Past Events

P A S T   E V E N T S

Gigantic Sequins StorySlam TwoPointOne :: New York, NY

September 22nd, 2013  |  4-8pm  |  Stonewall Inn  |  53 Christopher Street

Come to our next StorySlam contest & fundraiser, where readers compete for cash & prizes in front of three celebrity judges, including Noah Michelson, Editor of Gay Voices at Huffington Post, Kendra Grant Malone, c0-author of MOROCCO (Dark Sky , 2011) & Richard Lawson, Senior Writer at the Atlantic Wire. Entry: $5 at the door. Readers’ $10 entry fee also includes a back issue of GS and THREE complimentary raffle tickets. Yes, there will be a raffle! Prize donors so far include The Museum of SexRose Metal PressFarah Goes Bang,Laura Goode. This fundraiser will help to raise money for the Anti-Violence Project.


Barrelhouse Conversations & Connections Conference :: Philadelphia, PA

September 28th, 2013  |  8:15am-5:30pm  |  University of the Arts  |  320 S. Broad Street

Register today for this great conference, held biannually in two different cities– spring in DC, fall in Philly. GS editors will be sitting in on the Editor Speed Dating from noon-2. Here’s the website for you to find out more information and register!

Press >>> Play Festival :: Baltimore, MD

September 29th, 2013  |  4-8pm  |  Peabody Heights Bewery  |  401 E. 30th Street

We will be tabling at this great event with a number of other presses and journals. More information will be available soon! We are extremely happy to have the chance to be a part of it.

7th Welcome to Boog City Festival :: New York, NY

Fri. 8/2 – Mon. 8/5, 2013  |  various times  & various locations

Check out this great NYC festival in its seventh year! On Sunday, 8/4, Amelia Bentley (GS 4.1) will kick off day three of the festival at 11am, followed by our EIC Kimberly Ann Southwick. Toby Alman (GS 3.2/4.1) is reading at 1:20pm. After that, at 2:15pm, our EIC moderates a panel on the small press, focusing on “The Book as an Object”. On Monday, 8/5, our EIC hosts the d.a. levy lives series, with writers from Publishing Genius Press of Baltimore featured. All of the events involving GS folk will be held at Unnamable Books, 600 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238. The complete schedule of events can be found here.

Houston Indie Book Festival :: Houston, TX

April 20th, 2013  |  11am-5pm  |  Menil Park  |  Branell St. between Mulberry St. & Yupon St.  |  FREE & Open to the Public

Sophie Klahr, GS’s poetry editor, will be representing us at the Houston Indie Book Festival! This event is free & open to the public, and we really hope you swing by to say hell0 and check us out, Houston!

Panel/Reading at Emerson College :: Boston, MA

April 5th, 2013  |  6-8ppm  |  Walker Building  | 120 Boylston St.  |  Free.

Gigantic Sequins will be hosting a night of Emerson alumni for the undergrad magazine Gangsters in Concrete. Featured at this event are Olivia Kate Cerrone, Mish Cheever, Thea Siranian, and our EIC Kimberly Ann Southwick. We’ll have three Emerson alum (and GS contribs!) answering questions about the writing life post-Emerson. Where did our WLP BFAs take us? What helped us along? What do we miss most about Emerson? After we fill in students the best ways to stay writing and get involved with the lit world the best we can, our panelists will each read a short selection of their work.

Conversations & Connections Conference :: DC

April 13th, 2013  |  8am-4:30pm  |  Johns Hopkins Buildings  |  1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, DC 20036  |  $65/registration

Our EIC, Kimberly Ann Southwick, will be representing us at this year’s DC Conversations & Connections conference held by the great people from Barrelhouse. She’ll be around for Editor Speed Dating as well as sitting on a panel about poetry and comprehension. Matthea Harvey was just announced as the keynote speaker, and we’re really excited about that. Register today!

