Sunday, January 28, 2018

Sunday 2/4: Release Event for Hard Crackers Issue 4

American society is a ticking time bomb and attentiveness to daily lives is absolutely essential for those who would like to imagine how to act purposefully to change the world.
Come celebrate the release of issue 4 of Hard Crackers: Chronicles of Everyday Life, a journal I edit along with some great comrades and friends. We'll have music and mercifully short readings from editors and contributors, including
Edwin Rivera (It's a Shelter), Zhandarka Kurti (Date Night in Astoria, Queens), yours truly, and others.

If you can't make it, you can pick up a copy here. Also, check out this recent interview with fellow editors Noel Ignatiev and James Murray, which sums up the project well. 

Freddy's Bar and Backroom
627 5th Avenue, Brooklyn
2pm (plenty of time for sportsball afterward)
copies of the new issue and past issues available

Thursday, January 4, 2018

New Piece on Rikers Guard Culture: The Secret Lives of Rikers Island Jail Guards

I wrote a piece for the Hard Cracker site about three of my favorite books: Robin Miller's Inside the Dark Underbelly of Rikers Island, C. RenĂ© West's Caught in the Struggle, and Gary Heyward's Corruption Officer. These works form a triptych of self-published memoirs by former Rikers Island guards, offering the reader a rare glimpse into the repressive and insular social world of the New York City Department of Correction.