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Double Take Reading Series
Reading Series - NYC
Double Take 22

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
291 Church Street, NYC

Organized by Albert Mobilio, Double Take is a unique reading series that asks poets, novelists, editors, and artists to trade takes on shared experiences.

Forrest Gander and Lucy Ives go beyond description to contemplate miracles and disasters
Dominic Pettman and Merritt Symes wonder if Chicken Little is right about the sky falling
Elissa Schappell and Rob Spillman practice meditation through silence and noise

This event is free and open to the public.

Forrest Gander, a writer and translator with degrees in geology and literature, was born in the Mojave Desert and grew up in Virginia. Among his most recent books are Be With, forthcoming from New Directions in 2018, the novel The Trace, and Pinholes in the Night: Essential Poems from Latin America. Gander’s book Core Samples from the World, a meditation on the ways we are revised and translated in encounters with the foreign, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He’s the recipient of grants from the Library of Congress, the Guggenheim, Howard, Whiting and United States Artists Foundations.

Lucy Ives is the author of the novel Impossible Views of the World, published by Penguin Press and selected as a New York Times Editors' Choice. Her work has appeared in Art in America, Artforum, Lapham's Quarterly, and Vogue, among other publications. She is currently editing a collection of writings by the artist Madeline Gins.
Dominic Pettman is Professor of Culture & Media at the New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College. He is the author of numerous books on technology, humans, and other animals; including the recent Creaturely Love (Minnesota) and Sonic Intimacy (Stanford).

Merritt Symes is a practicing, but unlicensed, semiotician. She makes experimental films in New York City.
Elissa Schappell is the author of two books of fiction, Use Me and Blueprints for Building Better Girls. She is co-editor with Jenny Offill of two anthologies, The Friend Who Got Away and Money Changes Everything. Her fiction, essays, and non-fiction have appeared in a number of publications including The New York Times Book Review, BOMB, The Paris Review, and anthologies including The Mrs. Dalloway Reader, In Their Lives: Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs and Here She Comes Now. She is a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair, former Senior Editor of The Paris Review and a Founding-editor, now Editor-at-Large of Tin House.

Rob Spillman is Editor of Tin House magazine and Chair of the 2017 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature Curatorial Committee. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Rolling Stone, Salon, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and Worth, among other magazines, newspapers, and essay collections. His memoir, All Tomorrow’s Parties, was published in 2016. He is on the board of the Brooklyn Book Festival Literary Council, Narrative4, and PEN’s Membership Committee and is a lecturer at the MFA Creative Writing Program at Columbia University. He is the recipient of the PEN/Nora Magid Award for Editing and CLMP’s Energizer Award for Exceptional Acts of Literary Citizenship.

Albert Mobilio is the recipient of a Whiting Award, a MacDowell Fellowship, and an Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. His work has appeared in Harper's, Hambone, Black Clock, BOMB, Cabinet, Open City, Paris Review Daily, and Tin House. Books of poetry include Bendable Siege, The Geographics, Me with Animal Towering, and Touch Wood. A book of fiction, Games and Stunts, has just been published by Black Square Editions. He is an assistant professor of literary studies at the New School's Eugene Lang College, an editor at Hyperallergic Weekend, and contributing editor at Bookforum.

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