The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard (Library of America); The Nancy Book (Siglio)
Eight great local literary fixtures will read from artist Joe Brainard's writings, celebrating the release of the new anthology The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard, and featuring the collection of his visual art, The Nancy Book. The participating readers are Bernard Cooper, Amy Gerstler, Lewis MacAdams, Lisa Pearson, Aram Saroyan, Ara Shirinyan, Michael Silverblatt, and Benjamin Weissman.
JOE BRAINARD (1942-1994) left Tulsa at eighteen for New York City and soon became a part of the thriving downtown art scene and the New York School of poets and painters. Over his career, Brainard created a prodigious body of literary and visual work, distinguished by its breadth, originality, and rare alchemy of sensuality and precision, sophistication and sweetness. Among his beloved writings, Brainard wrote the legendary memoir I Remember, which was hailed as “a masterpiece” by Paul Auster and inspired George Perec’s Je me souviens. Brainard’s drawings, assemblages, collages, and paintings are in private and museum collections, including those of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of America Art, and a major travelling retrospective was organized by the Berkeley Art Museum in 2001 and included a stop at MOMA P.S 1.
Bernard Cooper is the author, most recently, of The Bill From My Father (Simon & Schuster). He’s the recipient of The PEN Hemingway Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. For six years he was the art critic for Los Angeles Magazine.
Amy Gerstler is a writer living in Los Angeles. Her most recent book of poems is Dearest Creature (Penguin).
Lewis MacAdams is a poet, journalist, frequent contributor to the LA Weekly, Los Angeles Times, and Los Angeles Magazine, as well as co-founder of the Friends of the Los Angeles River. His dozen books include The Birth of Cool (The Free Press) and most recently, Dear Oxygen (University of New Orleans Press).
Lisa Pearson is the founder and publisher of Siglio. She co-edited, with Ron Padgett, The Nancy Book by Joe Brainard, and most recently edited It Is Almost That: A Collection of Image+Text Work by Women Artists and Writers.
Aram Saroyan’s Complete Minimal Poems (Ugly Duckling Presse) received the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. His most recent book is Door to the River: Essays and Reviews from the 1960s into the Digital Age (Black Sparrow Press). And he has seven titles, old and new, on kindle and nook.
Ara Shirinyan is the editor of Make Now Press, one of the organizers of the Poetic Research Bureau, and a poet who most recently published Your Country Is Great: Afghanistan-Guyana (Futurepoem).
Michael Silverblatt is the “reader writers dream about” (Joyce Carol Oates) and the host of the country’s premier literary talk show Bookworm which has been running since 1989 from KCRW studios in Santa Monica.
Benjamin Weissman is the author of two books of short fiction, most recently Headless (Akashic).