Alumni Publishing Panel: CalArts Grads Discuss the Writing Life
CalArts, Butler Building 4/ The Cube.
CRITICAL STUDIES: The MFA Writing Program hosts an Alumni Publishing Panel moderated by Janet Sarbanes. Panelists are Andrew Choate (MFA 03), Anne-Marie Kinney (MFA 08), Felicia Luna Lemus (MFA 01) and Amar Ravva (MFA 04).
Choate, born and raised in South Carolina, studied music and literature at Northwestern University and CalArts. He is the author of Language Makes Plastic of the Body (Palm Press 2006) and Stingray Clapping (Insert Press 2012). He has been publishing his writings on music and art since 1998 and his work has appeared in Urb, Coda, Wire, Signal to Noise, Art Ltd., d'Art International and Facsimile. His writing has been translated into Spanish, French, Hungarian and Czech. His radio plays and sounds works have been broadcast on WDR in Germany, Radioarte Mobile in Italy, Hipersônica in Brazil, Resonance FM in England and various outlets in the US.
Kinney's first novel, Radio Iris, was published in May 2012 by Two Dollar Radio. Her short fiction has appeared in Indiana Review and Keyhole, and in 2010, her short story, "Ask Us Anything," was performed by Los Angeles's Word Theatre. She is currently Production Editor of the literary magazine Black Clock, which is published semi-annually by CalArts.
Lemus is the author of two novels, Trace Elements of Random Tea Parties (Farrar, Straus & Giroux 2003; Seal Press 2004) and Like Son (Akashic Books 2007). Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including BOMB, The Believer, Latina and ZYZZYVA, and has been anthologized in collections such as Lengua Fresca: Latinos Writing on the Edge (Mariner Books), Fifteen Candles: 15 Tales of Taffeta, Hairspray, Drunk Uncles, and other Quinceañera Stories (HarperCollins), and It's So You: 35 Women Write About Personal Expression Through Fashion and Style (Seal Press).
Ravva is the author of American Canyon, forthcoming from Kaya Press. He has performed at LACMA, Machine Project, the MAK Center at the Schindler House, New Langton Arts, the Hammer Museum, USC, Pomona, CalArts and the Sorbonne. In addition to his writing practice, he is a member of the site specific ambient music supergroup Ambient Force 3000 and for the past eight years has helped run and curate events at Betalevel, a venue for social experimentation and hands-on culture located in Los Angeles' Chinatown.