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New Writing From Visiting Authors

Join us as we welcome fiction writers Douglas W. Milliken and Nat Baldwin on a reading tour from Maine, alongside poet and artist Annie Bielski hailing from Hudson. Free to attend, and fresh books for sale! Read on for bios of these talented writers and some blurbage about their new work.


"A trans youth seeking mythic answers from a corpse. An autistic boy combing a collective farm for his sister. A homeless man yearning for anyone to protect. From a normalized dystopian future to the ever-impossible now, Pushcart Prize-winning author Douglas W. 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."

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, and the Believer, among others. To read more about and by the author, please visit


"The blades, the rust, the dirt, the mouth, the meat, the blood, the sun, the glass, the skin, the word, the lake, the graves; it’s a pristine and elemental form of fiction that Nat Baldwin renders, stripping language and image to its most primal animation. Like seeing slides of color pass before your face in darkness. Like remembering how to read.” —Blake Butler

Nat Baldwin is a writer and musician living in Portland, Maine. His fiction has appeared in Fanzine, PANK, Sleepingfish, Alice Blue, Timber, Deluge, and The Spectacle. He has released several solo albums and plays bass in Dirty Projectors. "The Red Barn" is his first book. 


Annie Bielski is a painter, writer, and performer based in Hudson, NY. She has performed at September Gallery, Basilica Hudson, The Spotty Dog, and The Half Moon in Hudson; at The Museum of Modern Art, Coustof Waxman, Allen & Eldridge in NYC, and elsewhere. She has collaborated with musician Jenny Hval and performed in her band across the US and Europe, performances of which have received critical acclaim from The New York Times and Her paintings, sculpture, and video have been exhibited at Paris London Hong Kong (Chicago), Motel (Brooklyn) Lodos Gallery (Mexico City), and The Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, among other places. Upcoming exhibitions will take place at Burning in Water in NYC, Instar Lodge in Germantown, NY, and High Tide in Philadelphia. She received a BFA with an emphasis in Painting and Drawing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012.

Earlier Event: March 18
Scandinavian Saturday @ SMCo.
Later Event: March 29
SMCo x Brunette Pop Up Wine Bar