Volume Reading Series

HUDSON — Volume Reading Series, hosted by Hallie Goodman and Dani Grammerstorf French, happens on the second Saturday of every month. We feature an hour of exceptional prose and poetry readings (7-8), followed by a killer DJ set (8-9) to warm up the room. Meet your favorite writer, get your book signed, bust a move and/or stare at the floor awkwardly. We provide the soundtrack.

This event is always free. Save your $$ for books and beer!

Volume is proud to present: Lynne Sachs, Amy Rigby, Hallie Goodman and Lee Ann Brown, followed by a special guest DJ, to be announced!

Now it’s time to brag about our January lineup:

LYNNE SACHS makes films and writes poems that explore the intricate relationship between personal observations and broader historical experiences. Her work embraces hybrid form and combines memoir with experimental, documentary, and fictional modes. Between 1994 and 2006, she produced five essay films that took her to Vietnam, Bosnia, Israel, Italy, and Germany — sites affected by international war — where she looked at the space between a community’s collective memory and her own subjective perceptions. In recent years, she has expanded her practice to include live performance with moving image. Lynne discovered her love of filmmaking while living in San Francisco where she worked closely with artists Craig Baldwin, Bruce Conner, Ernie Gehr, Barbara Hammer, Gunvor Nelson, and Trinh T. Minh-ha.

Lynne has made thirty-three films which have screened at the New York Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Walker Art Center, and Wexner Center for the Arts. The Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema, Festival International Nuevo Cine in Havana, and China Women’s Film Festival have presented retrospectives of her work. Lynne received a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship in the Creative Arts. When Lynne turned fifty, she dedicated herself to writing a poem for every year of her life, so far. Each poem investigates the relationship between a singular event in her life and the swirl of events beyond her domestic universe. She lives in Brooklyn.

AMY RIGBY is a songwriter, musician and performer. Her most recent album The Old Guys was voted one of the top 100 albums of 2018 in the Pazz & Jop US music critics’ poll. Her 2019 memoir GIRL TO CITY follows one young woman’s progression from Elton John fan in the Pittsburgh suburbs to Manhattan art student; from punk show habitué and fledgling musician with bands Last Roundup and the Shams to cult singer-songwriter who caused a sensation with debut solo album Diary Of A Mod Housewife. She plays her songs all over the world and lives with her husband and sometime duet partner Wreckless Eric in New York’s Hudson Valley. When she isn’t touring, she pours beer and sells books at the Spotty Dog in Hudson. NPR’s Ken Tucker called GIRL TO CITY the best rock memoir he read all year.

HALLIE GOODMAN is a writer, editor and content strategist in Hudson, New York where she co-founded Volume Reading and Music Series, and founded Volume Workshops. Her writing has appeared in many magazines and newspapers including Glamour Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, Redbook Magazine, and the literary journal Hunger Mountain. A recent essay was nominated for a Pushcart and listed as “notable” in this year’s Best American Essays anthology. She is a MacDowell Colony and NYFA MARK fellow. Hallie holds a GED and an MFA.

LEE ANN BROWN is a poet, curator, editor, composer and singer of neo-hymns and ballads. Recent publications include a poem in the Literary Fieldguide to Southern Appalachia (University of Georgia Press, 2019) and Other Archer (PURH, 2015). Recent fellowships and awards include the Judith E. Wilson Poetry Fellowship at the University of Cambridge, the Lord Nose Award and Acker Award. She is founding editrix of Tender Buttons Press which publishes experimental women’s and gender-expansive poetry through innovative forms that play with the boundaries between life and art, generations and generativity. Brown curates events through Torn Page, and is a professor at St. John’s University in New York City.

Stick around after the reading for book shopping and signing, along with a one-hour DJ set (8-9). Special thanks to our beloved Spotty Dog Books & Ale for helping us make magic every month and to Anna Victoria Photography for capturing it all so well.

Saturday, January 11, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m., https://www.facebook.com/events/731045427299110/

The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street, Hudson, 518-671-6006

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