Maggie Nelson & Wayne Koestenbaum with Ben Fama

Thursday 21 March, 2013
7pm, $0

St. Mark's Bookshop
31 Third Avenue

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A reading with Maggie Nelson & Wayne Koestenbaum followed by a discussion moderated by Ben Fama!

The writing of Maggie Nelson and Wayne Koestenbaum skillfully shifts between forms—criticism, poetry, memoir, and the novel—to address subjects such as Harpo Marx, slasher films, Jackie Onassis, abstract expressionism, hotels, and Hermann Nitsch’s Viennese Actionism, and often sexuality—from the playfully perverse to the horrors of sexual violence. The reading will be followed by a discussion led by poet Ben Fama.

Maggie Nelson is the author of four books of nonfiction and four books of poetry. Her most recent book, The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning (W. W. Norton, 2011), was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and an Editors’ Choice. Her other nonfiction books include the cult classic Bluets (Wave Books, 2009); a critical study of poetry and painting titled Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (University of Iowa Press, 2007; winner, the Susanne M. Glasscock Award for Interdisciplinary Scholarship); and an autobiographical book about sexual violence and media spectacle titled The Red Parts: A Memoir (Free Press, 2007). She currently lives in Los Angeles.

Wayne Koestenbaum has published six books of poetry: Blue Stranger with Mosaic Background, Best-Selling Jewish Porn Films, Model Homes, The Milk of Inquiry, Rhapsodies of a Repeat Offender, and Ode to Anna Moffo and Other Poems. He has also published a novel, Moira Orfei in Aigues-Mortes, and eight books of nonfiction: The Anatomy of Harpo Marx, Humiliation, Hotel Theory, Andy Warhol, Cleavage, Jackie Under My Skin, The Queen’s Throat (a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist), and Double Talk. His next book, My 1980s & Other Essays, is forthcoming in August 2013 from FSG. Koestenbaum is a Distinguished Professor of English at the CUNY Graduate Center. His first solo exhibition of paintings was at White Columns gallery in New York in Fall 2012.

Ben Fama is the author of New Waves, Aquarius Rising, and the artist book Mall Witch. He is the co-editor of Wonder, a publisher of art books, glossies, and pamphlets. His work appears in The Brooklyn Rail, Action Yes, Jubilat, notnostrums, LIT, Poor Claudia, Denver Quarterly, Maggy, and on the Best American Poetry Blog. He lives in New York City.

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