The Montauk Club is pleased to announce a very special fundraising reading curated by William Johnson, the editor and publisher of Mary Literary, a literary journal dedicated to publishing gay writing of artist merit.  The reading will feature distinguished authors Nick Burd and Sarah Sarai and part of the ticket cost will be donated to the Ali Forney Center (AFC).

AFC was started in June of 2002 in response to the lack of safe shelter for LGBT youth in New York City. We are committed to providing these young people with safe, dignified, nurturing environments where their needs can be met, and where they can begin to put their lives back together.

AFC is dedicated to promoting awareness of the plight of homeless LGBT youth in the United States with the goal of generating responses on local and national levels from government funders, foundations, and the LGBT community

The reading is scheduled for June 22, 2011, at 8 PM in the historic 120 year-old Ballroom at the Montauk Club, 25 Eighth Avenue at Lincoln Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn (2/3 Trains to Grand Army Plaza).  The reading will be followed with a cocktail hour and tour of the club’s landmark building: call 718-638-0800 for details.  Reservations are strongly suggested: reserve to

Nick Burd attended the University of Iowa and received his MFA from the New School. His debut novel The Vast Fields of Ordinary was published in May 2009 by Dial Books for Young Readers and received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, Library School Journal, and BookList. The New York Times Book Review hailed the title as “fascinating and dreamy” and “the best kind of first novel” and also named it a Notable Book of 2009.  The Vast Fields of Ordinary has been optioned for film and is currently being translated into German and Italian. Nick’s new book, The Ballad of Andrew Frank, will be released by Dial Books in 2012. You can follow him on Twitter at @nickburd.

Sarah Sarai writes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, non-poetry. Her poetry collection The Future Is Happy was released by BlazeVOX [books] in 2009. Her poems have been published in Threepenny Review, Mississippi Review, Columbia Review, Parthenon West Review, Pank, Eleven Eleven, Potomac, Minnesota Review, Red Peter, Fogged Clarity, Smoking Poet, Willows Wept Review, Ghoti, Terrain, Big City Lit, MiPOesia, Redheaded Stepchild, Other Rooms and many more.

The ticket price is free to Montauk Club members and $10 for all others.  Proceeds of the ticket cost will be donated to Ali Forney Center.  Visit our website at for details on trains/transportation; RSVP to

We hope you can join us!


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