Join us for our inaugural edition of Bricolage, our salon-style multimedia show-n-tell, where your favorite authors and artists present the images that have been haunting their writing. We have an incredible line-up of critically-acclaimed artists to kick off the first Bricolage. You’ll be serenaded by cowboy ballads, nostalgic for beloved villains, and dazzled by experimental theatre.
Nationally acclaimed poet Cathy Park Hong will read from Engine Empire, a poetic guide through the fictionalized boomtowns of the Californian old west, present-day industrialized China, and the digital future. David Mitchell deemed it “a brainy, glinting triptych about what powers ‘progress,’ what its human costs are, and where it might be taking our species.” National Book Award finalist Monica Youn will read from her latest book of poetry, Ignatz, based on George Herriman’s comic strip, Krazy Kat. The New York Times called Young Jean Lee “the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation.” She will present clips of her latest play Untitled Feminist Show, in which a nude burlesque star, cabaret artist and modern dancer take you for a whirlwind of comic vignettes, synchronized breathing, and provocative choreography.
Cathy Park Hong is the author of Translating Mo’um and Dance Dance Revolution, the winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize. Hong is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and the Van Lier prize of the AAWW.
Young Jean Lee is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow and a 2010 Winner of American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has written and directed nine shows in New York with Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company and toured her work to over twenty cities around the world. She is currently under commission from Plan B/Paramount Pictures, Lincoln Center Theater, Playwrights Horizons, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Monica Youn is the author of Barter and Ignatz, which was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Award. A board member of the AAWW, she has been a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and a Witter Bynner Fellow of the Library of Congress and has received residencies from Yaddo, MacDowell and the Rockefeller Foundation / Bellagio.