Back to All Events

Nomadic Press Presents "Gifts" at Better Than Jam

  • Better Than Jam 20 Grattan Street Brooklyn, NY, 11206 United States (map)

December is a huge month for gift giving--but what are gifts really? What special things have we received that had changed our lives and helped us move forward or on the contrary, ended up being cursed?

Join Nomadic Press at Better Than Jam while we explore the writing of four poets & authors exploring the theme of GIFTS. There will be a discount the night of the event for shoppers. Buy local. Buy handmade this holiday season. Have a glass of wine.


SHA.islike) views music through the same lens he chooses to base his philosophy on life with: Every moment is a chance to create, whether it be as small as the words you speak or as massive as the talents you use. Originating from Fort Greene Brooklyn, the wordsmith was enamored with the arts from a young age, taking up several dance classes and nurturing a growing fondness for expressing himself through visual mediums. At the age of eleven, he discovered freestyling after trying to impress some girls by rapping to an instrumental coming out of a car window. SHA.islike uses clever lyricism with a raw, sometimes aggressive edge to convey his story. With his music he hopes to give listeners a peek into the emotions and thoughts of a creative, as well as paint his ultimate masterpiece.

Thomas Fucaloro is the author of two books of poetry published by Three Rooms Press, most recently It Starts from the Belly and Blooms, which received rave reviews. The winner of a performance grant from the Staten Island Council of the Arts and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, he has been on three national slam teams. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the New School and is a cofounding editor of Great Weather for Media and NYSAI press. He is a writing coordinator at the Harlem Children’s Zone and lives in Staten Island.

Melissa Hunter Gurney is a Brooklyn-based independent writer and the founder of GAMBAZine – a literary magazine dedicated to the generation of authentic momentary, boundless art that's rooted in passion and thoughtfulness outside the politics of mainstream publication. Melissa is connected to the artist life as seen throughout South America, and writes for La Gente Descalza (The Barefoot People). For more info, go and

Nathaniel Kressen is the author of two novels — Dahlia Cassandra (released June 2016) and Concrete Fever (Bestseller, Strand Book Store) — as well as the co-founder of Second Skin Books and the leader of the Greenpoint Writers Group.


Better Than Jam opened in February 2010, hosting the handmade creations of local designers, crafters, and artists. Supplies being sold at the shop to create your own works, began in 2012.

The newest addition to the Better Than Jam empire is the STUDIO! 
Karin Persan, the owner, dreamed of a communal space, where creative peoples would be welcome to use as they needed. 
A makers community. 
A place for your skills, talent, and dreams to grow.

Nomadic Press is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that supports the works of emerging and established writers and artists. Through publications (including translations) and performances, Nomadic Press aims to build community among artists across disciplines.

Earlier Event: November 17
Project Comics at Brooklyn Art Library