So I was at Cornelia St. Cafe one Sunday afternoon to listen to some Jazz. I noticed that they have various reading series: Greek, Italian, Armenian…(I’d even read once in Dean Kostos’ GREEK AMERICAN WRITERS series). So I asked Angelo, who runs the room, if they’d be interested in something Jewish. He said “Jewish? I’m half Jewish and my girlfriend’s a rabbi!” And we set the first date.

We’re calling it JEWISH AMERICAN WRITERS, but it won’t be all American, all Writers or even all Jewish. (I don’t believe in segregation.) I’m approaching it like the state of Israel: diverse. We’ll have Jewish and also other guests. (Hachnasat-orchim, they call it in hebrew, hospitality to guests). The room also has a screen and is wired for Powerpoint, so we’ll welcome visual artists who are collaborating with writers or musicians to show their work.

The first dates are March 9 and April 13, and those readers/performers are set. Anyone interested in reading at a future date can contact me. We’re hoping to find an audience and continue the series on Sundays, 6-8 pm, once a month at Cornelia St. Cafe. Future dates TBA.

THE FIRST EVENT FOR THE JEWISH AMERICAN WRITERS SERIES
SUNDAY MARCH 9, 2008
CORNELIA STREET CAFE
29 Cornelia Street, NYC 10014
212-989-9319

TIME: 6-8 pm–Daylight Savings Time! (Remember to change your clocks.)
COVER CHARGE: $7.00 includes one drink

Readers:
Julia Schaffer (poetry)
Stephen Policoff (prose)
Oren Neiman Quartet (Jazz!)