Note from MFA Faculty Member Rebecca Chace
I did a reading on Monday night at the Cornelia Street Cafe in Greenwich Village. It was really fun to be back there, and if you don’t know the Cornelia Street Cafe, it’s a cool place to go for a drink in the city. It’s one of those old Village cafes that got famous in the Sixties, with Beat Generation writers and then folk singers. It’s pretty fancy upstairs now, with a fireplace you can eat in front of in the back room, and a nice bar looking out on Cornelia Street, which is one of my favorite streets in the Village because it’s only one block long, between Bleecker and West Fourth–it’s right in the center of everything, but invisible if you don’t know where to look.
The readings and performances are in the old part of the cafe, down in the basement, with blue painted walls, and pipes lining the ceiling painted red. It’s a tiny room with a lot of history.
It was an evening of creative nonfiction writers, (I was one of four) and read my nonfiction essay recently published by the LA Review of Books on Jumbo the Elephant and taxidermy, that I read in Wroxton at the residency in January, in the Buttery (another small room with a lot of history).
Here’s the link to the essay if you’d like to check it out.
And here’s a picture of me at the reading!
Hope to see some of you at AWP in Los Angeles, and when you next come to the city, wander into the Cornelia Street Cafe. Pretty cool.
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