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Conversations in Sculpture

August 4, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Experience interactions between writers and pieces from the Sondra and Marvin Smalley Sculpture Garden.         

Sunday August 4, 11:00 am                                                                                     

$10 suggested donation

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Programmed by Erin Mizrahi, a poet, scholar, educator, and an IJC network member. She holds a PhD in Comparative Studies in Literature & Culture from the University of Southern California. Her dissertation, “Witnessing Silence: Testimony, Performance and the Poetics of the Unspeakable” focused on the role of silence in trauma testimony as well as the the role of silence in performance art, poetry, and cinema, to communicate trauma. Erin was a fellow at the Shoah Foundation’s Center for Advanced Genocide Research where she studied the complexity of silences in genocide testimony. Her work is interdisciplinary, drawing on the arts, critical theory, literature, and contemporary culture. Her poetry has been published in Ghost Town Literary Magazine and Ginger Zine. She is currently preparing her first book of poetry titled “Fault/Lines.” Erin also hosts a monthly reading series in Brooklyn titled “Cobra Milk” which features both established and emerging voices.

Jason Lipeles is a writer, photographer, and community organizer based in Los Angeles. His manuscript Letters to M. was a finalist for the inaugural 2018 Chautauqua Janus Prize judged by Kazim Ali. His chapbook was published by Image Text Ithaca Press and his work has appeared in the first issue of The Racial Imaginary Institute curated by Claudia Rankine. He graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Image + Text from Ithaca College in 2018.

Rachel Kann’s latest poetry collection, How to Bless the New Moon, is forthcoming from Ben Yehuda Press. She is a poet, performer, ceremonialist and teaching artist. She’s a Bruce Geller Memorial WORD Grant recipient for her spoken word film, The Quickening. Her poetry collections include A Prayer on Behalf of the Broken Heart and 10 for Everything. She is the author of the children’s book, You Sparkle Inside. Her writing appears in journals such as Tiferet, Eclipse, Permafrost, Coe Review, Sou’wester, GW Review and Quiddity. She’s a resident writer for Hevria, where she’s also featured as a performing artist on The Hevria Sessions. She’s performed her poetry in venues such as Disney Concert Hall, Royce Hall, The Broad Stage and The San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts. She is a 2019 Inquiry Fellow through American Jewish University’s Institute for Jewish Creativity and was the 2017 Outstanding Instructor of the Year at UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. She leads Realize Paradise Soul Journeys and is initiated as Tzovah through Kohenet: The Hebrew Priestess Training Program.

Tova Katz is a queer interdisciplinary theatre artist, creating socially engaged work that explores intimate stories through visceral artistic impulses and unbridled imagination in order to expose the tethering cords between relational, political, cultural, and mystical forces. As an artist, she seeks to invite curiosity across difference, to find the access points tucked hidden and waiting within obstacles, and to pull from the dark and highly personal, glowing threads of experience that are universally human. And to question everything.

Tova Katz is a writer, composer, musician, and performer now based in LA after 7 gritty and glorious years in NYC. She obtained her BA in Art & Power: Art and Social Change, with a Minor in Theater, Dance, & Performance Studies at UC Berkeley.

Since premiering at La Mama in 2016, her original dark solo musical comedy See You at the Funeral! has been an Official Selection of NYC’s The ONE Theatre Festival and the Fresh Fruit Festival in 2017, for which she received the award for Outstanding Solo Performance in a Musical or Cabaret in 2018. Tova is gearing up for the west coast premiere of See You at the Funeral! in LA in the fall of 2019. She is a founding member of the independent international queer performance collective A Beautiful Desperation, and has been creating work with ABD since 2014. Tova has choreographed and performed tap dances as percussion to live music, been featured as a dancing zombie Off Broadway, appeared in a couple TV series, performed as lyricist, composer, pianist, guitarist, vocalist of her band Glittered & Mauled across NYC from 2011-2016, and in May 2017 released her first solo single Not That Much.

After landing in LA, Tova was thrilled to participate in IJC’s Inquiry Fellowship 2018 and Reciprocity Artist Retreat in 2019. She acted in Justin Sayre’s Sweet Nell Theatre Collective at NAVEL DTLA, performed in Queer Cabaret at The Other Space, and has shown  original work at Theater Unlimited Studios, Open Space LA, and The Last Bookstore. Most recently, she had the opportunity to act in the Screenwriter’s Lab at Outfest Film Festival 2019. She is currently writing a new musical performance series.

Imagination saves her life every day.


August 4, 2019
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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