Flashpoint: Live Literature & Jazz // You Are Not Home: Dispatches from the Hinterlands/

Mon, 09 March 2015 // 06:00 PM
Bowery Poetry, 308 Bowery, NYC (map)

TICKETS: $10 in advance, $15 at the door http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1322295

“Witty, brooding, contemplative, explosive: take your pick.” — Margo Jefferson, NY Times Theater Critic

“Completely seductive...you leave feeling as if you’ve just been given a shot of serotonin.” — Susan Daitch

FLASHPOINT/nyc is a group of four writers, a jazz composer/upright bassist, and an ever-shifting cast of guest and visiting artists. The critically-acclaimed ensemble performs all new, original works – everything under three minutes, unfolding within a responsive sonic landscape. Part improvisation, part call-and-response, FLASHPOINT invites audiences into the experience of words, music, and an entirely new form of live storytelling. Each performance unveils new surprises in an original and authentic format that is overwhelmingly refreshing.


6:00 Set George Foy Brandon Judell James Saslow Sharon Mesmer Megan Shank Arthur Kell on upright bass

7:30 Set Matthew Daddona George Foy Dolan Morgan Sharon Mesmer Carletta Joy Walker Quintan Ana Wikswo Arthur Kell on upright bass


QUINTAN ANA WIKSWO is a writer and visual artist. Her works are published, performed, and exhibited throughout the world. She is the author of a collection of photographs and stories The Hope Of Floating Has Carried Us This Far (Coffee House Press), as well as artists books, catalogues and anthologies such as Emergency Index (Ugly Duckling Presse), Procession for the Extracted (California College of the Arts), Rituals Against Forgetting (Kehrer Verlag), Poets for Living Waters (Dzanc Books), and Schwartzer Tod and the Useless Eaters (Catalysis Projects). Her work appears in Tin House, Guernica, Conjunctions, the Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, New American Writing, Alaska Quarterly Review, Denver Quarterly, Drunken Boat and many others. Her projects have received multiple solo museum shows and major commissions in New York City, Berlin, and the UK, and are presented in museum exhibitions and collections throughout the United States and Europe.

Her adventurous transdisciplinary projects integrate her fiction, poetry, memoir, and essay with her original photographs, performances, and video. A human rights worker for two decades, she now uses salvaged government typewriters and cameras to navigate known, unknown, and occluded worlds, especially obscured sites where crimes against humanity have taken place. A 2013 Creative Capital Grantee in Emerging Forms, her work has been honored by multiple fellowships at Yaddo, including the Pollock Krasner Residency, as well as by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Center for Cultural Innovation, ARC-Durfee, the Puffin Foundation, and more. www.QuintanWikswo.com.

SHARON MESMER’s fiction collections are In Ordinary Time and The Empty Quarter (Hanging Loose) and Ma Vie à Yonago (Hachette, in French translation). An excerpt of her story, "Revenge," appears in I'll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing By Women (Les Figues); the full version was published in the Brooklyn Rail Fiction Anthology (Hanging Loose). Her poetry collections are The Virgin Formica (Hanging Loose) and Annoying Diabetic Bitch (Combo Books). Other collections include Vertigo Seeks Affinities (Belladonna), Half Angel, Half Lunch (Hard Press) and Crossing Second Avenue (ABJ Press, Tokyo). Four poems appear in the newly-released Postmodern American Poetry—A Norton Anthology (second edition). Her work has also appeared in Poetry, The Wall Street Journal, New American Writing and Women's Studies Quarterly, among other print and online journals. Her awards include two NYFA fellowships, a Fulbright Specialist grant, a 2009 Jerome Foundation/SASE mentoring award, and a MacArthur Scholarship given through the Brooklyn College MFA poetry program by nomination of Allen Ginsberg. She teaches at NYU, the New School, and online for the Chicago School of Poetics.

GEORGE MICHELSEN FOY is the author of twelve published novels (under both names) and two nonfiction books, including Zero Decibels: the Quest for Absolute Silence (Scribners, 2010). He is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts fellowship in fiction; his novel Art & Practice of Explosion won second place in Foreword magazine's novel of the year award. His articles, reviews, and stories have been published by Rolling Stone, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Harper’s, and Men’s Journal, among others.

