Freerange Nonfiction at Pianos Tonight

Freerange Nonfiction, a reading series and storytelling collective that is celebrating its “rebirth” in the LES this spring, presents the second installment of its First Wednesday readings at Pianos on Ludlow Street tonight. (The series moved from Cornelia Street Cafe in the Village last month.) Tonight’s episode features work from writers Darcey Steinke, a novelist and journalist, Piper Kerman, a memoirist, novelist Jackson Taylor and poet David McLoghlin, as well as two emerging artists, Brandi Neal and J.E. Reich.

The series aims to expose up and coming authors to a larger audience and encourage a wide range of creative writing. Freerange alumni include Phillip Lopate and Susan Orlean. Here’s their philosophy: “Freerange practices the method of literary husbandry wherein our authors are permitted to write, read & roam freely, traditional categories or labels notwithstanding. Our philosphy is to allow artists of nonfiction as much freedom as possible and to live out their instinctual behaviors in a reasonably natural way . . . regardless of whether or not they are eventually killed for meat. By this technique, we have presented memoirists, journalists, political activists, poets, comedians, and many others to promote the vast and vital genre of creative nonfiction.”

158 Ludlow St. // 7 p.m. // $8