CalArts MFA Writing Program Hosts Alumni Panel on the Writerly Life

Alumni authors Grace Krilanovich, Mathew Timmons, Sam Benjamin and Janice Lee read from new works at CalArts on Thursday.

On Thursday (April 12) at 7 pm, CalArts’ School of Critical Studies MFA Writing Program’s weekly Thursday night reading series presents a special alumni panel with four recent graduates who’ll read new works and discuss navigating the “writerly life after graduation.”

The event, held in Butler Building #4, features writers Janice Lee (Critical Studies MFA 08), Mathew Timmons (Critical Studies MFA 05), Sam Benjamin Stern (Critical Studies/IM MFA 05) and Grace Krilanovich (Critical Studies MFA 05).

More about each author:

Grace Krilanovich‘s debut novel The Orange Eats Creeps, published by Two Dollar Radio, was a finalist for the Indie Booksellers’ Choice Award and the Believer Book Award, and was named one of Amazon’s Top Ten Science Fiction/Fantasy Books of 2010. Krilanovich is a MacDowell Colony fellow and was a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” honoree for 2010. Her work has appeared in Black Clock and Puerto del Sol.

Janice Lee is the author of two highly-acclaimed novels: KEROTAKIS (Dog Horn Press, 2010) and Daughter (Jaded Ibis, 2011). Her work has appeared in antennae, Luvina, Everyday Genius, Action Yes, elimae and elsewhere. She is currently co-editor of the online journal [out of nothing], co-founder of the interdisciplinary arts organization Strophe; reviews editor at HTMLGIANT and was recently selected by John D’Agata as the Black Warrior Review Nonfiction Grand Prize winner.

Mathew Timmons‘ books include Joyful Noise for Three or More Voices (Jaded Ibis, 2012), The New Poetics (Les Figues, 2010), CREDIT (Blanc, 2009) and The Arachanoids (CD of solo and collaborative sound poetries 2010). His visual and performance work has shown at Human Resources Gallery, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Public Fiction, François Ghebaly Gallery, (323) Projects, LACE, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, California College of Art, Outpost for Contemporary Art, ArtSpeak Vancouver, LACMA, UCLA Hammer Museum and ArtLA. An active editor and curator, he works as the general director of General Projects and editor of Insert Blanc Press in Los Angeles.

Sam Benjamin Stern is the author of American Gangbang: A Love Story, which the LA Weekly named as one of their top reads of 2011. He is the co-author of American Outlaw, the memoir of motorcycle man Jesse James and is slated to co-author a book with Stephen Pearcy, former frontman of the glam-metal group Ratt in 2012.

Reception and book signing to follow.

MFA Writing Program Thesis Reading Series: Alumni Panel
CalArts Butler Building #4,
April 12 at 7 pm


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