Tuesday, March 29, 2011
I am beginning to measure my life not by semesters anymore (as I am an unemployed adjunct, what a terrible thing to taste in one's mouth), but by the ebb and flow of television seasons. Seasons change and end. I have now moved on in my viewing habits from young ingenues with the quotidian traumas of revolving boyfriends, back-stabbing best friends, all embedded within mystery (Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars), to that of Showtime tales of train-wreck middle-aged women with various maladies that would be found readily on the DSM-IV played by fascinating and dimensional actresses (The United States of Tara, Nurse Jackie). This feels, even though it's intense and thorough procrastination, like the movement of my book, from the young nubile girl-as-character, to the hag-writer who is deemed mentally ill. So it feels like progress, even though today I am only on page 10 reading through my 600-pages of notes, attempting to find some sort of order/outline (a woman's body will emerge). I am literally, through my TV watching on my computer, tracing the movement of Heroines.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011; 7 pm PROSE EVENT
With readings by Renee Gladman, Danielle Dutton and Amina Cain.
This is the second of the Belladonna* Collaborative PROSE EVENTS. Each is a reading and conversation with prose writers who write at the intersection of fiction and the essay, producing texts that are urgent and often unclassifiable. We will be especially interested in exploring the idea of the walker as essayist, flaneuring through city and suburban space, skirting around the crosswalks or margins of genre.
Renee Gladman is the author of four works of prose, most recently To After That (TOAF) and Event Factory (Dorothy) and one collection of poetry, A Picture-Feeling. Since 2005, she has operated Leon Works, an independent press for experimental prose and other thought-projects based in the sentence, making occasional forays into poetry. She teaches in the Literary Arts Program at Brown University, and lives in Massachusetts.
Danielle Dutton is the author of two books — S P R A W L and Attempts at a Life — and her fiction has appeared in magazines such as Harper's, BOMB, and The Brooklyn Rail. She designs books at Dalkey Archive Press; teaches in The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa; and edits Dorothy, a publishing project.
Amina Cain is the author of the short story collection I Go To Some Hollow (Les Figues Press, 2009), and an upcoming chapbook, Tramps Everywhere (Insert Press/PARROT SERIES). She is also a curator/organizer, and a teacher of creative writing/literature. Her writing has appeared in publications such as 3rd bed, Action Yes, Denver Quarterly, Dewclaw, Encyclopedia Project (F-K), LRL, onedit, and Wreckage of Reason: Xxperimental Prose by Women Writers, and has been translated into Polish on MINIMALBOOKS. She lives in Los Angeles.
Curated by Kate Zambreno. Kate Zambreno is the author of O Fallen Angel, which won Chiasmus Press’ “Undoing the Novel—First Book Contest.” Another novel, Green Girl, will be published by Emergency Press in Fall 2011. A nonfiction book revolving around the women of modernism, Heroines, will be published by Semiotext(e)’s Active Agents series in Fall 2012. She writes the blog Frances Farmer is My Sister. She is also an editor at Nightboat Books.
Location: Dixon Place: 161 Chrystie Street; New York, NY