He has been a commercial fisherman, a tunnel laborer, and factory worker: he has also worked as investigative reporter, writer, and/or editor for publications such as BusinessWeek, the International Herald Tribune, and the Cape Cod Times. He was educated at the Sorbonne, the London School of Economics and Bennington College, and teaches creative writing at New York University. He divides his time between coastal Massachusetts and New York.

MATTHEW DADDONA has published poetry, fiction and reviews in The Adirondack Review, Gigantic, Forklift, Ohio, The Southampton Review, The Rumpus, Tin House, Bomb, The Brooklyn Rail, Joyland, Slice, Electric Literature, Tuesday; An Art Project, InDigest, and elimae, among others. In 2011, he collaborated on a chapbook with poet/scholar Tim Wood, using Wittgenstein’s aphorisms as poetic conversation. He is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets prize and a Beatrice Dubin Rose award.

By day he works as an assistant editor at Plume, an imprint of Penguin Random House, as well as an editor at the Tottenville Review. He has completed his second chapbook and is currently at work on two collaborative projects: a photography-poetry exhibit focused around synesthesia, and a series of poems to be accompanied by solo piano.

BRANDON JUDELL has published poetry in FagRag and reviews in The Village Voice, The Advocate, Journal of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care, indieWire.com, CultureCatch.com, New York Theatre Wire, Smoke Affair, and Detour among others. In 2011, he appeared in the American debut of the Israeli play Winter Wedding directed by David Willinger off-off-Broadway, and he stars in the forthcoming biographical short about himself directed by Rosa von Praunheim. In another decade he played a streaker and sold bingo cards in Charles Ludlam's Hot Ice. He was also cut out of the upcoming HBO documentary on Vito Russo, hosted Arts Magazine on WBAI-FM for a decade, and danced with the Sheila Kaminsky Dance Company.

He is anthologized in A Member of the Family: Gay Men Write About Their Families, Lavender Culture, and Spike Lee Interviews. He is editor of The Gay Quote Book. By day he works as a professor at The City College of New York where he will be teaching this fall "The Arts in New York City," "Theater of the Sixties," and "American Jewish Theater." He is currently spending his free time reading P.G. Wodehouse.

JAMES M. SASLOW is a professor of art history, theater, and Renaissance studies at Queens College and the Graduate Center of The City University of New York, as well as an author and a former arts journalist, including many years as New York editor of The Advocate, America’s national gay and lesbian newsmagazine (1978-85). He has also taught at Columbia University, Vassar College, and Smith College. In addition, he has appeared on radio and in television documentaries featuring the Medici family, the 1970s gay movement, and Michelangelo’s homoerotic art and poetry, in the US and UK. He earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University, with the first dissertation to deal frankly with homosexuality in art; published in 1986, Ganymede in the Renaissance helped open art history to consideration of homosexuality and gender in the early modern period. His survey book Pictures and Passions: A History of Homosexuality in the Visual Arts (Penguin, 1999), received two awards from the Lambda Literary Foundation; an earlier book on art and performance, The Medici Wedding of 1589, received the Phyllis Gordan Prize from the Renaissance Society of America as the best book of 1996. A founding member of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) at the CUNY Graduate Center in 1987-91, and two-term national co-chair of the Queer Caucus of the College Art Association (2000-04), he has been writing and lecturing about both historical and contemporary arts addressed to homosexual and lesbian experience for over thirty years -- particularly about Michelangelo, whose poetry he translated (The Poetry of Michelangelo: An Annotated Translation, Yale 1991). He is a trustee of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, in SoHo, where he organizes exhibitions and educational programs. He received the Monette-Horwitz Foundation Award for lifetime contributions to gay culture in 2003.

DOLAN MORGAN is the author of That's When the Knives Come Down (Aforementioned Productions, 2014) and an editor at The Atlas Review. His work has appeared in The Believer, Electric Literature's Recommended Reading, Pank, The Lifted Brow and elsewhere. www.dolanmorgan.com.