Wendy's Subway is a non-profit reading room, writing space, and independent publisher located in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Since our founding in 2013, we have provided an open and versatile platform for expanding modes of reading, writing, and publishing. Wendy’s Subway is dedicated to encouraging creative, critical, and discursive engagement with arts and literature, with the belief that equitable access to reading and collaborative forms of knowledge-production are catalysts for social transformation. 

Our interdisciplinary program includes free readings, talks, performances, and reading groups; writing workshops and master classes; the annual, yearlong series The Quick and the Dead, which highlights the life, work, and legacy of a deceased writer by bridging their work to that of contemporary practitioners; and a unique residency program designed to support other organizations, small publishers, and collective artist’s projects. In 2016, Wendy’s Subway launched a multi-faceted publishing initiative including artist’s books, hybrid-genre, and poetry titles by emerging writers, artists, and performers. Our non-circulating library holds a collection of over 3,000 titles, with a specific focus on independent and small press publishing in art and literature. The library is freely accessible to the public during our open hours, five days per week.

Wendy’s Subway is a member of the New York City Literary Action Coalition, the Community of Literary Magazines & Presses, and Common Field. 

Wendy’s Subway is a W.A.G.E. certified organization


379 Bushwick Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11206

Wednesday–Sunday, 10am–6pm

L train to Montrose or Morgan / J or M to Flushing


Wendy's Subway strives to be accessible to all visitors. We are located on the ground floor at 379 Bushwick Avenue. At the entrance, there is a concrete ramp with some uneven surfaces and a raised threshold (measuring 2 1/4" in height). Our single, all-gender bathroom is not currently ADA-accessible; however, there are several such bathrooms nearby that we would be happy to help direct to. This space is not scent-free, but we ask that attendees come fragrance-free.

Events are frequently live-streamed and archived for future consultation. 

If you have specific questions about access, please write info@wendyssubway.com at least three days before the event and we will make every effort to provide accommodations for you.


To inquire about programming an event at Wendy's Subway, please follow this link.

Requests should be made at least one month ahead of the proposed event date. We will respond within a week of the submitted request.

Email info@wendyssubway.com with questions.


Simran Ankolkar, Distribution Coordinator
Corinne Butta, Managing Editor
Sanjana Iyer, Program Director
Minahil Khan, Membership and Engagement Coordinator
Gabe Kruis, Development Director
Eva Pou, Bookkeeper
Rachel Valinsky, Artistic Director
Taylor Bell, Xavier Danto, Sebastian Zinn, Publication Fellows
Marian Chudnovsky, Digital Initiatives and Education Fellow
Kyle Richardson, Design Fellow
Aru Apaza, Teline Trần, Programming Fellows
Sadie Hope-Gund, Carlos Rodriguez, Library Fellows

Past Fellows
Katherine Adams, Erica Ammann, Harris Bauer, Kevin Barnum, Emily Bartsch, Corinne Butta, Cillian Finnerty, Sunny Iyer, Maanav Jalan, Snigdha Koirala, Alec Mapes-Frances, Sarah McEachern, Noah LeBien, Emma Seely-Katz, Zoe Senise, Mallika Singh, Elizaveta Shneyderman, Fergal Styles, Megan Toye, Sixing Xu, Yoav Yaron, Claire Zuo

Web Design
Everything Studio


Rachel Valinsky, President
Gabe Kruis, Secretary
Matt Longabucco, Treasurer
James Hoff
Erica Kaufman
Stacy Szymaszek


Wendy’s Subway is currently reviewing applications for Fall 2020 Fellows. For Fall 2020, we are especially seeking applicants with an interest in library studies, education, and digital initiatives.

Fellows take on an active role in a variety of areas, including developing public programs, research and editorial work, community engagement and education, marketing and publicity, grant writing, graphic design, and archiving, library maintenance and cataloging. 

Fellows are expected to work 1-2/days per week for a six-month period (subject to renewal) throughout the year, and 3-month period throughout the summer, and attend biweekly staff meetings. Some evening events may be required. Fellows will receive a modest, daily stipend, and students may earn university credit. Fellows are also eligible for yearlong free membership to Wendy’s Subway and benefit from free workshop and course registration. Finally, Fellows have the opportunity to participate in a special publication series reflecting their research, creative practices, and experiences during the Fellowship.

Applicants should have an interest in poetry, art, and interdisciplinary practice. Applicants with a background in library science, archiving, and handling printed matter are especially welcome to apply. Recent graduates or current students are invited to apply.

Apply here: info@wendyssubway.com with your CV and a brief cover letter describing your motivations and field of interest. 


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