That’s this Sunday, at 7pm, at Outer Space Studios (1474 N. Milwaukee Ave., near the CTA Damen Blue Line stop). There’s a suggested donation of $4.
Red Rover is “the reading series that plays with readings.” This will be its 53rd experiment, “Men Undressed,” with Gina Frangello, Cris Mazza, Susan Solomon, Charles Blackstone, Davis Schneiderman, and me:
A celebration for the new anthology Men Undressed: Women Writers and the Male Sexual Experience published by Other Voices Books. In this collection, women writers imagine all things sexual from the point of view of male characters.
More about the participants:
Gina Frangello is the author of three books of fiction: A Life in Men (Algonquin Books, 2013), Slut Lullabies (Emergency Press 2010) and My Sister’s Continent (Chiasmus 2006). The longtime editor of the literary magazine, Other Voices, she co-founded its book press, Other Voices Books, in 2004 and has served as Executive Editor ever since. She is also the Fiction Editor on the popular literary collective The Nervous Breakdown, and the Sunday Editor on the online cultural site, The Rumpus.
Cris Mazza has authored sixteen books, most recently Various Men Who Knew Us as Girls, a novel. Her other fiction titles include Waterbaby, Trickle-Down Timeline, and Is It Sexual Harassment Yet? In 1995 & 1996, Mazza was co-editor for the original Chick-Lit anthologies: Chick-Lit: Postfeminist Fiction, and Chick-Lit 2: No Chick Vics. In 2006, her essay “Who’s Laughing Now: Chick Lit and the Perversion of a Genre,” explaining the co-opting and corrosion of the title, appeared in Poets & Writers Magazine. In addition to fiction, Mazza also has published a collection of personal essays, Indigenous: Growing Up Californian, and has a hybrid memoir, Something Wrong With Her, forthcoming from Jadid Ibis Press. A native of Southern California, Mazza grew up in San Diego County. She currently lives 50 miles west of Chicago and is a professor in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Susan Solomon is a writer and lawyer living in Chicago. Her fiction is upcoming or has appeared in a number of online and print publications including Valparaiso Fiction Review, Polluto, Wilderness House Literary Review, and Pebble Lake Review. Her story, “Smile Catchers,” placed “Commended” (top ten) in Writelink’s 2004 Weekender Challenge (United Kingdom), and her story, “Medici, For Beginners,” was selected as an Editor’s Choice story for 2005 by Pulse Magazine.
Charles Blackstone is the author of The Week You Weren’t Here, a novel, and co-editor of The Art of Friction, an anthology of genre-defying fiction and creative nonfiction, and managing editor of the acclaimed book review site Bookslut. His prose has appeared in The Journal of Experimental Fiction, The Evergreen Review, Modern Luxury, the Wall Street Journal online, Esquire.com, and, most recently, on Twitter. He lives in Chicago.
Davis Schneiderman‘s recent novels include Drain (TriQuarterly / Northwestern), which did not win the National Book Award, and Blank: a novel (Jaded Ibis), with audio from Dj Spooky, which was not a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His creative work has never appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Paris Review and Granta. He has not been the recipient of three Pushcart Prizes for his short fiction, and has never been a fellow at Breadloaf or Yaddo. Recently, he was passed over for a MacArthur “Genius” Grant, despite being Chair of the English Department at Lake Forest College, and also Director of Lake Forest College Press/&NOW Books, where he co-edits The &NOW AWARDS: The Best Innovative Writing.
A D Jameson is the author of the prose collection Amazing Adult Fantasy and the novel Giant Slugs (both 2011). His work has appeared in Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly, Fiction International, The Brooklyn Rail, and dozens of other journals. He also contributes regularly to the group blogs Big Other and HTMLGiant. Last fall, he entered the PhD program in Creative Writing at UIC.
We hope to see you there!