For those of you going to the AWP Literary Thing, I am on a panel that Thursday at noon. I will read a bit from O Fallen Angel and then am supposed to deliver a sort of manifesto on these things - my manifesto will be basically saying that I'm a dirty no-good feminist, I believe, and I will probably talk about Elfriede Jelinek and Marina Abramovic and Sasha Grey. I don't know. I have to write it. Or I wrote some of it in the draft of the mss. and it's okay but messy which gives me a rash to think about. I think I am supposed to be "post" or "no" wave, which sounds rather discordant and so I like that. I feel I should probably wear something really slutty, some sort of radical costume proclaiming my libertinism, but most likely I'll wear a blazer and my green boots and black man-jeans, because that's basically all I own. I am currently reading the biography of the Baroness Elsa and I love what a performance-artist-of-the-fuck she was, she was such a sexual virtuoso (no! I resist any impulse to blog here about it, I am merely announcing something for public intentions). I believe at the panel which Kathleen Rooney organized we will also talk about ambivalent maternity and what not, and the Susan Faludi article in Harper's. Maybe I'll talk about the Baroness. But not here! That part is done and over with! I will successfully resist that urge.
Also, if you are going to be in DC for the AWP thing, please stop by the Belladonna* table or come see me and say hi. I would love to have a cocktail with someone especially Wednesday night and Thursday night. Or have lunch on Thursday. All of this AWP stuff reminds me of high school, somehow. There's even a dance at the end of it.
Here's the info:
Thursday at noon
Thurgood Marshall West Room
Marriott Wardman Park, Mezzanine Level
R154. To Wave or Not to Wave: Writing the Female Body Across Generations. (Kathleen Rooney, Janice Eidus, Patricia Foster, Karen Salyer McElmurray, Kate Zambreno) First, second, or third wave? Post or no wave? The six feminist writers in this roundtable don’t get hung up on labels, but they do suggest there’s insight to be gained by looking at how the work of women writing about sex and the body has evolved over the past 40 years. Join them for a multi-genre, multi-generational conversation on how feminism has influenced literary explorations of gender, useful for anyone interested in how writing the body can situate individuals of any age in the world.