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Prose Acts in Buffalo NY: Radical Art, Soft Skull, Sound

PROSE ACTS: Four days of contemporary radical writing and fearless underground music October 18-21, 2001 in Buffalo, New York

PROSE ACTS brings together importantly fearless poets, writers, and musicians for an incisive four-day affair in Buffalo, New York. It looks like a conference but thinks more like a festival. It acts like a festival but will be a big brainstorm. The confirmed participants are Dennis Cooper, Eileen Myles, Dodie Bellamy, Kevin Killian, Lawrence Ytzhak Braithwaite, Robert Glück, Sander Hicks, Matthew Stadler, White Collar Crime, kari edwards, Roberto Tejada, Ether Drag, Krakatoa, and The National. Prose Acts will take place at The State University of New York, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, and The Big Orbit Gallery.

Prose Acts will involve multiple panels, readings by each author, sets by various musicians, and other related events. The panels, moderated by professors from SUNY-Buffalo, will consist of round table discussions between invitees and the audience. The panel topics: "Flail the Narrative: Subverting and Reinventing Narrative Expectations"; "Pop the Culture: Pop, Horror, Trash"; and "Talking Dirty: Sexual Politics, Pornography, and Desire." In addition to the prose readings and panels, Kevin Killian, an acclaimed playwright whose works are known chiefly on the west coast, will direct the performance of the east coast premiere of his play "The Vegetable Kingdom." The actors in the play are Dennis Cooper, Dodie Bellamy, Eileen Myles, Lawrence Braithwaite, and Robert Glück among others.

Not only will this be the first major celebration of these writers' works, it will be a significant gathering of gay and lesbian and politically radical intellectuals. Prose Acts will be of lasting import to various communities.

For More Information Please visit the Prose Acts website at: http: file://

Brandon Stosuy

event locations:
BIG ORBIT GALLERY 30 d Essex Street, Buffalo, New York HALLWALLS
CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER The Tri-Main Center, 2495 Main Street Suite 425, Buffalo, New York
THE POETRY/RARE BOOKS COLLECTION 420 Capen Hall Box 602200, The State University of New York at Buffalo [North Campus] Buffalo, New York.

participating band/writer bios:
Dodie Bellamy, born 1951, is a novelist, critic and cultural journalist. She has written a novel, The Letters of Mina Harker (Hard Press, 1998), a collection of memoirs, Feminine Hijinx (Hanuman, 1990), an epistolary collaboration on AIDS with the late Sam D'Allesandro, Real (Talisman House, 1994), and three smaller books, Answer (Leave Books, 1993), Broken English (Meow, 1996), and Hallucinations (Meow, 1997). Forthcoming from Tender Buttons is a book of prose poems, Cunt-Ups, a radical feminist revision of the "cut-up" pioneered by William Burroughs and Bryon Gysin. Bellamy's work has been widely anthologized and has appeared in, among others, the anthologies High Risk (Plume, 1991), The Art of Practice: 45 Contemporary Poets (Potes & Poets Press, 1994), A Poetics of Criticism (Leave Books, 1994), The New Fuck You (Semiotexte, 1995), Primary Trouble (Talisman House, 1996), Moving Borders: Three Decades of Innovative Writing by Women (Talisman House, 1998), and Best American Erotica 2001 (Simon and Schuster)

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