In this special evening, artist Matt Huynh will debut a cinematic, interactive comic about growing up in a community of Vietnam War refugees resettled in Victoria, Australia. Kristen Radtke, The Believer’s art director, will interview Huynh after his presentation.
Matt Huynh is a Sydney-born, New York-based visual artist and storyteller. His bold brush and ink paintings are informed by calligraphic Eastern sumi-e ink traditions, as well as the mechanical reproduction of popular Western comic books and their limitations. Huynh’s work has been exhibited by the MoMA, The Smithsonian, The Sydney Opera House, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), and the New York Historical Society.
Kristen Radtkeis the author of the graphic nonfiction book Imagine Wanting Only This. She is the art director and deputy publisher of The Believer magazine. She is at work on a graphic essay collection, Seek You: Essays on American Loneliness, and Terrible Men, a graphic novel, both forthcoming from Pantheon.
Saturday October 26 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
A UNIQUE CONCERT SERIES BENEFITING THE YOUNG WRITER'S WORKSHOP
Brother Stone & The Get Down is an American Neo-Soul/Pop R&B group fronted by song-writing team Collin Monahan and Matt Ranaudo. Inspired by an eclectic mix of artists Including Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, John Mayer, and D’angelo their melodic and harmonic styles pull from all of these influences to form songs of the Pop and R&B genre with a hint of classic soul.
Recently named 'The Best Emerging Voice of 2018' by the Las Vegas Weekly, Las Vegas musician Sonia Barcelona is making waves. Disenfranchised with years of studying accounting, the up-and-coming musician ditched the debits and credits at 19 and picked up her ukulele because she knew making music was her calling. She describes herself at that time as being "shy and quiet."
DAO STROM, STACEY TRAN, & VI KHI NAO
Monday October 28 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
SHE WHO HAS NO MASTER(S): FOOD, MEMORY, MYTHOLOGY
A multimedia performance at the East Las Vegas Library (2851 East Bonanza Road)
Spend a decadent evening with Vietnamese poets, writers, and performance artists Dao Strom, Stacey Tran, and Vi Khi Nao. With Vietnamese cuisine like bánh cuốn or cuộn giấy or bánh xèo, Dao, Tran, and Nao explore the imagined future of language and food through matriarchal mythologies. Collaborate in a performance-based, sculptural Vietnamese feast made of words, food, and diaspora.
Dao Strom is the author of a bilingual poetry/art book, You Will Always Be Someone From Somewhere Else (2018), a hybrid memoir, We Were Meant To Be a Gentle People + music album East/West (2015), and two books of fiction, The Gentle Order of Girls and Boys and Grass Roof, Tin Roof. Her work has received support from the Creative Capital Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Precipice Fund, Regional Arts & Culture Council, Oregon Arts Commission, and others. She is the editor of diaCRITICS.
Stacey Tranis a writer from Portland, OR. Her writing can be found in BOMB Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, diaCRITICS, and others. She is the author of Soap for the Dogs (Gramma, 2018; Black Ocean, 2019) and the creator of Tender Table, a storytelling series about food, community, and identity. The series was founded in 2017 and has featured over 100 storytellers across eight US cities. Stacey is a member of She Who Has No Master(s), a collective of writers and artists of the Vietnamese diaspora. She currently lives in Providence, RI where she is an MFA candidate in the Literary Arts program at Brown University.
Vi Khi Naois the author of three poetry collections, including Sheep Machine (2018) and Umbilical Hospital (2017); the short stories collection, A Brief Alphabet of Torture, which won FC2’s Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize in 2016; the novel, Fish in Exile (2016); and the poetry collection, The Old Philosopher, which won the Nightboat Books Prize for Poetry in 2014. Her work includes poetry, fiction, film, and cross-genre collaborations. Her stories, poems, and drawings have appeared in NOON, Ploughshares, Black Warrior Review, and BOMB, among others. She holds an MFA in fiction from Brown University.
The Writer’s Block will be selling books at the door.
Thursday October 31 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
EYES BOTTLE DARK WITH A MOUTHFUL OF FLOWERS: AN EVENING WITH POET JAKE SKEETS A reading with Jake Skeets, followed by a conversation with Clark County Poet Laureate, Heather Lang-Cassera
Drunktown, New Mexico, is a place where men “only touch when they fuck in a backseat.” Its landscape is scarred by violence: done to it, done on it, done for it. Under the cover of deepest night, sleeping men are run over by trucks. Navajo bodies are deserted in fields. Resources are extracted. Lines are crossed. Men communicate through beatings, football, and sex. In this place, “the closest men become is when they are covered in blood / or nothing at all.” Rooted in Navajo history and thought, these poems show what has been brewing in an often forgotten part of the American literary landscape, an important language, beautiful and bone dense.
