Art Collectives and the Current State of Literary Culture
A reading and panel discussion Moderated by Susan Salter Reynolds, L.A. Times book reviewer
With Chuck Rosenthal, Alicia Partnoy, Ramón Garcia, & Gail Wronsky. Projected paintings by Gronk.
Members of the L.A.-based Glass Table Collective read their work and discuss publishing outside the lines.
Ramón Garcia is the author of a book of poetry Other Countries. He has published poetry in a variety of journals and anthologies including Best American Poetry 1996, Ambit, The Floating Borderlands: Twenty-Five Years of U.S.-Hispanic Literature, Crab Orchard Review; Poetry Salzburg Review, Los Angeles Review and Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas. He is a Professor in Chicana/o Studies at California State University, Northridge.
Alicia Partnoy is a survivor of Argentina's detention camps during the dictatorship in the late 1970s. Best known for The Little School: Tales of Disappearance and Survival, Partnoy also published the poetry collection Little Low Flying/Volando Bajito. Poems from her Revenge of the Apple/Venganza de la Manzana rode the metro in New York, Dallas, and Washington D.C., are sung by "Sweet Honey in the Rock" and were translated into several languages, including Hebrew. Partnoy edited You Can't Drown the Fire: Latin American Women Writing in Exile, and co-edited Chicana/Latina Studies: the Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social. Her most recent book is the translation of Gail Wronsky's poetry collection So Quick Bright Things.
Susan Salter Reynolds has been a book critic and features writer at the Los Angeles Times for twenty years. Prior to that she was an assistant editor at The New York Review of Books.
Chuck Rosenthal is the author of eight novels: The Loop Trilogy, Loop's Progress, Experiments with Life and Deaf, and Loop's End; Elena of the Stars, Avatar Angel, the Last Novel of Jack Kerouac, My Mistress Humanity, The Heart of Mars; and Coyote O'Donohughe's History of Texas. He has published a memoir, Never Let Me Go, and most recently a travel book, Are We Not There Yet? Travels in Nepal, North India, and Bhutan. Rosenthal teaches fiction writing at Loyola Marymount University. He is the manager of the Glass Table Artists' Collective and Managing Editor of What Books Press.
Gail Wronsky is the author, coauthor, or translator of nine books of poetry and prose, including Dying for Beauty, Poems for Infidels, and Volando Bajito, among others. She teaches creative writing at Loyola Marymount University.
Gronk is a nationally renowned painter and performance artist from Los Angeles. During the 1970's, he was one of the founding members of ASCO, an avant-garde multi-media arts collective in Los Angeles. He is best known for his murals and his very physical approach to painting. Much of his recent work has been done as temporary, mural-scale, site-specific paintings, the latest for the Fowler Museum at UCLA in April 2010.