AWP Conference 2013  :: Boston, MA

March 6th-9th, 2013  |  Hynes Convention Center  | Registration Required // Open to the Public March 9th.

A number of our editors will be in Boston for this year’s annual AWP conference. We will be tabling  at table B6 on Emerson Row alongside our friends from Rose Metal Press. We can’t wait to meet any of our fans/contributors/future contributors/fellow editors from magazines we dig/etc. at AWP this year! Please stop by and introduce yourself. Be sure to stop by our off-site event Friday! (See below!)

The Offending Sequins : READING  :: Somerville, MA

March 8th, 2013  |  7-9pm  |  Johnny D’s  |   17 Holland St. Somerville, MA 02144  | FREE

We will be hosting a reading along with The Offending Adam at Johnny D’s in Somerville. Rebecca Hazelton, Alex Lemon, & Jane Wong will be representing GS, reading their poetry. RSVP/More details appear on our facebook invite!

GS 4.1 NYC Release Celebration/Reading :: NY, NY

Mon., Feb. 25, 2013 | 7-9pm | St. Mark’s Bookshop | 31 3rd Ave  New York, NY 10003

Join us at St. Mark’s Bookshop for our NYC Release Celebration and reading, featuring two poets from our 4.1 issue Adam Soldofsky and Carolyn Fargnoli, as well as two readers from previous issues, Stephen Langlois & J.E. Reich.


GS 4.1 PHILLY Release Celebration/Reading :: FISHTOWN, PHL

Mon., Feb. 18, 2013 | 7-9pm | Philadelphia Sculpture Gym | 1834 E. Frankford Ave. Philly, PA

Snacks & drinks will be served (PLUS you can BYOB!) Photography by Ian Carlos Crawford Photography! Three fabulous readers! Great sculpture show up currently @ PSG! Hosted by our EIC!


GS Storyslam Contest & Fundraiser :: New York, NY

Sunday, December 2nd, 2013 | 4pm-8pm | Stonewall Inn | 53 Christopher Street  NYC 10014

Stonewall Inn and Gigantic Sequins, with help from generous prize donors at the Museum of Sex (and others TBA), present a night, with a portion of our proceeds benefitting the Ali Forney Center, an LGBT Youth Homeless Center that lost many of its resources after Hurricane Sandy. Between 10-15 pre-selected readers will be competing for a $100 prize in front of a lively audience and three judges, including Frank Anthony Polito, Dan Wilbur, and Brian Moylan. Prizes from the Museum of Sex will be awarded to our winner and all finalists.

Gigantic Sequins Reading at Big Blue Marble :: Mt. Airy, PA

Friday, October 19th 2012 | 7-9pm| Big Blue Marble Books | 551 Carpenter Ln. Philadelphia, PA

Big Blue Marble is hosting a night of Gigantic Sequins greatness in Mt. Airy. We are please to have the opportunity to share some of the work of our  favorite writers and current editors in this great store. Come by to enjoy the writing of Toby Altman (3.2), Brian Warfield (3.2), Ian Carlos Crawford (2.1 & current Non-fiction editor), and one writer TBA. Kimberly Ann Southwick, our EIC, will be hosting.

Conversations and Connections Conference :: Philly, PA

Saturday, September 22nd 2012 | 8:30am-6pm | The Gershman Y | 401 S. Broad St. Philly, PA

This is an event put together by the great people at Barrelhouse. GS will be participating in the “Speed dating with the editors” and we also will be one of the mags offering a subscription if you sign up! Sign up! See more info via the facebook invite. From the official CC page: “For a registration fee of only $65 (same as last year), you get the full-day conference, one ticket to ‘speed dating with the editors,’ a subscription to a participating literary magazine, and a book from one of our speakers.” Register at THIS JUST IN: Both our Editor in Chief and Non-fiction editor will be participating in the Editor Speed Dating! YAY!

