Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Featherless #8

Featherless #8 will be held on February 20th at 7:30 pm at Wordspace.  Jessica Piazza, Amanda Ackerman, and Tisa Bryant will perform.

The readers:

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Jessica Piazza received a
creative writing master’s from UT Austin, where she co-founded Bat
City Review.  She now lives in Los Angeles, pursuing a PhD in
Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern
California, co-editing the Gold Line Press chapbook series and
co-directing The Loudest Voice reading series.  She is a contributing
editor at The Offending Adam and her poems have appeared or are
forthcoming in Mid-American Review, National Poetry Review, Rattle,
Agni, 32 Poems, Indiana Review, Forklift Ohio, Barrelhouse and 42
Opus, among other places.

Amanda Ackerman lives in Los Angeles where she writes and teaches.
She is co-editor of the press eohippus labs.  She is also a member of
UNFO (The Unauthorized Narrative Freedom Organization) and writes as
part of SAM OR SAMANTHA YAMS.  Her publications include three
chapbooks: Sin is to Celebration (co-author, House Press), the
recently-released The Seasons Cemented (Hex Presse), and the
forthcoming I Fell in Love with a Monster Truck (Insert Press Parrot
#8).  Her work can also be found in several journals including the
current edition of Little Red Leaves and The Encyclopedia Project:
Volume F-K.

Tisa Bryant’s books include Unexplained Presence (Leon Works, 2007), a
collection of hybrid essays on black presences in film, literature and
visual art; the cross-referenced journal of narrative possibility, The
Encyclopedia Project, War Diaries, an anthology on black gay men’s
desire and survival, published in 2010 by AIDS Project Los Angeles,
co-edited with Ernest Hardy.  Her work has appeared or is forthcoming
in the journals 1913, Mandorla, Animal Shelter, and has been featured
in the solo exhibits of visual artists Laylah Ali, Jaime Cortez,
Wura-Natasha Ogunji, and filmmaker/installation artist Cauleen Smith.
She teaches fiction, hybrid forms and ethnic innovative literature at
the California Institute of the Arts.

Reception to follow.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Pictures from Featherless #7

m.g. martin

Mathew Timmons

Thaisa Frank

Shameka Cunningham

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Featherless #7

Featherless #7 will take place on January 16th, at 7:30 pm, at
Wordspace. We have three very exciting readers this time, from the
bestselling author Thaisa Frank, experimental poet/critic/critical
poet Mathew Timmons, and the mysterious spoken word artist m.g.
martin. Come see.three very different voices collide, collude, and
inspire....and then stay for handmade nibbles.

The readers:

Thaisa Frank is the author of two acclaimed short story anthologies
co-authored the nonfiction work FINDING YOUR WRITER'S VOICE, which is
taught in MFA programs. Her new novel HEIDEGGER’S GLASSES centers
around a secret Compound of Scribes, tasked by Third Reich officials
to answer letters sent to the dead in the concentration camps.
Exploring the fluid boundaries between recorded history and the life
of the imagination, the novel reconstructs the landscape of Nazi
Germany from an entirely original vantage point. A two-time Pen Award
Winner and Pushcart nominee, Ms. Frank has taught writing at San
Francisco State, UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley, and leads workshops
and writing retreats nationwide.

Mathew Timmons' works include The New Poetics (Les Figues Press),
Sound Noise (Little Red Leaves), The Archanoids (a cd of solo and
collaborative sound poetries), CREDIT (Blanc Press) and Lip
ServiceWhere is it Written? from Imipolex Press, and After Darío from
Molo Press. His visual and performance work has been shown at (323)
Projects, LACE, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, CCA, Outpost for
Contemporary Art, ArtSpeak Vancouver, LACMA, UCLA Hammer Museum, and as part of ArtLA. Mathew works as the General Director of General
Projects, editor of Insert Press, Los Angeles editor of Joyland,
Co-Host of LA-Lit 2005-2009, and has curated events, readings and
ephemeral art shows for Beyond Baroque, Betalevel, workspace, and
REDCAT. His writing may be found in various journals including
P-Queue, Flim Forum, The Physical Poets, Out of Nothing, Mammut, Area
Sneaks, Try, Or, Emohippus, Luvina, Aufgabe and The Encyclopedia
Project. His critical writing may be found in Artweek, Artillery,
ArtSlant, The Magazine, The Poetry Project Newsletter and X-TRA.
(Slack Buddha). Forthcoming projects include two chapbooks:

m.g. martin is the author of One For None (Ink.) available through
Small Press Distribution: His poems have
appeared or are forthcoming in ZYZZYVA, Shampoo, Evergreen Review
& Short, Fast and Deadly. m.g. co-produced/hosted Literary Death
Match SF & is moving to NYC where he will co-host LDM NY. Spam
musubi is m.g.'s favorite food as it takes him back to his native
Hawaii. Follow his tweets at: @themgmartin & check out his blog at The problem is: none of this is true, m.g.
doesn't even exist.