September 25, 2011

Camille Roy & Arnold J. Kemp


Sunday, September 25
8:00 pm

The Waypost
3120 N. Williams Ave.
503-367-3182

$5.00 suggested donation


Camille Roy is a writer and performer of fiction, poetry, and plays. Sherwood Forest, a book of poems, is just out from Futurepoem. Her earlier books include Cheap Speech, a play (Leroy),  Craquer, a fictional autobiography (2nd Story), and Swarm, two novellas (Black Star). She co-edited Biting The Error: Writers Explore Narrative (Coach House) with Mary Burger, Robert Gl├╝ck, and Gail Scott. Roy has taught creative writing in multiple genres and forms at San Francisco State University, California State University SummerArts, and Naropa. She lives in the Bay Area.

Arnold J. Kemp is an artist, writer, and curator. He was the associate curator at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts from 1993-2003. His art has been collected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and the the Berkeley Art Museum. He is currently the Chair of the MFA in Visual Studies Program at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon.


Marching Band

I got off before girls started getting
their sex change operations.
I didn't stop to look. I got off
with my organs intact. I got off a lot.

I got offered a sex change operation.
and I got one or two, then I gave up
everything but breathing.
I tried the lacy pants, but they itched.

What is a girl, anyway?

Camille Roy



from "Untitled, 1933"

Emptiness needs no defense.
 
Space cannot be damaged.
 
No one can do anything to it.
 
An opinion or image can be attacked and hurt
but the space in which the opinion or image exists
 
is indestructible.

Arnold J. Kemp