If you will be at this year’s AWP conference in Washington, DC you can stop by HTMLgiant’s table to pick up a copy of Jackie Wang’s debut chapbook, C. Exigua. (The chapbook will also be available for purchase online within the month.) C. Exigua contains three short stories about busy tongues, dirt & crumb revolutions, all-consuming colors, vomit, disgusting shows of affection (see: vomit), childhood friendships, and other such unseemly subjects. There are also fantastic illustrations & cover artwork by Caroline Bren.
If you are in the NYC area, mark your calenders for Feb. 8th, as Relief Work author Rohin Guha will be reading:
Finally, I want to encourage you to visit Shakedown‘s kickstarter page. Shakedown is a film made by Leilah Weinraub that needs your donations so it can be finished:
“The films structure employs the cycle of money exchanged and passed through the world as a metaphor for energy; from costume maker to security guard to patrons to the dancer’s children. SHAKEDOWN emphasizes the symbiotic nature of how things work in a system.
The film is anchored in the stories of three women: Ronnie Ron, the creator and emcee of Shakedown, a large butch/stud lesbian and former Jehovah’s Witness; Egypt, a single mother, beauty pageant fanatic, and dedicated self – (re)inventor; and Jazmyne, the complicated and sometimes conflicted “Queen” of Shakedown. We go through the process of their labor with them and record what they do, and how they feel about what they are doing.
From a meta-perspective, queer cultural production remains at the fringes of society today. It is largely undocumented, and therefore communities and art forms continuously disappear as stories are forgotten. SHAKEDOWN, is an entirely self-funded project. We need your help to complete the edit of the film, master the sound and score, color correct the images, fly to LA to shoot our final interviews with the dancers and have an amazing premiere in cities across America.”
If you are able, please visit the link above to donate- any little bit helps- they are really close to reaching their goal!