Compére Collective Presents: June Scrappy Reading Series by Farah Faye

What does scrappy mean to you?

After a wildly successful first event (sold out!!!), five emerging and established readers are returning to  answer this question at this month’s Scrappy Reading Series, supported by the Red Hook Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. Join us at Compère Collective as these writers share how they interpret “scrappy,” and how they embody this in their writing lives, personal lives, love lives, and any other type of life they are living.

Also enjoy the current exhibitScrappy Books by local artist Alexandra Jamieson, which features a mesmerizing collection of collage, altered books, and “Goth Girl Grimoires,” all crafted from found materials, discarded books, and vibrant New York City ephemera.

Inspired by the master’s series course, Scrappy: How To Build an Alternative Literary Life (offered by Off Assignment and led by author Chloé Caldwell), Brooklyn writer Farah Faye began this series to bring together published and unpublished writers to explore what it means to be scrappy.

Admission is free, scrappiness required. Drinks and snacks will be served!

Space is limited – register to attend!



Nina St. Pierre is queer essayist and culture writer whose work has appeared in Elle, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, The Cut, Gossamer, Outside, and more. She is a 2023 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Nonfiction Literature, holds an MFA from Rutgers, and lives in New York City. Love is a Burning Thing, her debut memoir, a story of family, fire, and what it means to believe, is available everywhere now.

Gina Chung is a Korean American writer from New Jersey currently living in New York City. She is the author of the short story collection Green Frog (out March 12, 2024 from Vintage in the U.S. and June 6, 2024 from Picador in the U.K.), which was a Good Morning America Book Buzz Pick, and the novel Sea Change, which was longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, a 2023 B&N Discover Pick, an APALA Adult Fiction Honor Book, and a New York Times Most Anticipated Book. A recipient of the Pushcart Prize, she is a 2021-2022 Center for Fiction/Susan Kamil Emerging Writer Fellow and holds an MFA in fiction from The New School

Hannah Walker Finnie is from Northern California. Her first book, *It Could Always Be Like This* is available from Spoonbill & Sugartown books. She lives and writes in New York City.

Dorsa Djalilzadeh is a writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She writes the personal, the subversive, the minute and the universal. Some of her passions include birds, a good cat-eye, the sun, Twilight, and hot cheetos. Find her work at her Substack, Modest Thots.

Jessie Wayburn (she/her) is a comedian, storyteller, crafter, and human Swiss army knife (small with a lot of skills). She’s the host of If You Can Make It There, a stand-up show at Docky’s in Red Hook on the second Monday of the month. Her craft school is called Good Crafternoon and she teaches all kinds of crafts there. Visit www.goodcrafternoon.org for more info.

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