Faggot Dinosaur – Art Opening 2012

Please join Writers Among Artists founder and editor Ali Liebegott in this visual and literary collaboration of dinosaurs knitting, fucking, and listening to Barbara Streisand! Queerness of the Paleolithic Age abounds at Faggot Dinosaur, a visual art exhibition, reading, and journal release celebration. Enjoy the opening reception and come back for a reading featuring many of the Faggot Dinosaur artists: Resa Alboher, Mario Ashkar, Jen Benka & Carol Mirakove, Denise Bilbao, Cooper Bombardier, Lisa Brown, Clint Catalyst, Justin Chin, Lucy Corin, Carmella Fleming, Leora Fridman, Nicole J. Georges, Hilary Goldberg, Nicki Greene, Michael Henry Hayden, Diane Hoffman, Sade Huron, Elyssa Joy Kilman, Andrea Lawlor, jojo Lazar, Janice Lee, Ricky Lee, Cayenne Link, Amy Macabre, Mary Meriam, Na¹amen, Sawako Nakayasu, Kirk Read, Steven Reigns, Joshua Robinson, Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal, Roxanne, Sam Sax, Cedar Sigo, Michelle Tea, Masha Tupitsyn, Vlad Viski, Ed Wolf and Yasmin San Francisco!  Sponsored by the Queer Cultural Center, San Francisco Arts Commission, and Alley Cat Books and with help from Radar Productions.

Ali Liebegott is the author of the award-winning books The Beautifully Worthless and The IHOP Papers.  She is currently trying to finish a novel called Cha-Ching! about some Brooklyn misfits and their gambling addictions and an illustrated novel called The Crumb People about a post-September 11th obsessive duck feeder.  In Fall 2010 Liebegott took a train trip across America interviewing women writers for a separate project called The Heart Has Many Doors.  In conjunction with RADAR Productions, she helped found the only free queer writer’s retreat in existence, The RADAR Lab and the Eli Coppola Memorial Chapbook Prize.  She founded Writers Among Artists an annual publication specifically aimed to have visual artists and writers collaborate.  She also paints portraits of famous dead literati as ducks, such as Emily Duckinson and Fyodor Duckstoyevsky.  You can find out more about her art and writing if by chance she rings you up at Rainbow Grocery, otherwise you should go to her outdated website at www.aliliebegott.com.

Artists/Writers

na’amen loves words, faggots and dinosaurs (not necessarily in that order).roxanne lives in seattle, where he spends his days listening to pop music and planning new adventures.

Yasmin San Francisco is a zine maker and minicomic artist at milkandtea@hotmail.com.

Resa Alboher, an editor of St. Petersburg Review, has published work in various publications including Black Heart Magazine, The Breath of Parted Lips:  Voices from the Frost Place, Vol. 2, The Scapegoat Review, The Edison Review, and Maintenant 5, and is working on a collection of poetry and on a novel.

Mario Ashkar is a gay Midwestern artist of Lebanese descent who works mostly in creative nonfiction, poetry and illustration.

Jen Benka is the author of PINKO and A Box of Longing with Fifty Drawers, and she works at 826 National.

Denise Bilbao is an erstwhile comic strip artist who often projects her feelings onto her illustrated creations.

Cooper Lee Bombardier is a visual artist and writer who was most recently published in the anthology Trans/Love from Manic D Press.

Lisa Brown writes and illustrates children’s books and writes and draws cartoons. Visit her at www.americanchickens.com.

“Faggot Dinosaur, I Am” is written in a poetic form Clint Catalyst created, the structure consisting of a seven syllable title, followed by seven stanzas: each composed of five lines, and following a rhythmic pattern of 5-7-5-7-5 (first stanza), 7-5-7-5-7 (second),5-7-5-7-5 (third), and so on.

Remaining fossil records suggest that Justin Chin, though squat and lumpish, developed a system of claw-like appendages near his pie-hole to aid in faggoting.

Lucy Corin has published two books of fiction and has a ms called “A Hundred Apocalypses” under perpetual revision.

Carmella Suzanne Fleming enjoys her religious mania in the sunny East Bay.

Leora Fridman is a writer, translator and educator living in Massachusetts.

Nicole J. Georges is a comic artist and Sister Spitter from Portland and her graphic novel will be out in 2012 with Houghton Mifflin.

Hilary Goldberg is an artist. www.hilarygoldberg.com

Nicki Green bakes, crafts, lives and loves in San Francisco. Cruise her at nickigreen.blogspot.com.

Michael Henry Hayden is an artist based in Los Angeles.  His work plays on themes of domestic architecture, geological time, and the romantic lives of objects.

Diane Hoffman is a marathon sleeper and first class snacker, who feels less grumpy when she makes things.

Sade Huron:  I am an artist, my work encompasses multi channel video installation, interactive media, performance and photography, and has exhibited internationally at among other sites: the Yerba Buena Center for the arts, Castro Theatre in SF, and The National Film Theatre in London, UK.

elyssa joy kilman is a creative arts therapist and a writer, a recently returned home to new yorker, and a lover of bacon.

Andrea Lawlor is a writer who lives in Western Massachusetts.

jojo Lazar is a Boston based carny and multi-media visual/performance artist known as “the burlesque poetess,” visit her keyring site at jojolazar.com.

Everything you want to know about Janice Lee can be found at http://janicel.com.

Ricky Lee teaches good manners to cats in Oakland California, her latest chapbook is available at www.strangelee.com.

Ali Liebegott is a cat-food-stacking-washed-up-old-hag whose plethora of out of print books include The IHOP Papers & The Beautifully Worthless.

Cayenne Link tends to exist.

Amy Macabre is a spooky girl who enjoys writing creepy poetry and dancing to the strange music her friends make.

Mary Meriam is the author of The Countess of Flatbroke (Modern Metrics, 2006) and The Poet’s Zodiac (Seven Kitchens, 2011), and the editor of Filled with Breath: 30 Sonnets by 30 Poets (Exot, 2010) and Lavender Review.

Carol Mirakove is the author of Occupied and Mediated and with the Dutch musician bates45 she released the electro-house track “temporary tattoos.

Sawako Nakayasu’s most recent books are Texture Notes (Letter Machine, 2010), Hurry Home Honey (Burning Deck, 2009), and a translation of Kawata Ayane’s poetry, Time of Sky//Castles in the Air (Litmus Press, 2010).

Kirk Read is a writer/performer from San Francisco he believes in the old ways.

Steven Reigns is a poet living in Los Angeles and recently released the collection Inheritance, published by Sibling Rivalry Press.  www.stevenreigns.com
RI area artist Joshua CJG Robinson, is an explorer of the bizarre.

Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal is a New York City traitor to Los Angeles who lowercase identifies as a writer.

sam sax a paisley tornado, slams microphones into basements, runs poetry shows and workshops in the bayarea.

Cedar Sigo is 33 years old, his most recent book is Stranger In Town,  (City Lights, 2010).

Michelle Tea would rather be throwing a dinner party.

Masha Tupitsyn is the author of LACONIA: 1,200 Tweets on Film, Beauty Talk & Monsters, and co-editor of the anthology Life As We Show It: Writing on Film.

Vlad Viski:  Born in Romania, a country stuck at that time between Communism and Capitalism, with little to no hope, I traveled from Paris to Los Angeles and from Bucharest to New York to find myself and I found a strong, proud, radical human being.

Ed Wolf is originally from New York City and has lived, worked, written and spoken in San Francisco since 1976 . . . there’s no going back now.