Writer | Editor | Teacher



Brian Gresko is the editor of the anthology When I First Held You: 22 Critically Acclaimed Writers Talk About the Triumphs, Challenges, and Transformative Experience of Fatherhood. His interviews, essays, short stories, and reviews of books, music, and culture have appeared in Longreads, Salon, The Atlantic, The Rumpus, the L.A. Review of Books, and Poets & Writers magazine, among numerous other publications. He co-runs the esteemed reading series at Pete's Candy Store in Brooklyn, and teaches for the Sackett Street Writing Workshop and Catapult. Brian conducts the Authors in Conversation series for Slice Literary Magazine, both in print and live at the Slice Literary Conference. He occasionally draws pictures, and can tear it up on the dance floor. Brian received his MFA in Creative Writing from The New School, and graduated from Oberlin College with a self-designed, cross-disciplinary major entitled "Narrativity in Film."


  • Brian recently published a short story on Joyland Magazine called "Sleeping Alone," and an essay on Longreads, "Wrestling With My Father"

  • The latest issue of Slice Literary Magazine features a conversation Brian moderated between acclaimed authors Laura van den Berg and R. O. Kwon

  • You can find Brian on stage hosting Pete’s Reading Series on the third Thursday of every month. Here’s the schedule of readers