Launch for SUE IN BERLIN by Carla Harryman
With Marcella Durand
Saturday, September 22 - 7pm
Please join us for a reading to launch Carla Harryman's new book, SUE IN BERLIN (Presses Universitaires de Rouen, 2017), featuring Harryman and Marcella Durand.
About SUE IN BERLIN
SUE IN BERLIN is a collection of six genre blending pieces of poetry and performance that are informed in varying degree by musical, verbal, and physical improvisation. Composed between 2001 and 2015, each of the works are written for both the page and for live performance and are, what Harryman calls "recalcitrant texts," meant to perform their own object status "as both linked to and separate from the live performance of its language." Deeply collaborative, the pieces in SUE IN BERLIN are born from Harryman's improvisational work with both performers and musicians, while they touch on topics that span from childhood and gender, to race and the social construction of space, to Detroit Techno and noise music. Works in the collection have been performed nationally and internationally: in San Francisco, Detroit, New York, Chicago, Austria, Germany, France, and the Czech Republic. Never settling between poetry and theater, Sue In Berlin resists genre to create a material sense of constant motion and morphing identities, heightening our attentions and sensitivities as readers to that of listeners: to the chorus that emerges — ruptures, rather — as text, as process, as narrative insistently folding back into itself.
Marcella Durand's recent publications include Rays of the Shadow (Tent Editions, 2017) and Le Jardin de M. (The Garden of M.), with French translations by Olivier Brossard (joca seria, 2016). Other books include a collaboration with Tina Darragh, Deep Eco Pré (Little Red Leaves); AREA (Belladonna); and Traffic & Weather (Futurepoem), written during a residency at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She lives in New York City, where she is working on two long pieces: Mirror Lines, a piece for two mostly opposed yet sometimes resonant voices, and The Prospect, which wonders what our prospect(s) for continuing inhabitance might be. She has also recently completed her many-years-in-the-making translation of Michèle Métail's book-length poem, Earth's Horizons/Les Horizons du sol, excerpts of which have appeared/will be appearing in Seedings, The River Rail and Asymptote.
Carla Harryman is a poet, prose writer, playwright and performance writer. Recently published works include a collection of genre blending works of poetry and performance Sue in Berlin and Sue á Berlin (PURH, 2018), a poets theater play L'impromptu de Hannah/Hannah Cut In (joca seria, 2018), and Artifact of Hope (Ordinance Series, Kenning Editions, 2018), an epistolary essay combined with the documentary remains of a post-Occupy project. Her works for performance have been presented nationally and internationally. Open Box, a CD of text and music experiments done in collaboration with Jon Raskin was released on the Tzadik label in 2012. In addition to twenty volumes of single authored work, she has two edited volumes: Non/Narrative, a special issue of Journal of Narrative Theory and Lust for Life: The Writings of Kathy Acker, co-edited with Avital Ronell and Amy Scholder. She is a professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Eastern Michigan University and serves on the MFA faculty of Bard College.
SHY RADICALS: Reading and Discussion with Hamja Ahsan and Aviva Stahl
Tuesday, September 25 - 7pm
Please join us for an evening with Hamja Ahsan, author of Shy Radicals: The Antisystemic Politics of the Militant Introvert (Book Works, 2017). A reading from the book will be followed by a conversation with journalist Aviva Stahl.
Drawing together communiqués, covert interviews, oral and underground history of introvert struggles (Introfada), Shy Radicals presents, for the first time, detailed documentation of the political demands of shy people.
Hamja Ahsan is an artist, activist, curator and writer based in London. His practice encompasses conceptual writing, archives, performance, video, sound and zines. He has presented art projects at Tate Modern, Gwangju Biennale, Guild Gallery New York, Shanakht Festival Pakistan and Shlipakala Academy, Bangladesh. He is a campaigner for prisoners, human rights and civil liberties, and was shortlisted for a Liberty Human Rights Award. He co-founded DIY Cultures Festival, the UK's largest festival of zines and activism, which began as an annual event in 2013. His debut book is titled Shy Radicals: The Antisystemic Politics of the Militant Introvert. His recent writing features in the catalogue of 'No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960–1990’, and he is currently working on a project about the role of fanzines in the Hillsborough Justice Campaign. He has been invited to speak in The Classroom program of the 2018 New York Art Book Fair, at MoMA PS1.
