Monday, October 13, 2008

MOMMY, MOMMY! Launches Halloween Night!


Featuring writers: Robin Coste Lewis (San Francisco), Vincent Dachy (London), Alex Forman (Los Angeles), and Vanessa Place (Los Angeles)

Friday, October 31, 2008

(Come dressed as your favorite mommy.)

$5 - $20 sliding scale. Donate a folding chair for free entry.

Doors 7:30pm
Reading starts at 8:00pm

compactspace 105 East 6th St., Los Angeles, CA 90016

Mommy, Mommy! is a literary art event where feminists and their friends enjoy stimulating word-centered performances. The writing is beautiful, intelligent, and strange, and so are the performers. Mommy Mommy! features writers and other artists whose work, like the great fantastical and fabricated mommy, scolds, abandons, soothes, and triggers. Mommy, Mommy! fills the hole in your soul with the milk of the shamefully sexy unknown.

ROBIN COSTE LEWIS is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School, where she received a Master of Theological Studies degree in Sanskrit and comparative religious literature. She was the Samuel Valentine Cole Professor of Creative Writing at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, and Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Hampshire College’s School of Interdisciplinary Arts. In 2004, she was a finalist for the National Rita Dove Prize. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Massachusetts Review; Callaloo; The Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review; Gay Community News; volumes 3 and 4 of The Pocket Myth Series (v.3, Orpheus and v.4, The Odyssey); and anthologized in the collections Black Silk and The Encyclopedia Project, f-k. She has been awarded writing residencies at the Caldera Foundation, the Ragdale Foundation, the Headlands Center for the Arts, and the Can Serrat International Art Centre in Barcelona. Born in Compton, California, her family is from New Orleans, Louisiana.

VINCENT DACHY was born in Belgium and lives in London where he practices Lacanian psychoanalysis. He has authored several scholarly papers, including “A few rudimentary remarks about ‘The little logic of need’” (CFAR Journal); “Can one invent the infinite?” (CFAR Journal); and “Do not Confuse the Real(s)” (Psychoanalytical Notebooks of the London Circle). Tribulations of a Westerner in the Western World (Les Figues Press) is Dachy’s first book of literary prose, a spectacular linguistic show of humor and pathos, puns and rants, of irritations, musings and moodiness. Of Dachy’s first book, Doug Nufer writes: “Tribulations of a Westerner in the Western World is a grand tour of a bland realm, framed by a slideshow and narrated by a cranky viewer in a running-off-at-the-mind commentary that veers from cynical to silly to wise to sick. Vincent Dachy presents the new Western Everyman as an engaging if solipsistic armchair tour guide, whose complex musings perform a strangely political indictment of a society in such an advanced state of decay, all one can do is sit and watch.”

ALEX FORMAN is a writer and visual artist. She is the author of Tall, Slim & Erect, a text and photo project sponsored by Fractured Atlas, and was a founding editor of the international poetry journal, Jubilat. Forman¹s visual art has been exhibited at David Krut Gallery, Streit's Matzo and Derek Eller Gallery in New York. Reviews and interviews have appeared in Art in America, Archipelago, and Jubilat. Sponsorship and fellowships have come from Blue Mountain Center, Djerassi, Ucross Foundations and Fractured Atlas. She holds an MFA in photography from the Yale School of Art in New Haven and a BA in literature from Brown University, Rhode Island.

VANESSA PLACE is a writer and lawyer, and co-director of Les Figues Press. She is the author of Dies: A Sentence (Les Figues Press), a 50,000-word, one-sentence novella; the post-conceptual novel; La Medusa (Fiction Collective 2); and the forthcoming Conceptualisms: An Ill-Conceived Guide to Kinda Conceptual, Post-Conceptual, Extant and Taxonomical Writings, etc. (Ugly Duckling Presse) in collaboration with appropriation poet Robert Fitterman; and a forthcoming nonfiction book, The Guilt Project: Rape and Morality (Other Press). Other work has appeared in appeared in other publications, including Western Humanities Review, Northwest Review, Insert Fold Magazine/, Greetings #10, Contemporary Literary Criticism, Bookforum, and theextraroom . Her collaboration with artist/performer Lamya Regragui will debut at Cent Quatre in Paris/Los Angeles in 2009, and she is collaborating with conceptual artist Stephanie Taylor on the film ³Murderous Square Dance at the Spiral Jetty.² Place is a co-founder of Les Figures Press, described by critic Terry Castle as an elegant vessel for experimental American writing of an extraordinarily assured and ingenious sort.

Mommy, Mommy is curated by Teresa Carmody, Janice Lee, and Anna Joy Springer.

This event is supported by Poets & Writers, inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation.

1 comment:

Neo said...

Oooo.. a Lacanian Psychoanalysis.