On September 23, 2020, I had the great pleasure of reading with poet Ysabel Y. Gonzalez for Warren County Community College‘s first-ever Virtual Visiting Authors Series. If you missed it and want to check it out, you can totally do so by way of YouTube. Enjoy!
If you missed the book launch and want to take a look at it, please, be my guest. I read for a bit and then we had a nice chat with a bunch of lively Q&A. Big thanks to Laura and Annie at Odyssey Bookstore for hosting me!
(I, for one, will not be watching this, since I was in it, and also, I hate my voice.)
Thanks to D.M. Barr for taking time to interview me for Skin Deep!
Attention, friends and strangers who happen to live in the vicinity of NYC! I’ll be at the Anthology Film Archives on Friday, 11/2 at 7:30pm, to take in the screening of the film The Washing Society and afterwards, I’ll be doing a reading in support of Emily Rubin‘s Loads of Prose. My story is titled “The Best of the Vest,” and if you want to know what it’s about, come on by!
Here’s a trailer for the movie.
And here’s all the info you need for the event.
THE WASHING SOCIETY/LOADS OF PROSE
Screenings and Readings
Thursday and Friday November 1, 2 at 7:30
ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES
32 2nd Ave NYC NY 10003
The Washing Society
by Lizzie Olesker & Lynne Sachs
2018, 45 min, digital
SPECIAL SCREENINGS: ARTISTS & SPECIAL GUESTS IN PERSON!
Featuring laundry workers Wing Ho, Lula Holloway, and Margarita Lopez, and actors Ching Valdes-Aran, Jasmine Holloway, and Veraalba Santa.
THE WASHING SOCIETY brings us into New York City laundromats and reveals the experiences of the people working there. Filmmaker Lynne Sachs and playwright Lizzie Olesker collaborate to observe and investigate the disappearing public space of the neighborhood laundromat, and the continual labor that happens there. The intersection of history, immigration, and underpaid work is woven into the film’s observational moments and interviews, along with the uniquely public/private exchange of dirt, lint, stains, and money. The juxtaposition of narrative and documentary elements creates a dream-like, yet hyper-real portrayal of a day in the life of a laundry worker, both past and present.
Lizzie Olesker & Lynne Sachs DESPERTAR: NYC LAUNDRY WORKERS RISE UP (2018, 5 min, digital)
Thurs, Nov 1:
Historian Tera Hunter, whose book TO ‘JOY MY FREEDOM depicts the 1881 organization of African-American laundresses in Atlanta, and Mahoma Lopez and Rosanna Rodriguez (Co-Directors, Laundry Workers Center), will join us to discuss justice in the workplace.
Fri, Nov 2:
‘Loads of Prose,’ a reading series staged in laundromats, presents authors Emily Rubin (STALINA, 2011), Sung J Woo (LOVE LOVE 2015, EVERYTHING ASIAN, 2009), and Christine Lewis (Organizer, Domestic Workers United), who will read their stories of hidden labor and the challenges of our changing neighborhoods, where infrastructures are crumbling due to the visceral and economic demands of gentrification.
And here’s a bit of lovely trivia — I watched the film Private Life this afternoon, written and directed by the always wonderful Tamara Jenkins. It’s currently playing on Netflix, and how cool is it that the Anthology Film Archives is featured in the film! Check out the screencap.
A couple of weeks ago, Skokie and Niles Township held an opening ceremony for the event celebrating Korean culture. An excerpt has been posted on YouTube, so check it out!
A video has been posted by District 219 TV (Niles Township High Schools) that details the Coming Together program for this year. Check it out!
Note: some browsers may not play this embedded video properly — if so, here’s the link.
Last month, I visited The Raconteur for a reading and signing, and the good folks of that wonderful bookstore were kind enough to create YouTube videos of the reading and the following Q&A. Check it out!
On June 25, I did a reading in New York City for an event titled “Generation XYZ,” where I read from an original essay, some parts of my novel, and a flash fiction piece. Everything was captured for your viewing pleasure, so click on the big fat play buttons in the middle of the videos below. To read the essay itself, you can go to The Nervous Breakdown.
1) The first part of the reading, where I read from the essay, “sang” a part of a song, and read from the novel.
2) If you are curious about the singing part, you can listen to just that portion here.
3) The second part of the reading, where I read my flash fiction piece “Confessions of My Wart, Which Is on My Right Foot, Second Toe.”