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100 Times Book Tour, 2019


June 25th 7pm
Book Launch at McNally Jackson Bookstore

in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

76 N 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 

Join us at McNally Jackson Books (Williamsburg) to celebrate the release of 100 TIMES: A MEMOIR OF SEXISM by Chavisa Woods.

Amy King will also read and lead the discussion with Chavisa Woods following the reading.

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Wednesay August 7th, 7pm
Skylight Books
1818 North Vermont Ave

Los Angeles California:

Chavisa Woods presents 100 TIMES with Michelle Tea

Previous events:

Tuesday, April 10th

YZ Chin: Though I Get Home w/ Chavisa Woods

Books Are Magic
225 Smith Street, Brooklyn NY

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Sunday, April 8th 2018

 Marathon Reading Kathy Acker's Blood and Guts in High School
at Performance Space New York (PS122), organized by Sarah Schulman

Kathy Acker: Blood and Guts In High School

More info here


April 4th, 2018
Amherst Books

Reading and Signing

8 Main St, Amherst, Massachusetts


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Previous Events



June Book Tour Dates

Seattle Washington

Wednesday, June 7th 


Hugo House

1021 Columbia Street

Contagious Exchanges Series, hosted by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

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Join us for the LAST CONTAGIOUS EXCHANGES OF 2017 featuring Brooklyn-based poet and fiction writer Chavisa Woods.

Celebrating the launch of her critically acclaimed collection of stories, THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU'RE GOTH IN THE COUNTRY (Seven Stories Press), Chavisa Woods joins series host and curator Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore for a reading and onstage conversation. 


San Francisco, California

Sunday, June 11th 


Dog Eared Books

489 Castro Street

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Saint Louis Missouri

Wednesday, June 14th 


Left Bank Books

339 North Euclid Ave.


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Left Bank Books welcomes award-winning author Chavisa Woods, who will sign and discuss her new short story collection, "Things To Do When You're Goth in the Country"!

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of "Things To Do When You're Goth in the Country" from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.



Saturday, March 25th

Local 138
138 Ludlow Street
New York, NY

The Enclave Reading Series returns to the Lower East Side with a stellar line-up of authors, including two of our favorite novelists, Chavisa Woods and Jared Hohl, and "desert poet" Alexandra Egan.

This will be the first Enclave reading in our new venue, Local 138. Don't miss this one.

(Free admission, one drink minimum)

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Follow: @enclavianmatter

About the authors:

CHAVISA WOODS’ third work of fiction, Things to Do when You’re Goth in the Country, will be released by Seven Stories Press in May of 2017. Her second work of fiction, The Albino Album, an epic novel, was released by Seven Stories Press/Random House, in 2013; and Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind published by Fly by Night Press, in 2009. Woods was the recipient of the 2014 Cobalt Prize for fiction and was a two time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for fiction. Woods has appeared as a featured author at such notable venues as The Whitney Museum of American Art, City Lights Bookstore, Town Hall Seattle, The Brecht Forum, The Cervantes Institute, and St. Mark’s Poetry Project. Her writing has appeared in such publications as The Evergreen Review, New York Quarterly, The Brooklyn Rail, Cleaver Magazine, Quaint, and many others. Woods was the recipient of the 2009 Jerome Foundation award for emerging authors, and served as the guest prose editor for Great Weather for Media’s 2015 Anthology. 

JARED HOHL’s fiction has been published by Tin House, Washington Square Review, The Agriculture Reader, Torpedo Magazine, HOW Journal, Monkeybicycle, and in the anthology The Apocalypse Reader. An excerpt from his novel The Dead Generations was featured in Electric Literature's Recommended Reading.

ALEXANDRA EGAN’s fiction and poetry can be seen in The Gallatin Review. She is an alumnus of John Ashbery’s Home School where she studied under Eileen Myles and Robin Costa Lewis.





Great Weather for Media's 


Spoken Word Sundays 

Chavisa Woods, Craig Kite and Kait Burrier plus open mic


March 8th

4:00pm to 6:00 pm

The Parkside Lounge 
317 Houston Street



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We have another great open mic and show planned for you. 
21 and over. 
2 drink minimum (they do have coffee and sodas for our non alcoholics) 
$2 suggested donation 
Hosted by Thomas Fucaloro 

Our Features:

