A Book of Tiny Revolts
(A Los Angeles book launch with Les Figues Press, Saturday 27 March 2010, 3:30PM)
Join LACE and Les Figues Press in celebrating Women’s History Month and the release of Feminaissance: A Book of Tiny Revolts. With readings by:
Addressing questions of femininity and its relation to writing, Feminaissaince discusses issues of collectivity; feminine écriture; the politics of writing; text and voice; the body as a site of contestation, insurgence and pleasure; race and writing; gender as performance; writing about other women writers; economic inequities; Hélène Cixous; monstrosity; madness; and aesthetics.
Edited by Christine Wertheim, with contributions from: Dodie Bellamy, Caroline Bergvall, Meiling Cheng, Wanda Coleman, Bhanu Kapil, Chris Kraus, Susan McCabe, Tracie Morris, Eileen Myles, Maggie Nelson, Juliana Spahr, Vanessa Place, Christine Wertheim, Stephanie Young and Lidia Yuknavitch.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
MAGGIE NELSON is the author of several books including Bluets (Wave Books, 2009), The Red Parts: A Memoir (Free Press, 2007), Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (University of Iowa Press, 2007), Something Bright, Then Holes (Soft Skull Press, 2007), and Jane: A Murder (Soft Skull Press, 2005), finalist, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir. She currently teaches in the School of Critical Studies at Cal Arts and lives in Los Angeles. She is a recipient of an Arts Writers grant from Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation.
WANDA COLEMAN is a nominee for poet laureate of California (2005) and C.O.L.A.’s first literary fellow, Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles, 2003-04, with honors that include the 1999 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for Bathwater Wine, and finalist in the 2001 National Book Awards for Mercurochrome. Her books include the novel Mambo Hips and Make Believe, The Riot Inside Me: More Trials & Tremors, Jazz & Twelve O’Clock Tales (Black Sparrow Books) and Ostinato Vamps (Pitt Poetry Series).
CHRISTINE WERTHEIM is MFA Writing Program Chair at Cal Arts. She is the author of +|’me’S-pace (Les Figues Press), a book of poetics, and a chapbook from Triage. She co-edited the anthologies SeancÈ, Noulipo, and Feminaissance. Untitled is forthcoming. Recent critical work has appeared in X-tra, Cabinet and The Quick and the Dead, Walker Art Centre. Recent poetry appears in Drunken Boat, Tarpaulin Sky and Veer. Her new book is a poetic suite on mothers.
STEPHANIE YOUNG lives and works in Oakland. She edited the anthology Bay Poetics (Faux Press, 2006) and is currently at work on the collaborative website Deep Oakland. Her books of poetry are Picture Palace and Telling the Future Off.
MEILING CHENG teaches at School of Theatre, University of Southern California. She is currently working on her book manuscript about contemporary Chinese time-based art, for which she received the support of a 2006 Zumberge Individual Research Award and a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship.
VANESSA PLACE is a writer, a lawyer, and co-director of Les Figues Press. She is author of Dies: A Sentence (2006), La Medusa (2008), Notes on Conceptualisms, co-authored with Robert Fitterman (2009), and The Guilt Project: Rape, Morality and Law (2010). A book of conceptual poetry, Statement of Facts, will be published in France by Èditions ËÆe, as ExposÈ des Faits; an English version is forthcoming from Blanc Press.
TERESA CARMODY is the author of Requiem (Les Figues Press, 2005), and two chapbooks: Eye Hole Adore (PS Books, 2008), and Your Spiritual Suit of Armor by Katherine Anne (Woodland Editions, 2009). Other work has appeared or is forthcoming in various publications, including Bombay Gin, Fold Appropriate Text, Luvina, Sous Rature, American Book Review, emohippus greeting cards 1-4 and more. She was one of the organizers of the original Ladyfest in Olympia, Washington, and is cofounder and
co-director (with Vanessa Place) of Les Figues Press.
Learn more about Feminaissance here.
Read “Two Bad Ass Anthologies,” a review by Lemon Hound.
About Les Figues Press
Les Figues Press is an independent, nonprofit literary press that creates aesthetic conversations between writers, artists and readers, especially those interested in innovative/experimental/avant-garde work. The Press intends in the most premeditated fashion to champion the trinity of Beauty, Belief, and Bawdry. Visit www.lesfigues.com.
LACE both champions and challenges the art of our time by fostering artists who innovate, explore, and risk. We move within and beyond our four walls to provide opportunities for diverse publics to engage deeply with contemporary art. In doing so, we further dialogue and participation between and among artists and those audiences. Visit www.welcometolace.org.
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