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On August 8th, join Cheap Imitation and NovelNights UK for a transatlantic online literary romp!

The event will feature: 15th century guitar music, absurdist literature, (limited) open mic slots, British historical novels, community discussion, other strange music, and fun!

Featured American Artists:

Claire Oleson is a queer writer hailing from Grand Rapids, MI. She’s a 2019 graduate of Kenyon College, where she studied English and creative writing. Her work has been published by the Kenyon Review online, the University of Kentucky’s graduate literary journal, Limestone, the LA Review of Books, and Newfound Press, among others. She is the 2019 winner of the Newfound Prose Prize. Her chapbook, Things from the Creek Bed We Could Have Been, is available for purchase here. She currently lives and works in NYC.

Cole Adams is a guitarist and composer/arranger who is currently pursuing a BBA in Economics with a minor in Music from The University of North Texas. His favorite genres include Jazz, Neo-Soul, and Minimalism. His other interests include cycling, video games, and making weird sounds on synthesizers.

David W. Carstens is a writer, filmmaker, game designer, and the founder/director of Cheap Imitation. He was the recipient of the Democracy Scholar political theory grant by the Ohio-based political think-tank The Center for the Study of American Democracy, and his short story A Girl and Her Mother received an honorable mention in Glimmer Train’s Nov/Dec 2018 Family Matters Short Story Contest.

and more!

We are reserving some of the American reading slots for community reading! If you are interested in reading, or even in just attending sign up for the event below!

For more information on the British side of this event, see