Claudia La Rocco, Camille Roy, ZH Leonard, Anne Walsh
Celebrating the publication of Honey Mine: Collected Stories (Nightboat) by Camille Roy. Readings by Claudia La Rocco and Camille Roy. Exhibition and talk presented by ZH Leonard. Guest hosted by Anne Walsh.
Honey Mine unfolds as both excavation and romp, an adventure story that ushers readers into a lesbian writer’s coming of age through disorienting, unsparing, and exhilarating encounters with sex, gender, and distinctly American realities of race and class. From childhood in Chicago’s South Side to youth in the lesbian underground, Roy’s politics find joyful and transgressive expression in the liberatory potential of subculture. In these new, uncollected, and out-of-print fictions by a master of New Narrative, find a record of survival and thriving under conditions of danger.
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Camille Roy is a writer of fiction, poetry, and plays. Her newest fiction collection Honey Mine came out from Nightboat in June 2021. Previous books include Sherwood Forest, from Futurepoem, and Cheap Speech, a play from Leroy Chapbooks, as well as Swarm (fiction, from Black Star Series). She co-edited Biting The Error: Writers Explore Narrative (Coach House 2005, re-issued 2010). Earlier books include The Rosy Medallions (poetry and prose, from Kelsey St. Press) and Cold Heaven (plays, from Leslie Scalapino’s O Books). Recent work has been published in Amerarcana and Open Space (SFMOMA blog).
Claudia La Rocco
Claudia La Rocco’s work explores hybridity and improvisation, moving between poetry, prose, and performance. Her publications include the selected writings The Best Most Useless Dress (Badlands Unlimited), the pamphlet Quartet (Ugly Duckling Presse), and the novel petit cadeau (published in print, digital, and live editions by The Chocolate Factory theater). With musician/composer Phillip Greenlief she is animals & giraffes, an experiment in multidisciplinary improvisation.
ZH Leonard is an interdisciplinary artist living in San Francisco. Their texts, performances, and installations incorporate vocabularies of printmaking, fiber, cinema, and sound. They have exhibited visual work at The Roxie, Wolfman Books, and Artists’ Television Access.
Anne Walsh is a maker of performance, video, sound, and text works. Walsh’s book Hello Leonora, Soy Anne Walsh (2019, no place press/MIT Press) epitomizes the aggressively indexical and personal re-mediations of the works and lives of other artists and her own family. Other recent adaptations include Walsh’s live performances with poet Jocelyn Saidenberg of Camille Roy’s play Sometimes Dead is Better, and her “draft audio-book” version of Claudia LaRocco’s novel And What’s More (with artist Leena Joshi). Walsh is Professor of Art Practice at UC Berkeley and lives in Oakland, CA. Walsh’s video ‘Monster Lip Sync’ opens at BAMPFA’s New Time: Art and Feminisms in the 21st Century on August 28, 2021.
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