Join us for a marathon reading of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's avant-garde classic, Dictee, organized by Sarah Schulman at Performance Space New York. Featuring Theresa's brother John Cha, Yong Soon Min, Lawrence Rinder, Ken Chen, Nuar Alsadir, Lee Ann Brown, Alexander Chee, Ava Chin, Kandice Chuh, Una Chung, Monika Gagnon, Erica Cho, Kathy Park Hong, Patricia Spears Jones, Laura Hyun Yi Kang, Mia Kang, Myung Mi Kim, Walter K Lew, Catherine Lord, Stefanie Mar, Tracie Morris, carlos motta, Meena Nanji, Bina Sharif, Aldrin Valdez, Cecilia Vicuña, Sarah Wang, John Yau, Soyoung Yoon, Monica Youn and more.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Some thirty years after her sudden death, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's work remains a force in the fields of visual arts, avant-garde poetry, and feminist theory. From her early scholarship on French deconstruction to her video and performance art to her landmark book Dictee, Cha carved a singular space within the history of art, a one-woman avant-garde. Her work, described, in turns, as illegible, de-colonizing, avant-garde, stuttering, provokes us into new understandings of history, language, and the body.
Please note that this is an offsite event, held at Performance Space New York.
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Co-presented by the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network and Asian American Writers’ Workshop. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.
In the Summer of 2018, the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network invited writers from the US, Canada, Australia, France, and Indonesia to California to participate in a writing residency, foster the Vietnamese literary community, and stage a series of conversations. This spring, in New York, those conversations continue in front of a live audience. Featuring Amy Quan Barry, Matty Huynh, Violet Kupersmith, Thanhha Lai, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Vu Tran, Monique Truong, and Ocean Vuong. Moderated by Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis, Mimi Khúc, and Isabelle Thuy Pelaud.
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NOTE ON ACCESSIBILITY
*The space is wheelchair accessible. No stairs. Direct elevator from ground floor to 6th floor.
*We strongly encourage all participants of the space/event to be scent-free.
If you all have any other specific questions about accessibility, please email Tiffany Le at email@example.com with any questions on reserving priority seating.
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Six Sessions, 2.5 hours (6:30PM-9PM)
Tuesdays, March 26th - April 30th
Fees & Payment Options: $325 General/$295 Member (JOIN THE FANCLUB!)
Registration Deadline: March 19th
*This is a small class. Please apply through the link below if you are interested.
Please complete this application. We will notify you if you are accepted into the class.
Why you should take this class:
Do you know what you want to say, but you’re not sure how to say it? Have you ever read a beautiful piece of writing and thought, I want to know how that works! Every craft has a sort of toolkit—painters have colors and texture and stroke; a woodworker her chisel, saw, drill and lathe. In this class, we’ll work on building out your creative toolkit—exploring different forms and writing strategies to help bring our ideas to the page in the ways that best express what we want to say. With an emphasis on form and writing exercises to kickstart your creative process, this is a class equally suited to poets, prose writers, and anyone interested in experimental, hybrid forms.
We’ll begin by bringing in our favorite pieces of writing and taking them apart to see how they work. From there, we’ll delve into a variety of tools that we can use to generate new and exciting pieces of writing—poetry, prose, or anything in between—and workshop them together in class. We’ll talk about micro-details like rhyme, meter, and rhetorical device, but we’ll also talk about large-scale formal problems like structure, voice, and the uses of the fragment and the list. Through weekly prompts intended to kickstart the writing process, we’ll generate work that can be polished throughout the course or used as a jumping-off point for longer pieces. Students will come away with at least one polished piece, five completed writing exercises, workshop experience, and a set of creative writing tools for both poetry and prose.
You’ll leave with:
-One workshopped prose piece or long poem, plus several other written exercises
-Written feedback from Larissa on several pieces of your work
-A community that is invested in your work and development as a writer
Larissa Pham is a writer & artist living in Brooklyn, New York. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Paris Review Daily, Bookforum, Guernica, The Nation, Rolling Stone, Village Voice, Verso, Adult Mag, New York Magazine, ELLE, The Rumpus, The Hairpin, Gawker, Garage, Broadly, Packet Bi-Weekly, and elsewhere. In 2017 Larissa attended Jack Jones’s Literary Retreat as the inaugural recipient of the Yae Di Up Fellowship. She is the author of Fantasian, a New Lovers novella from Badlands Unlimited (2016). She is currently working on poem club, a project that activates poetry through a combination of code, aesthetics, and audio components.
“Skilled, darting prose...If genre writing dishes up escapism and pleasure, then Pham accomplishes this.”
“Fires, sex, desire, murder, and the loss and creation of ‘the self’ are the building blocks of this breezy, dark novella.”
—Baltimore City Paper
“Tender and explicit, her e-letters shared snapshots like the grey bubbles of iPhone ellipses growing across a screen mid-sext, or her braindust after a visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art, LA.”