Chavisa Woods is the author of two books of fiction, “The Albino Album,” a novel, (550 pages) Seven Stories Press (Distributed by Random House), 2013; and Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind” full-length fiction (Fly by Night Press, 2009). The Second Edition of this book was released by Autonomedia Press under the Unbearables imprint in 2013. Woods was the recipient of the 2014 Cobalt Prize for fiction and was a finalist (second nomination) for the 2013 Lambda Literary Award for fiction. Woods has appeared as a featured author at such notable venues as The Whitney Museum of American Art, City Lights Bookstore, Town Hall Seattle, The Brecht Forum, The Cervantes Institute, and St. Mark’s Poetry Project. Her writing has appeared in such publications as The Evergreen Review, New York Quarterly, The Brooklyn Rail, Cleaver Magazine, and Jadaliyya. Woods was the recipient of the 2009 Jerome Foundation award for emerging authors, and most recently was selected as the guest prose editor for the upcoming Great Weather for Media 2015 Anthology. She is currently completing her third work of full-length fiction.

Craig Kite is a writer from Washington, DC, newly emerging in New York City. He has produced four collections of poems with Mad Gleam Press under the titles "Diagnostic Impressionism (Madness Poems)", "Why Are My Hands Transparent?", "Hello Apparitions" & "Scare the Offices". The only poetry slams Craig has ever won were the Beltway Poetry Slam’s “Fuck The Rules Slam” and the “Rubber Chicken Poetry Slam” in Monterey, CA (*twice!). Shout out to the “Cool Change Poetry Slam” in Manassas, VA where he was given third place one time out of sheer social capital. His upcoming collection titled "Let Them be Dizzy!", as well as music, visual art and videos can be found at

Kait Burrier writes poetry, drama, journalism, and to-do lists in New York City. She is the founder and host of Union Square Slam's Monday night open mic and reading series. Kait’s work appears online and in print, most recently in Germ Magazine and Everyday Escape Poems. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University, where she was honored with Etruscan Press’s 2013 Etruscan Prize. Visit to see what she’s up to next.




Bright Hill Literary Center Word Thursdays


Thursday, October 9th 7pm

Bright Hill Press & Literary Center,

94 Church Street, Treadwell, NY






The Albino Album

Book Release Party

Come celebrate the release of this epic novel
with author Chavisa Woods.

Featuring Guest Performances by:
Joseph Keckler,
Jennifer Blowdryer
M. Lamar,     Damon Stang  and
Erin Markey!

Readings by Guest Authors: Steve Dalachinsky, Tsuarah Litzky, Jim Feast, Dorothy Friedman August, and others. 
(and "readings" throughout the night, by Psychic Hank)

This is a free event. Drinks available at the bar. Snacks and food will be in good supply.

Sunday, February 24th 6-9pm
Dixon Place
161 A Christie Street, (at Delancey)

New York, New York



"A natural and philosophical writer, Woods is propelled by her commitments to language and desire to illuminate ghettos of consciousness: geographic, economic, and emotional."
—Sarah Schulman, author of Rat Bohemia and Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination




Tuesday October 9th

St. Marks Bookshop
31 3rd Ave
New York, NY
Chavisa Woods
Carl Watson

Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind 

Second Edition

Book Launch Party

Tuesday, October 16th 7-9pm

Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen Street
New York, New York 10002 

Multimedia Reading by author Chavisa Woods
with animations by Itziar Barrio

Also Featuring:

R.H. Lossin

Recently re-released by Autonomedia / Unbearables Press (imprint):

Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind by author Chavisa Woods, is a collection of short stories which fit together as chapters of a novel, focusing on the formative and tumultuous moments in the lives of two women as children and adults, whose characters are abstracted within the context of each story. Primarily set in rural America and other transient realms, this book combines realism with elements of meta-fiction, magnifying the extraordinary interpersonal worlds created by the circumstances of their outer reality.

“As Flannery O’Connor beckons us into the restless, gothic American south, and A.M. Homes backs us into bizarre and frightening corners of our suburbia, Chavisa Woods guides us through a strange, troubling vision of domestic life in the rural U.S.” — Go Magazine

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Sunday April 29th
8:00 PM


308 Bowery 
(Between Houston and Bleecker) 
F train to 2nd Ave, 6 to Bleecker

"To celebrate the release of our 8th issue, Sensitive Skin presents a gala reading of past and present contributors, including:
John S. Hall
Mike Hudson
Bonny Finberg
Emily XYZ
Chavisa Woods
Carl Watson
Drew Hubner
Todd Colby
Ron Kolm
Marguerite Van Cook
Michael Gonzales
Mike DeCapite

and more, plus special guests." 
Watch Live on the Web!


