Join us for a literary reading by Nat Baldwin (The Red Barn) and Douglas W. Milliken (One Thousand Owls Behind Your Chest). Doors at 6:30, Reading begins at 7:00. Free, with a suggested donation of $5-$10.

Nat Baldwin is a writer and musician living in Portland, Maine. His fiction has appeared in Diagram, Fanzine, PANK, Sleepingfish, Alice Blue, and elsewhere. He has released several solo albums and plays bass in Dirty Projectors. His first collection of stories, The Red Barn, will be released in spring 2017 by Calamari Archive. Joanna Ruocco says of the collection: “In The Red Barn, Nat Baldwin decomposes narrative’s safe spaces. The symbols in the nightmare landscape are nothing other than themselves. Nails. Boards. Tubs. Chains. Buckets. Teeth. A story of boys is stripped sentence by sentence. What’s left is the brutal music of language laid bare.”

Douglas W. Milliken is the author of the novel To Sleep as Animals and several previous chapbooks, most recently the pocket-sized collection Cream River. His stories have been honored by the Maine Literary Awards, the Pushcart Prize, and Glimmer Train Stories, and have been published in Slice, McSweeney’s, The Collagist, The Believer, and elsewhere. From a normalized dystopian future to the ever-impossible now, Milliken’s three-story cycle One Thousand Owls Behind Your Chest searches the borderland where the terror of human confusion confronts the babbling chaos of the Nature Without, where alienation fingers the braille surface of connection, where violence digs its nails into compassion. For more: