2/09/11: Ira Sachs, Sarah Sarai, and Christopher Schmidt

Sachs, Sarai, and Schmidt

The next event features talks by:
Ira Sachs
Sarah Sarai
Christopher Schmidt
…followed by a discussion/Q&A session.

on Wednesday, February 9
at 7 PM
at CUNY Graduate Center
(in the Skylight Room, 9100)
365 Fifth Avenue, NYC

Free Admission

Ira Sachs is a filmmaker based in New York City. His work includes Married Life (2007), The Delta (1997), and Forty Shades of Blue, winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic Film at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. A recipient of a Rockefeller Fellowship for Media Arts, Sachs is an Adjunct Professor in the MFA Program in Film at New York University, and is a fellow at both the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. His most recent short film, Last Address, premiered at the 2010 Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals, and has been shown at White Columns, Tate Modern, the Whitney, and the New Museum. Sachs is presently working on two films, The Goodbye People, co-written with Oren Moverman and adapted from the fiction of screenwriter and novelist Gavin Lambert, and Keep the Lights On, an autobiographical film set in New York during the last decade. He is the founder and co-curator of Queer/Art/Film, a monthly series held at the IFC Center in New York.

Writer Sarah Sarai is the author of the collection The Future Is Happy (BlazeVOX [books]). Her poetry appears in Threepenny Review, Parthenon West, Mississippi Review. Columbia Review, Pank, Eleven Eleven, EOAGH, and many others. A new chapbook is forthcoming from Loose Gravel Press. Her fiction appears in the journals South Dakota Review, Fairy Tale Review, Tampa Review, Storyglossia. She has an M.F.A. in fiction from Sarah Lawrence College, and while she’s taught writing at Antioch/Seattle, Fordham, Pace, BMCC/CUNY-and St. Mathias High School, for girls, in Los Angeles, she makes her living outside the academy, copyediting in ad agencies. Her grants (Seattle and King County Arts Commission) and fellowship (National Endowment for the Humanities) date back to another millennium, as does her theology.

Writer Christopher Schmidt is the author of The Next in Line, winner of the Slope Editions Book Prize (2008). His poems, lyric essays, and reviews have appeared in Tin House, Boston Review, The Village Voice, Court Green, La Petite Zine, SubStance, Satellite Convulsions, My Diva, and Best Gay Stories 2009, and are forthcoming in EOAGH. An Assistant Professor of English at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY, he has also taught at University of Michigan, Bard College, and Brooklyn College. He is currently completing a critical study on the influence of waste in 20th-century poetics.

* * *

TENDENCIES: Poetics & Practice is curated by Tim Peterson (Trace). For additional information, visit the Tendencies website.

All events are co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities, CLAGS (the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies), The Graduate Center PhD Program in English, and the GC Poetics Group.