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Anne Gisleson reads to a crowd at the Antenna Gallery Outdoor Auxiliary, May 3
Anne Gisleson reads to a crowd at the Antenna Gallery Outdoor Auxiliary, May 3

On May 3, authors Matt Sumell, Anne Gisleson, and Yuri Herrera read as part of the Room 220 Live Prose from the Antenna Gallery Outdoor Auxiliary reading series. More than 130 people came out to hear the readers, drink daiquiris supplied by Gene’s, and mingle among the sweet sounds spun by DJ Brian Boyles. Aside from a termite swarm and Sumell almost falling down a deep well obscured by weeds behind the podium, the event was an overwhelming success. Photos by Jerald White.

Local literati arrived early to see and be seen ... and drink.

Yuri Herrera began the night's reading with an excerpt from 'Kingdom Cons,' his first book to be translated into English, which will be released next fall by Faber and Faber. Room 220 will host the local book launch.

Anne Gisleson read from an essay-in-progress about a man who sent her a letter from death row whom she had never met.

Matt Sumell read from the original version of "Punching Jackie," a story that was published in NOON after being dramatically edited by Diane Williams. The story refers to his sister, Jackie Sumell, who was in attendance.

After the readers finished, Room 220 editor Nathan C. Martin implored everyone to stick around and help finish the booze, because he didn't think he could drink it all himself.

... and stick around, they did.

Brian Boyles held it down on the ones and twos. You can find him Friday nights at Handsome Willy's.

The bar was backed by votive candles that kept the spirits of bad writing away.

Yuri holds court after the reading.

Anne Gisleson schools the Sumells on ... something.

One of many moderately creepy pieces installed in the venue by Antenna Gallery artists.


Hand-in-Glove Conference Guide

Hand in Glove Conference Guide
Essay by Amy Mackie, edited by Bob Snead, designed by Erik Keisewetter

This beautiful book, designed and printed by Erik Kiesewetter of Constance for the Hand-in-Glove Conference, includes a guide to all of the conference happenings Oct 17-20, 2013, an informative map of the artist run spaces on and around St. Claude Ave, and an extensive essay by Amy Mackie about the history of self organized contemporary art [...]

Photo by Sophie Lvoff in WE'RE PREGNANT

We’re Pregnant
Words by Nathan Martin. Photography by Akasha Rabut, Sophie T. Lvoff, and Grissel Giuliano.

We’re Pregnant is a chapbook of short fiction by Room 220 editor Nathan C. Martin along with photography by Akasha Rabut, Sophie T. Lvoff, and Grissel Giuliano. The book contains three of Martin’s short stories—which explore in morbid fashion anxieties related to sex, disease, marriage, and childbirth—with images inspired by the stories from each of the photographers.

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The People Is Singular
Poems by Andy Young and Photographs by Salwa Rashad

The People Is Singular, by local poet Andy Young and Egyptian photographer Salwa Rashad, is a personal response to the Egyptian Revolution. Rashad’s vision includes everyday people—Muslims and Christians, young and old, the foregrounded and the peripheral. Her perspective is from inside the events as they unfolded. Andy Young, a New Orleans poet married to [...]

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Curtain Optional
by Brad and Jim Richard

In both poetry and prose, Brad Richard explores the influence of his father’s work on his own, as well as the experience of growing up as the son of an artist while becoming an artist himself. Jim Richard is a professor of painting at the University of New Orleans and has exhibited at the Solomon [...]


How to Rebuild a City
Edited by Anne Gisleson & Tristan Thompson w/ design and artistic direction by Catherine Burke

Beautifully designed, sometimes fun, always informative, How to Rebuild a City: Field Guide from a work in Progress, is a reflection of the many ways that New Orleanians have realized our way towards recovery, actively and creatively engaging with our communities.


Bitter Ink
by Brian Zeigler & Raymond “Moose” Jackson

BBoth originally from Detroit, cousins Brian Zeigler and Raymond “Moose” Jackson began collaborating while Brian was harboring Moose in Vermont during Katrina evacuation. While their doodling proclivities may have made them rustbelt exiles from the rest of their autoworker family, together they produce seductive aphorisms of wit and weirdness that provoke, confound and celebrate a [...]