On Tuesday October 4th 7pm at Little Kings Club (downtown, 223 Hancock Avenue and corner of Hull Street) Vox Reading Series will host Danielle Pafunda, whose first collection Pretty Young Thing is just out from Soft Skull Press.  Her manuscript My Zorba was a recent finalist for UMass Press's Juniper Prize and Four Way Books's Levis Poetry Prize.  Her work appears in such publications as Best American Poetry, American Letters and Commentary, and Conjunctions.  She is co-editor of the online journal La Petite Zine and graduate assistant to The Georgia Review.  

Joining her is visiting writer Shanna Compton whose book Down Spooky won the 2004 Winnow Press Open Poetry Award. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Best American Poetry 2005, Verse, McSweeney's, No Tell Motel, Court Green, Coconut, and elsewhere. She is an editor at large for LIT at New School University and the Associate Publisher of Soft Skull Press. She teaches poetry and publishing at Bowery Arts & Science and the New School.  

Also joining her is visiting writer Jennifer Knox, author of A Gringo Like Me (Soft Skull Press, 2005).  She attended the Writer's Workshop at the University of Iowa as an undergraduate, and received her MFA in poetry at New York University. She is co-curator of the Pete's Big Salmon poetry reading series and lives in Brooklyn with a husband, writer Sean McNally, and a cat, Tokyo Roy. Her poetry has also appeared in the anthologies The Best American Poetry (2003 and 1997), Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to Present, and Free Radicals: American Poets before Their First Books.

Honest Engine will play folksy-bluegrassy tunes after the reading! This event is free and open to the public, and books will be for sale!  

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