A digital chapbook on The Elephants, a supersweet Vancouver-based press. Available here, free!
I'm honored to have an essay in this forthcoming book about New Narrative.
From Our Hearts to Yours: New Narrative as Contemporary Practice offers the first comprehensive anthology of essays regarding New Narrative writing and community practices by a younger generation of practitioners and scholars. As editors Rob Halpern and Robin Tremblay-McGaw write in their introduction, “We are not interested in offering an ‘authoritative’ canon of New Narrative work, nor are we interested in consolidating an official version of New Narrative’s history. Rather, we want to use this as an opportunity to foreground New Narrative as a movement that is still coming into focus, a more or less unstable object that doesn’t want to be ‘fixed,’ codified, or hardened into a limited & limiting list of names and works. One of our motivating questions is Why New Narrative now? Or, What are the stakes of New Narrative for our contemporary moment? In other words, while we remain committed to a set of past works that have been identified as ‘New Narrative,’ we are equally committed to maintaining New Narrative as a dynamic and ongoing project, one with consequences for our present writing.” Roomy in the collective vision that they manifest, the twenty-four contributions to From Our Hearts to Yours address the AIDS crisis, the politics of race, the structural impacts of neo-liberalism on urban space, and the movement across queer, straight and transgender subject positions. Other topics of investigation include the category of queer art, the importance of “feeling,” the fiction of personality, the necessity of risk, the function of pedagogy, the strategy of appropriation, as well as scandal and gossip as these topics have been important to New Narrative and its expanded sphere of influence. Contributors include: Lindsey Boldt, Brandon Brown, David Buuck, Amanda Davidson, Robert Dewhurst, Thom Donovan, Joel Fares, Ariel Goldberg, Rob Halpern, Carla Harryman, Colin Herd, Kaplan Harris, Arnold J. Kemp, Trisha Low, Jason Morris, Trace Peterson, Ted Rees, Camille Roy, Kathy Lou Schultz, Eric Sneathen, Brian Teare, Robin Tremblay-McGaw, Catherine Wagner, and Stephanie Young.
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For a more comprehensive preview of the anthology's contents check-out PDFs of Rob Halpern's and Robin Tremblay-McGaw's introduction, "'A Generosity of Response': New Narrative as Contemporary Practice," and the Table of Contents.
Abeer Hoque, Carol Guess, Amanda K. Davidson, Deborah Poe
Friday, March 10 @ 7pm , Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, Seattle
A writer and photographer whose family is Bangladeshi, part of a diaspora that saw her with childhood in Nigeria, then later, with family, to Philadelphia, before setting out to other points in the U.S. and Bangladesh on her own, Abeer Hoque has written a telling tale in her luminous book, Olive Witch: A Memoir (HarperCollins 360), the first of her books to (finally) be published in the U.S. This should be a strong evening, some of us first seeing Abeer Hoque hold forth brilliantly at the 2016 Jaipur Literature Festival. It’s on the page, too. Reading with Abeer Hoque tonight are poet and prose writer Carol Guess, comics artist Amanda Davidson and poet, critic and book artist Deborah Poe.
Ariel Goldberg, listen chen, Amanda Davidson, Donato Mancini
Saturday, March 11 @ 7pm, The Paper Hound Bookshop, 344 West Pender St., Vancouver
Two visiting and two local writers read at The Paper Hound! The Paper Hound is wheelchair accessible, and sells very lovely books. Come early!
Ariel Goldberg's publications include The Estrangement Principle (Nightboat Books) and The Photographer (Roof Books). Goldberg is the Friday Night Coordinator at The Poetry Project. Their research and performance based work has been supported by the New York Public Library, Franklin Furnace Fund, Headlands Center for the Arts, The Invisible Dog, Residencias Artísticas Intercambios and SOMA in Mexico City. They teach at Parsons, The New School and Pratt Institute.
Amanda K Davidson is the author of the chapbooks Arcanagrams: A Reckoning (Little Red Leaves 2014), The Space (Belladonna 2014) and Apprenticeship (New Herring Press 2013), as well as The Conditions of Our Togetherness, a serial comic on Weird Sister Magazine.
A writer and artist, Donato Mancini's books and chapbooks include: Snowline (2015), Loitersack (2014), Buffet World (2011) Fact 'N' Value (2011), Hell Passport no.22 (2008), Æthel (2007), 58 Free Coffees (2006) and Ligatures (2005). His newest, Same Diff, has just been published by Talonbooks.
listen chen is a daoist & a bat-enthusiast who lives & writes on unceded coast salish territories. they are working on practices that make them a better friend & a better enemy all at once.
New Year's Resolutions for Loving and Fighting, online at Weird Sister.
From The Conditions of Our Togetherness, a comic book appearing serially on Weird Sister.
What is a dramaturge? No one really knows! I have entered the mysteries of the dramaturgical calling as a text and story advisor for Faye Driscoll's exhilarating new piece, Thank You For Coming: Play, premiering at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Nov. 16-19. What a gift to be witness to this wild ensemble work. Tickets and info here.
Sara Jaffe, author of the excellent novel Dryland, talks with me about first books, first babies, and butch parenting. " I wanted to create an absence that points to a presence," she says. Read more at The Establishment!