Sunday, April 12, 2009

Belladona's ELDER SERIES @ Dixon Place

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Belladonna* Celebrates

the Elders

with readings and events guest-hosted by some of our favorite writers who've invited writers who influence and inspire them

Tuesday, APRIL 14

Kate Eichhorn


Gail Scott &

M. NourbeSe Philip

(doors at 7PM)
@ Dixon Place
(161 Chrystie Street)
Admission is $6 at the Door.

Kate Eichhorn is the author of Fond (BookThug, 2008) and the co-editor of Innovative Canadian Women's Poetry and Poetics (Coach House Books, 2009) and a forthcoming issue of Open Letter on feminist poetics. As a curator, she has worked with reading series and literary festivals to stage multidisciplinary collaborations between poets, visual artists and composers. She is an assistant professor of Culture and Media Studies at The New School.

Gail Scott is current recipient of the Quebec Arts Council New York Studio grant. She is the suthor of 7 books, including the anthology Biting The Error edited with Bob Gluck et al, Coach House, 2004, shortlisted for a Lambda award. Her other books include her novel, My Paris, about a sad diarist in conversation with Gertrude Stein and Walter Benjamin in contemporary Paris, Dalkey Archive [Normal, Ill] September, 2003; the story collection Spare Parts Plus Two [Coach House, 2002]. The novels Main Brides and Heroine, and the essay collections Spaces Like Stairs and la théorie, un dimanche [with Nicole Brossard et al]. She has just finished a new novel, The Obituary, forthcoming. Her translation of Michael Delisle's Le Déasarroi du matelot was shortlisted for the Governor General's award in translation [2001]. She has been named one of the 10 best one of the 10 best Canadian novellists of the year 1999 by the trade magazine Quill + Quire. She is co-founder of the critical journal Spirale (Montréal) and Tessera (new writing by women). She teaches Creative Writing at Université de Montréal.
M. NourbeSe Philip is a poet, writer, and lawyer. She was born in Tobago and now lives in Toronto. She received her B.S. from the University of the West Indies and her M.S. and law degree from the University of Western Ontario. In l983 she gave up the practice of law to devote more time to writing. Although primarily a poet, Nourbese Philip also writes both fiction and non-fiction. She has published three books of poetry, Thorns, Salmon Courage, and She Tries Her Tongue; Her Silence Softly Breaks. She has been the recipient of Canada Council awards, numerous Ontario Arts Council grants and was the recipient of a Toronto Arts Council award in l989. Philip's first novel, Harriet's Daughter, was published in l988. Her second novel, Looking For Livingstone: An Odyssey of Silence, was published in l991. In 1990, Philip was made a Guggenheim Fellow in poetry and in 1991 became a McDowell Fellow. M. Nourbese Philip's short stories, essays, reviews, and articles have appeared in magazines and journals in North America and England, and her poetry has been extensively anthologized. Her work is taught widely at the university level and is the subject of much academic writing and critique. Two collections of Philip's essays, Frontiers: Essays and Writings on Racism and Culture and Showing Grit: Showboating North of the 44th Parallel, were published in November l992 and June l993, followed by a third essay collection, Genealogy of Resistance and Other Essays in 1997. Philip's first play, Coups and Calypsos, was produced in both London and Toronto during 1999.
A Short Note About The Elders Series:
Belladonna* began as a reading and salon series at Bluestocking's Women's Bookstore on New York City's Lower East Side, in August 1999. In June 2000, in collaboration with Boog Literature, Belladonna* began to publish commemorative 'chaplets' of the readers work. This year marks the tenth anniversary of our mission to: promote the work of women writers who are adventurous, experimental, politically involved, multi-form, multicultural, multi-gendered, impossible to define, delicious to talk about, unpredictable, and dangerous with language. Belladonna* has by now featured over 150 writers of wildly diverse age and origin, writers who work in conversation and collaboration in and between multiple forms, languages, critical fields. As performance and as printed text the work collects, gathers over time and space, and forms a kind of conversation about the feminist avant-garde, what it is and how it comes to be. Our anniversary Elders Series is a continuation of this conversation, which highlights the fact of influence and continuity of the ideas, poetics, and concerns we circle through. And it is a way to honor those without whom we'd be nowhere.
April 28
Cara Benson hosts
Jayne Cortez and Anne Waldman
June 9
Jane Sprague hosts
Tina Darragh and Diane Ward
*a reading series and small press that promotes the work of women writers who are adventurous, experimental, politically involved, multi-form, multicultural, multi-gendered, impossible to define, delicious to talk about, unpredictable, dangerous with language.
*deadly nightshade, a cardiac and respiratory stimulant, having purplish-red flowers and black berries

Belladonna* readings happen monthly between September and June.
We are grateful for funding by Poets and Writers, CLMP, NYSCA, and Dixon Place.


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