“Instead of wanting to hide that leaning, my impulse has often been to showcase it, to make this thinking-with-others, this weaving of mine and others’ words, part of the texture of my writing.” Maggie Nelson
“They open doors inside me. It’s as if they’re keys. To rooms inside myself.” Alice Walker
All writing is relational; no writer is created in a vacuum. This night is about exploring alternative canons and genealogies of literary inheritance. Each writer will perform a reading in response to a text that has contributed to their development as an artist.
In the second half we invite you, the audience, onto the stage. Join us for the open mic portion of the night! Come prepared or improvise —in any genre or style — and perform a reading that respond to the theme. We ask: which texts inspire you?
With: Adolfo Aranjuez, Bobuq Sayed, Soreti Kadir, Elena Gomez, Thanh Hằng Phạm