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152 N. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
April 27th, 2007 - April 29th, 2007

downtown/east la
213.626.6222 (general)
Mon 11-5; Thu 11-8; Fri 11-5; Sat-Sun 11-6; closed Tue-Wed

FRIDAY, 7–10pm; SATURDAY, 10:30am–10:30pm; SUNDAY, 2–6pm

A colloquium on women, experimental writing, and feminism at MOCA Friday and Saturday and a consciousness-raising event and potluck on Sunday at LACE. The program is hosted by the CalArts Writing Program, organized by Christine Wertheim, Matias Viegener, and Teresa Carmody, and sponsored by a grant from The Annenberg Foundation. Confirmed participants include Dodie Bellamy, Caroline Bergvall, Bhanu Kapil, Chris Kraus, Yxta Maya Murray, Susan McCabe, Vanessa Place, Juliana Spahr, Christine Wertheim, Stephanie Young, and Lidia Yukanavitch.

7 pm Reception

8 pm Readings by Caroline Bergvall, Teresa Carmody, Meiling Cheng, Bhanu
Kapil, Chris Kraus, Tracie Morris, Christine Wertheim, Stephanie Young, and
Lidia Yuknavitch

SATURDAY, April 28, 2007
MOCA, 250 S. Grand Avenue, LA, CA 90012

10:30 am-12:00 pm
Panel: “Feminine” Writings
Are there specifically “feminine” texts, topics and modes of writing? Or is
the concept of “écriture féminine” more hindrance than help?
Panelists: Caroline Bergvall, Meiling Cheng, Chris Kraus, and Lidia

12:20 — 1:50 pm
Panel: Selves
Are women writers creating new forms of selfhood? If so, how does this
manifest in the subject and/or perspective of the work and in the object,
i.e., the formed text?
Panelists: Tracie Morris, Vanessa Place, and Christine Wertheim


3:15 — 4:45 pm
Panel: The Social
Can women writers effect the social imaginary in ways that positively change
our psycho-sexual organization? Are they obliged to, or is this another
version of mothering that restricts women?
Panelists: Dodie Bellalmy, Bhanu Kapil, Yxta Maya Murray, Maggie Nelson

5:00 — 6:30 pm
Panel: Categories
What is gender today? Are the terms “gender” and feminism still useful in
writing? Or are we in a post- or trans-gendered era, and to what intent
social, representational, aesthetic, activist?
Panelists: Wanda Coleman, Susan McCabe, Eileen Myles, and Juliana Spahr &
Stephanie Young


8:30 Readings by Dodie Bellamy, Wanda Coleman, Susan McCabe, Yxta Maya
Murray, Eileen Myles, Maggie Nelson, Vanessa Place and Juliana Spahr

SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2007
LACE, 6522 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028

2-6 pm Potluck and consciousness-raising workshop on MOTHER: literary,
real, symbolic and edible. Led by Bhanu Kapil, Eileen Myles and Chris

And please join us for an unofficially related event:
The Smell Last Sunday Reading Series at The Smell
247 S. Main, Los Angeles, CA 90012 [enter in back]
Between 2nd and 3rd Street
6:30 pm
Reading to Celebrate an new mother anthology by Fence Books, with readers
Wanda Coleman, Martha Ronk and Rae Armantrout