Wire and String. In 2008 he received the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Christine Schutt is the author of the short-story collections A Night, A Day, Another Night, Summer and Nightwork, chosen by poet John Ashbery as the best book of 1996 for The Times Literary Supplement. Her first novel, Florida, was a 2004 National Book Award finalist. Her new novel, All Souls, is out now from Harcourt.

John Madera‘s work has been published in The Brooklyn Rail, Opium Magazine, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, and The Review of Contemporary Fiction; and is forthcoming in Conjunctions and The Believer. He’s senior flash fiction editor at JMWW and his column, “A Reader’s Log(orrhea),” may be found at The Nervous Breakdown.

RSVP here. And here.


Soda Series #2:

A conversation with Matt Bell, John Madera, Jeff Parker, and Amber Sparks

July 18, 2010 @ 7:00 pm
Soda Bar
629 Vanderbilt Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 230-8393


On Monday, June 14th at Pacific Standard Bar in Brooklyn, a Big Other extravaganza will be taking place with games, prizes, raffles, music and readings. Mary Caponegro will be the headliner.

Music by John Madera and Robert Lopez.

Readings by Nicolle Elizabeth, Greg Gerke, A D Jameson, Michael Leong, John Madera, Edward Mullany, Shya Scanlon, and John Dermot Woods.


Two Funny Writers, One Unfunny Writer, and One Hilarious Poet
Ken Sparling, Jennifer L. Knox, John Madera, and Greg Gerke reading.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
5:00pm – 6:00pm
Unnameable Books
600 Vanderbilt Ave.
Brooklyn, NY, 11238


A Night of Fiction and Poetry
Featuring: Peter Schwartz, Kendra Grant Malone, Timmy Waldron, John Madera, Greg Gerke, Heather Fowler, David Peak, Sasha Fletcher, Barry Graham, and more…
Nightingale Lounge
213 2nd Avenue, (NW Corner of 13th and 2nd Avenue)
New York, NY
Saturday, June 5, 2010
6:00pm – 7:30pm


Release event for Shya Scanlon’s debut poetry collection, In This Alone Impulse, published by Noemi Press. Reading from the manuscript will be a variety of writers and artists, including:

Lincoln Michel, James Yeh, John Madera, John Dermot Woods, Rozalia Jovanovic, Nicolle Elizabeth, Todd Zuniga, James J. Williams III, Terese Svoboda, Emma Straub, Sasha Graybosch, Nick Bredie, Nora Jean Lange, Joe Sullivan, Peter Schwartz, Timmy Waldron, Brianna Danielle, and more TBD.

KGB Bar, 85 East 4th StreetNew York City, NY
March 24, 2010
7:00 pm-9:00pm


elimae: a reading

elimae: a reading, hosted by Shya Scanlon, will take place at KGB Bar in New York City on May 26 from 7-9 p.m. 20 contributors to elimae will read for no longer than 3 minutes each. Readers include Shya Scanlon, Lincoln Michel, Rozalia Jovanovic, Kimberly King Parsons, Justin Taylor, Nicolle Elizabeth, Tao Lin, Nick Antosca, Todd Zuniga, Dennis DiClaudio, John Madera, Timmy Waldron, Forrest Roth, Terese Svoboda, Barry Graham, Dawn Raffel, Sasha Graybosch, Eric Nusbaum, and more.