Monday, May 14, 2012

Featherless #17

Please join us for Featherless #17, which will take place on Friday, June 8, at 8pm at Stories Books & Cafe in Echo Park. Our readers are Michelle Joyner, Ofelia del Corazon, and Dana Johnson.

Michelle Joyner has been a professional actress her entire adult life, and is proud to say that she has never had a day job. Of course, Government Assistance was helpful in achieving that status. She has played a wide range of roles in television, theater and movies. Thru out her career, Michelle has had a simple goal: To live until the third act, and though that dream was seldom realized, she is still recognized today as the girl that Sylvester Stallone dropped 4000 feet off a mountain top in CLIFFHANGER. She took a decade long hiatus from dying on screen that ended just recently, during which she raised twin boys and wrote 8 studio screenplays, now sitting on 8 studio shelves.  She most recently guest starred on “Lie to Me” and “Bones” (Fox) and has segued seamlessly from playing the victim to currently playing the victim’s mother. Michelle has always performed other people’s words, or written words for other people to perform, and is now out trying out saying the words in public that she wrote, just for something new.  And she gets to live.

Ofelia del Corazon is a writer, macho femme and profesional pervert. She is a founding member of the Los Angeles Transgender Film Festival and the curator of the "Naughty Bits" Erotic Film Shorts Program. She likes to watch videos of the artists she admires most (alone on repeat in her dark bedroom) then plot schemes to trick them into being her best friends forever and ever. These creepy schemes usually include organizing performances or screenings and writing about their work. She keeps a queer arts and culture blog at

Dana Johnson's debut novel Elsewhere, California will be published June 12 by Counterpoint Press. It has received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and garnered advance praise from writers like T.C Boyle, Michelle Huneven, Oscar Hijuelos, and Aimee Bender. Dana is also is the author of the short story collection Break Any Woman Down, which won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Born and raised in and around Los Angeles, California, Dana is an associate professor of English at the University of Southern California. For more info on Dana, visit:

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