Monday, January 14, 2008

P.E.E.L. is D.E.A.D., sorry

After a year of PEELs, it's time to say goodbye. Time and energy constraints, as well as new endeavors, have conspired to make it near-impossible to pull it off any longer.

But thank you: thank you to all our readers, than you to Stain Bar, who hosted us, and thank you to everyone who came out to to the readings.


Sunday, October 28, 2007

November P.E.E.L.: Soon

P.E.E.L. #6
Thursday, November 8, 7:30 pm
Stain Bar
766 Grand St., btw. Humboldt St. and Graham Ave.
L to Grand Street

Todd Colby, giving an exuberant verbal workout to his poems
Samantha Topol, presenting an essay about Brooklyn’s own Homeless Museum, who will be joined by Filip Noterdaeme, HoMu BKLYN’s Director
Jackie Corley, with an excerpt about debauchery finally catching up
Dawn Knopf, reading a series of short letters to The King

About the authors:

Todd Colby is the author of several books of poems, all of which were published by Soft Skull Press. Currently he is leading a poetry workshop at The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church in New York City. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, the artist Elizabeth Zechel. Todd keeps a poetry blog at

Jackie Corley was born in 1982. She developed Word Riot ( in March 2002. Word Riot Press, an independent publishing press, evolved out of the magazine in January 2003. Jackie's writing has appeared online at, 3AM Magazine and SerialText, and in print in BOOM! For Real (Better Non Sequitur), Consumed: Women on Excess (So New Media) and The Flash (Social Disease).

Samantha Topol is a writer and editor from Lake Tahoe, California, currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Chicago.

Filip Noterdaeme is a New York-based artist and the founding director of the Homeless Museum (HoMu), a conceptual art project that mocks and challenges the commercial leaning and political maneuverings of leading cultural institutions. Since its inception in 2002, the Homeless Museum has, at turns, been an activist's initiative, an exhibit in a vacant artist studio, a live-in museum in a rental apartment in Brooklyn, a lemonade stand embedded in a commercial art fair, a make-believe identity, and a collection of original artworks. Noterdaeme is also a freelance lecturer at the Guggenheim Museum and an adjunct professor of art history and cultural studies at New York University and the New School.

Dawn Marie Knopf grew up in Yosemite National Park, CA where her daddy drove trucks and her mama tended bar. While studying at University of California, Davis under Gary Snyder, she was recognized in the Ina Coolbrith and Pamela Maus competitions and is now pursuing her M.F.A. at Columbia University. She recently completed her first novel and is working on a collection of poetry.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Photos from P.E.E.L. No. 5

Keith Newton

Sue Lange

Paula Bomer

Storm Garner

Friday, September 7, 2007

PEEL No. 5- Thursday, September 13th

Thursday, September 13th at 7:30 pm
766 Grand Street, between Humboldt Street and Graham Avenue, Brooklyn
L to Grand Street

P.E.E.L. #5

Keith Newton edits the online magazine Harp & Altar. His poems and translations have appeared in Typo, Nebraska Review, and Circumference, and are forthcoming in Harvard Review and Cannibal. A chapbook of his work will be published in the spring by Cannibal Books. He lives in Brooklyn.

Sue Lange's writing has appeared in Adbusters, Darker Matter, Challenging Destiny, and Aoife's Kiss. Her first novel, Tritcheon Hash, was published by Metropolis Ink in 2003. Her novella, We, Robots, was published by Aqueduct Press in March 2007.

Paula Bomer's short story collection, The Mother of His Children, will be published next spring by Impetus Press. Her fiction has appeared in The Mississippi Review, Open City, Fiction, Nerve and elsewhere.

Storm Garner was born in Washington, DC and raised in Paris, France. She is sometimes based in Kraków, Poland, sometimes in New York City, and, at this moment, mostly in Washington DC. Though she has long left poems on subways and in parks for strangers to read, she is finally beginning to organize and to publish her many creations in more quantifiable ways. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in Miranda and Pearl literary magazines.

Monday, July 30, 2007

July's Reading- Outside!

