Readings, Interviews, Panels


  • Digging Press presents The Lit Revue at Room 31: a reading series showcasing the lyrical alchemy of words & music. Hosted by Gessy Alvarez.
    • No. 1, June 15, 2022. Readers: Dena Igusti, Dolan Morgan, Aida Zilelian, & Haolun Xu Music: Iris Lune.
    • No. 2, July 24, 2022. Readers: T.B. Grennan, Elinol López, Sue Mell, and Lucia Orellana Damacela. Music: Curt Mercy.
    • No.3, September 15, 2022. Readers: Grisel Y. Acosta, Dorothy Barnhouse, Swati Khurana, Grace Jahng Lee & Thea Matthews. Music: Rili Newman.
  • SMOL Fair Reading | Cavenkerry Press and Digging Press, March 31, 2022. Hosted by Dimitri Reyes. Readers: Mandy-Suzanne Wong, Cat Doty, David S. Cho, & Gessy Alvarez.
  • Get Fresh Books Friendsgiving Poetry Nights, November 2020. Hosted by: Roberto Carlos Garcia. Readers: Ysabel Y. Gonzalez, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Tamara Zbrizher, Gessy Alvarez, and Malik Abduh.
  • The Tip of the Iceberg: An Introduction to Flash Fiction, The New York Society Library, May 2020
  • Digging Through Reading Series (Host)
    • January 14, 2020 – Readers: Paul Beckman, John Paul “JP” Infante, Christine Kendall, Hadley Moore, and Joanna C. Valente. Musical Guest: Tamar Eisenman.
    • February 11, 2020 – Readers: Dorothy Barnhouse, C.S. Hanson (with Peter Oliver) , Rachel Horowitz, Stacey Hughes, and Susan Stires. Musical Guest: Adnan Sabir. 
    • March 10, 2020 – Readers: Roberto Carlos Garcia, Summer J. Hart, Christine Sloan Stoddard, and Mandy-Suzanne Wong.
  • NYC FBomb Flash Fiction Series, The Red Room at KGB Bar, NYC. August 2, 2019. Hosted by: Paul Beckman. Readers: Michelle Elvy, Gessy Alvarez, Craig Fishbane, Ran Ringer, Anne Weisgerber, Luke Salisbury, and Ron Brawer.
  • NYC FBomb Flash Fiction Series, The Red Room at KGB Bar, NYC. February 1, 2019. Hosted by: Paul Beckman. Readers: Austin Alexis, Gessy Alvarez, Randall Brown, Matt Broderick,  Devin Kelly, Nancy Ludmerer, and Jan Stout.
  • Same Page Reading Series, The Red Room at KGB Bar, NYC. November 14, 2018. Hosted by: Mickie Meinhardt and Sarah Madges. Readers: Jason Koo, Hadara Bar-Nadav, Gessy Alvarez, Megan Murphy, and Milly Tamarez.
  • Renegade Reading Series, Cafe Con Libros, Brooklyn. August 17, 2018. Hosted by: Caitlin Elizabeth Harper. Readers: Genevieve Mills, Gessy Alvarez, Soraya Palmer, and Amy Gall.
  • NYC FBomb Flash Fiction Series, The Red Room at KGB Bar, NYC. February 2, 2018. Hosted by: Paul Beckman. Readers: Gessy Alvarez, Madeline Artenberg, Nancy Ludmerer, Alison McBain, Courtney Sender, A. E. Weisgerber, and Francine Witte.
  • NYC FBomb Flash Fiction Series, The Red Room at KGB Bar, NYC. June 2, 2017.
  • Hosted by: Gessy Alvarez. Readers: Craig Fishbane, Roberto Carlos Garcia, Ysabel Gonzalez, Tamara Hart, Rachel Horowitz, Karen Levy, Charlie Vazquez, and Aida Zilelian.
  • The New York Society Library, 2017 Literary Magazine Salon with Digging Through The Fat and Guernica. April 13, 2017.
  • “Literature that enlivens our eclectic artistic community: An introduction to Digging Through The Fat” by founder and editor Gessy Alvarez and creative director Cynthia Alvarez, with special guest readers Tobias Carroll, Lauren Hilger, and Bud Smith.
  • NYC FBomb Flash Fiction Series, The Red Room at KGB Bar, NYC. December 17, 2016. Readers included: Paul Beckman, April Bradley, John Gorman, Craig Fishbane, and Julie Turley.
  • East and West Reading, Symposia Bookstore, Hoboken, NJ, November 12, 2016.
  • Fellow Readers: Devin Kelly, Lauren Hilger, and Rich Ferguson.
  • Manhattanville Reading Series, Manhattanville Coffee, Crown Heights, October 26, 2016. Fellow Readers: Dolan Morgan, Alexandra Tanner, and Alexander Drywall.
  • Boundless Reading Series, The Local, Long Island City, NYC. October 13, 2016.
  • Fellow Readers: Sana Hussain, Julia Phillips, and Stephanie Rogers.
  • Digging Through The Fat Takes Bushwick, M.C., The Living Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. October 6, 2016. Artists: Cynthia Alvarez, Summer J. Hart, Charlotte Sims. Poets: K.T. Billey, Roberto Carlos Garcia, Jenn McCreary, and Justin Petropoulos.
  • NYC FBomb Flash Fiction Series, The Red Room at KGB Bar, NYC. September 9, 2016. Fellow Readers: Paul Beckman, Chuck Howe, Alice Kaitman, Loren Kleinman, Jane Liddle, Sara Lippman, Jolene McIlwain, Bud Smith, Nancy Stohlman, Jan Elman Stout, and Anne Elizabeth Weisgerber
  • Uno Kudo / Mellow Pages Library, reading, Brooklyn, NY. January 17, 2015. Fellow Readers: Paula Bomer, Mark Brunetti, Bobby Fisher, Chuck Howe, Amy King, Tracey Lander-Garrett, Bill Lessard, Bud Smith, and Marvin Waldman.
  • Mad Hat Press Presents: A Reading at Word Up Community Bookshop. September 27, 2014. Fellow Readers: Sara Epstein, Willis Gordon, Sara Lippman, Audrey Roth, Bud Smith.
  • Blackmail Series 3, reading, Mellow Pages Library, Brooklyn, NY. March 20, 2014. Fellow Readers: Hallie Elizabeth, Carla Gannis, Michael Hessel-Mial, Justin Petropoulos, and Joseph Riippi.
  • Lamprophonic Emerging Writers Series, reading, Bar Thalia at Symphony Space. March 7, 2014.
  • The NewerYork / Mellow Pages Library, performance. January 25, 2014.
  • Fizz Reading, KGB Bar. October 30, 2013.


  • Why Short Fiction? Writing and Publishing Short Stories and Flash Fiction. September 28, 2022. The Society Library of New York City. A unique panel in partnership with the New York City Regional Chapter of the Authors Guild. A conversation about short stories and flash fiction from the point of view of writers, agents, and editors, brought to you by the Authors Guild Ambassadors, Catherine Torigian, Ginger McKnight-Chavers, and Diana Altman. The panelists are Gessy Alvarez, Megan Cummins, Adam Dalva, Marya Spence, and Hilma Wolitzer, with Ms. Altman moderating.