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Thursday, March 26 • 11:30am - 12:45pm
Bad Boundaries

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"Bad boundaries”: they’re symptomatic of immaturity, personality disorder, neediness, and/or lesbianism. While certain kinds of boundary-crossing (i.e., the blurring of gender binaries, the hybridizing of genre categories) are celebrated in queer and innovative art and writing circles, it seems even--maybe especially--those of us most invested in these kinds of boundary refusals are at the same time concerned with maintaining healthy relationship boundaries and solid ethics on issues of privacy and consent. The writers and artists on this panel steal and collage, breach and blur, queer. We also, though, have suspect ethics: we divulge secrets from others’ private lives, forge inappropriate  intimacies, and force audiences to be complicit in our messy feelings. But inherent in our bad boundaries, we hope, is potential for collaboration and connection, for a devaluation of the discrete subject and an embrace of overlap, multiplicity, and exchange. 

Five signs that you might have bad boundaries: 
1. You, like Dodie Bellamy, find yourself adopting the/an unlocatable first person voice. 
2. You, like Stephen van Dyck, swap tales of financial and emotional woe with customer service agents over the phone and secretly air them on the radio. 
3. You, like Sam Cohen, hate the idea of survival of the fittest enough to form a collaborative, interspecies theory of evolution. 
4. You, like Megan Milks, itch for a parasitic aesthetics with political and erotic potential. 
5. You, like Matias Viegener, obsess over the encroaching drone invasion, but secretly long to be one.

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Megan Milks

Megan Milks is the author of Kill Marguerite and Other Stories (Emergency Press, 2014) and the chapbook Twins (Birds of Lace, 2012), which enlists the Sweet Valley Twins in a choose your own adventure. Her fiction has been published in three volumes of innovative writing as well as many journals. She is co-editor of the volume Asexualities: Feminist and Queer Perspectives (Routledge, 2014) and editor of The &NOW Awards 3: The Best... Read More →


Sam Cohen

Sam Cohen's fiction has appeared in Black Clock, Joyland, PANK, sidebrow, The New Orleans Review, Gulf Coast, and others. Her chapbook, Gossip (Birds of Lace, 2013) examines group narrativizing surrounding a breakup and her uncomfortably intimate performance and installation work has been featured in ENTERtext and the Los Angeles Road Concerts. She has taught cultural studies and English classes at CalArts, Otis, and several LA-area community... Read More →
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Stephen van Dyck

Stephen van Dyck is a writer, performer, organizer and educator. He has presented work at various spaces around Los Angeles including LACMA, MOCA, Machine Project, LACE, Human Resources, Wildness, Workspace and Sea and Space. He has a show on KChung Radio called "Customer Care" and curates the annual Los Angeles Road Concerts, over 200 LA artists re-imagining unused public space along the entire lengths of LA's long streets.
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Matias Viegener

MFA Writing Program, CalArts
Matias Viegener is a writer, artist and critic who works solo and collaboratively in the fields of writing, visual art, and social practice. His new book, 2500 Random Things About Me Too, is published by Les Figues Press, and he’s the editor of I'm Very Into You, the correspondence of Kathy Acker and McKenzie Wark, just out from Semiotext(e). He is the co-editor, with Christine Wertheim, of Séance in... Read More →
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Laurie Weeks

Laurie Weeks is the author of Zipper Mouth and Debby's Barium Swallow, and has been a superstar in the New York downtown writing world since the 1990s. Her fiction and other writings have been published in The Baffler, Vice, Nest, Index, LA Weekly, and Semiotext(e)'s The New Fuck You. A portion of this novel appeared recently in Dave Egger's The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and has been shortlisted for... Read More →

Thursday March 26, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm

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