READINGS: JAMES LECESNE, RYAN AMADOR, & BRIAN TURNER
ARTIST TALK: ESTEBAN DEL VALLE
TUESDAY, JULY 16
James Lecesne wrote the short film Trevor, which won the 1995 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short and inspired the founding of The Trevor Project. He has written three novels for young adults and created The Letter Q, a collection of Letters by Queer Writers to their Younger Selves. The New York Times has ranked him "among the most talented solo performers of his (or any) generation."
Ryan Amador is a singer, songwriter, and theatre-maker who has released three full length albums and five EP’s of original music to date. He is best known for his queer-related music videos “Define Me” & “Spectrum”, and songs “Saint of Love” & “Instead.”
Brian Turner is a writer and musician; author of the memoir My Life as a Foreign Country, two poetry collections, Here, Bullet and Phantom Noise, and a debut album with The Interplanetary Acoustic Team. He’s received a Guggenheim, a USA Fellowship, an NEA, the Amy Lowell Traveling Fellowship, the Poet’s Prize, and a Lannan Foundation Fellowship. He’s published in National Geographic, the New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, and more. He directs the MFA at Sierra Nevada College.
Esteban del Valle received his M.F.A. from RISD and has exhibited his work and produced murals internationally. His work has been featured in various publications, including HiFructose and Washington Post. Del Valle has been the recipient of several visual arts residencies and fellowships including Skowhegan, FAWC, and Smack Mellon. Del Valle also has original work in several permanent collections including the Urban Nation in Berlin, Germany and The Zimmerli Art Museum in New Brunswick, NJ.