Sunday, October 29, 2017

11/4, 2PM Stonecutter presents "Emerging Voices, with Sally Wen Mao and Tara Bergin" at the Irish Arts Center

On Saturday, November 4, at 2PM, STONECUTTER returns to the Irish Arts Center's 9th annual PoetryFest to present a reading from award-winning and amazingly talented poets Sally Wen Mao, author of MAD HONEY SYMPOSIUM, and Tara Bergin, author of THIS IS YARROW and THE TRAGIC DEATH OF ELEANOR MARX.

The event will be introduced by our editor Katie Raissian and admission is FREE. Come join us! You can reserve your seats here.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Surreal Lives with Deepak Unnikrishnan, Alexandra Kleeman, Katie Raissian, 3/23

SC's Katie Raissian will be talking with Deepak Unnikrishnan and Alexandra Kleeman on Thursday, March 23rd at the Asian American Writers Workshop. Full event description is below.

Thursday, March 23, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27 St 6FL
New York, New York 10001

Do you feel like you’re living in a surreal dystopia? Well, we’ve got your guidebook. Come hear critically acclaimed authors Deepak Unnikrishnan and Alexandra Kleeman read from new story collections. Their strange inventions will make perfect sense to anyone who feels like they don’t belong in our fantasia of global capitalism, gulf labor, and American culture. They’ll chat about life and death, home and migration with Grove Atlantic editor Katie Raissian.


The linked stories in Deepak Unnikrishnan’s Temporary People (Restless Books 2016) look at the stateless guest workers of the United Arab Emirates through a fantastic, surrealistic lens. You might call it Gulf labor via George Saunders--or the Bedoon experience as imagined by Bruno Schulz. Here a migrant eats and then shape-shifts into a passport. A woman has a job out of a fable of 21st century global capitalism: she mends the construction workers who’ve fallen from the high-rises of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Also told in three sections, Temporary People won the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing. The judges--Maaza MEngiste, Javier Molea, and Ilan Stavans--wrote: “in giving substance and identity to the voiceless and faceless masses of guest workers in the United Arab Emirates, he not only calls attention to this very particular injustice, but also highlights the disturbing ways in which ‘progress’ on a global scale is bound up with dehumanization…. This is a writer grappling not only with the plight of ‘temporary people,’ but also with the realities of a new unruly twenty-first-century global English.” Read Deepak’s lyrical ruminations on Abu Dhabi and New York in AAWW’s Open City.

Set against a technicolor backdrop of futuristic cults, cartoons, and Disappearing Dad Disorder, Alexandra Kleeman’s You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine gets high on the sweltering mania of the American city. Her newest book The Intimations collects twelve stories that diagram the three stages of existence: birth, life, and death. As avant-garde legend Robert Coover writes: “Perhaps the most distinctive stories in Alexandra Kleeman’s Intimations are the brilliantly crafted nightmares about the dissolving of reality, but there is also everything here from an elegant Victorian tale of a feral child to a witty disquisition on the mouths of angels….. This is ambitious imaginative writing of the highest quality.”

Katie Raissian is an associate editor at Grove Atlantic, where she edits literary fiction. Her authors include Colin Barrett, who was a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 and winner of the Guardian First Book Award and the Frank O'Connor International Short Story award; Anna Noyes, author of the collection Goodnight, Beautiful Women (June 2016); and Bethany Ball (2017). Katie is the publisher and editor in chief of Stonecutter Journal, an annual magazine of art and literature which focuses on publishing international writers and artists alongside US-based ones. Stonecutter has featured work by John Ashbery, Cathy Linh Che, Mark O'Connell, Renee Gladman, Dunya Mikhail, Newsha Tavakolian, Sara Baume, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Cia Rinne, and Sally Rooney, to name but a few. As Katie said in an interview with Real Pants, “Actively seeking out and publishing voices from diverse backgrounds is fundamentally important to me as an editor (I’m half Irish and half Iranian, so that’s what I grew up with) and I love seeing how those elements strengthen from issue to issue.”

Monday, March 13, 2017

Stonecutter part of "Elective Affinities" at the Hunter College Art Galleries

We are very proud to be a part of Hunter College Art Gallery's "Elective Affinities," a fantastic temporary reading room and library loosely centered on the theme of family and community. Up until April 9, the library will function as a gathering space to host readings, screenings, performances, meetings, and workshops.

Included are selections from Archipelago Books, Blonde Art Books, Brooklyn Press, Ediciones Popolet, Explorers Club of Enrique de Malacca, Melville House, Miniature Garden, New Directions, Primary Information, Purgatory Pie Press, Roof Books, Seven Stories Press, Small Editions, The Song Cave, Stonecutter, Ugly Duckling Presse, Verso, Wendy's Subway, and Word Up Books, with works by artists Erica Baum, Joey Carducci, Kevin Everson, Barbara Hammer, Shigeko Kubota, Sondra Perry, and Bryan Zanisnik.

The curators Jocelyn Spaar and
Sarah Watson say: "Our hope is that the exhibition will evolve and expand through the creativity, intellect, insight, diversity, connectivity, and power of all who occupy the space."

It is an AMAZING and beautiful space and a quiet refuge from city bustle so if you're in the area of 205 Hudson Street, stop in and spend some time.

To learn more about it, you can read an interview with Jocelyn here.

Friday, March 10, 2017

SC donating to BORDER ANGELS

Thanks to your incredibly generous support, we raised over $600 for the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project! You guys rock! 

Until March 31, all monies from online purchases will go to BORDER ANGELS, an all volunteer, non profit organization that advocates for human rights, humane immigration reform, and social justice with a special focus on issues related to the US-Mexican border. You can read more here.

Please help spread the word and support how you can! 

Thank you all,

Katie, Chris, Ava, Zara, and Kayley

Monday, January 23, 2017

Until Feb 15, all online sales of SC will go to QDEP

Thanks so much to everyone who helped us raise $198.77 for the ACLU between Dec 15 and Jan 15!!

From Jan 15 through Feb 15 we are donating all proceeds towards an amazing collective, The Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP), whose mission is to help and support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, queer, Two Spirit, Trans, Gender Non- Conforming, and HIV+ detainees/undocumented/immigrant people coming out of immigration detention in securing structural, health/wellness, educational, legal, and emotional support and services.

Please help to support however you can. All monies raised (including postage) will go to QDEP on Feb 15. And in return you will receive a journal filled with incredible art and literature from around the globe! Just visit the "Buy Stonecutter" tab on this website.

Please email any questions or purchasing issues you might have to: 

As always, your support means the world to us.

Thank you,


Katie, Chris, and Stonecutter