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In collaboration with The Broad’s Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’ – an exhibition featuring six decades of work and more than 120 of Jasper Johns’ most iconic and significant works, ALOUD explores the centrality of writers to Johns’ creative practice by presenting two evenings of readings by contemporary authors, presenting texts from Johns’ literary muses, Samuel Beckett, Ted Berrigan, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Hart Crane, Frank O’Hara, and Herman Melville.

Join us for the first of the two evenings in Oculus Hall at The Broad, with Chris Kraus, Douglas Kearney, and Rigoberto Gonzalez reading and responding to the work of a chosen writer, while also sharing from their own work.

Don’t miss the second evening in the series on April 12 — learn more here.

Rigoberto González

Rigoberto González is the author of What Drowns the Flowers in Your Mouth: A Memoir of Brotherhood (March 2018) and four books of poetry, most recently Unpeopled Eden, which won the Lambda Literary Award and the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets. His twelve books of prose include two bilingual children’s books, the three YA novels in the Mariposa Club series, and four books of nonfiction, including Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa, which received the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. The recipient of Guggenheim, NEA and USA Rolón fellowships, he is contributing editor for Poets & Writers Magazine and writes a monthly column for NBC-Latino online. Currently, he is professor of English at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey, and the inaugural Stan Rubin Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the Rainier Writing Workshop. As of 2016, he serves as critic-at-large with the L.A. Times.

Douglas Kearney

Douglas Kearney has published six books, most recently, Buck Studies, winner of the CLMP Firecracker Award for Poetry and silver medalist for the California Book Award in Poetry.  He was the guest editor for 2015’s Best American Experimental Writing, and has received a Whiting Writer’s Award, residencies and fellowships from Cave Canem, The Rauschenberg Foundation, and others. His work has appeared in a number of journals, including Poetry, nocturnesPleiadesIowa ReviewBoston Review, and Indiana Review; and anthologies, including Resisting Arrest: Poems to Stretch the Sky, Best American Poetry, Best American Experimental Writing, Of Poetry and Protest, Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond, The Breakbeat Poets, and What I Say: Innovative Poetry by Black Poets in America. Raised in Altadena, CA, he lives with his family in California’s Santa Clarita Valley. He teaches at CalArts.

Chris Kraus

Chris Kraus is the author of four novels, two books of cultural criticism, and most recently, After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography. She is a co-editor of the independent press Semiotexte, alongside Hedi El Kholti and Sylvere Lotringer. She writes for various publications, and lives in northern Minnesota when she’s not in LA.

Oculus Hall at The Broad
221 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Directions and Parking

Tickets will be available for purchase at thebroad.org or by calling 213-232-6250. Tickets are $15 (poetry reading only); $30 (includes poetry reading and one-time return to Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’ (any time during regular museum hours)

Main Image: Foirades/Fizzles (1976) by Jasper Johns and Samuel Becket, courtesy of Manhattan Rare Book Company.

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