A special event presented by City Lights Books, Intersection and Campo Santo, in conjunction of the book release of writer Jessica Hagedorn’s latest novel, Toxicology. Award-winning novelist, poet, playwright and performance artist Jessica Hagedorn returns to the Bay Area for this performance reading event. Jessica Hagedorn will be joined by members of Campo Santo, including Catherine Castellanos, Margo Hall, Sean San Jose, and Jonsen Vitug as they perform readings from her new novel, Toxicology, and selections from the plays Hagedorn has written for Campo Santo. The new book, Toxicology, and others from the Hagedorn library will be available for purchase and signing by Miss Hagedorn.
About Jessica Hagedorn:
Jessica Hagedorn was born and raised in the Philippines and came to the United States in her early teens. Her novels include Dream Jungle, The Gangster Of Love, which was nominated for the Irish TimesInternational Fiction Prize, and Dogeaters, which was nominated for a National Book Award.
Hagedorn is also the author of Danger And Beauty, a collection of poetry and prose, and the editor of Charlie Chan Is Dead: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction and Charlie Chan Is Dead 2: At Home In The World. Her poetry, plays and prose have been anthologized widely.
Recent work in theatre includes the musical play Most Wanted, a collaboration with composer Mark Bennett and director Michael Greif at La Jolla Playhouse; Fe In The Desert andStairway To Heaven for Campo Santo in San Francisco, and the stage adaptation of Dogeaters, which was presented at La Jolla Playhouse and at the NYSF/Public Theater (dir. by Michael Greif), at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City (dir. by Jon Lawrence Rivera) and in Manila (dir. by Bobby Garcia).
Hagedorn wrote the screenplay for Fresh Kill, a feature film directed by Shu Lea Cheang. She wrote the scripts for the experimental animated series The Pink Palace, which was created for the first season of the Oxygen Network.
From 1975-85, Hagedorn was the leader of a band called The Gangster Choir. One of her signature songs, “Tenement Lover”, is included in John Giorno’s ‘80s downtown music anthology, A Diamond Hidden in the Mouth Of A Corpse.
Honors and prizes include a Lucille Lortel Playwrights’ Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fiction Fellowship, a Kesselring Prize Honorable Mention for Dogeaters, an NEA-TCG Playwriting Residency Fellowship, as well as fellowships from the Sundance Playwrights’ Lab and the Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab.
Hagedorn has taught in the Graduate Playwriting Program at the Yale School Of Drama, and at the MFA Creative Writing Program at Columbia University. She is currently the Parsons Family University Professor of Creative Writing at Long Island University in Brooklyn.