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Halfway There: October 15th

  • Red Eye Cafe 94 Walnut Street Montclair, NJ (map)
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Join us on Monday, October 15th as we kick off season 4 of Halfway There! We are thrilled to have Jimin Han, Jared Harél, Jillian Medoff, and Dimitri Reyes joining us for the first reading of our new season. Read more about these fabulous authors down below.

As always, doors open at 6:30, readings begin at 7P.M. Come early for Red Eye coffee, tea, and treats. And stick around after the Q&A for and mingling and book buying, courtesy of Watchung Booksellers!

Jimin Han was born in Seoul, Korea and grew up in Providence, Rhode Island; Dayton, Ohio; and Jamestown, New York. Her writing can be found or is forthcoming online at NPR’s “Weekend America,” Platypus Press, Poets & Writers, Entropy, The Rumpus, Hyphen Magazine, Pleiades Blog, and elsewhere. A podcast discussing Love and Democracy is on Asian American Writers Workshop’s website. A Small Revolution, her first novel, was among Entropy’s Best Fiction of 2017, Pleiades Editors’ Choice 2017, Redbook Magazine’s 20 Books By Women You Must Read This Spring, Buzzfeed’s 6 Binge-worthy Literary Books of May, CNN’s Summer Beach Reads, and Electric Literature’s list of 34 Books By Women of Color To Read This Year and its list of Ten Galvanizing Books About Political Protest. She teaches at The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College

Jared Harél is the author of Go Because I Love You (Diode Editions, 2018) and The Body Double (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2012). He’s been awarded the ‘Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize’ from American Poetry Review, as well as the ‘William Matthews Poetry Prize’ from Asheville Poetry Review. His poems have also appeared in such journals as Tin House, The Threepenny Review, The Southern Review, Poetry Daily, Massachusetts Review and 32 Poems. Harél plays drums for the rock band Flyin’ J & The Ghostrobber, teaches writing at Nassau Community College and lives in Queens, NY with his wife and two kids. For more info, stop by: 

Jillian Medoff is the acclaimed author of four novels. Her latest, THIS COULD HURT, an “absorbing workplace drama with heart,”* landed on many “Best of” and “Must Read” lists, including Amazon, Entertainment Weekly, NY Post, Real Simple, O Magazine, Poets & Writers, People, Fast Company, Chicago Review of Books, Parade, and the Millions, among others. She also wrote the much-lauded national bestseller I COULDN’T LOVE YOU MORE, GOOD GIRLS GONE BAD, and HUNGER POINT, which was made into an original cable movie starring Christina Hendricks and Barbara Hershey. A former fellow at MacDowell, Blue Mountain Center, VCCA and Fundacion Valparaiso in Spain, Jillian has an MFA from NYU.

Dimitri Reyes is a Puerto-Vegan writer, educator, and YouTuber from Newark, New Jersey. He is the recipient of the SLICE Magazine's 2017 Bridging the Gap Award for Emerging Poets and a finalist for the 2017 Arcturus Poetry Prize by the Chicago Review of Books. As a community organizer, Dimitri is involved in many organizations including the Newark Film Festival and Poets for Puerto Rico. He has his MFA in Poetry from Rutgers University- Newark and is published in Entropy, Obsidian, Acentos, Anomaly, Kweli, and others. Lastly, you can find him expanding the poetry community at,

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