A Memorial Event for Ira Cohen (1935-2011)


Poet, Filmmaker, Photographer 
Sunday, Feb 5th, 2012, 6pm - 10pm
at The Living Theatre, 21 Clinton St, NYC
for further attendance details:
Music & Performances In Memoriam by
Butch Morris Chorus of Poets, Alice Farley Dance Theatre, Wayne Lopes & Sylvie Degiez, Perry Robinson, Will Swofford Cameron & others T.B.A.
Readings In Memoriam by
Judith Malina, Allan Graubard, Tom Walker, Steve Dalachinsky, Jordan Zinovich, Valery Oisteanu, Bonny Finberg, Bill Wollak, Clayton Patterson, Louise Landes-Levi, Penny Arcade, Jeremiah Newton, Indra Tamang, Timothy Baum & others T.B.A.

The event will include a video presentation of Ira Cohen reading poetry along with excerpts of his work in film and photography.

Donations to The Living Theatre will be accepted in lieu of admission.
The Stone
Monday, January 30th 
Butch Morris' A Chorus of Poets at  The Stone (Ave C and 2nd St.) 
7:30 open rehearsal/observation.
Performance at 9:00 pm.
It's really something spectacular to witness and be part of. Stop by. (





The 9th Annual  All Out Arts' Fresh Fruit Festival continues with a new  Harvest Fruits Festival this fall. On Friday November 4th, Fresh Fruit presents a  Women's Invitational an evening of women writers, with special guests and an open mic -- followed by a meet-and greet-reception. This event will be hosted by Roxanne Hoffman, publisher of Poets Wear Prada  and will feature four local area writers known for their outspokeness and activism --Dorothy Friedman AugustVittoria repettoChocolate Waters, and Chavisa Wood -- plus an open mic.

The event takes place at the Jan Hus Church - Masyrik Hall, 351 E. 74th St., New York 10021, between 1st and 2nd Avenues. Showtime is 8PM. Tickets are $12. Advance tickets can be ordered online at the Fresh Fruit Festival website ( or at OvationTix dot com ( The closest subway station is the 77th Street Station of the number 6 train.


Dorothy Friedman August founded "The Helen Review," a literary magazine and was the poetry editor of "Downtown," a magazine of the arts for ten years. She is currently working on a memoir, "The Bastard Heirs," an excerpt of which is being published in Clayton Patterson‘s "Jews: A People’s History of the Lower East Side" (Seven Stories Press). Poets Wear Prada is publishing her third poetry collection, "L-Shaped Room." 

Vittoria repetto is the author of two books, "Head For the Van Wyck" (Monkey Cat Press) and "Not Just A Personal Ad" (Guernica Editions, 2006) , host of the Women‘s & Trans‘ Poetry Jam at Bluestockings Bookstore since its opening in 1999, and Vice President of the Italian American Writers Association (IAWA). 

Chocolate Waters, “Poet Laureate of Hell‘s Kitchen,” is one of the first openly lesbian poets to publish in the U.S. during the second wave of feminism, and her contribution is documented in "Feminists Who Changed America 1963-1975" (U of Il. Press, Barbara Love, ed.). Founding mother of the radical women‘s newspaper, "Big Mama Rag," author of "Take Me Like A Photograph" (Eggplant Press), a classic of the early women‘s movement, she is celebrating the release of her 4th book, "The Woman Who Wouldn’t Shake Hands" from Poets Wear Prada. 

Chavisa Woods’s debut collection of short stories, "Love Does Not Make me Gentle or Kind" (Fly By Night Press, 2008) was a Lambda Literary Award Nominee for Debut Fiction. Chavisa Woods is the recipient of the 2009 Jerome Foundation Award for emerging writers.


Emcee for the event, Roxanne Hoffman, has run Poets Wear Prada, a small literary press, since 2006. Her work appears in several anthologies including "The Bandana Republic: A Literary Anthology by Gang Members and Their Affiliates" (Soft Skull Press) and "It All Changed In An Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure" (Harper Perennial).


This year marks the 9th anniversary of the All Out Arts’ Fresh Fruit Festival created in 2002 to support and present LGBT Art and Artists to fight intolerance. The Festival’s refreshing, innovate approach to LGBT arts allows audiences to sample a wide range of events from performing and fine artists representing different ages, ethnicities, sexualities, and gender orientations. Attendees are certain to find something fresh and innovative to inspire them.