Aviva Stahl is a Brooklyn-based investigative reporter who writes about prisons, immigration detention and national security, with a particular focus on how these issues intersect with transphobia and Islamophobia. She's been published in a wide range of outlets including the Guardian, Harper's, the Intercept, the Nation, the Village Voice and many others. You can follow her work @stahlidarity.
Homecoming: Lambda Literary Reunion Reading
Miriam Bazeed, Catherine Chen, Ludmila Leiva, Michael Shayan, Ry Szelong
Sunday, September 30 - 7pm
The Lambda Literary Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices was established in 2007 and is the first of its kind ever offered to LGBTQ writers: it provides a one-week intensive immersion in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, genre fiction and playwriting. Please join us for readings by five New York-based writers of color and recent Retreat participants, who bring their electic mix of work and energy to Wendy’s Subway: Mariam Bazeed, Catherine Chen, Ludmila Leiva, Michael Shayan, and Ry Szelong.*Mariam Bazeed is an Egyptian immigrant living in a rent-stabilized apartment in Brooklyn. They have an MFA in Fiction from Hunter College. In addition to being an alliteration-leaning writer of prose, poetry, plays, and personal essays, Mariam is a performance artist and singer. They are a current fellow at the Center for Fiction, and were awarded fellowships from the Asian American Writers Workshop, the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at NYU, and Lambda Literary. Mariam's first play, Peace Camp Org, a queer anti-Zionist musical comedy about summer camp, was staged at La Mama Theater, NYC (2017); the Arcola Theatre, London (2018); and the Wild Project, NYC (2018); and will be published in an anthology by Oberon Books, UK, in 2019. Mariam has been awarded artist residencies at Hedgebrook, the Marble House Project, and the Millay colony. When not writing, Mariam runs a monthly world-music salon, and is a slow student of Arabic music.
Catherine Chen is the author of the chapbook Manifesto, or: Hysteria (Big Lucks), forthcoming June 2019. Their work has appeared in Slate, Hobart, Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Mask Magazine, among others. A cast member of the Poetry Brothel, they are currently at work on their first full-length collection of poems.
Ludmila Leiva is a queer, mixed Latinx writer and illustrator based in Brooklyn. Through her writing and art, she explores diasporic identity as it intersects with gender, trauma, and sexuality. Her written and visual works have previously appeared in Wired, Lit Hub, Slate, Broadly, and more. She is currently working on her first book.
Michael Shayan is an Iranian-American Jewish playwright based in New York. His work has recently been presented & developed at La MaMa (dir. John Michael DiResta), The Lark (dir. Lisa Rothe), Dixon Place’s queer HOT! Festival (dir. Ellie Heyman), and Lambda Literary as part of the 2017 Playwriting Fellowship. He studied playwriting at Harvard, where he worked with mentors Sam Marks, Liz Duffy Adams and Robert Scanlan. He was the youngest elected Board Member at the queer New Conservatory Theater Center in San Francisco, and is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild.
Ry Szelong is a playwright/performer/director originally from the Bay Area, CA. He’s a 2018 Fellow with University Settlement’s Performance Project and a SPACE @ Ryder Farm Greenhouse Residency Finalist. His own work has been presented at Nuyoricans Poets Cafe, INTAR’s Steep Salons, Triskelion Arts, Ars Nova ANT Fest, Dixon Place HOT Festival, and on Governor’s Island as a 2017 Public Works Department Resident Artist. BFA from NYU Tisch: Playwrights Horizons Theater School, where he is an alumni TA and mentor.
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