26 Sep STUDIO: Maggie Nelson & Edric Mesmer
Karpeles Manuscript Library
453 Porter Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14201
Date: April 29, 2016
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Maggie Nelson is a poet, critic, and nonfiction author of books such as The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning, Bluets, and Jane: A Murder. Her most recent book, The Argonauts, is a genre-bending memoir, a work of “autotheory” offering fresh, fierce, and timely thinking about desire, identity, and the limitations and possibilities of love and language including her personal account of falling in love with her partner, the artist Harry Dodge, who is fluidly gendered, as well as her journey to and through a pregnancy, offering a firsthand account of the complexities and joys of (queer) family-making. Nelson’s many honors and awards include grants and fellowships from the Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts and an Innovative Literature grant from Creative Capital for her forthcoming book of nonfiction. She teaches in the School of Critical Studies at California Institute of the Arts.
Edric Mesmer, having spent time at the University of Manchester’s Centre for the Study of Sexuality & Culture and the University at Buffalo’s Library & Information Science Program, currently serves as cataloger to the Poetry Collection in Buffalo; additionally, he serves as collator for the small & stapled journal of poetry Yellow Field. Most recently, his book of poems, of monodies and homophony, won the Outriders Poetry Project prize.
STUDIO is curated by Barbara Cole (JBLC Artistic Director) and Kevin Thurston (co-founder of the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair and one of the masterminds at THE PUBLIC).