Five Points Presents:

Word for Word

Ali Liebegott
Catherine Taft
Michelle Tea
David Ulin

Organized by Nikki Darling and Kate Wolf

Sunday November 21st, 7pm

Ali Liebegott has been writing stories and poems since she was a teenager. Her works has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including: I Do/I Don’t (Suspect Thoughts Press); Pills, Thrills, Chills and Heartache (Alyson Press); Blood and Tears: Poems for Matthew Shepard (Painted Leaf Press); Between the Cracks (Daedelus); Virgin Territory II (Masquerade Press); Blythe House Quarterly; The Brooklyn Review and others. In 2005 her book-length poem The Beautifully Worthless was published by Suspect Thoughts Press. It was recently awarded a Lambda Literary Award in the category of Best Lesbian Debut Fiction. Her novel The IHOP Papers was published in 2007 from Carroll & Grad. She has performed her work throughout the country many times, including two tours with Sister Spit. In 1999 she was a recipient of a Poetry Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Currently she is finishing an illustrated novel called The Crumb People about a post-September 11th obsessive duck feeder.

Catherine Taft is a Los Angeles based critic and curator. She is a regular contributor to Artforum International and has also written for journals including Modern Painters, ArtReview, Metropolis-M, Kaleidoscope and exhibition catalogs in the U.S. and abroad. Additionally, Taft is a Curatorial Associate in the department of Architecture and Contemporary Art the Getty Research Institute, where she helped organize the exhibition California Video (2008) and is currently working on a large scale research initiative and exhibition Pacific Standard Time: Art in Los Angeles 1945-1980 (Fall 2011).

Michelle Tea is the author of four memoirs, a collection of poetry, and the novel Rose of No Man’s Land. She’s edited anthologies on first-person narratives, class, fashion, and queer fiction. Her journalism has been selected for the Best American Non-Required Reading and Best Music Writing series. Michelle is the founder of RADAR Productions, the San Francisco-based literary organization that hosts monthly reading series, the international Sister Spit tours, an annual retreat, a poetry contest, and way more excellent events for writers and readers. She is currently teaching a novel workshop at CalArts.

David L. Ulin is book critic of the Los Angeles Times. From 2005-2010, he was the paper’s book editor. His new book is The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time. He is the author of The Myth of Solid Ground: Earthquakes, Prediction, and the Fault Line Between Reason and Faith, and the editor of Another City: Writing from Los Angeles and Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology, which won a 2002 California Book Award. His essays and criticism had appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, Columbia Journalism Review, and on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.

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