Wednesday September 21st 

7:00 pm

Tribes Gallery

Book/Anthology Release Party


285 E. 3rd St., 2nd floor 


New York, New York







THE UNBEARABLES, a loose collective of noir humorists, beer mystics, anarchists, neophobes and passionate debunkers, will launch their fifth anthology, THE UNBEARABLES BIG BOOK OF SEX, at A Gathering of the Tribes. A partial list of readers at this book party/reading include: 
Steve Dalachinsky, Jim Feast, Chavisa Woods, Dorothy Friedman, Valery Oisteanu, John Farris, Susan Scutti, Rami Shamir, Tsaurah Litzky, Yuko Otomo, Carol Wierzbicki, Carl Watson, Jill Rapaport, Sparrow, Larisa Schmaillo, Michael Carter, Tom Savage, Bruce Weber, Su Yung, Thad Rutkowski, Anyssa Kim and David Huberman.

--Vince Passaro, author of Violence, Nudity, Adult Content: A Novel, had this to say about THE UNBEARABLES:

'I don’t know of a single group of identifiably literary individuals that has done more than The Unbearables to diversify the voices and the writing of our time; nor, more importantly, do I know of any such group that has fought harder against the rising tide of banal bullshit in American literature over the last two decades. The reason I don’t know of a group that has done more or fought harder is because there is none. In the era of the American writer being a person who is committed to car payments and 401Ks, these folks have stood where at least some of our artists must always stand (though ever fewer are willing): outside, throwing broken rocks, raucous insults and some hard convictions.'

Copies of the book will be on sale at a special price. 

For information: or call: 212-674-3778





Thursday, September 1st

Rooftop Films and Tompkins Square Park Present

"Stake Land"

7:30 pm

With a reading by special guest, poet, author Chavisa Woods

This event is free and begins at Sundown. 

Loaction, Tompkins Square Park, East Village, New York near 7th st between Ave A and B.




The Hot! Festival 
August 3rd, 2011  

7:30 PM

Thain Torres and Chavisa Woods present:

How to; Fall in Love Before the Apocalypse, or, Stop Smoking in Nineteen-thousand, two-hundred and eighty-seven Seconds, Usama


Dixon Place Theater
161A Chrystie Street, between Rivington and Delancey.

Chavisa Woods
How to Stop Smoking in Nineteen-thousand, two-hundred and eighty-seven Seconds, Usama

UFO’s, a meth lab in a cornfield, a talking couch and the death of Usama Bin Laden, set the stage for a young woman’s journey to give up chain smoking.
Chavisa Woods presents original fiction as live, multimedia literary readings, featuring original animation by contemporary artist Itziar Barrio.

Thain Torres
How to Fall in Love Before the Apocalypse

A lover's call to the end of days. This work is a small compendium of stories and recollections gathered between South Africa and NYC during the turn of this last century. Monologist 
Thain Torres recounts his journey between a small mining town in pre Democratic South Africa to post 911 NYC. A lover of stories both true and fantastical, Torres creates a portrait of a fragile personal world poised on the brink of collapse. Told with gentle humor vignettes are a love letter and requiem to the notion that everything will probably turn out fine.


Chavisa Woods is a Brooklyn based author whose work pushes boundaries of class culture, gender, literature and sexuality. Her debut collection of short stories, “Love Does Not Make me Gentle or Kind” (Fly By Night Press, 2008) was a Lambda Literary Award Nominee for Debut Fiction. Chavisa Woods is the recipient of the 2009 Jerome Foundation Award for emerging writers. Woods has featured as a reader with a number of renowned institutions and festivals. She featured in a performance series, which ran for five days at The Whitney Museum in New York City, as a member of the Chorus of Poets. She has also been featured at the New York Vision Festival as well as the New York Hot Festival in multiple years. Woods’ poetry, short stories and essays have been published nationally and internationally in a number of magazines and journals. Woods is currently completing her first full-length collection of poetry as well as her second work of fiction.

Thain Torres is a Masters graduate of the University of Cape Town's
Theatre Making program. He has written and performed in several
critically acclaimed productions in Grahamstown, Cape Town, and
Oudtshoorn. Currently he resides in Brooklyn New York.


Past Events

The 9th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival  

P E A R S ,  P R O S E  &  P O E T R Y    
Monday, July 11th 2011
The LGBT Community Center

208 West 13th Street (off 7th Avenue) New York, NY, 

 Featuring: Austin Alexis, Joel Allegretti, Dorothy Friedman August, Davidson Garrett, Melinda Goodman, Dean Kostos, Michael Montlack, Carol Polcover, John Marcus Powell, Jessica Reed, Vittoria Repetto, Jason Schneiderman, Sinclair Sexsmith, Chocolate Waters, Chavisa Woods, Richard Marx Weinraub


with hosts        Roxanne Hoffman & Robert Urban

this is a Free event