Friday, May 27, 2005

belladonna* May, Zinc Bar

Martine Bellen & Karen Weiser

Another great belladonna last night. I know Martine Bellen, who also teaches at Rutgers, but hadn't heard of Karen Weiser. Loved her reading and look forward to her new work. Here's an intriguing snippet from Lungfull. Martine read from a new chapbook, as well as from the belladonna chapbook--a do-si-do--one side "NY Stories" and the other "Lessons of the Microscopist". Bellen is a great lister, a great gatherer of wonderful sounding words and images, and this last section was my favourite. For a sample of her work check out Web del Sol.

Belladonna* is a feminist/innovative reading and publication series that promotes the work of women writers who are adventurous, experimental, politically involved, multi-form, multicultural, multi-gendered, unpredictable, dangerous with language (to the death machinery). In its five year history, Belladonna* has featured such writers as Leslie Scalapino, Alice Notley, Erica Hunt, Fanny Howe, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Cecilia Vicuña, Lisa Jarnot, Camille Roy, Nicole Brossard, Abigail Child, Norma Cole, Lynne Tillman, Gail Scott and Carla Harryman among many other experimental and hybrid women writers. Beyond being a platform for women writers, the curators promote work that is experimental in form, connects with other art forms, and is socially/politically active in content. Alongside the readings, Belladonna* supports its artists by publishing commemorative pamphlets of their work on the night of the event. Please contact us at to receive a catalog and be placed on our list.

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