Selected by Kathy Fagan as a winner of the 2018 National Poetry Series, Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers is a debut collection of poems by a dazzling geologist of queer eros.
Jake Skeetsis Black Streak Wood, born for Water’s Edge. He is Diné from Vanderwagen, New Mexico. He holds an MFA in poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Skeets is a winner of the 2018 Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Contest and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Skeets edits an online publication called Cloudthroat and organizes a poetry salon and reading series called Pollentongue, based in the Southwest. He currently teaches at Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona.
Heather Lang-Casserawas recently named Clark County, Nevada's third Poet Laureate. She was also named Las Vegas' Best Local Writer or Poet by the readers of the Desert Companion, Nevada's NPR-member radio station's print publication, in 2017. Her poetry has been published by or is forthcoming in december, Citron, HOOT, Jelly Bucket, The Normal School, North American Review, Paper Darts, Pleiades, and Whiskey Island among other publications.
THE VINYL SAY WITH RASAR AMANI
Friday November 01 | 6:00PM - 8:00PM
RECORDS + RHYMES + REVIEWS EVERY FIRST FRIDAY AT THE WRITER’S BLOCK
Every first Friday of the month, join us for a collision between music, history, and artistry as industry veteran and renowned hip hop chronicler Rasar Amani (front man of Las Vegas’s own The Lique) explores some of the most transformative albums of yesterday and today through reviews, hot takes, Q&A’s, and special performances with notable Las Vegas musicians.
Featuring in November
Records by: DJ Mr. Vibe
Rhymes from: Rasar Amani + musical accompaniment
Reviews with: Jay R Beatbox Featured Album: Illmatic by Nas
This event is free and open to all ages.
Tuesday November 05 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
LIFE IS AN OP-ED: ON MAKING OPINIONS IN AN AGE OF BEWILDERMENT
Never have we had access to so much data, and never has our ability to make informed, durable, practical opinions been more challenged. As an opinion writer for The New York Times, Jennifer Senior is paid to make opinions. But that’s no simple task in this age of “hot takes” and information overload—not to mention outright misinformation. Join us for a wide-ranging discussion of current affairs, alongside a guide for the perplexed in the age of Twitter, as Senior discusses her vision of a literary punditry which joins deep thinking with old-fashioned reporting—and ample doses of time and solitude.
Jennifer Senioris an Op-Ed writer at The New York Times. Her best-selling book, All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood, has been translated into 12 languages, and her work has been anthologized in many essay collections, including four volumes of “The Best American Political Writing.” Often fusing her insights with social science, Senior’s work unpacks, with rigor and tenderness, the everyday implications politics, technology, and popular culture. Her op-eds have ranged, in the last year alone, on the subjects of illiberalism in publishing to the “privacy paradox,” to a defense of Fortnite, to an observation—in real-time—of the surprising tragedy of Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony. As a bonus, here’s Senior on the subject of this evening’s conversation itself—the problem we have making heads and tails of a culture that is designed to melt our brains.
A book signing and reception will follow the talk. The Writer’s Block will be selling books at the door.
PLEASE SEND NOODLES BOOK CLUB
Friday November 08 | 6:00PM - 8:00PM
AN EATING-COOKING-READING-EATING-EATING-TOGETHER COOKBOOK CLUB
Love to cook? Wish you cooked more? Love eating and talking about food and great food writing? Join us as we devour Samin Nosrat's Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking
Every month, Please Send Noodles will introduce a cookbook, pore over it, discuss the food, cooking techniques, where to buy ingredients, and then, cook from the book for a month and come back together for a potluck we cooked right from the book. All cooks and eaters welcome, from beginner to pro. The mission: to create a beautiful community around cooking and eating together.
We will introduce a new book every month, have cookbook authors and chefs pop in for demos and talks, and will trouble-shoot recipes in an on-going Facebook group, then come back together for food and discussion about the book. This group will get you cooking!
For the first meeting on November 8th, host Kim Foster will make—wait for it...NOODLES. At this meeting, The Writer's Block will be selling the first book for the club, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat. Nosrat’s book is a great primer to learning about what makes a dish delicious. And if you haven't seen Nosrat’s 4-part Netflix series of the same name, take a look before we meet! It will be great fodder for our first meeting over noodles.
The Writer's Block
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