Annual Garden Party


Les Figues Garden Party: 5th Annual

Join us for the annual Les Figues Garden Party, hosted this year at the home of Coco Owen and Nabil Abu-Assal. There will be food, drinks, performances, and more!


Veronica Gonzalez-Peña
Yelena Gluzman


Bio Makeovers* by Harold Abramowitz, Vanessa Place, Matias Viegener, and Andrew Wessels.

$15; free for members +1
(membership begins at $30; become a member, attend this event, receive books).


Schedule of Events:

3:00 | Party begins: do you like my hat?
4:00-5:00 | Bio Makeovers: first come, first made over, tips welcome (for LFP)
5:00 | Performance: a reading and a something else

Available at the Garden Party: TrenchArt Logistics (aesthetics).

*BIO MAKE OVERS: Bring your bio (250 word max) and have it made over by Les Figues makeover word artists who recently participated (via body or spirit) in Your New Image. Makeover artists will use pre-selected writing tools—text weaves, kantification, reverse ordering, etc—to make the “About You” you’ve always dreamed of.

About the Performers:

Yelena Gluzman makes events, social experiments, publications and communities around the collective and diverse investigation of performance as a communication system. Her projects are often site-specific, where site could be situation (e.g. an audition, a theft), genre (pornography, film), or institution (academia, publishing). Recent performance projects include Worman (2012, Prelude Festival, NYC), I Am Not Everything That Is Beside Me (2012, Whenever Wherever Festival, Tokyo), The Bacchae (2011, Collapsable Hole NYC), and School for Salomes (2011, Collapsable Hole, Semiospectacle). She is a founding editor at Ugly Duckling Presse, and co-edits their performance series, including Emergency Index (an annual compendium of performance documents), Emergency Playscripts (a series of performance texts highlighting issues of notation), and the Paperless Books Department. She studied neuroscience at Barnard College, holds an MFA in theater directing from Columbia University, and is currently working toward a doctorate in Communication and Cognitive Science at UCSD. She is co-organizing the upcoming “Theorems, Proofs, Rebuttals and Propositions: A Conference of Theoretical Theater” in New York in September 2013; see to participate.

The winner of the Aztlan Prize for Latino Literature and finalist for The Believer 2007 Fiction award, Veronica Gonzalez-Peña is the author of The Sad Passions, and win time: or, how death befell me, both published by Semiotext(e). Her work has been published in Black ClockAnimal ShelterThe Massachusetts Review and New World: Young Latino Writers, among other publications. She is also the founder of rockypoint Press, which produces a series of artist-writer collaborations. 

Harold Abramowitz’s books and chapbooks include (!x==33) Book 1, Volume 1 (collaboration with Dan Richert), A House on a Hill (A House on a Hill Part One)Not Blessed, and Dear Dearly Departed. Harold co-edits the short-form literary press Eohippus Labs, and writes and edits as part of the collaborative projects, SAM OR SAMANTHA YAMS and UNFO.

Vanessa Place is a writer, lawyer, and co-director of Les Figues Press.

Matias Viegener is a Los Angeles based writer, artist and critic who works alone and collaboratively in the fields of writing, video, installation and performance art. He is a co-founder of Fallen Fruit, a participatory art practice focusing on fruit, urban ecology and public space, which has shown work internationally in museums and galleries. Viegener is the author of 2500 Random Things About Me Too, a book of experimental writing, and has co-edited two books, The noulipian Analects and Séance in Experimental Writing with Christine Wertheim. He is the editor and co-translator of Georges Batailles’ The Trial of Gilles de Rais.

Andrew Wessels has lived in Houston, Cambridge, and Las Vegas. Currently, he splits his time between Istanbul and Los Angeles. His poems, translations, and collaborations can recently be found inVOLTWitnessFenceColorado ReviewThe JournalWashington Square ReviewGristHandsomeFact-Simile, and 580 Split. He has held fellowships from the Black Mountain Institute at UNLV, where he was assistant editor of Witness, and Poets & Writers. He edits the poetry and poetics journal The Offending Adam and is the Les Figues Press managing editor.

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