QT: Queer Readings at Dixon Place

Tuesday, July 03, 2007


Doors at 7 PM / Reading at 7:30
Part of Dixon Place's HOT!: The NYC Celebration of Queer Culture
at Dixon Place: 258 Bowery, 2nd Fl, b/w Houston & Prince

Robert Glück is the author of nine books of poetry and fiction, including two novels, Margery Kempe and Jack the Modernist. His new book of stories, Denny Smith, appeared in 2004. Glück was co-director of Small Press Traffic, director of The Poetry Center at San Francisco State, and Associate Editor at Lapis Press. Glück’s poetry and fiction have been published in the New Directions Anthology, City Lights Anthologies, Best New Gay Fiction 1988 and 1996,The Norton Anthology of World Literature, Best American Erotica 1996 and 2005, and The Faber Book of Gay Short Fiction. His critical articles appeared in artforum international, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, and Nest: A Quarterly of Interiors, and he prefaced, Between Life and Death, a book of paintings by Frank Moore.Last year he and Dean Smith completed the film Aliengnosis. In 2005, Coach House Press published Biting The Error: Writers on Narrative, a juicy anthology edited by Glück, Camille Roy, Mary Berger and Gail Scott. Gluck lives high on a hill in San Francisco with Anthony Russell, his opera-singer boyfriend (he's a bass).

"The casual perversity of Robert Glück's Denny Smith stories has something of Genet's seemingly effortless grace about it. Glück makes disgusting things beautiful, or better still, makes them delectable in the same way one would, say, a garden hydrangea."—Gary Indiana, Artforum.

The work of New York writer and performer Laurie Weeks explores a world of girls snared in a matrix of cultural sociopathology and their own self-loathing. Emphasizing imagery and deadpan humor, her stories have a surreal overcast and combine gothic elements with science fiction. She is currently completing a book of short stories, Debbie's Barium Swallow or I Know I Am a Flower, and a novel, Zipper Mouth. A contributor to the screenplay for Boys Don't Cry, Weeks toured the country in 1999 with Sister Spit, a group of punk girl writers. Her fiction and essays have appeared in publications including The Baffler, Index, Nest, Art on Paper, Out, XXX Fruit, The LA Weekly, and Mirage/period[ical]. Her stories have been included in many anthologies, among them The New Fuck You: Adventures in Lesbian Reading and Fetish. Weeks writes regularly about art, including catalogue essays on the work of Nicole Eisenman and the videos of Cecilia Dougherty. She has appeared in many videos, most recently playing the role of Lance Loud in Cecilia Dougherty's feature Gone. Since 1993, Weeks has produced, written, directed, and performed in the collaborative one-act play series Summer of Bad Plays. Her play Young Skulls II, based on the true story of teenage lesbian thrill-killers in Indiana, was produced at the WOW Cafe in NYC and in San Francisco at The Lab. Weeks has taught at The New School, the University of California at San Diego, and Cal Arts in Valencia, CA. She received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fiction Fellowship, as well as a fellowship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. She was a panelist and presenter at various conferences on marginalized writing and girl bodies at Columbia, Brown, Brandeis, and Kent State Universities.


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