The Dead Rabbits Reading Series was founded in 2014 by Devin Kelly (Sarah Lawrence MFA ’15), Katie Longofono (Sarah Lawrence MFA ’14), and Katie Rainey (Sarah Lawrence MFA ’14) as a way of providing a place for the burgeoning and young New York City literary scene to exist and thrive in Upper Manhattan. It could also simply be the result of three lazy Harlemites not wanting to travel to Brooklyn to go hear people read. Either way, the Dead Rabbits Reading Series is here, and you want it.
Offended by Dead Rabbits? Don’t be. We stole the name from that gang made famous by Leo DiCaprio and Daniel Day-Lewis in Gangs of New York. We think it’s pretty cool. Don’t you?
Some more about us:
Devin Kelly is an MFA student at Sarah Lawrence College, where he is the nonfiction editor of LUMINA. His poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Armchair/Shotgun, The Millions, RATTLE, Midwestern Gothic, Post Road, Appalachian Heritage, Big Truths, Forklift Ohio, & more, and he has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He teaches creative writing and English classes to high schoolers in Queens, and the occasional children’s poetry workshop at the NYPL in Harlem, where he currently lives. You can find him on twitter @themoneyiowe.
Katie Longofono just received her MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, where she directed the 2014 SLC Poetry Festival. She is the poetry editor for Stone Highway Review. Her first chapbook, The Angel of Sex, was published by Dancing Girl Press in 2013. She has a collaborative chapbook with Mary Stone Dockery, titled Honey and Bandages, forthcoming from Folded Word Press. She may or may not be on Twitter. She lives in Harlem.
Katie (M.K.) Rainey received her MFA in fiction writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She currently teaches writing to the youth of America through Community-Word Project, Wingspan Arts and The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence as well as various freelance gigs around the city. She also works for the National Guild of Community Arts Education. She lives in Harlem with her dog and you can find her on twitter @makeitktrainey.