Buttressed, 51x63" (detail). Colored Pencil, pen on paper, 2009
Readings by Brent Armendinger + Amina Cain
Brent Armendinger is the author of two chapbooks of poetry, Undetectable (New Michigan Press, 2009) and Archipelago (Noemi Press, 2009). He won first prize in poetry in the 2009 Chroma International Queer Writing Competition, and his poems have been published in many journals. He teaches creative writing at Pitzer College in Claremont. For tonight's reading, Brent read from both chapbooks and played a collaborative poem created from phone messages. To participate, people called 1-877-EAT-POEM, pressed 1 and described a time they fell asleep in an unusual place.
Amina Cain is the author of I Go To Some Hollow (Les Figues Press, 2009), a collection of stories that revolve quietly around human relationality, landscape and emptiness, and A Body That Has Trouble, a newly completed book of fictionesques and their companion prose pieces. She is also a curator (most recently for When Does It or You Begin? Memory as Innovation, a month long festival of writing, performance and video) and a teacher of writing/literature. Her work has appeared in numerous publications. Tonight, Amina read The Meaning of Your Body (which is included in Box of Books, Vol. II) as well as a passage from I Go To Some Hollow. www.aminacain.com