Events

Sep
19
to Sep 21

&Now (Bothell, WA) - Notes in Passing: hypnotically porpoise exercises in lectures

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Our session is lecture as performance and audience as performance. A participatory lecture. An act of collective writing. Collective acts of secret performativity within a public performance.

Come into the room. Take your seat. You will notice a lectern and other academic paraphernalia. You may also notice some incongruous items.

Shortly, a series of 3-4 mini lectures will ensue.

Here we go.

Meanwhile, it’s possible that, in the words of Anne Garréta, “a real polyphonic epistolary novel [will be] being composed during class in the rows on the right side.” That is to say, we will be passing notes. Notes on money (is this conference worth it?), on deadening ambition (“If I disappeared from public life - stopped talking, reading, teaching, interviews, small pieces - except to publish a book every few years would anyone be there to still read it?- recent tweet from Anne Boyer), and maybe on love (desire is always on our fingertips).

As in any class, the audience members can simply listen to the lecture, maybe take notes. (Will someone interrupt the lecture to ask a question?) And/or they can participate in passing notes. If a note comes your way, what role will you take on in this academic classroom community? Will you write back? Or forward? What about these items that don’t belong in the room?

Here we are as writers. We did not become writers to go to conferences! And yet we find ourselves here. (Should we right ourselves/write our selves out?)

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Oct
5
4:00 PM16:00

Tender Table: Katytarika Bartel, Eson Kim, Paloma Valenzuela (Boston, MA)

Please join us for an afternoon of stories and food in Boston, MA featuring Katytarika Bartel, Eson Kim, and Paloma Valenzuela!

Tender Table is a storytelling platform for women, trans men and nonbinary folks who are black, indigenous, or people of color. We seek out narratives about the sweet, savory, sour, and bitter relationships to food and its connections to identity, memory, and community.

At Tender Table, all are welcome — expect to be immersed in stories, and sample delicious food prepared by the speakers.

Tender Table provides compensation to all presenters and contributors we work with for their time and labor — thank you in advance for your donations.

$5-10 suggested donation ~ no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

This event is in collaboration with Zone 3, a Harvard-sparked initiative to further activate and energize Western Ave. with creative programs, events, and retail. For more, visit www.zone3westernave.com

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Oct
19
to Oct 20

Against Nature Conference (Los Angeles, CA)

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Joris-Karl Huysman calls it “ostentatious oddity.”  Steely Dan calls it “slinging dread.” And H.D.  got it going with “anagrams, cryptograms, little boxes, conditioned to hatch butterflies.” American writing thrives on its ability to reinvent itself. Responding to the current stress fractures of our social reality, writers have had to reach, to stretch, to express the inexpressible. They have had to go against nature to give voice to the nature of our existence. Against Nature, sponsored by the MFA in Creative Writing at Mount Saint Mary's University, will bring together poets, novelists, essayists, and performance artists to explore writing that is experimental, contrary, given to skepticism, and above all, innovative.

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Oct
28
7:00 PM19:00

She Who Has No Master(s): Food, Memory, Mythology (Las Vegas, NV)

Spend a decadent evening with Vietnamese poets, writers, performance artists Dao Strom, Stacey Tran, and Vi Khi Nao. With Vietnamese cuisine like bánh cuốn or cuộn giấy or bánh xèo, Dao, Tran, and Nao explore the imagined future of language and food through matriarchal mythologies. Collaborate in a performance-based, sculptural Vietnamese feast made of words, food, and diaspora.

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