An Evening with CalArts Poets and Writers

An Evening with CalArts Poets and Writers

"Erickson is as unique and vital and pure a voice as American fiction has produced." Jonathan Lethem

Innovative Los Angeles writers and CalArts faculty members Steve Erickson, Douglas Kearney, Janet Sarbanes and Christine Wertheim read selections from their acclaimed work. Erickson is the celebrated author of seven novels and two books about American politics and popular culture, including the new novel Zeroville. Kearney was named notable new American poet by the Poetry Society of America last year. His most recent publication is a collection of poetry entitled Fear, Some. Sarbanes is the author of Army of One, a collection of short stories. Wertheim’s latest work, +|’me’S-pace, is a poetic inquiry into the current state of the English tongue. 

About the artists

Steve Erickson is the author of the six novels and two books about American politics and popular culture that have been published in ten languages. These include the new Our Ecstatic Days from Simon & Schuster, as well as Days Between Stations (1985) and Tours of the Black Clock (1989), which have just been reissued in paperback. Erickson writes about film for Los Angeles magazine and his work, which has been collected in numerous anthologies, has appeared in publications such as Esquire, Rolling Stone, Salon, Conjunctions, Frieze and The New York Times Magazine.

Douglas Kearney is a poet, performer and teacher currently living in the L.A. area. His poetry has appeared in Callaloo, nocturnes, Jubilat, several anthologies and a number of audio recordings. He has been a featured performer at venues across the country, including the New York Public Theater, the Orpheum in Minneapolis and the World Stage in Los Angeles. His first full-length collection of poetry, Fear, some was published by Red Hen Press in October 2006.

Janet Sarbanes is the author of the story collection Army of One, (Otis Books/Seismicity Editions 2008), and several academic articles on the role of aesthetic practice in utopian and subcultural social formations. In 2006-2007 she presented at conferences sponsored by the Society for Utopian Studies and the Society for Narrative Literature. She has recently published short fiction and cultural criticism in Black Clock, Popular Music and Society, Afterall, and the anthologies Still Moving: Between Cinema and Photography and the Noulipan Analects.

Christine Wertheim writes poetics and aesthetic criticism. Her book +|'me'S-pace, was published in 2007 by Les Figues Press. Other work has appeared in La Petite Zine, Five Fingers Review, Cabinet, Open Letter, Art History vs Aesthetics, and X-TRA. She co-organizes an annual writing conference whose publications are Séance (2006), and The Noulipian Analects (2007), and co-directs The Institute For Figuring:

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M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

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