Compére Collective Presents: Scrappy Reading Series by Farah Faye

What does scrappy mean to you?

Five emerging and established readers will answer this question at the inaugural edition of the 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 exhibitThrough a Plastic Lense: Art Made From What We Leave Behind by local artist Lenore Solmo to experience another layer of scrappiness.

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Off Assignment and led by Chloé Caldwell), Brooklyn writer Farah Faye began this series to bring together published and unpublished writers who are scrappy AF.

Walk away inspired to infuse your own life with the scrappy spirit. Admission is free, scrappiness required.

Space is limited – register to attend


Chloé Caldwell is the author of four books: the essay collection I’ll Tell You in Person, the critically acclaimed novella, Women, Legs Get Led Astray, and The Red Zone: A Love Story. Chloe’s next book, TRYING, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2025. Her novella Women will be reissued by Harper Perennial on June 4th, 2024.

Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Bon Appétit, New York Magazine’s The Cut, The Strategist, and half a dozen anthologies including the forthcoming, Sluts. She lives in Hudson, NY and is co-founder of Scrappy Literary.

Catherine LaSota is the Associate Director of Social Practice CUNY, a Mellon-funded initiative that supports socially engaged artists who work and study in the City University of New York network. She is a creativity coach and the founder of the Resort writing community, the Cabana Chats podcast on writing and community, and the LIC Reading Series. For the past twenty-five years, Catherine has written, sung, and made art in New York City, and she currently lives with her husband and two young kids in Queens. Follow her adventures @catherinelasota.

Farah Faye is an emerging writer living in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has appeared in Business Insider and her feminist Substack, Art Monster Magazine. You can find her on Instagram @whoisfarahfaye.

Mia Arias Tsang is a writer and freelance editor based in New York City. Her work explores themes of queer desire, intimacy, and disconnect. A Tin House Summer Workshop alum, her work has appeared in Copy, Autostraddle, Half Mystic Press, Fatal Flaw Magazine, and Broad Recognition Magazine, among others. She lives in Queens with her cat, Peanut, and is currently working on a novel. You can find her on Instagram @mia.arias.tsang.

Maggie T Garry is an emerging writer living in Red Hook, Brooklyn with her daughter, her dog and her partner, James. She has a degree in Creative Nonfiction from Dartmouth College.

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