Anna Joy Springer, Janice Lee, Leon Baham, and Cooper Lee Bombardier Reading at IPRC, Portland, OR August 4, 2012
Indy BOOK TOUR Reading featuring:
Anna Joy Springer: Author of The Vicious Red Relic, Love, and punk singer formerly of Bay Area bands Blatz, The Gr’ups, and Cypher in the Snow.
Janice Lee: Author of Daughter, Writer, Artist, Editor of [out of nothing], Designer, Curator.
Leon Baham: Author of Ponyboy, Sigh: A Word Problem.
Local Portland guest Cooper Lee Bombardier: Writer, Artist, and Trans Activist
The Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC)
1001 SE Division St
Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. sharp!
$3 - 5 donation (No one turned away)
Anna Joy Springer is a prose writer and visual artist who makes grotesques - creating hybrid texts that combine sacred and profane elements to evoke intensely embodied conceptualemotional 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 also toured with the all-women spoken word extravaganza, Sister Spit. She is author of the illustrated novella, The Birdwisher (Birds of Lace). She received her MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University, and is now Associate Professor of Literature at University of California at San Diego, where she truly loves teaching courses in Experimental Writing, Graphic Texts, and Postmodern Feminist Literatures.
“There is only one Anna Joy Springer. Only one. Her words take me from kitten to monster and back again in a way only she can do.” – Kathleen Hanna, leader singer of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre
Janice Lee is a writer, artist, editor, designer, curator. She has been published in numerous journals, including antennae,Everyday Genius, Action Yes, elimae, & Black Warrior Review, and is the author of two highly acclaimed novels: KEROTAKIS (Dog Horn Publishing, 2010): a multidisciplinary exploration of cyborgs, brains, and the stakes of consciousness; and DAUGHTER (Jaded Ibis Press, 2011). She is currently Co-Editor of the online journal [out of nothing], Co-Founder of the interdisciplinary arts organization Strophe, & Reviews Editor at HTMLGIANT. Most recently, she was selected by John D’Agata as the Black Warrior Review Nonfiction Grand Prize winner.
“Janice Lee is a genius.” – Eileen Myles, author of Inferno (a poet's novel)
“Daughter is quantum. There is a girl, there is an octopus, there is language... No other book ever written has entered my body and been so physically pure. There is not distance between the state of narrative and the matter of being. I turn the page of her body.” – Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Chronology of Water
Leon Baham is from the Inland Empire. He now lives in Seattle. He is currently working on his first long book titled The Book of Imaginary Boys. Ponyboy, Sigh: A Word Problem (Birds of Lace, 2011) is a hybrid story-essay by Leon Baham wherein Ponyboy, of The Outsiders fame, is submerged in a queer (un)conciousness that swims through the murky waters of desire, fear, love, brotherhood, race, violence, mothers, tenderness and memory. A complication of faggotry with an inquisitive chorus and echo like a bloody cave.
Portland Guest Cooper Lee Bombardier is a visual artist and writer from the South Shore of Boston. He has been a construction worker, a cook, a carpenter, a union stagehand, a welder, a shop steward, a dishwasher, a truckdriver, and a housepainter, among other things; now he is busy pursuing both an MS in Writing/Book Publishing and an MFA in Creative Writing/Nonfiction at Portland State. His writing appears in many periodicals including Original Plumbing, Suspect Thoughts, Unshod Quills, Pathos, Lambda Literary Review, The Rearguard, OUT Magazine, Cavalcade Literary Journal, Queerocracy, and his essay on trans identity and the world of competitive facial hair is coming out soon on The Rumpus. His work appears in four anthologies, including the forthcoming book Sister Spit: Writing, Rants and Reminiscence from the Road, from City Lights Books. A veteran of the original Sister Spit tours, he has performed all over the country. He was a Lambda Literary Foundation Fellowship in 2011. Cooper is currently based in beautiful Portland, Oregon, where he lives with his handsome old one-eyed dog and the threat of never-ending rain.
“Cooper Lee Bombardier's enormous bright-as-a-carnival paint and prose hits you like twangy pop culture tarot cards – full of caution and wishes, charms against heartbreak. They are tattoos ripped from secret scarred and hopeful skin.” – Michelle Tea
For latest updates on the tour: http://janicel.com/events/daughter-vrrl-book-tour-august-1-19