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The Bellies, Witches and Writers Traveling Road Show
A literary road tour with zine makers Tomas Moniz, Sage Adderley, Taryn Hipp and Jonas
Tomas Moniz has re-launched Rad Dad into a full-fledged magazine as well as published his novella Bellies and Buffalos.
Sage Adderley just released Invoking Nonna, a young adult paranormal story about a teenage witch, Maggie Sloan, who is desperate to repair her broken relationship with her witchy mother while searching for the truth behind the whereabouts of her father and the mysterious death of her grandmother.
Taryn Hipp released her memoir novella, Heavy Hangs the Head in August while continuing to make zines, currently she writes the perzine Lady Teeth.
Jonas just became a father and celebrates the arrival of his first novel, The Greatest Most Traveling Circus, as well as the final issue of his zine Cheer the Eff Up.
What better way to celebrate than hitting the road, sharing stories and creating community along the way?
Tomas Moniz is the founder, editor, and a writer for the award winning zine, book and now magazine: Rad Dad. He also is co-founder and co-host of the successful monthly reading series Lyrics and Dirges as well as the more rambunctious open mic, Saturday Night Special. He’s been making zines since the late nineties, and his most current zines Dirty and The Body is a Wild Wild Thing are available, but you have to write him a postcard: PO Box 3555, Berkeley CA 94703. Tomas teaches at Berkeley City College.
Jonas is from Chicago, where he still lives with his family. He writes Cheer the Eff Up, a six-issue zine about fatherhood, depression, identity and cake. He has a few other zines out there too, like Live Punk, a music zine of interviews with artists from bands such as Naked Raygun, Screeching Weasel and Tilt. He's also on the editorial staff of the upcoming Rad Dad magazine. The Greatest Most Traveling Circus is his first book.
Sage Adderley is a single (and very busy) mom of three humans and one cat. She is passionate about kindness, coffee, mental health, fat activism, and the DIY lifestyle. Sage is the owner of Sweet Candy Distro & Press, Sage's Blog Tours, and writes the zines Tattooed Memoirs and Marked For Life. She is also the creator of FAT-TASTIC! Sage currently resides in the magical land of Olympia, Wa. Invoking Nonna is her first book.
Taryn Hipp is an old tattooed college lady who has been making zines for more than half her life. Currently she writes the perzine "Ladyteeth," a collection of stories about her experiences being depressed, getting divorced, getting sober, & falling in love. Every day is a beautiful gift & a terrifying adventure that continues to make her stronger. Heavy Hangs the Head is Taryn's first book.
James Tolan, Nicole Callihan, Lorraine Doran
James Tolan is author of Mass of the Forgotten (Autumn House Press) and the chapbooks Red Walls (Dos Madres Press) and Fresh Fruit and Gravity (Far Gone Books). He is co-editor with Holly Messitt of New America: Contemporary Literature for a Changing Society. His poems appear widely in such journals as American Literary Review, Atlanta Review, Fairy Tale Review, Gargoyle, Indiana Review, Linebreak, and Ploughshares as well as a number of anthologies, including the Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry. He lives in Brooklyn and is an Associate Professor at the City University of New York.
Nicole Callihan writes poems, stories and essays. Her work has appeared in, among others, Painted Bride Quarterly, Salt Hill, New York Quarterly, North American Review and Cream City Review. A finalist for the Iowa Review’s Award for Literary Nonfiction, she was named as Notable Reading for Best American Non-required Reading and awarded Best of the Net 2010 for fiction. Her nonfiction book Henry River Mill Village which she co-authored with 79 year-old Ruby Young Keller was published by Arcadia Press in July 2012. Her first collection of poems will be published by Sock Monkey Press in early 2014. A Senior Language Lecturer at New York University, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughters. Find her on the web at www.nicolecallihan.com
Lorraine Doran’s debut collection of poems, Phrasebook for the Pleiades, won the 2012 Cider Press Review book award. Eamon Grennan calls the book “a world of wideawake awareness and visionary edges, with its own kind of understated rapture.” Her recent poems and essays can be found in Gulf Coast, FIELD, Barn Owl Review, and American Poetry Journal. She is a Senior Lecturer at New York University.
