The Splinter Generation in LA with Kate Durbin, Lisbeth Prifogle, and More


The Splinter Generation will be celebrating the official completion of the transformation of the journal from a one-time compilation to an ongoing literary journal on Wednesday December 16, 2009 at Avenue 50 Studio at 131 N. Avenue 50 in Highland Park at 7PM.

We’ll have a dynamic performance by poet Kate Durbin, whose first full book of poetry, The Ravenous Audience (Black Goat Press), was edited by Chris Abani and just released this past October. Some of what she had to say in an interview with us is below the fold to give you a sense of the awesome performance/reading you’re in for.

We’ll also have readings from Lisbeth Prifogle and Eric Shonkwiler, both representing some of the most compelling nonfiction and fiction published on the site, poetry from poetry editor Scott Miller, and live music from L.A. Chicana artist Lysa Flores. And DJ Jose Galvan (indie 103.1) will be there to set the mood with his musical picks.

$5-10 Suggested donation, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Also in LA: tonight, Sunday, December 13th, be sure not to miss the Rhapsodomancy Reading Series at 7pm at The Good Luck Bar, with Susan Taylor Chehak, Steve Abee, Diane J. Wright, and Meehan Rasch.

As promised, here is some of what Kate Durbin has to say:

“(O)ne of the things I really wanted to do in the book was to hold the audience responsible at the same time as hold the woman responsible. Part of doing that was that I wanted these poems to be sort of in process, or to be performing, so that everyone is kind of involved at the same time, including me as the author. I wanted there to be an awareness of me writing these women, and that even though I might want to free them or liberate them in kind of a feminist revisionist way, that even doing that is kind of disturbing because I’m writing them, and not giving them a voice.”

Seth Fischer’s writing has twice been listed as notable in The Best American Essays and has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize by several publications, including Guernica. He was the founding Sunday editor at The Rumpus and is the current nonfiction editor at The Nervous Breakdown. He is a Dornsife PhD Fellow at USC and been awarded fellowships and residencies by Ucross, Lambda Literary, Jentel, Ragdale, and elsewhere, and he teaches at the UCLA-Extension Writer’s Program and Antioch University, where he received his MFA. More from this author →