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Carly Howard performs at "A Reading is Sexy Experience" at Busboys and Poets

Zami DC and WITCHES team up on Aug. 7

The gender and sexuality series Zami DC and WITCHES of Bushwick are teaming up again to present “A Reading Is Sexy Experience” at Busboys & Poets on Thursday, August 7. First started at Tarot Tuesdays brunches in Brooklyn, the event is designed to attract intelligent readers who crave meaningful literature.

Now, the Brooklyn indie literature revolution is on its way to Washington, D.C. The unique line-up presented by Papercut Press includes m.craig, Carly Howard, Jillian McManemin, Chessy Normile, and Christine Stoddard for a night of music, poetry, and readings.

“Guests can expect a well-rounded explanation of the evolving independent publishing movement, with explanations and anecdotes relating to the corporate publishing world,” says Anne Alexander, co-founder of WITCHES. “As well as four live readings and an acoustic set performed by Brooklyn’s Carly Howard.”

m.craig, founder of Papercut Press

m.craig, founder of Papercut Press (Photo: Jennifer Craig)

People are encouraged to participate in a Q&A following the discussion and join organizers before and after the event for a mixer to get to know the creators behind the event. The discussion will focus on “the independent versus corporate publishing worlds, ethical dilemmas, and shared personal accounts.”

m.craig is not only part of the live reading cast, but she is also the founder of Papercut Press and one of the organizers behind this movement. She’ll be sharing her experiences as a writer and how she published her novel The Narrows, currently distributed in bookstores across the country.

“There’s been a lot of talk in the past few years about how print and publishing is dead. That simply isn’t true. In the wake of e-everything, there’s been a resurgence of beautifully printed books,” say m.craig. “I’m really looking forward to the Q&A on independent publishing and collaborating again with the rad ladies from WITCHES. Also, there’s going to be an awesome mixer after with a bunch of publishers and authors from the DC zinefest after the event.”

“A Reading is a Sexy Experience” takes place on Thurs., August 7 at Busboys & Poets located at 1025 5th St NW, Washington, D.C. 6:30 p.m. – 830 p.m. It’s a free event, open to all ages. Guests with their own book or zine are encouraged to bring their work and share with others.

Ebone Bell
Eboné F. Bell
Eboné is the founder and Editor of Tagg Magazine. In addition to running a queer women’s publication, she shares her knowledge and passion as a keynote speaker at conferences, schools, and events across the country.