When: Back to Calendar » February 2, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

Is metamorphosis a condition or a state of being? Is it temporary or permanent? Is it conditioned by culture, sexual identity, nationality, or location? Los Angeles writers reconsider the idea of metamorphosis through poetry, fiction, and autobiographical narratives that address the meaning of change and transformation in a city of perpetual reinvention.

The readers:

Susana Chávez-Silverman is co-editor of Tropicalizations: Transcultural Representations of Latinidad and Reading and Writing the Ambiente: Queer Sexualities in Latino, Latin American, and Spanish Culture. Her bilingual creative nonfiction books, Killer Crónicas: Bilingual Memories (2004) and Scenes from la Cuenca de Los Angeles y otros Natural Disasters (2010) have been anthologized in print, in the inaugural Norton Anthology of Latino Literature (2010), among others, and online, where audio versions are also available. Susana is professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Pomona College in California.

Ramón García’s book of poetry, Other Countries, was published by What Books Press in 2010. He is the author of a forthcoming book-length monograph on the documentary photographer Ricardo Valverde, to be published by the University of Minnesota Press. His work has appeared in Best American Poetry 1996, Ambit, Poetry Salzburg Review, Los Angeles Review, and Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas. A founding member of the Glass Table Collective, an artist collective in Los Angeles, he is a professor at the California State University, Northridge, and lives in Downtown Los Angeles.

Trebor Healey received the 2004 Ferro-Grumley and Violet Quill Awards for his first novel, Through It Came Bright Colors (Harrington Park Press) and is also the author of the novels A Horse Named Sorrow (University of Wisconsin Press) and Faun (Lethe Press), released this fall; a collection of poems, Sweet Son of Pan (Suspect Thoughts, 2006); and a short story collection, A Perfect Scar & Other Stories (Harrington Park Press, 2007). He co-edited (with Marci Blackman) Beyond Definition: New Writing from Gay and Lesbian San Francisco (Manic D Press, 1994) and co-edited (with Amie M. Evans) Queer & Catholic (Routledge, 2008). He lives in Los Angeles, where he does economic justice work.