At The Inkwell, founded in 2013, is a multi-city literary reading series, managed by local curators, to support published writers through book reviews, readings and manuscript editing. Founder Monique Antonette Lewis created At The Inkwell to help authors get more exposure to an increasingly crowded literary market. We feature writers across a variety of genres in fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Today our reading series is held in Denver, New York and San Francisco.




Monique Antonette Lewis
is the founder of At The Inkwell. Her flash fiction and essays have appeared in My Body, My WordsAmerican Writers Review (Summer 2018), Polarity eMagazine (Winter 2017), PoetryBay (Fall/Winter 2016), Fused Society and the digital storytelling project, The Afterlife of Discarded Objects: Memory and Forgetting in a Culture of Waste

Monique has read her writing across the U.S. notably for This is My Brave, a national U.S.-based storytelling series ( New York City, 2015), and Mortified, an international podcast and live show (Boulder & Denver, Colorado, 2015). She was the principal organizer of the annual Denver Lit Crawl festival (2016-2018), read submissions for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship (2011-2018), served on the board of the New York Writers Workshop (2012-2015), and previously taught fiction workshops in New York City. She was also the fiction editor for City Lit Rag (2014).

A former journalist for 14 years, Monique’s articles have appeared in Mergermarket, Dealreporter, Agence France-Presse, the Financial Times, Forbes, HuffPost, Press & Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton, NY, 2007), The Daily Times (Salisbury, MD, 2005-2006) and more. Monique has an M.A. and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Wilkes University, and a B.A. in Journalism from Colorado State University. She is currently the MBA Communications Program Manager for HEC Paris and lives in Versailles, France.


“At The Inkwell has started something good here in San Francisco. It’s diverse, inclusive and celebratory. But more importantly, it’s a public service that can help heal and reconcile. It’s the type of community outreach (poets giving back) that makes me, and so many other poets and writers who have been at this a long time, sit up and take notice.”

Paul Fericano, author of The Hollywood Catechism

“I know an exceptional interviewer when I meet one — and At The Inkwell’s Monique Antonette Lewis is among the best I’ve ever encountered. She turned in a masterful performance when she interviewed me — and now that I’ve read through the pages of her publication, I can see that’s par for the course. At The Inkwell’s a pleasure to explore and think it deserves a wide wide audience. Bravo, Monique!”

George Wallace, editor and publisher of Poetrybay

“I intend to stay involved with At The Inkwell and to spread the news of this venue (Alley Cat Books) and moreover, its purpose to bring poets and audience together in a place that breathes books! Thank you!”

Paula C. Lowe, author of Moo

“One of the best curated reading series in New York City, “At the Inkwell” is one of my favorite places to read and listen to other writers reading their works. The venue is a fun old bar in the East Village dressed up in former Communist memorabilia. There is always something good on the program, from fiction, to memoir, to poetry, book launches, or poets celebrating National Translation Month. And the web site is another treasure, brimming with information, interviews, and sharp reviews of new books. “At the Inkwell” is a wonderful initiative that gathers around it a vibrant community of writers and fosters camaraderie and quality works. Kudos to Monique Antonette Lewis, the most graceful founder and hostess, and a great promoter of good literature.” 

Claudia Serea, author of To Part Is to Die a Little 

There are an awful lot of reading series out there, but At The Inkwell far surpasses most of them both in the quality and range of the readers. If I was looking for something literary to do, I’d certainly seek out this series knowing that I’d have a fun night filled with literary thrills and chills. 

Charles Salzberg, founding member of New York Writers Workshop and author of the Henry Swann Detective Series and Devil in the Hole