JUNE 1, 7PM: Shelter Speaker Series

Join us on June 1st at 7pm for the Shelter Speaker Series!

is a comedian and writer for Saturday Night Live. She's the editor-at-large of Reductress and coauthor of the books How May We Hate You? and How To Win At Feminism. She performs regularly at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, The PIT, and Union Hall. www.annadrezen.com

is a poet and educator, the author of Mad Honey Symposium (Alice James Books, 2014) and the forthcoming Oculus (Graywolf Press, 2019). Her poetry has appeared in The Pushcart Prize anthology, The Best American Poetry 2013, Poetry, Harvard Review Online, and A Public Space. Currently she is a fellow at the New York Public Library Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.

is Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She is the author of Troubling Vision: Performance, Visuality, and Blackness (University of Chicago Press 2011) and On Racial Icons: Blackness and the Public Imagination (Rutgers University Press, 2015). Her research has been supported by the Whiting Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, National Endowment for the Humanities, Schomburg Center for Black Culture/ NYPL, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She is the recipient of the 2012 Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize of the American Studies Association. Currently, she is in residence at the NYPL Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, completing a book manuscript on art and visual culture in the era of mass incarceration.

SHELTER is a speaker series bringing different ideas together under one roof.

MAY 16TH, 7PM: The Australian by Emma Smith-Stevens Book Launch

Join us at the store on May 16th at 7pm for the book launch of Emma Smith-Stevens' The Australian.

About the Book:

In her humorous and emotionally resonant debut, Emma Smith-Stevens follows the exploits and evolution of a young man—known only as the Australian—over the course of a dozen years, from his time in Melbourne, posing as Superman for tourist photos, to his life in New York, where he spends years unemployed before stumbling into fame and fortune.

Readers include:
Emma Smith-Stevens
Rachel Khong
Nick Flynn
Aaron Their

MAY 15th, 6PM: Accompaniments: Music & Poems

Emily Melander and Joseph Imhauser making music, Farnoosh Fathi, on poems, and Mary Di Lucia with Accompaniments, will be in the garden at Unnameable Books on May 15th from 6-8pm.

Come celebrate the day of Emily Dickinson's passing and the day before Mary's new book Accompaniments, is released by Red Hook Editions.

You can find links to their work here:

Emily Melander & Joseph Imhauser
Farnoosh Fathi:
Mary Di Lucia:

And for the image, with gratitude:
Laura F. Gibellini

May 13th, 7pm: The Moon Reading

join us at the store on saturday, may 13th at 7pm for the Moon Reading!

Peformances by:
sparrow, eve, violet snow, carol wierzbicki, david huberman, christine timm, jim feast,
austin alexis, francine witte, tsaurah litzky, david pemberton, robert gibbons, yuko otomo, steve dalachinsky,
brendaliz guerrero, jason r. gallagher, lehman welchselbaum, mike topp: TBA

Short Open

curated by eve packer

theme: 'the moon' : whoever, or whatever that means to you. reading from someone else then, our own stuff.