CalArts’ Writing Program Alumni at Big City Forum in Los Angeles

Big City Forum explores the written word at Gallery 825 in Los Angeles.

Big City Forum and the Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825 present an evening of readings from several of Los Angeles’ up-and-coming writers: Harold Abramowitz, Grace Krilanovich, Margaret Wappler and Lauren Strasnick on Wednesday (May 18).

The quartet—who are all CalArts’ Writing Program alumni—will explore “ways in which fiction shapes our thinking about personal and collective narratives.”

Each has varied backgrounds in the literary world:

  • Abramowitz, an 06 graduate, is an LA-based writer and editor whose books and chapbooks include Not Blessed (Les Figues Press, 2010), A House on a Hill – Part Three (Slash Pine Press, 2010) and Dear Dearly Departed (Palm Press, 2008). He also co-edits the short-form literary press eohippus labs and co-curates the occasional experimental cabaret event series, Late Night Snack.
  • Last year, Grace Krilanovich (Critical Studies MFA 05) was chosen by the National Book Foundation as one of its 5 Under 35, which recognized five young fiction writers chosen by National Book Award Winners and Finalists. She and her book The Orange Eats Creeps (Two Dollar Radio, 2010) was selected by Scott Spencer, a Fiction Finalist for A Ship Made of Paper, 2003; Fiction Finalist for Endless Love, 1980 and 1981.
  • Los Angeles Times writer Wappler (Critical Studies MFA 04) has also written for the LA Weekly, Rolling Stone and The Believer. She’s in the throws of finishing a novel that explores environmentalism, the suburban landscape and alien spaceships.
  • Strasnick (Critical Studies MFA 05) released her first young adult novel Nothing Like You in 2009; her second novel Her and Me and You will be out in paperback this July.

Here’s the book trailer from The Orange Eats Creeps:

Big City Forum: Writers Edition
LA Art Association / Gallery 825

825 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles
May 18 at 7 pm

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