3.2 Release Celebration :: Philly, PA

Thursday, September 6th 2012 | 7-10pm |  Moriarty’s UPSTAIRS 1116 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19107  |  FREE

Come hungry for words (and food) and thirsty for creativity (and drinks) to the GS 3.2 Celebration! Brian Warfield, Pete Gambino & Matt Charles will be reading. This event is hosted by our EIC. Expect surprises. RSVP via our facebook event!


8th Annual Printer’s Ball :: Chicago, IL

Friday, July 20th 2012 | 6pm-11pm | Columbia College Chicago, Ludington Building, 1104 S. Wabash Ave. | FREE

We sent issues of our mag, stickers, and flyers to be displayed at the 8th Annual Printer’s Ball in Chicago! Though we won’t be manning a table or attending the ball, you MAY find our Chicago-based fiction editor wandering around one of the best literary parties in Chicago of the summer! Try to find us at this great event, themed “Time Warp”, celebrating the past, present, and future of all things in print.

Collaborate Philly Official Launch Party :: Philadelphia, PA

Friday, July 27th 2012 | 8pm-11:45pm | Philly MOCA 531 N. 12th St.| $5.00

GSwill be at a special guest table for this great event celebrating the launch of Collaborate Philly: a site geared towards connecting artists online who work on arts projects in Philly. Here is the blurb from their site: “We are having our official launch party at PhilaMOCA on Friday, July 27! There will be a 3 band set, local art and photography featured, special guest tables and plenty more! Don’t forget to bring your business cards! You just might find that perfect person to collaborate with on your next big project. So, come join us in celebrating the creativity that Philadelphia has to offer! Doors at 8pm, Music at 9pm.”

Adam Moorad Oak Ridge Chapbook Release :: Brooklyn, NYC

Friday, April 13th 2012 | 6:30pm-11pm | 442 humboldt street, #1B, Bklyn  | FREE

Adam Moorad, GS 2.1 contributor, will be having a reading  to celebrate his chapbook release with Turtleneck Press. According to the event invite on facebook, we will be cohosting! Adam will be reading, as well as J. E. Reich, and one other reader representing GS. There may also be a forth reader! Anything could happen! What we know for sure: BEER. CUPCAKES. GREAT WRITING. Be there.

Houston Indie Book Fest :: Menil Lawn, Houston, TX

Saturday, April 14th 2012 | 11am-5pm | 1515 Sul Ross St. Houston, TX  | FREE & Open to the Public

Gigantic Sequins will be tabling at this event. Stop by to purchase our latest issues, chat with our poetry editor, Sophie Klahr, pick up a free sticker or bookmark, and see in general what we are all about! The rest of the fair will be awesome, too, so if you are in Houston, check it out! More information can be found at, and our Exhibitor Spotlight can be found here.

Brooklyn Zine Fest  :: Public Assembly, Brooklyn

Sunday, April 15th 2012 | 11am-6pm | 70 N. 6th St. Williamsburg, NY  | FREE & Open to the Public

Gigantic Sequins has secured a table for this event. We’ll be selling copies of our journal and some merchandise. As always, we’ll have our free semi-colon logo stickers!Dig our exhibitor’s interview with the people who run this event. More information can be found at

Conversations & Connections :: Washington D.C.

Saturday, April 21st 2012 | 9:30am-5pm | 1740 Massachusetts Ave.  | $65 registration fee for full-day conference, which includes all of the conference events, 1 ticket to editor speed-dating, a subscription to a participating literary magazine & a book from one of the attending speakers.

Our editor in chief, Kimberly Ann Southwick, will be sitting on a panel hosted by GS 3.1 contributor, Carrie Murphy. Kimberly also will be one of the editors participating in the editorial speed-dating sessions. The conference itself is a great way for writers and editors  to  make relevant connections in the following ways, as the website for the event notes: “Get the real scoop directly from the people who are making decisions about publishing every day. Conversations and Connections features editors from a mix of established and cutting-edge literary magazines and small presses, all of whom will be there to help you take the next step in publishing your work.” Register today!

