Kalliopi Mathios will be reading at The Difficult to Name Reading Series on May 30. 

Kalliopi Mathios will be reading at The Difficult to Name Reading Series on May 30. 

RS: In addition to being a writer, you're also a librarian. What's it like working with the reading community in New York City?

KM: I LOVE my job.  Working as a librarian allows me to do what I love most: talk to people about great books, ideas, games, and events, while also helping people find the information they need to accomplish whatever is on their agenda.  Serving as a NYC librarian allows me to work with a diverse community of patrons with diverse needs in a busy, urban environment.  There's a misconception that librarians join the field because of an overwhelming passion for books, and while this can be true - it is a love of working with people that keeps us in the profession long-term.

You were a big part of the great Mellow Pages Library, which is in flux currently. What are some other great literary sources/places to hang out in New York?

Mellow Pages Library is a one-of-a-kind space that is currently evolving into a smaller library curated to offer independent and small publishing house books.  I think weeding their collection to focus on what they do best is essential, and will be a real gem when completed.  Other great literary places to hang out are any public library, local, independent bookstores (I like Molasses Books), The Center for Fiction, Brooklyn Art Library -- there's something literary for everyone in this city.

What can people expect from your reading?

People can expect some to hear some of my newer poems and works.