Late Night Library

Laurie Weeks’ Zipper Mouth

This month we feature Laurie Weeks’ novel Zipper Mouth, published by The Feminist Press in 2011. Kevin Thomas at The Rumpus called Zipper Mouth “a story of extremes: heights of infatuation, depths of temp work hell, chemical induced grandiosity, and the ensuing hangover. It’s not for the faint of heart, all this desperation and ecstasy—but who wants to be the faint of heart?”

Co-hosts Nicholas Boggs and William Johnson discuss the novel’s queer aesthetics, how it fails in all the right ways, and the renewed importance of small presses in LGBT publishing.

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About Laurie Weeks:

Laurie Weeks was born and raised in Idaho. After flunking “Introduction to Foreign Travel” at the University of Idaho, she lived in Austin, Tucson, L.A., Seattle, and Olympia, WA before moving to NYC in 1989 to study cultural theory at NYU, where she earned her M.A. before became a superstar in the 1990s downtown arts scene. Weeks’ received Lambda Literary’s Best Lesbian Debut Fiction award for Zipper Mouth, which was also shortlisted for the Edmund White Debut Fiction award, and appeared on numerous “best of”/”favorite” lists for books released in 2011. A portion of Zipper Mouthappeared in Dave Eggers’ The Best American Nonrequired Reading. She was a screenwriter on the film Boys Don’t Cry, toured the US with the girl-punk group Sister Spit, and co-founded Summer of Bad Plays, a performance collective. Her writing has appeared in The Whitney Biennial 2012,Semiotext(e)’s The New Fuck You, The Baffler, Vice, Nest: A Quarterly of Interiors, and Index Magazine, among others.Her play, Young Skulls II, was produced in NYC and San Francisco at The Lab. She was twice awarded 7-month residencies to The Fine Arts Workshop in Provincetown, MA, and has taught at UC San Diego, Cal Arts, and the New School. Her favorite job was teaching autobiographical writing, through CUNY, to women of all ages snared in the Welfare-to-Work program.

Click here for our microinterview with Laurie.

About our co-hosts:

Nicholas Boggs, Brooklyn, NY, has fiction published or forthcoming in PANK, Mary Literary, Chelsea Station, and Best Gay Stories 2013, and his literary criticism appears in the anthology James Baldwin Now (NYU Press) andCallaloo.  His book-in-progress, which explores the untold story of James Baldwin’s collaboration with French painter Yoran Cazac, has been supported by fellowships from Yaddo and MacDowell as well as a 2012 grant from the Jerome Foundation. He is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of English at NYU.

William Johnson is a Brooklyn based essayist, cultural critic and editor. His writing has appeared in numerous art catalogs and periodicals: Boy Book: A Pictorial Study Of Urban Male Nudes in a Contemporary Urban Setting, A Question of Beauty, works by Anika Wilson, and “I Knew It Was Your Arm…:” works by Doug Group. He is a contributing arts and culture writer forCrushFanazine. He is the editor and publisher of Mary Literary, a literary journal dedicated to showcasing queer/gay writings of artistic merit and the managing editor of the Lambda Literary Review.




Posted on: November 30, 2012 · Homepage, Late Night Debut, Podcasts ·Tags: , .

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