Dirty Water Reading Series :: Lorem Ipsum, Inman Sq.

Saturday, February 25th |  5-7pm  |  1299 Cambridge St. Cambridge, MA  |  FREE

Theadora Siranian will be reading for Gigantic Sequins. There will be other talented readers from RedividerMadras Pressthe Boston Review & Black Ocean. We’re excited to have been invited to join this gathering of literary greatness.

Stories of Coming Out :: Bluestockings, NYC

Saturday, February 25th |  7-10pm  |  172 Allen St., New York, NY  |  FREE

A night of fiction and non-fiction related to coming out at one of the LES’s premier literary spots. The featured readers are Phoebe Wilcox, Michelle Cheever (who is GS contributor from issue 2.2), Ian Carlos Crawford (who is the GS non-fiction editor), J.E. Reich (who will have a story in an upcoming issue of GS, 3.2), and Kevin R. Dig the facebook invite.

AWP 2012  :: Hilton Hotels, Chicago

February 29th-March 3rd 2012  |  Hilton Chicago & Palmer House Hilton Chicago, IL | Registration Required, though Open to the Public on March 3rd.

We’ll be tabling with the wonderful journal Big Lucks at the bookfair at table O10 in the Southeast Hall. View the floor plan here.  We also have an event the evening of Sat. March 3rd.

Before We Go :: Beauty Bar, Chicago

Saturday, March 3rd 2012 | 7-9pm | 1444 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL  | FREE

Amanda Auchter (3.1) and Matthew Siegel (2.2) will be reading for GS at this event at Chicago’s Beauty Bar. Other journals/presses featured will be Magic Helicopter Press, Rose Metal Press, Knee-Jerk, and Big Lucks. RSVP via the facebook invite here!

3.1 Celebration Reading  :: Trident Booksellers & Cafe, Boston

Thursday, February 23rd 2012 | 8pm | 338 Newbury St. Boston, MA 02115  | FREE

Olivia Kate Cerrone, Kelli Trapnell and Meg Cameron of 3.1 as well as LaTanya McQueen of 2.2 will be reading at this great bookshop and cafe to help us celebrate the winter release of our 3.1 issue. Come one, come all! Get your copy of 3.1 at Trident and help support an independently run bookstore AND Gigantic Sequins all at once.


Coldhearted: An Art/Craft Event :: Fishtown, Philadelphia

Saturday, February 11th | 11am-5pm | 1834 E. Frankford Ave. Philadelphia  | FREE

We will be tabling with Turtleneck Press at the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym‘s art/craft event Coldhearted. All three of us will be selling our wares, and we will also be selling “Poetry on Demand”– “Love”/”Anti-Love” and “Other” poems typed on an authentic typewriter from the early 20th century for you to give to your loved one, post on your fridge, or mail to your ex. Stop on by, Philly, there are many other great vendors tabling!

Boog City Fest  :: Unnameable Boox, Brooklyn

Sat. & Sun., August 7-8 2011 | Sat. 11:30am-9pm; Sun. 12pm-4pm | 600 Vanderbilt Ave. Brooklyn, NY  | FREE

We’ll be there all day for each day of the small press fair, which the hours for are listed above as. Helen Vitoria will be reading for us Saturday at 12:40pm. Our editor in chief, Kimberly Ann Southwick, will be reading Sunday at 1:35 om. We will be a vendor in the small press fair! Stop by, grab a sticker, browse a copy of the mag!

Holler! A Gigantic Sequins 2.2 NEW YORK Celebration :: WORD UP, pop-up bookstore

Tuesday, July 12rd 2011 | 7pm-9pm | 4157 Broadway @ 176 Street, New York, NY  | FREE

Readers will include Michelle Cheever, Ian Carlos Crawford, Leigh Phillips & Helen Vitoria.

