Huge news.

I’m moving to New Orleans! I’ve been accepted to the Creative Writing Workshop at the University of New Orleans, where I will be pursuing my MFA in poetry until December 2018. The program is amazing, I’m super excited about this opportunity, I’ve dreamed of doing this for as long as I can remember, and I can’t wait to see what comes out of it. Stay tuned!

Posted on April 17, 2016 at 1:20 am

Summer readings!

Lots of exciting performances coming up this summer.

First up is the class reading for the 9-week poetry class I took this spring, taking place at Botanica Bar on Sunday June 6th at 6pm. Come snuggle into a cozy booth and hear the bunch of us read some new work! More info here.

Less than a week later, I’ll be joining the always entertaining Andria Alefhi and Veronica Liu for a night of zine readings at Word Up Community Bookshop on Friday, June 12th at 7pm. I love these ladies and I’m extra psyched about this one. More info here.

Finally, I’ve been invited to participate in a Poetry & Stories evening at a Brooklyn community garden, which is sure to be sweet and delightful. Join me and three other talented writers on Saturday, July 11th at 3:30pm in the East 4th St Community Garden in Kensington (between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Ave).

Thanks as always for your support!

Posted on June 1, 2015 at 12:27 am ## readings

Two sweet bits

Number one! I will be reading at Word Up Community Bookshop on Thursday, August 29th at 7pm with several other awesome and talented ladies. Come on out and support zines, local writers, and this rad new space in its permanent home.

Number two! I will be published in the upcoming issue of Hoax, on the theme of feminism and vulnerabilities. I’m simultaneously thrilled and freaked out about this one, which is, I guess, par for the course.

Posted on August 21, 2013 at 12:32 am ## readings zines

Nostalgia reading at Bluestockings

This just in! I will be reading on the theme of nostalgia, along with my dear friends Katie Haegele and Eryn Loeb, at Bluestockings on Sunday May 26th at 7pm.

SO EXCITED.

Posted on February 15, 2013 at 5:59 pm ## readings

We’ll Never Have Paris reads at St Mark’s Books

Join contributors Tiffany Stevens, Gus Iversen, Betsy Housten, Josh Medsker, Aditi Sriram, Veronica Liu and moderator/WNHP founder Andria Alefhi for an evening as they read selections from We’ll Never Have Paris – Greatest Hits (Microcosm Press).

We’ll Never Have Paris is a print-only lit zine of narrative nonfiction that centers on the theme “all things never meant to be.”

Tuesday, October 16th, 7pm
St Mark’s Bookshop
3rd Avenue at 9th St, NYC

Posted on October 4, 2012 at 4:34 am ## readings

I’m a featured reader at Bluestockings’ Women’s/Trans Poetry Jam!

Awesome news! I’ve been invited to perform as one of two featured readers at Bluestockings’ monthly Women’s/Trans Poetry Jam on Tuesday, September 25th.

This event has been happening at Bluestockings for 13 years, about as long as the store has been in existence, and has showcased all sorts of writers, from the totally famous to the variously up-and-coming to the mostly unknown (that’s me!). Despite its name, it’s not just for poetry – people perform all sorts of things, from stories to novel chapters to the occasional musical break, and it’s always a fun mix. It starts at 7pm, there’s an open mic section first and then the featured readers will read for about 25 minutes each. After being an audience member many times, and an occasional open-mic contributor, I’m thrilled to be a part of it as a headliner! Here’s the official announcement:

Women’s / Trans’ Poetry Jam & Open Mike
Tuesday Sept 25th at 7pm
Featured Writers: Gina Inzunza & Betsy Housten

Gina Inzunza’s poetry enlists dramatic voices, humor and a variety of forms to champion the underdog and those who often go unnoticed. Her poems feature characters who search for meaning in adversity, discover their own unique voice and stumble upon ways to celebrate life.

Betsy Housten writes the annual zine You Know Better, exploring queer life in Brooklyn and comprising stories and poems that leave a great deal unanswered.

$5 suggested donation
Hosted by Vittoria repetto – the hardest working guinea butch dyke poet on the lower east side
Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen St, NYC
Open mike – sign-up at 7 pm – 8 minute limit

Posted on September 12, 2012 at 12:09 pm ## readings

Springtime Zine Therapy reading

It’s spring! Like, any minute now! And what better way to celebrate the end of an epic winter than with a fresh new dose of zine therapy, old-school self-published style? (Answer: none). Come on out of hibernation and join some fabulously articulate lady zinesters as we bring our quarterly show to yet another lucky, lucky venue. There might even be flip-flops.

Featuring!
Ayun Halliday (East Village Inky, Zinester’s Guide to NYC)
Andria Alefhi (We’ll Never Have Paris)
Betsy Housten (You Know Better)
Jenna Freedman (Lower East Side Librarian Winter Solstice Shout-Out)

We’ll be holding court at:
Angels & Kings
500 E 11th St, just east of Avenue A
Thursday, April 14th
7pm (SHARP! We’re done by 8).

Posted on March 16, 2011 at 1:25 am ## readings

Zine Therapy winter reading (and xylophone singalong)

Following hot on the heels of our fabulous fall stories, the ladies of Zine Therapy are thrilled to invite you to our winter reading! Shake that cold off your hat and join us. Featuring your favorites:

** Ayun Halliday, Chief Primatologist of the East Village Inky and author of many books (most recently The Zinester’s Guide to NYC)
** Betsy Housten, author of You Know Better and the resident Bluestockings Bookstore zine queen
** Andria Alefhi, curator of We’ll Never Have Paris and host of the Zine Therapy radio show
** Veronica Liu, coordinator of Fractious Press and Washington Heights Free Radio
** Margarita Shalina, translator of Anton Chekhov’s The Duel (forthcoming from Melville House Publishing) and small press buyer for St. Marks Bookshop
** A very special holiday xylophone

Bring your listening ears, your singing voices, your friends and some dollar bills for the awesome zines that’ll be on sale. Also the Brooklyn Rail will be having their own party adjacent to us, so there’ll be lots of independent literary goodness. Come come!!

Saturday, December 18, 7pm
Pete’s Candy Store
709 Lorimer St, Brooklyn

Posted on December 23, 2010 at 3:19 am ## readings

The zinester hard at work

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 5:24 pm ## zines