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Cali Cali -- Three Lives from LA

Vanessa Place, Janet Sarbanes, Veronica Gonzalez
Moderated by Brighde Mullins, Director, USC Master of Professional Writing program
Thursday, March 19, 2009
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Episode Summary
Three emerging women writers discuss using nontraditional forms for an unconventional city, writing a polyvocal landscape for a polyvocal world, publishing with an independent press, and why women write LA better than anybody.

Participant(s) Bio
Veronica Gonzalez's fiction has been published or is forthcoming in many literary magazines and anthologies, including Bomb, The Massachusetts Review and Juncture: 25 Very Good Stories and 12 Excellent Drawings, an innovative cross-genre anthology she co-edited for Soft Skull Press. She has written on art for magazines and exhibition catalogues, and in 2004 began Rocky Point press, a small limited-editions press which produces handmade silk-screened books of artist-writer collaborations. twin time: or, how death befell me, her first novel, received the 2008 Premio Aztlan Literary Award for fiction.

Vanessa Place is a writer and lawyer, and co-director of Les Figues Press. She is the author of Dies: A Sentence, a 50,000-word, one-sentence novella; the post-conceptual novel La Medusa, and Notes on Conceptualisms, in collaboration with appropriation poet Robert Fitterman. Her nonfiction book, The Guilt Project: Rape and Morality will be published in 2010. Place is a regular contributor to X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly; other work has appeared in other publications, including Western Humanities Review, Northwest Review, Contemporary Literary Criticism, and Bookforum. Her text collaboration with Parisian artist performer Lamya Regragui will debut at Cent Quatre in Paris/Los Angeles in 2009, and she is with Los Angeles conceptual artist Stephanie Taylor on the film "Murderous Square Dance at the Spiral Jetty."

www.lesfigues.com


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