On Friday (May 2), students from the CalArts MA Program in Aesthetics and Politics and MFA Program in Creative Writing gather for readings at Stories Books and Cafe in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles to celebrate the launch of their collaborative book, everybody hold my hand right now i swear to god.
The book is a curated volume of peer-reviewed responses to guest speakers from the School of Critical Studies’ graduate course “Interventions: A Wor(l)ding Project.” Among the year-long seminar’s guests were Jacobson Writer-in-Residence Lydia Davis, writers Lisa Duggan and Bruce Robbins, and poets Renee Gladman, giovanni singleton and Fred Moten.
Student readers include Mychal Schillaci (MFA 15), Carmelo Valone (MFA 15), Regine Darius (MFA 15), Atsuko Okatsuka (Film/Video-Critical Studies MFA 15), Elliot Vredenburg (MFA 14), Kit N. Edwards (MFA 15), William Eley (MA 14), Allison Connor (MFA 15), Syd Barile (MFA 15), Erik Glyttov (MFA 15), Sarah Leslie (MFA 15) and Nathaniel Deines (MA 14).
Later the same day northeast of Echo Park, more graduating students read from their works in the penultimate installment of the MFA Program in Creative Writing’s Next Words Reading Series. Katie Browne, Emma E. Kemp, Shana Mirambeau and Adriana Widdoes (all MFA 15) will be reading at The Church on York in Highland Park at 7 pm.