Velvet Generation: Writers in Collaboration with Photography

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Thursday, October 28 | 7:00pm - 8:00pm

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Pictura Gallery

Four local Bloomington writers will share pieces (poetry & fiction) they've written in conversation with photographs in the Velvet Generation show. At this reading, you'll get to see how different art forms collaborate and collide. With writing from S.J. Ghaus, Laura Dzubay, Jessica Masi, and Kat Carlton. There will also be music by Lewis Rogers of Busman's Holiday.

About the writers:

Kat Carlton is a writer from Denver, CO – now living in Bloomington as she works toward her MFA in poetry, loving and learning with the community here. Currently she’s exploring Black womanhood and ancestry, the body as co-creator, desire and surveillance with writing, watercolors, and sharing. Her work has been featured in Stain’d Arts Magazine, Punch Drunk Press, and Asterism.

Laura Dzubay
is an MFA candidate in fiction at Indiana University. Her short stories and essays have previously appeared in Electric Literature, Blue Earth Review, Cimarron Review, and elsewhere. In addition to writing, she loves good food, hiking, and haunted places.

S.J. Ghaus
is a Pakistani-American poet, gardener, and community organizer currently working on an MFA at Indiana University. They are a VONA/Voices of Our Nation fellow, a Tin House workshop graduate, and the recipient of the 2020 Vera Meyer Strube Poetry Prize. Their work can be found on, Poetry Daily, and poiesis, and they currently serve as Poetry Editor for Indiana Review. You can usually find them on their bike, covered in dirt, singing very loudly.

Jessica Masi
is a storyteller, community activist, and wandering hobbyist from Indianapolis and Chicago. They are a first-year MFA candidate in Fiction at IU. Their writing often meets at the intersection of memoir and speculative fiction. They are interested in the connections and fractures between written and spoken words. Their work explores family legends, race cars, sexuality, and the use of oral storytelling as historical record. They belong to the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.