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Exhibit X Guest Bios & Links

Spring 2014

Monday, April 21
7pm
Hallwalls Cinema (341 Delaware Ave.)
Free and Open to the Public

Rebecca Goodman

REBECCA GOODMAN is the author of The Surface of Motion (Green Integer), Aftersight (Spuyten Duyvil, forthcoming), and co-author of the composition textbook The Assignment: Why am I Writing This Essay (Fountainhead Press). She is the co-founder and co-director of Ischia Arts: The Program in Creative Writing. She lives in Southern California, where she teaches creative writing at Chapman University.

Martin Nakell

MARTIN NAKELL is a fictionalist and a poet who believes that the experience of art is energy. That energy can be released – in literature – by the disruption of form – creating fissures along which that energy travels and is where the reader encounters it. He is the author of about 11 books – poetry and fiction--and has won several national awards and grants. He lives in Southern California where he teaches at Chapman University. Of his 2010 novel, Settlement, Angela Genusa writes in Mad Hatters Review: “Nakell pulls off experimental literary techniques like a master prose magician, leaving the reader (after not only first, but repeated readings) to sit and marvel, ‘How did he do that?’”

Thursday, April 10
7:00pm
Hallwalls Cinema (341 Delaware Ave.)

Michalapoulou

Greek novelist and short story writer, Amanda Michalopoulou, reads newly translated fiction for the Exhibit X Fiction Series

April 10, 2014, 7:00pm, Hallwalls Cinema

Free and Open to the Public

Parking On Site

Amanda Michalopoulou is the author of six novels, three short story collections, and a successful series of children’s books. One of Greece’s leading contemporary writers, Michalopoulou has won the country’s highest literary awards, including the Revmata Prize, the Diavazo Award, and the Prize of Athens Academy, and has been nominated to and won several US based awards as well.

Michalopoulou’s first book to be translated into English—a collection of stories called I’d Like—was nominated for the Best Translated Book Award (a BTBA) and won the International Literature Prize from the National Endowment for the Arts. It has been described by George Fragopoulos as a “metafictional work reminiscent of Calvino and Borges.”

Now, award winning Rochester based publisher, Open Letter Press, has worked with translator Karen Emmerich once again to make Michalopoulou’s evocatively titled novel—Why I Killed My Best Friend—available to an English speaking audience. Set against the turbulent landscape of Greek political and economic unrest, Michalopoulou’s first translated novel explores the friendship of two cosmopolitan girls—one from Athens by way of Africa, the other from Paris—and how their love and competitiveness “translates” into a difficult relationship: what the narrator calls ‘odiodsamato.” Loosely translated, “odiodsamato” means “frienemies.”

A significant element of the novel explores our increasing global identities. Michalopoulou borrows Debord’s notion of “psychogeography” and investigates how our sense of space, our sense of self, is constantly reinvented in the contemporary moment. For her, it is tangibly expressed in her writing life: many of her novels have been written at residencies in Germany, France, the USA and Switzerland. As she reflects: "Like an actress, foreign countries give me the freedom to invent other identities – and yet I cannot escape my Greek identity. This combination is an ideal breeding ground for the imagination."

In all of Michalopoulou’s work, we are presented with a constellation of unusual stories, characterized as much by lyrical and hypnotic prose as by their movement between languages, peoples, and places. Marked by unerring cosmopolitanism, it’s no surprise that Michalopoulou has been described as “one of Greece's most innovative young story tellers.”

Thursday March 6
7:00pm
Hallwalls Cinema (341 Delaware Avenue)

Lavalle

Victor LaValle is the author of Slapboxing with Jesus, a book of stories, and three novels, The Ecstatic, Big Machine, and The Devil in Silver. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowhsip, the Shirley Jackson Award and the key to Southeast Queens. His writing has appeared in Granta, the Paris Review, New York Magazine, the Washington Post, and Bookforum, among others. He teaches creative writing at Columbia University.