Maggie Nelson is the author of four books of nonfiction, including THE ART OF CRUELTY (2011), BLUETS (2009), WOMEN, THE NEW YORK SCHOOL, AND OTHER TRUE ABSTRACTIONS (2007), and THE RED PARTS (2007), as well as four books of poetry, including SOMETHING BRIGHT, THEN HOLES (2007) and JANE: A MURDER (2005). Her next book, which is maybe titled THE ARGONAUTS, will be published in Spring 2015. She currently teaches at CalArts and lives in LA.
Anna Joy Springer a prose writer and visual artist who makes grotesques – creating hybrid texts that combine sacred and profane elements to evoke intensely embodied conceptual-emotional experiences in readers. Formerly a singer in the Bay Area bands, Blatz, The Gr’ups, and Cypher in the Snow, Anna Joy has toured the United States and Europe being a wild feminist punk performer, and she has also toured with the all-women spoken word extravaganza, Sister Spit. She is author of the illustrated novella The Birdwisher (Birds of Lace) and a graphic narrative, In An Egg, forthcoming. She received her MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University in 2002, and she is an Assistant Professor of Literature at University of California, San Diego where she truly loves teaching courses in Experimental Writing, Graphic Texts, and Postmodern Feminist Literatures.
Laurie Weeks’ critically acclaimed first novel Zipper Mouth, published by the Feminist Press at CUNY, was awarded the International Lambda Literary Award for Best Debut Novel and was among five shortlisted for Triangle Publishing’s Edmund White Award. It also appeared on numerous "Top 10" and "Best of" lists for 2011-2012. A portion of this novel appeared in Dave Eggers' yearly anthology The Best American Nonrequired Reading. A contributing screenwriter on the film Boys Don’t Cry, Weeks is among the names shouted-out on Le Tigre’s hit single, Hot Topic, and in 1999 she touredthe country with Sister Spit, an assemblage of post-punk performers led by Michelle Tea. Worms Make Heaven, an excerpt from her latest work-in-progress, How I Became A Mystic, is available in the Summer 2013 issue of "Apology" arts journal. Weeks has taught at many universities and currently conducts private workshops in Los Angeles.
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