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."