Les Figues::Independents

The Importance of Independents

w o r d s p a c e and Les Figues Press
          with &NOW and Other Voices Books present and evening:

The Importance of Independents
3 independent presses
6 writers
1 new literary space

friday, june 4, 2010
7:30 p.m.

Harold Abramowitz
Teresa Carmody
Alexandra Chasin
Gina Frangello
Davis Schneiderman
Mathew Timmons

The PRESSES ------------------------------------------

&NOW Books publishes innovative and conceptual literature--including The &NOW AWARDS series, and serves as the publishing arm of the &NOW writers' conference and organization.

Les Figues Press is an independent, nonprofit literary press, publisher of TrenchArt, an annual series of avant works (poetry, prose, drama, fiction, visual art) curated as an intertextual conversation. Les Figues favors projects which push the boundaries of genre, form and general acceptability.

Other Voices Books is an independent press that grew out of the longstanding magazine Other Voices (1984-2007) and is devoted to championing short story collections, novels in stories and themed anthologies. Other Voices Books also publishes The Morgan Street International Novel Series, focusing on fiction set outside the United States.

The WRITERS ------------------------------------------

Mathew Timmons is a writer, curator and critic in Los Angeles. His works include CREDIT (Blanc Press) and LIP SERVICE, a chapbook published by Slack Buddha Press. Forthcoming works include: The New Poetics (Les Figues Press), his micro-book collaboration with Marcus Civin, a particular vocabulary (P S Books), and a chapbook, Lip Music (By the Skin of Me Teeth). He also is the editor of Insert Press and co-curator of Late Night Snack (w/ Harold Abramowitz).

Davis Schneiderman's recent and forthcoming works include the novels Drain, Blank: a novel (Jaded Ibis), and The Exquisite Corpse: Chance and Collaboration in Surrealism’s Parlor Game (Nebraska). He is Director of Lake Forest College Press/&NOW Books, where he edits The &NOW AWARDS: The Best Innovative Writing series.

Gina Frangello is the author of the collection Slut Lullabies (Emergency Press) and the novel My Sister's Continent (Chiasmus.) She is also the Executive Editor of Other Voices Books and the fiction editor of The Nervous Breakdown.

Alexandra Chasin is the author of Kissed By, a collection of short fictions out with Fiction Collective 2. Her work has also been published in print in Hotel Amerika, Post Road, Denver Quarterly, Chain, and AGNI, among others, and online in Exquisite Corpse, DIAGRAM, and elimae. Chasin teaches Fiction Writing at Eugene Lang College, The New School, and currently serves as Co-chair of the Literary Studies department there.

Teresa Carmody is the author of Requiem (Les Figues Press, 2005), and two chapbooks: Eye Hole Adore (PS Books, 2008), and Your Spiritual Suit of Armor by Katherine Anne (Woodland Editions, 2009). She lives in Los Angeles and is co-director of Les Figues Press.

Harold Abramowitz is a writer and editor from Los Angeles. His book Not Blessed was very recently published by Les Figues Press. Harold co-edits the short-form literary press eohippus labs (www.eohippuslabs.com), and co-curates the intermittent experimental cabaret event series, Late Night Snack (www.latenightsnacks.blogspot.com).

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