READINGS: JONATHA BROOKE, JUSTIN TORRES & MARION WINIK
ARTIST TALK: PAUL STOPFORTH
TUESDAY, AUGUST 13, 6 PM
Jonatha Brooke has been writing songs, making records and touring since the early 90's. After four major label releases, she started her own independent label, Bad Dog Records in 1999, and has since released nine more albums – including the companion CD to her critically acclaimed, one woman, Off-Broadway show My Mother Has Four Noses.
In 2014, Ms. Brooke debuted My Mother Has Four Noses, at the Duke Theater on 42nd Street, in NYC. The show ran for 3 months, to rave reviews, and was a critics’ pick in the NY Times and Time Out Magazine. She has performed “4 Noses” at People’s Light in Malvern, PA; The Cleveland Playhouse; The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis; The Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis; The Little Rock, Arkansas ACANSA Festival; Philly Fringe Fest; The Warner Theater in Torrington, CT; and in 2018, a month-long run at the Jungle Theater in Minneapolis.
Jonatha has also written three musicals: Hopper and Death and Venice with Anton Dudley (premiered at Adelphi University and Hangar theater respectively); Quadroon, with the late legendary jazz pianist/composer Joe Sample (premiered at The Ensemble Theater in Houston, TX); and she’s currently working on Switched with playwright Geoffrey Nauffts.
Jonatha has co-written songs with Katy Perry and The Courtyard Hounds. She's also written for four Disney films, numerous television shows, and she composed and performed the theme song for Joss Whedon's Dollhouse.
Jonatha released an EP of new songs in April of 2019, titled, Imposter. She is touring nationally and internationally in support of it, teaching workshops along the way. Jonatha was also the recipient of a McKnight Artist Fellowship Grant for 2018.
Justin Torres’ first novel, We the Animals, a national best seller, has been translated into fifteen languages and is currently being adapted into a feature film. He has published short fiction in The New Yorker, Harper's, Granta, Tin House, The Washington Post, Glimmer Train, Flaunt, and other publications, as well as non-fiction pieces in publications like The Guardian and The Advocate. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and a Cullman Center Fellow at The New York Public Library. The National Book Foundation named him one of 2012's 5 Under 35. He has been the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a RolÃ³n Fellowship in Literature from United States Artists, and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is Assistant Professor of English at UCLA.
Longtime All Things Considered commentator Marion Winik is the author of The Baltimore Book of the Dead, First Comes Love and eight other books. Her award-winning column on BaltimoreFishbowl.com appears monthly, and her essays have been published in The New York Times, The Sun and elsewhere. She is the host of The Weekly Reader podcast and reviews books for Newsday, People, and Kirkus Review. She teaches at the University of Baltimore.
Early in his career Paul Stopforth created several bodies of work that were startling in their courageous engagement with the repressive society in which he lived. His uncompromising refusal to turn away from a world of pain and injustice cost him dearly, but earned him enormous respect from his peers and from discerning art critics who saw his work in its first, youthful incarnations at The Market Theatre Gallery, where he was a director from 1977 to 1984. Invited to be Artist-in-Residence at Tufts University Stopforth left South Africa for the United States in the late 1980s, despairing that there would ever be change in his country. He took up a teaching position at Harvard University and taught drawing while on the faculty of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He recently retired to paint on a full-time basis. Stopforth has exhibited his work since 1971 in galleries and museums in South Africa, the United States and Europe. He has served as curator and juror for a number of institutions and competitions, and in 2004 he delivered the Ruth First Memorial Lecture at Brandeis University. His work is held in many public and private collections in South Africa and abroad. He is represented by The Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown.