On a Friday night in the borough of Manhattan, five writers will converge on KGB Bar. Words will be read. Images will be seared. Lives will be changed. This is Search & Destroy.

Reading will be:

  • Sarah Jean Alexander
  • Juliet Escoria
  • Chelsea Hodson
  • Porochista Khakpour
  • Katherine Faw Morris

This event will take place at KGB Bar (85 East 4th Street, New York, NY), and will begin at 7:00 pm. Facebook RSVP here.

Bios follow:

Porochista Khakpour is the author of the forthcoming memoir SICK (HarperPerennial, 2017), and the novels THE LAST ILLUSION (Bloomsbury, 2014)—a 2014 “Best Book of the Year” according to NPR, Kirkus, Buzzfeed, Popmatters, Electric Literature, and more — and SONS AND OTHER FLAMMABLE OBJECTS (Grove, 2007) —the 2007 California Book Award winner in “First Fiction,” one of the Chicago Tribune’s “Fall’s Best,” and a New York Times “Editor’s Choice.” She has had fellowships from the NEA, Yaddo, Ucross, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Northwestern University, the University of Leipzig, and many others.Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming in Harper’s, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera America, Slate, Salon, Spin, The Daily Beast, Elle, and many other publications around the world. She is currently Contributing Editor at The Offing, a channel of the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Writer in Residence at Bard College. Born in Tehran and raised in Los Angeles, she lives in New York City.

Sarah Jean Alexander is an American writer from Baltimore. She is the author of Wildlives (Big Lucks Books, 2015), the poetry editor of Shabby Doll House and has been featured in Spork, Hobart, Dazed Digital, Fanzine and other print & digital publications. She tweets at @sarahjeanalex and currently lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend, her cat and her tree.

Katherine Faw Morris was born and raised in North Carolina. Her debut novel, Young God, was published last year by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. It was long-listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize and named a best book of the year by the Times Literary Supplement, the Houston Chronicle, Buzzfeed, and more. She lives in Brooklyn with two pit bulls.

Chelsea Hodson is the author of two chapbooks: Pity the Animal (Future Tense Books, 2014) and Beach Camp (Swill Children, 2010). She is an MFA candidate at Bennington College and was a 2012 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow. Her essays have been published in Black Warrior Review, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Lifted Brow, Sex Magazine, Sundog Lit, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Juliet Escoria is the author of Black Cloud, which was published by both Civil Coping Mechanisms and Emily Books, and named a best book by Dazed, The Fader, Salon, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and more. She was born in Australia, raised in California, earned an MFA in NYC, and currently lives in West Virginia. For more, go to

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