Thursday, April 3rd, 7pm
Dustin Long, Novelist
Reading from Bad Teeth
BAD TEETH is funny and smart, a literary novel about a group of young writers – all in different stages of formation – that collect around the search for one mysterious author (dubbed “the Tibetan David Foster Wallace”) who might in fact be a plagiarist. It’s a deadpan comic feast of love, literature and intrigue told in four interlocking sections – a bohemian-literary satire, a campus comedy, a stoner’s reverie, a quadruple love story – across four different cities – Brooklyn, Bloomington, Berkeley, and Bakersfield. Long is the author of Icelander – a novel which garnered comparisons to the ‘linguistic acrobatics of Nabokov and Pynchon’ – and BAD TEETH is playful, full of nested narratives and meta-fictional mysteries that make reading a joy.
Saturday, April 19th, 3pm
Willy Vlautin, Novelist
Reading from new novel, The Free
Vlautin’s haunting fourth novel, The Free (2014), demonstrates his extraordinary talent for illuminating the disquiet of modern American life. While his deftly-etched characters wrestle the everyday battles of the working class, they never lose hope, always searching for meaning and human connection in distressing times. This ambitious novel extends his singular literary vision with a lovingly rendered story of three intersecting lives.
Oregon Public Broadcasting re: Willy: http://watch.opb.org/video/2365170460/
The IU Cinema will be showing a film adaptation of another of Willy's books, The Motel Life, the evening after this reading: http://www.cinema.indiana.edu/?post_type=film&p=6314
“In The Free, Willy Vlautin gives us a portrait of American life that is so hard and so heartbreaking that it should be unbearable, but it isn’t. The straightforward beauty of Vlautin’s writing, and the tender care he shows his characters, turns a story of struggle into indispensable reading. I couldn’t recommend it more highly.”
— Ann Patchett
“Willy Vlautin is one of the bravest novelists writing. Murderers, cheats, sadists, showy examples of the banality of evil, are easy, but it takes real courage to write a novel about ordinary good people… (he) tells us who really lives now in our America, our city in ruins.”
— Ursula K. Le Guin
Thursday April 24th, 5:30pm
Indiana Univesity Gender Studies Faculty Reading & Mixer
with Colin Johnson, Marlon Bailey, Brenda Weber, Claudia Breger, Maria San Filippo
Come hear some new work and socialize w/ members of Indiana University's Gender Studies Department! Sure to be engaging and fun!
Friday, April 25th, 7pm
Zine Reading from The Barf Zine, Short Play
Discussion on Food, Bodies, & Eating Disorders
The Barf Zine is making its way across the Midwest to bring you rarely discussed blunt analysis, and personal anecdotes about body image, food, eating disorders, and radical identities!
For far too long activists, communists, anarchists, feminists, and queers have turned a blind eye to issues of body dysphoria, fatphobia, and eating disorders. Our insistence that these problems exist only in the normative culture silences the very real comrades, friends, lovers in our community who struggle daily.
The Barf Zine is an anthology of personal narratives from the people in these diverse communities that are tired of being quiet. We are speaking out, and we want you to listen!
As an extra special treat, the Barf Zine Tour is pleased to welcome zine contributor Gus Allis and her short, one ¬woman play entitled “I Thought Fat Girls Were Supposed to be Funny?” along for the ride. Through an intense, darkly funny, brutal monologue, Allis addresses the audience and forces them to examine the effects of fatphobia on one woman's life.
Gus Allis is a writer, performer, and storyteller based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Specializing in brutal, blunt prose, she enjoys changing minds and opening hearts through emotional oversharing, TMI-filled monologues, and mythological metaphors. When she was 5 years old, she cut off all the eyelashes on one of her eyes because she wanted to see if it would make half her face look like a boy. It didn't.
Kate Pleuss grew up with cats and chickens in WI and now lives in an itsy bitsy commune in Columbus OH. She works on DIY projects that have a point and get to it. She works with prisoners in OH and enjoys writing short stories every once in a while. Kate has also acted in and co-produced plays with Insurgent Theatre from 2008 to 2014.
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