Saturday, July 23, 6:30 - 9pm
7×7 LA is a new online magazine based in Los Angeles that invites writers and visual artists to collaborate in the production of wholly original illuminated short stories and poetry. These exchanges, loosely based on the Surrealist game of “exquisite corpse,” allow collaborators to respond to one another’s ideas as they venture into new imaginative terrain. Founded by LA-based artist Axel Wilhite and writer Amy Bonnaffons, 7×7 LA offers a new kind of literary space, one that promotes spontaneous exchange and interdisciplinary collaboration.
In the course of this exciting multimedia reading event at TAM, several authors and artists featured in the magazine will share their hybrid work with the public.
July 23 is the second night in a three part series and will feature poet Ruth Madievsky reading from her collaboration with artist Sarah Ratchye; 7x7 co-editor Lisa Locascio will share her story collaboration with painter Matt McLean; and writer Caroline Siemers will present her collaboration with artist Nancy Willis.
Originally from Moldova, Ruth Madievsky is a poet and fiction writer living in Los Angeles. Her debut poetry collection, Emergency Brake, was published by Tavern Books n Valentine's Day 2016 as their 2015 Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series selection. Emergency Brake has been a Small Distribution Press bestseller every month since its publication. Ruth Madievsky's poetry and fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in lack Warrior Review, The Iowa Review, Gulf Coast, Prairie Schooner, Rattle, Tin House's Broadside Thirty series, West Branch, ZYZZYVA, and elsewhere. She was a 2015 Tin House Scholar in Poetry and reads chapbook submissions for Gold Line Press. She is also a doctoral student at The University of Southern California School of Pharmacy and a research assistant at an HIV clinic specializing in maternal care in Downtown Los Angeles. Currently, she is working on a collection of linked short stories and a book-length lyric essay.
Sarah Ratchye was born in North Dakota. She received a BS degree in Geology from Stanford University, and in 1985, she earned a BFA degree with honors from Carnegie Mellon University. During the summer of her second year at CMU, Sarah made etchings at the Kunsthandverk Press in Bergen, Norway. In 2005, Ratchye was awarded the Fellowship in Painting during her two years work toward her MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute. She received her MFA in Painting in 2007. Ratchye’s dense paintings and drawings portray the transcendental and contradictory natures of religion, space exploration, and sexuality. Floating within images of popular culture and deep space, the cosmonaut and astronaut exist as ciphers of divine knowledge. Currently she is working on a series of large drawings that reference scientific certainty that human survival depends on colonizing other planets and moons.
Lisa Locascio’s work has appeared in n+1, The Believer, Bookforum, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and the anthology California Prose Directory. She is the first Anglophone writer to be granted an interview with Roberto Bolaño's widow Carolina López, and her work on the author has earned mention in The Los Angeles Times, Arts and Letters Daily, and The New Yorker. Lisa lives in Los Angeles and has recently completed a novel.
Matt McLean was born in 1984 in Binghamton, New York. He has a bachelor’s degree in Art Education from SUNY New Paltz. Using monotype, screen-printing and traditional painting techniques, McLean creates landscapes that often veer into abstract, imaginary realms. He lives in Far Rockaway, New York, and shows his work frequently in New York City.
Caroline Siemers is a writer, eater, baker, maker, reader, thinker, traveler, comedian and performer. She enjoys writing and performing monologs about her life on stages across Los Angeles and New York. In her spare time, Caroline is a management consultant dedicated to improving the relationship between employees and employers.
Nancy Willis lives and works in the Napa Valley and holds an MFA from SFAI. As a painter/ printmaker she works with themes of intimacy and social connection by creating series such as The BED, RSVP, the CHANDELIER and TERRAIN. Her recent curatorial project NOURISH at the Napa Valley Museum brought together over 25 artists, 9 chefs and a live stream from the kitchen of a three Michelin starred restaurant in France. Willis created Path of an Artist tours, leading artists to France and Sundance for annual painting workshops. Her work was most recently seen at the Start Up Art Fair in LA.
To find out more about 7x7, please visit their website: 7x7.la