Fiction Magazine 40th Anniversary Celebration

Celebrate the new issue and Fiction’s 40th anniversary with contributors Sheila Kohler, Jerome Charyn, Brendan Kiely, and Kesi Foster.


OPERA ON TAP. Opera is fun. Most people don’t seem to realize how much fun it really is. In order to prove it, Opera on Tap has taken its act to barrooms where they found out that beer on tap enhances the operatic experience. The company is made up of young singers and instrumentalists who relish the direct contact with audiences not inhibited in their reactions by the looming menace of giant chandeliers.

Kris Kuksi

With its cautionary title, Triumph skewers the hubris and folly of human ambition. This cavalcade of epic works references mythology, the occult, and organized religion, and uses age-old techniques of visual storytelling to voice personal angst. Depicting grand themes with extravagant embellishments, Kuksi’s assemblages of small, mass-produced materials are intrinsically narrative. Like gilt Baroque altarpieces, their stunning excess of detail is the ideal vehicle for the artist’s critique of power and piety. And like those early works of public art, they appeal to the viewer to transcend the strife and striving associated with greed.

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SELF-PORTRAIT by Howie Good.

Bless the suicides
who live short lives
of appalling cold.
And bless me.
I drink heavily enough
to be a poet.

Words yell and sigh
like wild boys of twelve
racing on ten-speeds
into the vast,
monotonous sunlight
bordered by green.

Back from the country of the dead
with a chest-length rabbinical beard
and purplish bruises
where the eyes should be.
Howie Good, a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz, is the author of the full-length poetry collections Lovesick (Press Americana, 2009), Heart With a Dirty Windshield (BeWrite Books, 2010), and Everything Reminds Me of Me (Desperanto, 2011), as well as numerous print and digital poetry chapbooks, including most recently Inspired Remnants from Red Ceilings Press and The Penalty for Trying from Ten Pages Press.

Amy Cutler/Hiromi Umeda/The Repurposed Library/Artist Talk (Center for Book Arts)/NYAA MFA SHOW


On Monday, May 16th, beginning at 7 pm there will be an opportunity to meet the wonderful artist, Amy Cutler. She will be in the house at Spoonbill Books to sign her new book, Turtle Fur. We look forward to your dropping by.

During the past decade, Amy Cutler (*1974 in Poughkeepsie, New York) has become internationally known for exquisitely detailed narrative works of art. Set in a richly imagined universe, created through a pastiche of memories, observations and insights, they are populated mostly by women engaged in enigmatic tasks and impossible situations: tigers are mended and restriped; figures emerge from the rocky crags of a fjord.

With faces that are both resolute and introspective, Cutler’s women symbolize the emotional complexities of real life situations. This publication will premiere new paintings, drawings, and prints, also including a selection of earlier works and a special section devoted to Alterations, a sculpture installation created for the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid.

Amy Cutler is represented by Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York.

Hiromi Umeda @OUCHI GALLERY.

The Repurposed Library, a Book-Art Workshop with Lisa Occhipinti
126 Crosby Street, New York, NY

The Repurposed Library by designer and mixed media artist Lisa Occhipinti, is a collection of DIY projects that utilize every imaginable part of a book—from hardback cover to individual pages—to create new art objects and practical items for the home. Bibliophiles, DIY enthusiasts, design aficionados, and creative dabblers will find inspiration in the book’s unique art-meets-craft aesthetic. Often using no more than a craft knife, glue, and a little ingenuity, Occhipinti demonstrates how “orphaned” books can become home décor accessories, such as wreaths and vases, as well as functional items, such as shelves, storage boxes, and clocks. This event is free, but $20 buys you a copy of Lisa’s new book, an old book to make art from, instructions and use of craft supplies. Guests of all ages are welcome. Only a love of books is required!

Monday, May 16, 2011 at 7:00 PM
Bookstore Cafe

Artist Talk: 2010 Artists in Residence @ Center for Book Arts

Please join us for an artist talk featuring Tal Halpern, Wayne Hodge, Katarina Jerinic, Jennie C. Jones, and Angie Waller in conjunction with their exhibition featuring new work produced here at the Center during their 2010 residency. These New York-based emerging artists were offered space, time and support to explore the production and exhibition of artist’s books and related work in year-long residencies.