Hosted by Kimberly Ann Southwick and Sophie Klahr!

Gigantic Sequins presents Shine On! :: ModernFormations Gallery

Wednesday, June 22rd 2011 | 7:30pm | 4919 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh, PA | $5.00 cover

Reading will be Jim Daniels, Alayna Frankenberry & Elizabeth Hoover. Dig the beautiful flyer below, and get on out there to Pittsburgh to hear these wonderful people and see/celebrate our latest 2.2 issue! BYOB, but desserts included.


Delta Mouth Literary Festival Panel @ Highland Coffees

Friday, March 18, 2011 | 2pm | 3350 Highland Rd. Baton Rouge, LA | FREE

Featuring panelists from Gigantic Sequins, Delta Journal, Action Books, New Delta Review & OH NO Books

Local Plus: the Big Lucks, Phoebe, Folio & Gigantic Sequins reading: Poetry & Prose (but mostly poetry) @ Grand Central

Wednesday, FEBRUARY 2, 2011 | 7-9pm | 2447 18th St. NW WASHINGTON, DC. | FREE

Featuring: Darren Frey and Jeff Laughlin, who have both appeared in issues of Gigantic Sequins.

Reading @ Trident Booksellers & Cafe

JUNE 10th | 7-9pm | 338 Newbury St. BOSTON | 1 drink minimum

Lined up to read are 2 contributors from our 1.2 issue, Zach Yontz & Cheena Marie Lo. Also reading are Kimberly Ann Southwick, our editor in chief, and shoney lamar, a contributor from our 1.1 issue.

Reading @ Robin’s Bookstore

MAY 26th | 7-9pm | 108 S. 13th St. PHILADELPHIA | FREE     Jordan Bowen, Jeremy Schmall & Kimberly Ann Southwick read.

Gigantic Sequins 1.2 Celebration

@ 225 McKibben St. BROOKLYN :: 8pm- readers 10pm- music $1 entry. RAFFLE! MUSIC! FUN!

Word Burgers on Memorial Day : Evan Ross Burton@ Bar 13

Monday May 25, 2009 | 7:30 pm

Evan Ross Burton, a contributor to Gigantic  Sequins Issue 1.1 has a reading @ Bar 13, which is located on the corner of University Ave. &  E. 13th St, on the second floor. This is part of a series called Groove Nation, and you can read more about it @ the Louder Arts website.

$6 entry. Come out on Memorial Day to support Evan! Check out this event on facebook.

Supermachine Reading Series presents: Gigantic Sequins @ Outpost Lounge

Friday, June 12, 2009 | A train to Nostrand Ave / C train to Franklin Ave


meanwhile, check out  SUPERMACHINE on the web.

NYC Release Party : Saturday April 25, 2009 : McKibben Lofts

8pm / $1 at the door gets you in + a raffle ticket  |  255 Mckibben St. #507 Bushwick NY

music provided by…
Christopher P. Stelling / Benjamin Shepherd / Chris Peck

poetry provided by…
Evan Ross Burton / Jeff Laughlin

L to Montrose / J or Z to Flushing will get you there

BOSTON release party : Tuesday April 28th, 2009 : All Asia

8pm / $3 @ the door / if you buy our mag at the door, we’ll give you a FREE raffle ticket =)

Stargraph! Shoney Lamar & the Equal Rights! Kingsley Flood! Climbing Ardeshir

You can get to All Asia by either taking the red line to Central Square. You can also take the 1 bus.

Release Party with The Emerson Review : Wednesday, April 29 : Little Building @ Emerson College

Come help Gigantic Sequins celebrate the release of The Emerson Review, 3-5 on the mezzanine @ the Little Building, on the corner of Tremont and Boylston Streets in Boston, MA. Our editors, three of whom are Emerson alumni, will be discussing how we started our magazine, and our contributors will be providing entertainment.