Reading: Drunken Boat Reading
Meena Alexander, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Geronimo Madrid, Sawako, Robin Starbuck, Jerry Williams, Jonathan Zalben

A celebration of Drunken Boat’s special tenth anniversary issue, a multimedia event featuring poet Meena Alexander, sound artist LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, fiction writerGeronimo Madrid, sound sculptor Sawako, installation artist Robin Starbuck, poet Jerry Williams and musicianJonathan Zalben.

Meena Alexander‘s poetry includes Illiterate Heart, winner of a 2002 PEN Open Book Award, Raw Silk (2004), andQuickly Changing River (2008) all published by TriQuarterly Books/ Northwestern University Press. She is the editor ofIndian Love Poems (Everyman’s Library/ Knopf, 2005) and author of the memoir Fault Lines (Feminist Press 1993/2003).

Writer, vocalist and sound artist, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, is the author of three chapbooks which include Ichi-Ban and Ni-ban (MOH Press), and Manuel is destroying my bathroom(Belladonna Press), as well as the album, Television. LaTasha has received scholarships, residencies, and fellowships from Cave Canem, Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, Naropa Institute, Caldera Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Eban Demarest Trust. She is the poetry curator for Exit The Apple.

Geronimo Madrid‘s fiction has appeared in The Literary Review, Bomb! Magazine, storySouth, and Drunken Boat. In 2007, the New York State Writers Institute at Skidmore College awarded him the Mimi Bresler Smith & Patricia Robertson Amusa-Shonubi Minority Scholarship.

Sawako is a sound sculptor. Her work has been praised as “post romantic sound” by Boston’s Weekly Dig. Sawako has released 4 solo albums and has performed internationally in MUTEK (Canada); Warm Up at P.S.1, Tonic, Issue Project Room (NYC); Corcoran Gallery (Washington DC); UCLA Hammer Museum (LA); Glade Festival, ICA (UK); OFFF (Lisbon); Apple Store (Japan) etc. Visit her websitetroncolon: sawako

Robin Starbuck is a multimedia/installation artist. Before relocating to New York City in 2002, she taught as a full time Assistant Professor of Art in sculpture & new media for Wesleyan College in Georgia and as an Adjunct Professor in critical writing for the Atlanta College of Art. She now is Assistant Professor at Sarah Lawrence, Associate Degree Programs.

Jerry Williams‘s poetry and nonfiction have appeared in such magazines as American Poetry Review, Pleiades, Tin House and many others. In 2003, Carnegie Mellon University Press published his collection of poems, Casino of the Sun, which was a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. A new collection of poems, Admission, is due out from Carnegie Mellon in 2009. He lives in the Bronx and teaches at Marymount Manhattan College.

Jonathan Zalben‘s music for film, theater, and television has been shown at Slamdance, SXSW, Tribeca, LA Film Festival, New York International Fringe Festival, and Chicago SketchFest. His orchestral works have been performed by the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra and the New York University Orchestra. Zalben holds a U.S. patent for sa muffler design.

$5 suggested donation; open to the public

Reading: Drunken Boat Reading

Meena Alexander, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Geronimo Madrid, Sawako, Robin Starbuck, Jerry Williams, Jonathan Zalben
Thursday, August 28, 2008
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
New York City
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