Lara Stapleton's short story collection The Lowest Blue Flame Before Nothing was an Independent Booksellers' Selection and a Pen Open Book Committee Selection. She is the editor of the experimental fiction anthology Juncture: 25 Very Good Stories and 12 Excellent Drawings (Soft Skull Press). She lives in Fort Greene.
Fort Greene writer-in-residence Carl Hancock Rux has been defying conventions of art and culture since the early 1990s. I first met him ten years ago, when I worked as a bartender at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe on the Lower East Side.