with Douglas Kearney, Vanessa Place, and performance conceived by Divya Victor.
Join us for readings by writers-in-residence Douglas Kearney and Vanessa Place and a Feral-Cat Attack as conceived by Divya Victor. This performance is part of NOT CONTENT, a series of text projects curated by Les Figues Press as part 1 of Kim Schoenstadt’s Painted Over/Under. Both projects are part of LACE’s year-long initiative PUBLIC INTEREST.
During the course of his residency, Kearney periodically recorded “covers” of the ever-altering text, Coverage. Kearney will use these recordings in a new performance before LACE performs its own cover up of the text.
Vanessa Place will unread Statement of Fact.
Poet/performer/librettist Douglas Kearney’s first full-length collection of poems Fear, Some, was published in 2006 by Red Hen Press. His second manuscript, The Black Automaton, was chosen by Catherine Wagner for the National Poetry Series and published by Fence Books in 2009. In 2008, he was honored with a Whiting Writers Award. An Idyllwild and Cave Canem fellow, Kearney has performed his poetry at the Public Theatre, Orpheum, and The World Stage. His poems have appeared in journals such as Callaloo, jubilat, nocturnes, Ninth Letter, Washington Square and Gulf Coast. Born in Brooklyn, now living in California’s San Fernando Valley, he has a BA from Howard University and an MFA in Writing from the California Institute of the Arts, where he now teaches courses in African American poetry, myth, hip hop and opera.
Visit Doug’s website: www.douglaskearney.com
Of Vanessa Place and Robert Fitterman’s Notes on Conceptualisms, Mary Kelly said, “I learned more about the impact of conceptualism on artists and writers than I had from reading so-called canonical works on the subject.” Place is also author of Dies: A Sentence, La Medusa, and The Guilt Project: Rape, Morality and Law, based on her work as an attorney representing indigent sex offenders on appeal. Place is co-director of Les Figues Press, and a regular contributor to X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly. Her most recent work is forthcoming in French by éditions è®e, as Exposé des Faits, and in English by Blanc Press, as the triology, Statement of Facts, Statement of the Case, and Argument.
Read more about Vanessa: fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanessa_Place
Divya Victor is from India, Singapore, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Buffalo. She has a Masters from Temple University and is a PhD. candidate in the English Department at SUNY Buffalo. Her work has appeared in ambit: journal of poetry and poetics, XConnect, ixnay reader 3, dusie, President’s Choice, P-QUEUE and Drunken Boat. Her recent chapbooks are SUTURES (Little Red Leaves) and Hellocasts By Charles Reznikoff by Divya Victor by Vanessa Place (ood Press).
To learn more about Divya’s work, visit: oodpress.net