Lorazepam and the Valley of Skin: Extrapolations on Los Angeles / 730910-2155

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Lorazepam and the Valley of Skin: Extrapolations on Los Angeles / 730910-2155

631 West 2nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
December 27th, 2009 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

downtown/east la
Tue-Sun 12-6 or Intermission
Free & open to the public.


Book Launch / Literary Reading / Reception

Presented by Harold Abramowitz

You are cordially invited to the book launch for valeveil's 1st duo in the poetic series entitled,
Lorazepam and the Valley of Skin: Extrapolations on Los Angeles / 730910-2155. valeveil is an emergent small publishing press and Stockholm-based curatorial node devoted to strengthening connections between the United States and Scandinavia via ongoing ventures—a receptive tool for cultivating experimental design, critical writing and poetics. The 1st valeveil duo is part of an ongoing series to connect evolving poets and writers residing in the United States with those who either live, work or study in Scandinavia—with an original emphasis on English «» Swedish translation, hoping to expand. This 1st book in the series connects the American writer Andrea Lambert with artist Grant Watkins of Sweden. Both regions of the world harbor their own contradictions and paradoxes, yet there is untapped potential in uniting them.

Standing in for valeveil's editor j. s. davis, Harold Abramowitz will provide an introduction and read excerpts from 730910-2155. Andrea Lambert will read highlights from Lorazepam and the Valley of Skin: Extrapolations on Los Angeles . A reception follows—the REDCAT Lounge has a full-service bar, and copies of valeveil's 1st book will be available. If you enjoy collaborating and are a writer/artist currently residing in California, we would especially like to meet you. Also, if you haven't had a chance to view the current exhibit at REDCAT's Gallery, consider this an opportunity to simultaneously view "Everyday Miracles," guest curated by Hou Hanru. This event is free and open to the public.

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Lorazepam and the Valley of Skin: Extrapolations on Los Angeles / 730910-2155
ISBN 13: 987-0-9840746-0-0
ISBN 10: 0-9840746-0-0
size: 4 x 6 in
pages: 144
softcover / perfect bound

About the participating artists:

Harold Abramowitz is a writer and editor from Los Angeles. His books and chapbooks include Not Blessed (forthcoming Les Figues Press, 2009), Sin is To Celebration (co-author, House Press, 2009), Dear Dearly Departed (Palm Press, 2008), Sunday, or A Summer’s Day (PS Books, 2008), and Three Column Table (Insert Press, 2007). Harold co-edits the short-form literary press eohippus labs ( and co-curates the experimental cabaret event series, Late Night Snack (

j. s. davis is an American writer, arts/culture critic, independent curator and founder of valeveil ( Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Fence, eohippus labs, You've Probably Read This Before, artUS, Bookslut and others. Residing in Stockholm, she works on a book called the climber derivative. Visit

Andrea Lambert is a Los Angeles-based artist and writer. She holds an MFA from CalArts and a BA from Reed College. Jet Set Desolate (Future Fiction London, 2009) is her first novel. Lambert’s writings appear in 3:AM Magazine, Chronometry, and Lime Tea. For more information, visit

Born in Texas in 1973, Grant Watkins has lived in Sweden for seventeen years and studied art at Konstfack. The author of 730910-2155 and Begreppshaveriet via Undantag Forlag ( this year, Watkins has also written the article "Konstfacks dilemma: Konstnärens frihet eller handledning under lagboken" in the latest edition of Paletten.