The Pen Parentis Literary Salon is a unique Downtown series that shatters parental stereotypes as it celebrates the diverse creative work of writers that are also parents. On the second Tuesday of each month September through May, join us at 75 Wall Street (Andaz Wall Street). Each night begins with networking over wine, compliments of Andaz Wall Street. Readings are followed by Q&A moderated by Pen Parentis founder M. M. De Voe and Salons curator Christina Chiu. Each event ends with mingling and book signings. Come join the fun!  Pen Parentis Literary Salons are a great place to meet book-loving neighbors as well as industry notables. You don’t have to be a parent or even a writer to enjoy these events – join us!

See below for details of who is reading next and to RSVP!

Holiday Author Mingle – Miracle in Lower Manhattan
Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Bringing their successful 16th Season to a close on Tuesday, December 12th at 7pm, Pen Parentis hosts its annual Holiday Author Mingle. Three distinguished alumni of the Salons—noted novelists René Steinke, Ellen Umansky, and John Reed—will present readings from their newest works followed by the characteristic highly-entertaining discussion about literature, life-work-balance, and other contemporary topics. Celebrated Jazz/Latin guitarist Wilson Montuori will entertain with live music, and as a special treat for the holidays, Pen Parentis Founder M. M. De Voe will be joined by celebrity guest-host Leigh Newman to moderate the conversation. 

FREE TICKETS ARE LIMITED, please RSVP through this link.


Ellen Umansky has published fiction and nonfiction in a variety of venues, including the New York TimesSalonPlayboy, and the short-story anthologies Lost Tribe: Jewish Fiction from the Edge and Sleepaway: Writings on Summer Camp. She has worked in the editorial departments of several publications, including the ForwardTablet, and The New Yorker. She grew up in Los Angeles, and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters. (author photo: Sam Zalutsky)

René Steinke is a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow. Her most recent novel, Friendswood (Riverhead), was named one of National Public Radio’s “Great Reads” of 2014. Friendswood was shortlisted for the St. Francis Literary Prize, and it was an Amazon Book of the Month. Her previous novel, Holy Skirts, an imaginative retelling of the life of the artist and provocateur, Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, was a Finalist for the National Book Award. Her first novel is The Fires. Her essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, Vogue, O Magazine, Redbook, Houstonia, Salon, Bookforum, and in anthologies. She is the former Editor of The Literary Review, where she remains Editor-at-Large. She has taught at the New School and at Columbia University, and she is currently the Director of the MFA program in Creative Writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She lives in Brooklyn with her family. (author photo: Michelle Ocampo)

John Reed is author of the novels, A Still Small VoiceThe Whole, and the SPD bestseller, Snowball’s Chance; additional books: All The World’s A Grave: A New Play By William ShakespeareTales of Woe; and Free Boat: Collected Lies and Love Poems; fellowship Columbia University; MFA in Creative Writing, Columbia University; Artnetthe Brooklyn Rail, Tin HousePaper MagazineArtforum, HyperallergicBomb MagazineArt in America, the PEN Poetry Series, the Los Angeles Times, the Believer, the Rumpusthe Daily Beast, GawkerSlate, the Paris Review, the Times Literary Supplement, the Wall Street JournalElectricLit, ViceThe New York TimesHarpers; anthologized in Best American Essays, Devouring the Green, StoryScape Anthology V2, American Wasteland, The Brooklyn Rail Fiction Anthology, Vitamin PH, 100 Greatest Albums (VH1); Vice Magazine “Employee of the Month,” Longform’s #1 Most Entertaining Essay; works translated into German, French, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Korean, Latvian and others; performances, workshops and readings of plays in New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, Texas, including at the Public Theater in NYC and the Brooklyn Books Festival; two-term member of the board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle; current faculty at The New School University and The New York Arts Program. He’s a decently cool dad. (author photo: David Shankbone)


Leigh Newman is the books editor of and editor-at-large at Catapult Publishing. Her memoir about Alaska Still Points North (Dial Press) was a finalist for the National Book Critic’s Circle John Leonard Prize. Her fiction, essays and book reviews have appeared in One StoryTin House, The New York TimesFiction, New York TyrantVogue, O The Oprah Magazine, Bookforum,and others. She has received fellowships from Breadloaf and the Corporation of Yaddo. She has also read for Pen Parentis – where she premiered the manuscript for her award-winning memoir. We love her: she’s a literary powerhouse and she’s a Pen Parentis mom. (photo by: Sioux Nesi)


Wilson Montuori is a versatile guitarist who performs styles ranging from pop/rock, world, and jazz to classical music. He has recorded for many labels, including Universal Records, Sony Music, Def. Japan, and many more and has performed throughout the world with various musical ensembles. Recipient of the prestigious “Sidney Zolot Award” from City College, and a Masters in Music from Boston University. His compositions are also displayed in the soundtrack for the 2015 feature film “Shelter”.