27 October 2008

Another Week, Another Blog

In Memory of our friend, Jared Harris

The Tangled Web lost one of our earliest and dearest friends this week. Jared Harris died Saturday, October 25 from complications associated with his ongoing battle with cancer. Jared was 36 years old and he was The Tangled Web's 1st full time employee in 1996. He worked at The Web for nearly 4 years (until he graduated from college) and went on to a teaching career in Art.

The receiving of friends will be Monday, October 27 from 7pm to 9pm at Greenlawn (Hillcrest) and the funeral will be Tuesday, October 28 at 3pm at the same location.

Jared was a gentle spirit and was liked by everyone without exception. We will miss his presence and we will honor his memory with the same smiles and laughter that he always brought to us.

- Daniel McAbee/The Tangled Web

If you can't make it to the Mortuary you can sign the online guest book at www.floydmortuary.com


Halloween Poetry Slam w/ Daphne Gottlieb - 10/28/08 - Tuesday
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Free and Open to the Public

The USC Upstate Center for Women's and Gender Studies presents Daphne Gottlieb returning to Spartanburg by popular demand to read from her newest collection of poetry Kissing Dead Girls. In the tradition of Anne Sexton’s poems in Transformations, Daphne Gottlieb revises the contemporary “fairy tales” that shape the public’s perspective on women’s lives in the contemporary United States. The Center for Women’s and Gender Studies hosts this Halloween poetry slam in order to look at the everyday terrors that women and girls continue to face in their lives, and in the media reflections of those lives.

According to the publisher, Kissing Dead Girls is a kisstorical romangling that investigates myth, history, gender and states of being. Beginning with the province of legend, Kissing Dead Girls uses poetic inappropriacies to touch historical paragons and examine what touches us in them in vignettes casting the narrator as the lover of Josephine Baker, Amelia Earhart, Anne Frank, Frida Kahlo, Jonbenet Ramsey, Sharon Tate, and Karen Carpenter. The "real" world fuses with the mundane as a liver is received in the mail by an unexpecting recipient; a woman replaces the moon with her heart; and a man finds himself a woman too dead to love. Gertrude Stein's work is co-opted and re-seen in an attempt to unpack the relationship between love and war; Walt Whitman makes a command performance in dismembered bits of forced formal verse; and "The Exorcist" and "The Devil in Miss Jones" are sutured together in an attempt to locate the true horror of desire.

About the Author: San Francisco-based Performance Poet Daphne Gottlieb stitches together the ivory tower and the gutter just using her tongue. She is the editor of Homewrecker: An Adultery Reader, as well as the author of three previous collections of poetry, Final Girl, Why Things Burn, and Pelt. Final Girl was the winner of the Audre Lorde Award in Poetry for 2003 from Publishing Triangle. Additionally, Final Girl was named one of The Village Voice's Favorite Books of 2003, and received rave reviews from Publisher's Weekly, The San Francisco Chronicle and The Village Voice. Why Things Burn was the winner of a 2001 Firecracker Alternative Book Award (Special Recognition - Spoken Word) and was also a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for 2001. Recent press has praised Gottlieb’s work as "fierce," "unapologetic," "scorching" and "deliriously gutsy."

Besides anchoring three national performance poetry tours, recently featuring with Maggie Estep, Hal Sirowitz and Lydia Lunch, Gottlieb has also appeared across the country with the Slam America bus tour and with notorious all-girl wordsters Sister Spit. She has performed at festivals coast-to-coast, including South by Southwest, Bumbershoot, and Ladyfest Bay Area. Gottlieb currently teaches at New College of California, and has also performed and taught creative writing workshops around the country, from high schools and colleges to community centers. She received her MFA from Mills College.


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