Summer Speakeasy featuring Janika Oza, Natalie Wee, Tariq Thompson, Erin Jin Mei O’Malley and Yi Wei

Summer Speakeasy featuring Janika Oza, Natalie Wee, Tariq Thompson, Erin Jin Mei O'Malley and Yi Wei

Wednesday Jun 07, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

28 Adams Street (Corner of Adams & Water Street across from the Archway)
Brooklyn , NY 11201

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Celebrate queer literary brilliance this June 7 with readings from Janika Oza (author of A HISTORY OF BURNING), Tariq Thompson (author of LONE LILY), Natalie Wee (author of BEAST AT EVERY THRESHOLD), Erin Jin Mei O’Malley, and Yi Wei, moderated by Ruth Minah Buchwald.




Ruth Minah Buchwald is a writer, comedian, and performer born in Seoul and raised in northern New Jersey. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Autostraddle, CRAFT, Electric Literature, ELLE Los Angeles Review of Books, The Margins, and more. She curates and hosts lactose intolerant (@lactoseintolerantnyc on Instagram), a monthly reading series featuring writers of color in NYC. She received a BA in Critical and Visual Studies from Pratt Institute and lives in Brooklyn. Find her online


Erin Jin Mei O’Malley is an adoptee writer who is based in New York. They have received nominations for a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and Best New Poets, and their work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Nashville Review, The Margins, The Shade Journal, and others. They are a 2023 Asian American Writers Workshop Margins Fellow.


Janika Oza is the author of the novel, A HISTORY OF BURNING, out now in Canada, the US, and elsewhere. She is the winner of the 2022 O. Henry Prize for Short Fiction and the 2020 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Award, and her stories and essays have appeared in publications such as The Best Small Fictions 2019 AnthologyCatapultThe Adroit Journal, and Prairie Schooner, among others. She lives in Toronto.


Natalie Wee is a queer creator whose work explores themes of race, gender, queerness, and nationhood, and is deeply informed by grassroots communities. She wrote two poetry collections, Our Bodies & Other Fine Machines (San Press, 2021) and Beast at Every Threshold (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2022). She is a finalist for the 2023 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry and the 2023 Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry. Born in Singapore to Malaysian parents, Natalie is currently a settler in Tkaronto.


Tariq Thompson is a Black poet from Memphis. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The American Poetry Review, wildness, underblong, Sixth Finch, The Academy of American Poets, and The Adroit Journal, where he received the 2020 Adroit Prize for Poetry. He is the author of the chapbook LONE LILY, published by Sunset Press. He is currently an MFA candidate at New York University.


Yi Wei is a writer. She’s editing at Asian American Writers’ Workshop and her work can be found or is forthcoming in Palette Poetry, Frontier Poetry, Pigeon Pages, and Poetry Northwest. Yi has been awarded or placed for the Frontier OPEN, Lois Morrell Poetry Prize, the Sappho Prize for Women Poets, Best of the Net, and the Lorraine Williams Poetry Prize. She is currently a Writer in the Public Schools fellow at NYU.