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Read650 is a literary forum promoting established and emerging writers through curated live and digital performances celebrating the spoken word. It’s a high-quality platform for true personal stories—two pages and 650 words long, read aloud by the writer before an audience. Read650 places a strong emphasis on the craft of writing—word choices, sentence structures, the arc of the narrative. Our submission-based events are developed around broad themes that invite a wide range of expression. An editorial committee curates and sequences the content of each show and, where necessary, our editors collaborate with writers to further refine their work.

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Read650 is a literary forum promoting established and emerging writers through curated live and digital performances celebrating the spoken word. It’s a high-quality platform for true personal stories—two pages and 650 words long, read aloud by the writer before an audience. Read650 places a strong emphasis on the craft of writing—word choices, sentence structures, the arc of the narrative. Our submission-based events are developed around broad themes that invite a wide range of expression. An editorial committee curates and sequences the content of each show and, where necessary, our editors collaborate with writers to further refine their work.

    Love and Marriage

    Love and Marriage

    Poets and singers and writers of all types have been writing about love for millennia. In this century, the novelist and essayist Ursula LeGuin wrote, "Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new." For today's show, we've selected three stories from our "Love and Marriage" event that we presented on stage at Sarah Lawrence College in New York's Westchester County.

    • 23 min
    Immigration Nation

    Immigration Nation

    GREDLER, John • Hit and Run / MAYER, Kate • Not Bad for Store Bought / MOULTHROP, Robert • A Birthday Gift to Myself. BTL: LEVIN, Ann • The Birthday Poem. Your birth was your beginning, and celebrating the anniversary of your arrival is an expression of thanks, an opportunity to refresh your outlook, and a chance to bond with people. Birthdays are much more than an occasion to receive gifts; each one is also a touchpoint, a mile-marker in a life in progress, and today we present birthday recollections from three talented writers.

    • 26 min
    Birthdays

    Birthdays

    GREDLER, John • Hit and Run / MAYER, Kate • Not Bad for Store Bought / MOULTHROP, Robert • A Birthday Gift to Myself. BTL: LEVIN, Ann • The Birthday Poem. Your birth was your beginning, and celebrating the anniversary of your arrival is an expression of thanks, an opportunity to refresh your outlook, and a chance to bond with people. Birthdays are much more than an occasion to receive gifts; each one is also a touchpoint, a mile-marker in a life in progress, and today we present birthday recollections from three talented writers.

    • 25 min
    What We Wore

    What We Wore

    Featuring Margarita Meyendorff, Steven Lewis, Tracey McNally, and Rhonda Zangwill. Opening a trunk to see a summer camp uniform or bar mitzvah suit or bridesmaid dress can transport us to another time and place. What do the things we wear say about who we are, or where we're going? For today's show, we've stitched together just three stories from the trunkload we presented for a live audience one snowy Sunday in March at our "What We Wore" event at SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge, New York.

    • 26 min
    Tales of New York

    Tales of New York

    Featuring David Masello, Marie Proeller Hueston, Dan Zevin, Lisa Davis.. Its architecture, culture, and general buzz combine to make New York the greatest city in the world. But New York is also a collection of unique neighborhoods, people, and stories. On today's show, we present three of those stories, recorded at our "Tales of New York" event at Nancy Manocherian's the cell theater on Manhattan's west side.

    • 26 min
    Back to High School

    Back to High School

    Featuring Annabel Monaghan, Arthur Bell, Julie Trelstad, Sarah Bracey White. Bus rides and best friends. Marching band and mean girls. Homeroom and home grown. Whether high school was the site of your fondest memories or the scene of the crime, the stories we've selected from a live show might just transport you to that not-so-distant world of nerds, jocks, and stoners.

    • 22 min

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13 Ratings

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I have resisted podcasts because I thought they would take up too much time. Read650 is the perfect size, the perfect sound, and full of good stories well told. I feel like Goldilocks: this one is just right.

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The best

Read 650 is the best podcast I listen to. Takes no time to get out of your head and into the minds of great storytellers - one topic at a time.

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650 Where Writers Read

These are terrific pieces, read aloud by the writers. I enjoy the mini collections of three or four pieces on a central theme. The work is fabulous, and the voice of the writers bring the essays to life. Rock on 650! Highly recommended!

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