from Nathan C. Martin and Friends.
Khaled al-Berry read an excerpt from his memoir, Life is More Beautiful than Paradise, about how the radical Islamic group he once belonged to rooted out homosexuals (they found lots of them).
Khaled al-Berry read an excerpt from his memoir, Life is More Beautiful than Paradise, about how the radical Islamic group he once belonged to rooted out homosexuals (they found lots of them).

On Sept. 13, Room 220 hosted the kickoff event for its fall season of LIVE PROSE with an evening of readings by T. Geronimo Johnson, Khaled al-Berry, Lucy Fricke, and T.J. Dema at Melvin’s Bar, which proved to be a surprisingly excellent venue for a literary event. More than 70 people came out, including a group of writers from the University of Iowa’s International Writer’s Program, who were on a literary field trip to New Orleans. T. J. Dema, who is a spoken word artist from Botswana, kicked it off for the three fantastic (and often hilarious) prose writers who followed. Toward the end of the reading, as Room 220 editor Nathan C. Martin was making his closing remarks, Guitar Lightnin’ Lee arrived and loudly wondered what the hell was going on, and afterward gently and in good humor chastised Martin for throwing an event in “his bar” without alerting him first.

Thanks to all for coming out, to Maple Street Books for hocking merch, and for Melvin’s Bar for hosting us. The next Room 220 LIVE PROSE event will take place on Oct. 22 with Feral House publisher and cult hero Adam Parfrey, along with Joseph Scott Morgan, author of Blood Beneath My Feet: Journey of a Southern Death Investigator. The event will take place at the Church of 220 (735 St. Ferdinand St.). More details, and an interview with Morgan by Wesley Stokes, to come soon. Stay tuned!

T. Geronimo Johnson read a selection from his debut novel, Hold It Til It Hurts, that concerned a man trying to make love to a woman after accidentally blistering his penis with hot sauce.

Lucy Fricke read an excerpt from her second novel, I Brought Friends, the only bit of her work that’s been translated into English. The excerpt concerned a group of friends in Berlin that were not having a very good time.

T.J. Dema kicked off the evening with a poem about the innate connectedness of all living things that, even though it sounds pretty drum-circle, basically blew everyone away.

Your humble host, Nathan C. Martin

After some heartfelt condolences, Guitar Lightnin’ Lee forgave Room 220 for hosting the event without notifying him, and all became friends.

Hand-in-Glove Conference Guide

Hand in Glove Conference Guide
Essay by Amy Mackie, edited by Bob Snead, designed by Erik Keisewetter

This beautiful book, designed and printed by Erik Kiesewetter of Constance for the Hand-in-Glove Conference, includes a guide to all of the conference happenings Oct 17-20, 2013, an informative map of the artist run spaces on and around St. Claude Ave, and an extensive essay by Amy Mackie about the history of self organized contemporary art [...]

Photo by Sophie Lvoff in WE'RE PREGNANT

We’re Pregnant
Words by Nathan Martin. Photography by Akasha Rabut, Sophie T. Lvoff, and Grissel Giuliano.

We’re Pregnant is a chapbook of short fiction by Room 220 editor Nathan C. Martin along with photography by Akasha Rabut, Sophie T. Lvoff, and Grissel Giuliano. The book contains three of Martin’s short stories—which explore in morbid fashion anxieties related to sex, disease, marriage, and childbirth—with images inspired by the stories from each of the photographers.

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The People Is Singular
Poems by Andy Young and Photographs by Salwa Rashad

The People Is Singular, by local poet Andy Young and Egyptian photographer Salwa Rashad, is a personal response to the Egyptian Revolution. Rashad’s vision includes everyday people—Muslims and Christians, young and old, the foregrounded and the peripheral. Her perspective is from inside the events as they unfolded. Andy Young, a New Orleans poet married to [...]

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Curtain Optional
by Brad and Jim Richard

In both poetry and prose, Brad Richard explores the influence of his father’s work on his own, as well as the experience of growing up as the son of an artist while becoming an artist himself. Jim Richard is a professor of painting at the University of New Orleans and has exhibited at the Solomon [...]


How to Rebuild a City
Edited by Anne Gisleson & Tristan Thompson w/ design and artistic direction by Catherine Burke

Beautifully designed, sometimes fun, always informative, How to Rebuild a City: Field Guide from a work in Progress, is a reflection of the many ways that New Orleanians have realized our way towards recovery, actively and creatively engaging with our communities.


Bitter Ink
by Brian Zeigler & Raymond “Moose” Jackson

BBoth originally from Detroit, cousins Brian Zeigler and Raymond “Moose” Jackson began collaborating while Brian was harboring Moose in Vermont during Katrina evacuation. While their doodling proclivities may have made them rustbelt exiles from the rest of their autoworker family, together they produce seductive aphorisms of wit and weirdness that provoke, confound and celebrate a [...]