Santa Fe, N.M.—January 31, 2014—The Creative Writing and Literature Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) will welcome visiting writers Gina Frangello and T Cooper to campus on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Frangello and Cooper will present a public reading, Q&A and book signing at 7 p.m. in O’Shaughnessy Performance Space on the SFUAD campus. The event is open to the public and free of charge.
Chicago-based Frangello will read from her latest book, A Life in Men (2014), described by publisher Algonquin Books as “a story that readers everywhere will identify with. It’s a story about love in many different forms, how to live if you have a limited amount of time, and the things that really matter in the end.”
“Gina Frangello’s luminous novel is deeply human, darkly funny, seriously sexy; it brims with artistry and intelligence and heart,” said Emily Rapp, a Santa mFe–based author and a former full-time faculty member at SFUAD. “Frangello illuminates the ways in which life itself is an illusion, but a grand and beautiful and heartbreaking and brilliant one.”
Cooper will highlight his 2012 nonfiction book, Real Man Adventures, a collage of interviews, essays, artwork and letters that tell his story of transitioning from female to male. According to the publisher, McSweeney’s, the book chronicles Cooper’s “often comic exploration of the paradoxes and pleasures of masculinity. He takes us through his transition into identifying as male, and how he went on to marry his wife and become an adoring stepfather of two children.”
“I appreciate T Cooper’s work on so many levels, but certainly he is a virtuoso stylistically,” said Julia Goldberg, a faculty member in the SFUAD Creative Writing and Literature Department. “In both his fiction and nonfiction, he busts apart the conventions of genre and format in ways that are both accessible and provocative. His books take up the themes of society, history and identity with incredible energy and originality of thought. He’s a truly independent author in all respects of the word.”
Reading, Q&A and Book Signing: Visiting Writers Gina Frangello and T Cooper
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m. O’Shaughnessy Performance Space, Benildus Hall
Santa Fe University of Art and Design 1600 St. Michael’s Drive, Santa Fe
Free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event. For more information, contact Susanne Miller at 1-505-473-6200.
About Gina Frangello and T Cooper
Gina Frangello is a cofounder of Other Voices Books and the editor of the fiction section at The Nervous Breakdown, as well as the Sunday Editor of The Rumpus. She is the author of one previous novel and a collection of short stories. She lives in Chicago.
T Cooper is the author of the novels Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes (Dutton/Plume Books) and Some of the Parts (Akashic Books), as well as co-editor of an anthology of original stories entitled A Fictional History of the United States with Huge Chunks Missing (Akashic Books). His work has appeared in a variety of publications and anthologies, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Believer, among many others. Cooper lives in New York with his family.
About SFUAD’s Creative Writing and Literature Department
The Creative Writing and Literature Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design enables students to learn from and grow along with a core of published, award-winning authors. Dedicated students polish their literary skills and discover the right forms for their unique voice, while taking advantage of numerous opportunities to conduct public readings, work collaboratively, and inspire and be inspired by their peers. Annually, the Creative Writing and Literature Department publishes a student-edited and student-produced literary journal, Glyph, featuring some of the university’s best writing in creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry and screenwriting.