Writing Now Reading Series

Structured around the work of several visiting contemporary writers, the Writing Now Reading Series and Seminar is a required course for CalArts MFA creative writing graduate students that showcases vibrant new modalities for writing that refresh today’s interconnected creative fields. Writing Now offers inspiring points of contact and critical conversation about writing process and practice between visiting writers, students and local audiences, with an eye for fostering the collaborative, the future-forward, and the unexpected in literature.

This fall, the series features readings and workshops with writers whose work is connected to the Creative Writing Program’s concentrations: Image & Text, Documentary Strategies, Writing & Performativity, and Writing & Its Publics.

How to Attend the Writing Now Readings Series

Readings will take place in Butler Building BB#4-G. Any location changes will be announced to the RSVP list and on the event pages.

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Spring 2023

Blue Tomorrows - A Symposium with Corina Copp, Rebekah Weikel, & Missouri Williams

Blue Tomorrows - A Symposium with Corina Copp, Rebekah Weikel, & Missouri Williams

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CalArts Campus

Bijou Theater


Blue Tomorrows brings together three artists whose work represents new ecologies at the intersections of writing and image-making. Through personal, political, and philosophical engagement attuned to the impermanent, the indeterminate, and the transcendent qualities of material practice, Corina Copp, Rebekah Weikel, and Missouri Williams each take distinct approaches to feminist world-making. The School of Critical Studies is honored to host a discussion of their work in poetry, criticism, cinema, and fiction.

A reception will follow the symposium in Room D206. Image & Text work from students in the Creative Writing department will be screened at the reception. All are welcome.

Corina Copp is a poet, critic, and artist. She is the North American translator of Chantal Akerman's My Mother Laughs (The Song Cave); the author of The Green Ray (Ugly Duckling Presse), and the play, The Whole Tragedy of the Inability to Love. Work has appeared in Frieze, BOMB, Cabinet, Film Comment, Metrograph Journal, and is anthologized in America: Films from Elsewhere, Out of Everywhere 2, Sallones de belleza, and Triple Canopy. She programs Rotations, a screening series focused on experimental nonfiction filmmaking by women and feminist practitioners, in residence at 2220 Arts + Archives. Copp is a PhD candidate in cinema and media studies at the University of Southern California. She has taught at The Poetry Project, Poets House, Wendy’s Subway, and Mount St. Mary’s; and is a current faculty member at CalArts School of Film/Video.

Rebekah Weikel is a writer and editor based in Los Angeles. From 2006 to 2016 she oversaw Penny-Ante, a book press invested in revisionary and innovative forms. In 2021, she established Interlude Docs, an online archive where documents engaged with the theme of impermanence are acquired from writers and artists. Her writing has appeared in Artforum, Art in America, BOMB, and elsewhere.

Missouri Williams is a writer and editor who lives in London. She is the co-editor of the film journal Another Gaze. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Baffler, The Believer, Granta, and Five Dials. The Doloriad is her first book.

Fall 2022

Writing Now Reading Series: Raquel Gutiérrez

Raquel Gutiérrez is an arts critic/writer, poet, and educator. Her/their new book Brown Neown (Coffee House Press, 2022) is an ekphrastic memoir that considers what it means to be a Latinx artist during the Trump era.

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Writing Now Reading Series: Brontez Purnell [Canceled]

Brontez Purnell is a writer, musician, dancer, filmmaker, and performance artist. He is the author of a graphic novel, a novella, a children's book, and the novel Since I Laid My Burden Down.

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Writing Now Reading Series: Carribean Fragoza

A graduate of CalArts MFA writing program, Carribean Fragoza’s first book is the story collection, Eat the Mouth that Feeds You, and her arts/culture reviews and essays have been published in online national and international magazines such as Aperture, Los Angeles Review of Books, LA Weekly, KCET, Culture Strike, and Tropics of Meta. She is also the founder and co-director of the South El Monte Art Posse (SEMAP), a multi-disciplinary arts collective.

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Writing Now Reading Series: Aida Salazar

Aida Salazar is an award-winning author, arts activist, and translator whose writings explore issues of identity and social justice. She is the author of middle grade verse novels The Moon Sithin and Land of the Cranes and the picture book, In the Spirit of a Dream. Her forthcoming books include the historical fiction novel, A Seed in the Sun; the bio picture book, Jovita Wore Pants: The Story of a Mexican Freedom Fighter; and the anthology Calling the Moon.

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Writing Now Reading Series: Ariana Reines

Ariana Reines is a poet and Obie-winning playwright from Salem Massachusetts. Her most recent book, A Sand Book, won the 2020 Kingsley Tufts Prize and was longlisted for the National Book Award. She is currently Mary Routt Endowed Chair in Writing at Scripps College & founding director of Invisible College, an evolving experiment in the study of poetry & sacred texts.

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Writing Now Reading Series: Lidia Yuknavitch

Lidia Yuknavitch is the bestselling author of the novels Thrust, The Book of Joan, and The Small Backs of Children, the short story collection Verge, the anti-memoir The Chronology of Water, and The Misfit's Manifesto, based on her TED Talk "On the Beauty of Being a Misfit," now with well over four million views. She founded Corporeal Writing in Portland, OR. She now lives in the woods next to the ocean.

This is a virtual event that will be screened in Generator 201/202 with a reception to follow. Reading(s) will be streamed via the Creative Writing Program's YouTube Channel.

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For more information on the Writing Now Reading Series or for accessibility questions, please contact the Visiting Artist Coordinator at csartistcoordinator@calarts.edu