Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery, in cooperation with the Decatur Book Festival, proudly announces its second annual Experimental Writers Asylum (XWA). This year’s events focus on theater, as well as on genres and mediums whose practitioners are diversifying along ethnic and gender lines. All events occur in and around The Seen Gallery, 415 Church St., Decatur, Ga., 30030, and in conjunction with the surrounding and simultaneous Decatur Book Festival.
The 2011 Experimental Writers Asylum schedule
Friday, September 2nd. 10 pm–midnight: XWA 2 opens with a meeting of Eyedrum’s monthly literary forum, Writers Exchange. Eight slots will open for writers to share aloud fruits of their lonely toil. The late-night timing is also a way to encourage folk whose output tends toward the outré or the erotic, so this event is for adults only. Each slot allows a ten-minute-reading and five minutes of discussion. Bring your bravery! Details on participating will appear at eyedrum.org.
Saturday, September 3rd. 10–11 am: Louis Corrigan and Cinque Hicks, respectively the publisher and creative director of Noplaceness, a forthcoming book about art in Atlanta, discuss the volume and how it constitutes a new mode of art criticism. 3–4 pm: Joseph Wheeler III, organizer of Onyxcon and creative force behind The NAO (which are cosponsoring his event), moderates a panel on African-American writers and the fantastique. Also participating are Wendy Raven McNair, author of Asleep and Awake, and Milton Davis, author of Meji. 5–6 pm: Writer-illustrator Blue Delliquanti talks about her process in creating such comics as Subrosa.
Sunday, September 4th. 11 am–noon: A panel of local independent publishers—including Robert Cheatham of Fort!/da? and Louis Corrigan of Possible Futures—discusses the challenges that technology and the new economy pose for small producers of literary material. 12.30–1.30 pm: Writers Exchange regular Nick Charis presents his delirious fictions in a multivoice set of readings. 2–3 pm: A reading from (and discussion of) dramaturge Evan Fillon’s new English-language version of Anton Chekov’s play Three Sisters—which Fillon created with Google Translate—closes XWA 2.
Also, throughout Saturday and Sunday daylight hours of XWA 2, passersby can again enjoy the free verse stylings (and, often, the free-verse stylings) of Jimmy Lo and Free Poems on Demand outside the gallery. Saturday night, Jon Ciliberto and Artaxi will “transport” “travelers” through virtual rides that, with help from the Artaxi Players, never leave the parking slot in front of The Seen Gallery.
For additional information, please see eyedrum.org or contact Eyedrum Executive Director Priscilla Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org or 404.578.4430) or Ed Hall (email@example.com or 404.755.7575).
Eyedrum is online at: eyedrum.org