We’re excited to welcome Stephanie Acosta, Stephen Dunn, and Mairead Case in celebration of the release of Mairead Case’s Tiny, out this December from the wonderful folks at Featherproof Books!
***This event will be streamed via YouTube Live starting at 7 pm on December 16th. Register HERE for a link to view the event to be sent to you the day of the event.***
Hi my name is Rose. I like to play a lot and go to the beach. And also I really like to eat Nutella and hot dogs and mac and cheese. My favorite drink is soda and apple cider and sparkling water. And also I like school and going to bed. And also I like running and skipping. And also I like doing ballet moves. I also like to follow Pearl around.
—ROSE SASAKI, age 5
Hi my name is Pearl. I like weekends. And I like swearing. And I like to be funny. And to say that my mama’s butt is big and sexy. And I’m very stylish. And I like scary movies. And I like to be everything. And to live my awesome life. The end.
—PEARL SASAKI, age 9
STEPHANIE ACOSTA is an interdisciplinary artist who places the materiality of the ephemeral at the center of her practice, questioning meaning-making and manufactured limitations. Blending performance with practice-based and studio research. Engaging ensembles in facilitated processes, she creates fleeting performance works that examine site, space, and perception in shared experiences. Acosta has presented her works with and for Museum of Art and Design, Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, Chocolate Factory Theatre, Knockdown Center, the Current Sessions, Miami Performance International Festival, Anatomy Collective, IN>Time Symposium, the Chicago Park District, the Performance Philosophy conference, High Concept Labs, Read/Write Library, No Media, and Radius. Acosta has recently collaborated with artist Miguel Gutierrez on multiple projects, including Cela nous concerne tous (This concerns all of us), commissioned for the Ballet de Lorraine in Nancy, France, and This Bridge Called My Ass, premiered 2019 American Realness with a dynamic cast of Latinx performers, currently touring. The March 2020 World Premiere of the multi-platform performance work Good Day God Damn at the Chocolate Factory Theatre LIC, NY, was postponed. Acosta will continue expanding on research of the cosmic and surreal in crisis, with a series of cinematic shorts and publications.
MAIREAD CASE (maireadcase.com) is a lecturer, writer, and editor in Denver. She is the author of the novels Tiny and See You In the Morning (featherproof), the poetry chapbook TENDERNESS (Meekling), and To The Teeth, a column at Entropy. Mairead publishes widely, most recently in POETRY, JSTOR Daily, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. She teaches at Naropa University, at GALS Denver, and inside the Denver Women’s Jail. Mairead holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a PhD from the University of Denver, organizes, and has been a Legal Observer with the NLG for over a decade.
STEVEN DUNN (aka Pothole, because he’s deep in these streets) is the author of two novels: Potted Meat and water & power. He was born and raised in West Virginia, and teaches at Regis University’s Mile High MFA.