Organized by Bookforum Editor Albert Mobilio, Double Take is a unique reading series that asks award winning and emerging poets, novelists, editors, and artists to trade takes on shared experiences.
Featuring: McKenzie Wark & Jackie Wang pull the bed-skirt up on the Trauma Monster.
Ellis Avery & Tayari Jones exit their self-imposed TV deprivation tanks in order to find out what's breaking Twitter every Sunday night.
Matthea Harvey & Mary-Ann Monforton meditate on clouds and cubes.
Matthea Harvey is the author of five books of poetry - If the Tabloids are True What Are You?, Of Lamb (an illustrated erasure with images by Amy Jean Porter), Modern Life (a finalist for the National Book Critics Cirlcle Award and a New York Times Notable Book), Sad Little Breathing Machine and Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form. She has also published two children’s books, Cecil the Pet Glacier, illustrated by Giselle Potter and The Little General and the Giant Snowflake, illustrated by Elizabeth Zechel.
Mary-Ann Monforton is the Associate Publisher of BOMB Magazine. Her art engagement has encompassed a wide range of expressions since her arrival in NYC in 1974 from chorus line dancer for the Copacetics, funk/jazz music promoter, art collector, curator, and full circle back to her visual artist roots. As VP of her Bedford-Stuyvesant Block Association she instituted the Stuyvesant Heights Oral History Project, now in its fifth year, engaging the senior most members of her community in preserving the rich history of this African American community. Ms. Monforton was born in Windsor Ont. Canada in 1952 and raised in Detroit.
The only writer ever to have received the American Library Association Stonewall Award for Fiction twice, Ellis Avery is the author of two novels, a memoir, and a book of poetry. Her novels, The Last Nude (Riverhead 2012) and The Teahouse Fire (Riverhead 2006) have also received Lambda, Ohioana, and Golden Crown awards, and her work has been translated into six languages. She teaches fiction writing at Columbia University and out of her home in the West Village.
Tayari Jones is the author of three novels, most recently Silver Sparrow. An Associate Professor of English at Rutgers-Newark MFA program, she is the recipient of fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute For Advanced Study, National Endowment on the Arts, and the United Stated Artists Foundation. Her work has appeared in Tin House, The New York Times, The Believer, and other periodicals. She is a native of Atlanta, Georgia.
McKenzie Wark is the author of Molecular Red (Verso 2015), The Beach Beneath the Street (Verso 2011), Gamer Theory (Harvard 2007) and various other things. His email correspondence with Kathy Acker is published as I'm Very Into You (Semiotext(e) 2015. Wark teaches at Eugene Lang College and The New School for Social Research in New York City and on twitter is @mckenziewark.
Jackie Wang is a queer poet, essayist, filmmaker, performer, alien, and prison abolitionist based out of Cambridge, MA. Her work has been published in LIES, Action Yes, Pank, Delirious Hem, DIAGRAM, The Brooklyn Rail, October, The Semiotext(e) Whitney Biennial Pamphlet Series, and other worthy outlets. In her critical essays she writes about queer sexuality, race, gender, the politics of writing, mixed-race identity, prisons and police, the politics of safety and innocence, and revolutionary struggles. If you summon her, she will come: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Albert Mobilio is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and the National Book Critics Circle award for reviewing. His work has appeared in Harper's, Black Clock, BOMB, Cabinet, Open City, and Tin House. Books of poetry include Bendable Siege, The Geographics, Me with Animal Towering, and Touch Wood. Games and Stunts, a book of short fictions, is forthcoming. He is an assistant professor of literary studies at the New School's Eugene Lang College and an editor at Hyperallergic Weekend and Bookforum.
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exhibitions and and public programs are supported in part by the Affirmation Arts Fund, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Edith C. Blum Foundation, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.