The summer is just about over, and mercifully the god awful heat and humidity are abating. There are wondrous moments of cool breezes. Imagine August being cooler than July?! Unheard of.

We kick off our fall line up on Sunday, September 26 at 3PM with Thomas Sayers Ellis, who has a beautiful new book called Skin, Inc. that has been published by Graywolf Press, our co-sponsor for this salon.

Ellis is calling these his Identity Repair Poems, and he’s really stretching and straining the very seams of language in his reach for freshness.

Ellis is a poet as well as the founder of the Darkroom Collective, a group of writers that included Carl Phillips, Major Jackson, Bethany White, Natasha Trethewey, Kevin Young,Tracy K. Smith, and others, According to an article by Cornelius Eady written for The New Yorker magazine, the writers of this collective could “well turn out to be as important to American letters as the Harlem Renaissance.”

Now this is just the kind of activism we need in the arts community to provide a platform for all that talent amongst us.

Can’t wait to hear Thomas read his work, talk about experimenting with language, the politics of publishing, etc. as well as get your take on it! Of course, we’ll give you a delicious home-cooked meal, some good wine and a signed hardcover edition of Skin, Inc.

WHERE, pray tell, can you find a better bargain for $30?! Bring a friend and get a 15% discount on the admission. Don’t forget to RSVP on our webpage or by emailing You may also call 212 749 7771 to respond. Seating is limited.