Prose in General

Public Program
Oct 16, 2002
7:00 PM

Reading Series at Art in General Explores the Intersection Between Literary and Visual Arts

In its 3rd season at Art in General, Prose in General, organized by Robert Marshall, brings together authors whose work explores the intersection between film, fiction, and the visual arts. The first reading in this year’s series features novelists Frederic Tuten, Lawrence Chua, Henry Flesh, and Martha Southgate, who all consciously address political and social issues in their work. This is a free event.

Frederic Tuten’s new novel, The Green Hour, has just been released from Norton. Tuten is also the author of four other novels, including The Adventures of Mao on the Long March, Tintin in the New World, and Van Gogh’s Bad Café. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and the former director of the graduate program in creative writing at City College. He wrote the screenplay for the 1981 film Possession, starring Isabel Adjani. His writing on art and film has appeared in The New York Times, Artforum, and Vogue.

Lawrence Chua’s novel of post-colonial desire and exploitation, Gold by the Inch, was published by Grove Press in 1998. Chua is also the editor of two anthologies, Collapsing New Buildings and Contagion. His reviews and criticism have appeared in The Nation, Rolling Stone, ArtForum, Bomb, and The Village Voice. He has worked on collaborative projects with artists including Shu Lea Cheung and Paul Pfeiffer, and he is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Henry Flesh’s darkly funny AIDS epic Massage won a 1999 Lambda Literary Award. His second book, Michael, is an illustrated homoerotic novel about the end of the world. Flesh, a Yale dropout and editor at People Magazine, is currently at work on a novel set in Crete in the Seventies.

Martha Southgate’s most recent novel, The Fall of Rome, published by Simon and Schuster in 2002, deals with inter and intra racial tensions at a New England prep school. Southgate is also the author of Another Way to Dance, which won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for new talent. Southgate, a former books editor at Essence, has also written for The New York Times Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Daily News, and McCall’s.