Things I’ve Been Doing Lately

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Pleased to announce that I’m now working as a teaching artist for The Moth’s amazing education program. I get to teach storytelling to high schoolers in NYC, and then watch them perform in StorySlams. Pretty much the sweetest gig. Read more here.


12-23-2015
Hot off the (e)presses! A strange little essay about my name. And Alf. And being partially Indian. And partially non-Indian. Check out “Where I’m Writing From” at Kenyon Review.

“I spent my childhood being given cues for when to laugh—and I obeyed. Now I’m like a well-trained dog that recognizes a command but only wants to bite.”

10-30-2015
Upworthy gives my book, Go to Hells: An Updated Guide to Dante’s Underworld, some Halloween love. You can read the full article here.

 

“Roychoudhuri describes it as ‘a series of punishments for people who seem to have temporarily forgotten how to be people.’”

08-13-2015
My story on the awesome NYC Real Estate Investment Cooperative is over at Upworthy today. Read it here.

 

“[T]he beauty of it is that it’s a simple, highly adaptable model that communities around the world can use to take back their cities.”

05-19-2015
Why’d I write a book chockfull of new circles of hell? Zest Books asks me a few questions and gets a few answers in this interview.

 

“I’m an incurable crank with a tiny nugget of hope at my core.”

05-11-2015
The Go to Hells book trailer is born! Watch it here: Go to Hells: Punishments for the Intolerable.

 

 

IMG_0407 (1)04-21-2015
TONIGHT! Come celebrate the release of Go to Hells at Pete’s Candy Store in Williamsburg. 6:30-7:30 pm. The evening promises to be diabolically fun, with a short hell-themed storytelling segment featuring the extremely talented Brigid Boyle, Kate Greathead, and Justin Angermeyer vying for your vote. You’ll also hear some hell-circle outtakes and feast your eyes on artwork by Jesse Riggle that’s featured in the book.

And there will, of course, be copies of Go to Hells for sale ($12) in case you want to take one home with yous. After-party at the bar!

04-07-2015
Go to Hells: An Updated Guide to Dante’s Underworld, written under my pen name, Kali V. Roy, is out today! You can buy it here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

06-02-2014

My op-ed about Amazon’s aggressive book-pricing tactics is over at Al Jazeera America today. Read it here.

“The business of the future also looks suspiciously like the business of the past.”

center for fiction 05-19-2014

I’ll be giving a farewell-to-being-a-fellow reading at the Center for Fiction on Monday, May 19th at 7 pm.

 

04-09-2014
My essay “Where I’m Writing From” receives third place in this year’s Summer Literary Seminars contest judged by Phillip Lopate.

03-18-2014
You know that “First Kiss” video that’s been making the rounds? Well, some friends and I went ahead and made a parody of it.

10-16-2013
In case you’re wondering what to do with yourself on Wednesday, October 16th at 7 pm: I’m reading at the Center for Fiction with my fellow fellows. RSVP here and you’ll be entitled to a high five, free booze, and earfulls of fiction.

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Artifacts,” an essay about my family, the Newtown school shooting, and what happens when narrative fails us, is up on the Rumpus today.

 

“I’ve been trying to write this essay and failing. Instead of calling it ‘writer’s block,’ I prefer to think of it as ‘having escaped the Muses.’” 

07-25-2013
What’s that? You want to see me hopscotching my way through an obstacle course of full coffee cups and squeaky toys? Well, okay.

03-09-2013
Very excited to be working out of the Center for Fiction this year as a 2013 fellow.

12-19-2012
My essay on memorializing in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, CT, “The Geography of Mourning,” is available online at Virgina Quarterly Review.

 

“It’s a strange thing to watch a small hometown transformed into a monument, a memorial. Though the only truly remarkable thing lurking in this is how common that experience has become.”

10-21-2012
“Scenes from Occupied New York,” my essay on the Occupy Wall Street Movement, is in the first edition of n+1‘s Occupy! and is reprinted in the German book Occupy!.

 

“New York City has the highest population density in the United States. Yet we are an incredibly well-behaved bunch. We take our trains to work, and go home to our small apartments to face off with the resident roaches… occasionally stopping off first at the local bar for a drink with friends. But something interesting happens when we do not return to our apartments. We become visible.”

11-30-2011
A Place of Worship” won third place in the Wag’s Revue Winter Writers’ Contest and is nominated for a 2012 Pushcart Prize.

10-04-2011
My investigative article, “Books After Amazon” makes Dave Eggers’ “Notable Non-Required Reading” list of 2010 in the anthology, The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011.

 

08-15-2011
Twisted Critters: The Pipe Cleaner Book, featuring my pipe cleaner designs, was just released and is available here.

 

 

01-31-2011
The kid’s book that I contributed to (including a chart whereby one can concoct their own near-death survival story) was just published. Rule the World: 119 Shortcuts to Total World Domination is available here.

 

12-02-2010
A Simple Migration,” is the runner-up in Our Stories’ Richard Bausch Short Story Contest and is nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize. It is also featured in the recently published Best of Our Stories: Volume IV.

11-20-2010
My investigative article, exploring the impact that Amazon has had on the publishing industry is the cover story for the November/December issue of the Boston Review. “Books After Amazon” is available here

“What happens when you sell a book like a can of soup?”