Thursday, June 7, 2012

Joseph Mattson Saturday Double-Header: first public glimpses of HEXICO

In summer, 2011, Joseph Mattson was awarded a prestigious DCA COLA (City of Los Angeles) Individual Artist Fellowship for the 2011-2012 grant cycle to research and start writing his novel-in-progress, Hexico. A re-imaging/envisioning of the United States and northern Mexico, in Hexico, the Mexican-American war was averted, the 1848 Mexican Cession of the southwestern states never happened, and the present-day border between Mexico and the U.S. is the continental divide--the border a strip of land presently war-torn, ungovernable, mythically known as HEXICO, and where a beautiful ex-circus sideshow strongman T-girl prostitute is on the run to after experiencing natural, biological auto-prodantry and is impregnated by a chupacabra.

While the novel will remain in progress for some time, Joseph Mattson will be presenting excerpts at public readings as part of the COLA grant cycle:

SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 2012, 1pm:
Los Angeles Artists Fellowship Laboratory Exhibition*
Plaza de la Raza
3540 North Mission Road
Los Angeles, CA 90031
*Also featuring current COLA visual and performance artist grantees Martin Durazo, Lynne Berman, Paul Outlaw, Raphael Xavier, and more! MATTSON reads at 1pm SHARP and will have musical accompaniment by Alex Maslansky (Horse Thieves)!

SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 2012, 5pm:
A Barnacle Book Showcase*
Stories Books
1716 W. Sunset Blvd.
Echo Park/Los Angeles, CA 90026
*Also featuring ORIANA SMALL aka ASHLEY BLUE (Girlvert: A Porno Memoir), STEVE ABEE (Johnny Future), and GARY PHILLIPS in celebration of his Barnacle book release of Monkology!

ALSO: Friday, June 29, 2012, 8:30pm: Mattson will be presenting another HEXICO excerpt at GRAND PERFORMANCES at California Plaza, downtown Los Angeles, concluding his grant cycle. The big guns will be drawn there.