TalkingImageConnection and The Soap Factory present “Identity, Handcrafted, a TalkingImageConnection Reading” on Friday April 19th, 8pm at the Soap Factory, 514 2nd Street SE Minneapolis. Free admission
Writers Chay Douangphouxay, Sarah Fox, Aruni Kashyap, Alison Morse, Jay Orff, and Matt Rasmusseninvent stories, poems, and other handi-word-work in response to “R.U.R.,” a multi-media show curated by the Soap Factory that explores work, craft, and constructing identity in the age of robots and mechanical reproduction.
TalkingImageConnection brings together writers, contemporary art and new audiences in art galleries around the Twin Cities. For more information contact [email protected]
Chay Douangphouxay is a Lao-Khmer American writer/poet/activist who uses her art to educate and inspire others to be changemakers in their community. She strongly believes that we must be the change that we all want to see. She has received awards from the Minnesota Humanities Center and Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans. Her first chapbook, Remission: Finding Light In the Midst of Social Darkness was released this past December as part of the 2012 Legacy Fellowship Grant and is now accepted as an educational tool across the nation on issues of class, gender, and race. She also serves as Co-Chair for the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum Twin Cities Chapter.
Sarah Fox is the author of Because Why and The First Flag, both published by Coffee House Press. She’s a program consultant for the Friends of the Hennepin County Library, a contributor to the multi-author arts and culture blog Montevidayo, and with John Colburn she co-images the Center for Visionary Poetics. She also serves as a doula.
Aruni Kashyap is a poet, writer and translator. His work has appeared in Indian magazines such as Tehelka Magazine, Pratilipi, Himal Southasian, Indian Literature, and American journals such as Karthika Review, Evergreen Review and Per Contra. His debut novel, The House With a Thousand Stories (Viking/ Penguin, 2013), is set against the armed insurgency in India’s northeastern state, Assam. He recently translated The Bronze Sword of Thengphakhri Tehsildar (Zubaan Books, 2013), the last novel by Indira Goswami, who was one of the most celebrated writers of India and wrote in Assamese. http://www.arunikashyap.com/
Alison Morse’s poems and stories have been published in Water~Stone Review, Natural Bridge, Rhino, Opium Magazine, and mnartists.org, among other places. In 2012, a story of hers won the Tiferet Fiction Award. From 2011-13, she was a writer for the Women Peacemakers Program at the Joan Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice in San Diego. She also teaches English and runs TalkingImageConnection.
Jay Orff is a writer and musician living in Minneapolis. His fiction has appeared in Reed, Spout, Chain and Harper’s Magazine. He also writes about art for mnartists.org.
Matt Rasmussen’s poetry has been recently published in Gulf Coast, Water~Stone Review, and at Poets.org. He’s a 2012 McKnight Artist Fellow and teaches at Gustavus Adolphus College. His first book, Black Aperture, won the 2012 Walt Whitman Award and he’s a founding co-editor of Birds, LLC, a small, independent poetry press.