Suggested Admission: $5 members / $10 non-members

NYAA MFA SHOW: UNCHARTED the 2011 MFA Thesis Exhibition

May 17 – May 27, 2011
On view daily 2 – 7 pm,
Opening Reception May 16, 6 – 8 pm
New York, NY. The New York Academy of Art is pleased to present UNCHARTED, a group exhibition featuring original paintings, drawings, sculpture and prints by sixty talented emerging artists.
Immersed for two years in an intensive learning environment that combines rigorous skills and conceptual training, these MFA candidates plumbed the depths of a time-honored artistic language from which they are creating innumerable distinct dialects. The 2011 graduates of the New York Academy of Art reveal that they are sixty individuals striding sure-footed onto an entirely contemporary landscape.
A catalogue will be available, featuring an essay by Donald Kuspit.


April 7 – May 6, 2011

gallery hanahou
611 Broadway, Suite 730, NYC

* Featured image by Marcus Oakley

To celebrate the sunlight and joy that springtime brings, we will be opening a light-hearted show of prints, independently published magazines and zines, limited-run cards, and other ephemera by some of the artists we love. As the cherry blossoms are sprouting, gallery hanahou’s space will transform into a bright and colorful, pop-up boutique filled with our curated selection of items. Stop by and pick up some unique magazines to read in the park, find some cute artist postcards to send out to friends, or choose a bright new print to freshen up a room for the new season.

Can’t make it to the show? We will have all of our prints and goodies for sale on our online shop once the show opens!

Featured Artists

Annika Wester
Florence Gidez
Gold Teeth Brooklyn
Juliane Pieper
Kirsten Ulve
Lisa Grue
Marcus Oakley
Mel Kadel
Mike Houston
Mike Perry
Naomi Kazama
Nate Duval
Nishi Yoshiro
Regina Heinlein
Samantha Hahn
Uninhabitable Mansions
Yoh Nagao
Yunmee Kyong
and More!

For more information or images, please email us at

About the some of the artists

APAK Aaron Piland and Ayumi Kajikawa Piland are the fantastical magical duo known as APAK. They are a childlike husband and wife collaborative art team who live among the fury conifer giants in a little cottage on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon. They create artwork together as a way exploring the beauty, mystery, and magic of life as well as expressing their love for life and each other.

Kirsten Ulve Illustrator Kirsten Ulve hails from the town of Dubuque, Iowa. Her obsessions with fireworks, puppets, discotheques, as well as a previous career as a graphic designer have all contributed to the style and mood of her work. Her happy clientele includes the The New Yorker, InStyle Magazine, Hasbro, Avon, Target, Entertainment Weekly, and Palty of Japan. She has exhibited her work in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Tokyo, and is a regular contributor to Glamour Magazine, Boston Magazine, and Los Angeles Magazine.

Lisa Grue Classically trained illustrator Lisa Grue’s style is a peculiar approach to pop art, contrasting innocent motifs with shocking messages (and vice versa). Her pieces are at once playful, childish, and awakening. Lisa’s clients include Nylon Magazine, Sirene, Shape, Costume, Eurowoman, Bride to Be Australia, Wunderwear, Charlotte Sparre, DesignMatters, and many more. Her native Denmark realizes her talent, and she has been honored with a number of large talent grants from art and design foundations over the years, including The Danish Arts Foundation, Danish Crafts, The Danish National bank’s Anniversary Foundation, The BG Foundation, and The National Workshop for Art and Crafts.

Marcus Oakley London based illustrator Marcus Oakley’s work explores music, childhood innocence, and the rural. Oakley’s work aims to make people feel good, slow down, and enjoy his daydreams. His clients include Paul Smith, Levis, Custo Barcelona, Time Out Magazine, The Guardian, GQ, The New York Times Magazine, Parents, Random House, Kellogs, and more.

Regina Heinlein Regina is a Berlin based illustrator. Her work includes hand drawings, gouache or acrylic paintings, as well as mixed media collages. She especially likes to work on abstract topics concerning human evolution and she loves projects where she can fully express her creativity and fantasy, overstepping the borders of her familiarity. In addition to her regular work as an illustrator, Regina performs live for different brands worldwide as a sand-painting artist.

Samantha Hahn Samantha’s illustration is recognizable by its delicate pen work, dreamy colored inks and watercolor, and feminine subjects. Her work has been featured in various magazines, look books, campaigns, books, and can be found everywhere from t-shirts to dinnerware to wall graphics. Her clients include Glamour, Marie Claire, Bust, Stella Magazine, Barnes & Noble, Hallmark, Galison, Te Neues, American Greetings, 2k by Gingham, Victoria’s Secret, Saatchi & Saatchi, St. Martin’s Press, and more. Samantha is inspired by vintage fashion photography, nature, and urban landscapes.

gallery hanahou
611 Broadway, Suite 730, NYC
7th Floor of the Cable Building, NW corner of Broadway + Houston

Mon-Fri noon-6 pm, Sat by appt only