Brooklyn Writers Space: Halldórsson, Aubrey, Valencia
February 15, 2019, 7:00 PM
The Brooklyn Writers Space brings its monthly reading series to Community Bookstore! Join us for an evening of reading and discussion, open to the public, featuring Björn Halldórsson, Stephen Aubrey, and Lena Valencia.
Brooklyn Writers Space was founded fifteen years ago to provide an affordable sanctuary where writers can turn off their phones, ignore the dishes in the sink, and do the hard work of writing.Since then, BWS has served over 1800 writers who have published countless articles, books, dissertations, poems, stage and screen plays.
Björn Halldórsson was born in Reykjavík, Iceland in 1983. He writes about Icelandic literature for the Reykjavík Grapevine—an English language newspaper based in Reykjavík—and other media outlets. He has directed panels with authors such as Han Kang, David Nichols, Aase Berg and more during the Reykjavík Literary Festival and other events. His short stories have been published by literary journals in Iceland and Scotland and have also appeared in translation in Italy and Germany. His first book, a short story collection titled "Smáglæpir" (Misdemeanours), was published in 2017. It was funded by the Icelandic Literature Centre’s Grassroots Grant, which is meant to support the publication of first books by new authors. In 2018 and 2019 he received a writer’s grant from RANNÍS, the Icelandic Centre for Research, to work on his second book, a forthcoming novel.
Stephen Aubrey is a Brooklyn-based writer and dramaturg. His writing has appeared in Electric Literature, Publishing Genius, and The Brooklyn Review. He is co-artistic director and resident playwright of The Assembly theater company whose plays have been produced at The New Ohio Theater, The Living Theater, The Flea Theater, The Collapsable Hole, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He teachers creative writing and literature in the CUNY system.
Lena Valencia's fiction has been published or is forthcoming in CRAFT, Joyland, The Masters Review, 7x7 LA and elsewhere. She is the managing editor of One Story and teaches writing at Catapult and the Sackett Street Writers Workshop. She is the recipient of a 2019 Elizabeth George Foundation Grant and received her MFA in Fiction from The New School.