Wendy’s Subway is a reading room, writing space, and independent publisher in Bushwick, Brooklyn. We support emerging artists and writers in making experimental, urgent work and create alternative modes for learning and thinking in community. Wendy’s Subway is dedicated to encouraging creative, critical, and discursive engagement with arts and literature. We prioritize collaboration and horizontal decision-making in our work towards being a responsive and sustainable organization. 

Our interdisciplinary program includes free readings, talks, performances, and reading groups, as well as sliding-scale writing workshops and intensives. We offer residencies designed to uplift artistic and scholarly research, archival and library projects, and independent publishing practices. Our multi-series publishing initiative includes artists’ books, poetic texts, and hybrid-genre works by time-based artists. Our non-circulating library holds a collection of over 3,000 titles, ranging from poetry and fiction, to criticism and art books.

Wendy’s Subway was founded in 2013 and became a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2016. Wendy’s Subway is a member of the Coalition of Small Arts (COSA) New York, the New York City Literary Action Coalition, and the Community of Literary Magazines & Presses. Wendy’s Subway is a W.A.G.E. certified organization. Learn more about getting involved and our membership program here.



379 Bushwick Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11206

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

Thursday–Friday, 10am-6pm
Saturday, 11am-6pm
And by appointment here.


We are located on a ground-floor storefront at 379 Bushwick Avenue. A ramp is available for wheelchair access to accommodate a raised single door (33-inch-wide doorway and 2" raised threshold). A single, all-gender bathroom is accessible by a 27-inch-wide door. There are two ADA-compliant bathrooms nearby: Brooklyn Public Library & Roberta’s Pizza. Our space is not scent-free although (some cleaning supplies may have scented chemicals) but we request that all visitors come fragrance-free. We offer masks, Covid rapid testing kits, hand sanitizer, and Narcan kits onsite. Mask-wearing is strongly encouraged.

We host programs in person and online. All virtual events include auto-closed captions in English. Some in-person programs may include a live stream; please check our website event listing for verification.

Wendy's Subway is run by a small team of part-time staff members working onsite during open hours and remotely throughout the week. If you have specific questions about access, please write info@wendyssubway.com with “access request” in the subject line before the event, preferably with 48-hour notice, 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.



Wendy's Subway is currently seeking applications for two new part-time positions to join our team. Applications are received on a rolling basis. 

Distribution and Operations Coordinator
Communications and Publicity Coordinator


Wendy's Subway is currently reviewing applications for our Library Fellowship Program by June 10, 2023. 

2023-2024 Library Fellow

For all open opportunities, please follow the links for full job descriptions and application instructions. 


Corinne Butta, Editor
Marian Chudnovsky, Librarian
Sanjana Iyer, Program Director
Juwon Jun, Associate Editor
Florence LiProgram Coordinator
Rachel Valinsky, Artistic Director
Michael ValinskyInternational Distribution Liaison
Teline TrnMembership and Community Engagement Coordinator

Past staff and fellows:
Katherine Adams, Simran Ankolkar, Erica Ammann, Aru Apaza, Harris Bauer, Kevin Barnum, Emily Bartsch, Taylor Bell, Xavi Danto, Sadie Hope-Gund, Cillian Finnerty, Maanav Jalan, Snigdha Koirala, Stephon Lawrence, Teddy Lewis, Alec Mapes-Frances, Sarah McEachern, Noah LeBien, Kyle Richardson, Carlos Rodriguez, Mayra A. Rodríguez Castro, Emma Seely-Katz, Zoe Senise, Mallika Singh, Elizaveta Shneyderman, Charlotte Strange, 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


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