FLASHPOINT is a group of five writers, a jazz composer/upright bassist, and an ever-shifting cast of guest and visiting artists. We perform all new works – everything under three minutes, unfolding within a responsive sonic landscape. Part improvisation, part call-and-response, FLASHPOINT is a performance ensemble that invites audiences into the experience of words, music, and an entirely new form of live storytelling. Each performance unveils new tricks, gaffes, and laughs, resulting in an original and authentic format that is overwhelmingly refreshing.
“Completely seductive…you leave feeling as if you’ve just been given a shot of serotonin.” – Susan Daitch
This is a general admission event in The Gallery at LPR.
Matthew Daddona is a poet, fiction writer, and reviewer residing in Manhattan. He was the former editor of Tottenville Review, and is currently an assistant editor at Plume, an imprint of Penguin Random House, where he edits fiction and narrative nonfiction. His most recent writings have appeared in The Adirondack Review, The Rumpus, Tin House, Forklift: Ohio, among other places. He is currently at work on a collaborative project, a a photography-poetry exhibit based on synesthesia.
George Michelsen Foy
GEORGE MICHELSEN FOY is the author of twelve published novels (under both names) and two nonfiction books, including Zero Decibels: the Quest for Absolute Silence (Scribners, 2010). He is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts fellowship in fiction; his novel Art & Practice of Explosion won second place in Foreword magazine’s novel of the year award. His articles, reviews, and stories have been published by Rolling Stone, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Harper’s, and Men’s Journal, among others. He divides his time between coastal Massachusetts and New York, and is working on his next book.
BRANDON JUDELL has published poetry in FagRag and reviews in The Village Voice, The Advocate, Journal of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care, indieWire.com, CultureCatch.com, New York Theatre Wire, Smoke Affair, and Detour among others. He is anthologized in A Member of the Family: Gay Men Write About Their Families, Lavender Culture, and Spike Lee Interviews. He is editor of The Gay Quote Book. By day he works as a professor at The City College of New York where he will be teaching this fall “The Arts in New York City,” “Theater of the Sixties,” and “American Jewish Theater.” He is currently spending his free time reading P.G. Wodehouse.
ARTHUR KELL is one of the most original voices on today’s New York jazz scene. For the past twenty years, he has played with a cross-section of the most influential contemporary jazz musicians in New York City and around the world. Arthur has played extensively with artists such as Thomas Chapin, Bobbie Previte, Shelley Hirsch and Fred Ho, Billy Bang, Marc Ribot and Mark Feldman, Sam Newsome, Armen Donelian, Dave Berkman, Cliff Korman, Guillermo Klein, Christian Howes, John Stetch, Bruce Barth and the Finnish singer, Sanni Orasmaa.He has been paired on recordings with Bernie Purdie, Matt Wilson and Anton Fier. Since 1997, he has led groups featuring such contemporary jazz stars as Loren Stillman, Bill McHenry, Brad Shepik, Steve Cardenas, Matt Wilson, Gerald Cleaver, Donny McCaslin and Chris Cheek. Arthur has traveled extensively in Africa, India and Kyrgyzstan. In a four month period in 1994-95, he traveled alone by local transportation from Senegal to the Indian Ocean, including 900 miles by camel through the Sahara desert in Niger and Chad.
Quintan Ana Wikswo
QUINTAN ANA WIKSWO has three books coming out in Spring 2015, including her debut collection The Hope of Floating Has Carried Us This Far (Coffee House Press) which has 150 color plates of her companion photographs, and two suites of essays and photographs in Procession for the Extracted (California College of Arts) and Emergency Index (Ugly Duckling Presse).
Dolan Morgan lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where he helps edit The Atlas Review. He’s the author of two story collections, That’s When the Knives Come Down (A|P,2014), and INSIGNIFICANA (CCM, 2016). His work can be found in The Believer, PANK, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, Selected Shorts, and the trash.