Who We Are

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?


logo by Michael Seymour Blake

Some more about us:

Devin Kelly earned his MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and co-hosts the Dead Rabbits Reading Series in New York City. He is the author of two chapbooks as well as the books, Blood on Blood (Unknown Press), and In This Quiet Church of Night, I Say Amen (forthcoming 2017, ELJ Editions). He has been nominated for both the Pushcart and Best of the Net Prizes. He works as a college advisor in Queens, teaches at the City College of New York, and lives in Harlem. 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. She is the 2017 Winner of the Teachers & Writers Magazine Bechtel Prize and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cider Press Review, Litro Online, 3AM Magazine, KGB Lit Journal, The Grief Diaries, and more. She co-hosts the Dead Rabbits Reading Series and lives in Harlem with her dog. Sometimes she writes things the dog likes. You can find her on twitter @makeitktrainey.

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