Thank you to those who came out on July 12th to P.E.E.L. We decided at the last minute to make it an alfresco reading in the back garden, due to the really nice weather. At one point, a neighbor leaned her head out the window and listened for a while. Stain's mascot, Poe, leaped in the grass as the reading took place.

Of course, thanks also go to our readers, pictured below.

David Sewell (and Poe)

Porter Fox

Deb Olin Unferth

Tao Lin

Friday, June 29, 2007

PEEL Reading: July 12

PEEL Series returns on July 12th to save you from the heat (even if only for one night) and present the fine literary stylings of David Sewell, reading poetry; Deb Olin Unferth, presenting fiction; Porter Fox, with an essay; and Tao Lin reading a letter just for you.

Thursday, July 12
8:00pm FREE
Stain Bar, 766 Grand Street, Brooklyn

About the authors:
David Sewell is originally from Michigan. His poems have been published or are forthcoming in Poetry East, Jubilat, Good Foot, La Petite Zine, H-ngm-n, and others. He works as a copy editor.

Deb Olin Unferth's fiction has appeared in Harper's, Conjunctions, NOON, McSweeney's, Fence, StoryQuarterly, the Pushcart Prize anthologies, and elsewhere. Minor Robberies, a selection of her stories, will appear as one volume of three from McSweeney's.

Porter Fox's fiction, essays and nonfiction have been published in The New York Times Magazine, Outside, Men's Journal, StoryQuarterly, National Geographic Adventure,, Powder, Northwest Review, Third Coast, Puerto del Sol, Caketrain and Pindeldyboz. He currently teaches fiction workshops at 826NYC and recently completed his first collection of short stories.

Tao Lin is the author of a novel, Eeeee Eee Eeee, and story-collection, Bed, which were published simultaneously by Melville House last month. He is also the author of a poetry collection entitled You Are A Little Bit Happier Than I Am, and has been published in Noon, Nerve, Mississippi Review, Cincinnati Review, Other Voices, Fourteen Hills and Punk Planet, among others.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Special PPEE Reading: May 10

Please join us for a special PPEE edition of the PEEL reading series. The short-format reading will feature a seat-wetting double dose of poetry by Bronwen Tate and William Hubbard, Richard Grayson with an essay on the personal and political sides of Roe v. Wade, and Jennifer Cooke, presenting "After the Symphony."

Thursday, May 10
7:30pm FREE
Stain Bar, 766 Grand Street, Brooklyn

About the authors:
Bronwen Tate, a native of Portland, OR, lives and writes in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Word For/Word, Kulture Vulture, Lungful!, HOW2, Typo Magazine and horse less review, among others. She received her MFA in Poetry from Brown University, and will be a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at Stanford in the fall. Her chapbook, Souvenirs, will be available for purchase.

William Hubbard is the editor of CapGun, a journal of arts and letters based in Brooklyn, New York. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Fourteen Hills, Mantis, and Red Line Blues, and his chapbook, A Suggestion Regarding Vacations, will be published by Third Class Press in July. He lives in Brooklyn, and is currently working on a screen adaptation of Robert Creeley's only novel, The Island.

Jennifer Cooke lives and writes in New York City.  She has been published in a few literary magazines and newspapers.  When she's not writing, she's taking care of her two kids and husband.

Richard Grayson is the author of the story and essay collections With Hitler in New York, Lincoln's Doctor's Dog, I Brake for Delmore Schwartz, I Survived Caracas Traffic, The Silicon Valley Diet, Highly Irregular Stories, And to Think That He Kissed Him on Lorimer Street and the recently-published WRITE-IN: Diary of a Congressional Candidate in Florida's Fourth Congressional District, based on his 2004 feature on the McSweeney's website. His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Miami Herald, The Orlando Sentinel, The Arizona Republic, The San Jose Mercury News and People. A retired teacher and lawyer, he lives in Brooklyn.

Thanks to our readers, and those who came out to hear them.

Bronwen Tate

Jennifer Cooke

Richard Grayson

Will Hubbard