Chavisa Woods &Friends
Chavisa Woods &Friends
July 27 @ 8:00 pm
Tuesdays in July
July 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2021 at 8 PM
“Think of her as a literary exorcist, calling out certain entities that possess rural America: isolation, working-class poverty, drugs, incarceration, military dogma, and evangelical religion.”
Howl Arts is pleased to present the latest installment of its online residency series, &Friends, with author Chavisa Woods. Every Tuesday in July, Woods will share work from her short-fiction collections Things to Do When You’re Goth in the Country & Other Stories and Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind, as well as her recent and critically acclaimed memoir 100 Times (A Memoir of Sexism). The author’s fiction focuses on the lives of uniquely American “others” who inhabit rural conservative parts of the U.S.
Woods will be joined by fellow writers and artists who will perform live readings of poetry and prose, and meet in conversation. Guests include Erin Markey, Katherine Arnoldi, Jeanne Thornton, Sanina Clark, Libby Edwards, and Jillian McManemin. Episodes stream Tuesdays in July on Howlarts.org.
Of her critically acclaimed memoir, 100 Times, she writes, “What compelled me to embark upon this project seemed to be the exact opposite motivation behind the writing of most memoirs. I decided to put these stories to the page not because my life has been exceptional. I felt it was incumbent upon me to tell the stories exactly because, when it comes to sexism, my life is not exceptional at all.”
“Incident by incident, this book makes its case in stark, personal terms.” —The New York Times
&Friends Episodes Include:
July 6: Woods reads excerpts from her short stories “What’s Happening on the News?” and “Things to Do When You’re Goth in the Country.”
July 13: Woods will read from and discuss her most recent book, 100 Times (A Memoir of Sexism). She will be joined by fellow author Sanina Clark, who edited the memoir, and Katherine Arnoldi, feminist activist and author of All Things Are Labor and The Amazing True Story of a Teenage Single Mom.
July 20: Woods and Erin Markey perform in a live reading of the short story “Zombie”, from Woods’ most recent collection of fiction Things to Do When You’re Goth in the Country.
July 27: Prose and Poetry. Readings of Woods’ short stories will include Jeanne Thornton reading “The Smallest Actions”, Jillian McManemin reading “Dolce”, and Libby Edwards reading “A Little Aside”. Woods will recite her theatrical poem “Seven Gifts”.
Illustration by Erika Sjule
Headshot by Itziar Barrio