Red & Black Love Hangover

I seriously loved the Red & Black party this year! It was amazing to see everyone dressed in their Red & Black fineness. Aaron Zimmerman wore a tuxedo (I have pics), and the Narrator’s very own Friday 5 Editor Cait Weiss looked like a sublime Valentine confection in a red sparkledress! The food was gorgeous, the drinks were deadly and the cheers from around the roulette wheel were a steady reminder that this party was rockin’. Comedian Dave Hill shared with party goers his hilarious story about his lunch with “the most beautiful naked woman on the internet,” and it was great to see some really old friends and make some super-cool new ones too. Here’s a slideshow of photos snapped by Red & Black party princess Celeste Orangers:

For me, the best moment of the Red & Black  is the part of the program when the NYWC workshop leaders talk about their inspiring work, and this year we heard from Mary Feinberg, who spoke about some of the challenges and rewards of doing creative writing with adults and adolescents in the psychiatric ward at NY Presbyterian Hospital. After Mary,  Patrick Mathieu shared his extraordinary  journey from incarceration to finding his voice as a writer to becoming a NYWC leader at the Fortune Society and Rikers Island. Then Chelsea Lemon Fetzer read some sexy and poignant poems from Once You Were Set Free, a chapbook from her workshop for homeless LGBT youth at the Ali Forney Center CAMP Brooklyn. I am always so blown away by the talent and passion of the people who belong to our community, but the presentations this year really got me.

Thank you to everyone who helped with the Red & Black this year, especially the members of our host committee (I will never forget the yummy shrimp & beef tenderloin – thank you Kathyrn Kellinger!), our volunteers (special shout outs to our croupiers Jen Weitsen, Erin Ehsani & Carla Jeanpierre as well as our awesome bartenders Rachel Plutzer & Renata Broderick ), the NYWC staff and board . And of course, THANK YOU to everyone who came to the party and supported NYWC’s unique and powerful creative writing programs. Because you chose to party with us, we raised over $10K for our work with at-risk youth, veterans, homeless LGBT youth, the incarcerated, and many more, which is absolutely wonderful.  I don’t know how we will top this Red & Black next year. We’ll think of something…




  1. The party was AWESOME. I really enjoyed myself. My friend Eddie won a painting of a boxer. Going to a fundraiser party in Soho on a Monday night is SO New York — makes me feel like I’m living “Sex and the City.” Without the sex. Or alcohol.

  2. Aaron Zimmerman says

    You mean Kathryn kelLINger right? (Sorry, I have LINsanity.)


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