WHAP! Performance: Bodies in Break: A Night of Queer Performance
Fubar, 7994 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood
CRITICAL STUDIES: Poet/Performer Ronaldo V. Wilson stages “queer” as an aesthetic action in his multimedia presentations of oppositional poetics, b-boy bizness, and hardcore signifying. Poet/Performer Douglas Kearney will host, play interlocutor, and shifty straight-man in this evening of performance, performativity and discussion.
Ronaldo Wilson is the author of the collections Poems of the Black Object (2009), which won the Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn Award, and Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man (2008). His poetry has received four Pushcart Prize nominations, and he has received fellowships and residencies from Cave Canem, Kundiman, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Vermont Studio Center, Yaddo, the Anderson Center for the Arts, the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. With poets Dawn Lundy Martin and Duriel E. Harris, Wilson cofounded the performance-based Black Took Collective. He teaches at UC Santa Cruz.
Douglas Kearney’s second manuscript, The Black Automaton, was chosen by Catherine Wagner for the National Poetry Series and published by Fence Books in 2009. His newest chapbook, SkinMag (A5/Deadly Chaps) is now available. He has received a Whiting Writers Award. Kearney has been commissioned to compose poetry in response to art by the Weisman Museum in the Twin Cities, the Studio Museum in Harlem, FOCA and SFMOMA. Performances of his libretti have been featured in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Europe. Kearney teaches at CalArts.