with Michelle Detorie, K. Lorraine Graham, Amanda Ackerman, Vanessa Place, and Carribean Fragoza
Saturday, August 2
Doors open at 7pm; Reading at 7:30pm


Ice Age art

Something beautiful …

Archaeologists at the University of Tübingen have recovered the first entirely intact woolly mammoth figurine from the Swabian Jura, a plateau in the state of Baden-Württemberg, thought to have been made by the first modern humans some 35,000 years ago. “You can be sure,” Tübingen archaeologist Nicholas J. Conard told SPIEGEL ONLINE, “that there has been art in Swabia for over 35,000 years.”

The figure of the woolly mammoth is tiny, measuring just 3.7 cm long and weighing a mere 7.5 grams, and displays skillfully detailed carvings. It is unique in its slim form, pointed tail, powerful legs and dynamically arched trunk. It is decorated with six short incisions, and the soles of the pachyderm’s feet show a crosshatch pattern. …


Michelle Detorie grew up in Columbia, South Carolina. She currently lives in Goleta, California where she edits WOMB, an online magazine for poetries by women, and Hex Presse. She is also a contributing editor for Little Red Leaves and Narrative Magazine. Michelle is a 2007 National Endowment for the Arts literary fellow. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in How2, Chelsea, Bird Dog, Blackbird, Verse Daily, The Notre Dame Review, Typo, Dusie, POOL, Pindeldyboz, DIAGRAM, La Petite Zine, Cranky, Caketrain, The Tiny, The Potomac Review, FOURSQUARE, Confrontation, The Southern Poetry Review, The Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel(2007), Poetry East, Letters to the World, and The Outside Voices 2008 Anthology of Younger Poets. (

K. Lorraine Graham is a writer and visual artist. She is the author of Terminal Humming, forthcoming from Edge Books in 2009. She is also the author of several chapbooks: including Large Waves to Large Obstacles, forthcoming from Take Home Project. Ron Her poetry, critical writing, and visual art has appeared or is forthcoming in Traffic, Jacket, Area Sneaks, Fold, Magazine Cypress, HOW2 and elsewhere. A limited-edition CD of her work called Moving Walkways is available Narrowhouse Recordings. Lorraine has taught poetry and memoir at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC and at California State University in San Marcos. She lives in southern California with her partner Mark Wallace and Lester Young, a pacific parrotlet. (

Amanda Ackerman lives in Los Angeles where she writes and teaches. She is co-editor of the press eohippus labs. She is a member of UNFO (The Unauthorized Narrative Freedom Organization) and writes as part of Sam or Samantha Yams. She is also a member of the event space Betalevel. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in flim forum; String of Small Machines; The Physical Poets; WOMB; and the Encyclopedia Project, Volume F-K. With Harold Abramowitz, she is also co-author of the book Sin is to Celebration, soon to be published by House Press in the fall. (

Vanessa Place is a writer and lawyer, and co-director of Les Figues Press. She is the author of /Dies: A Sentence/, a 50,000-word, one-sentence novella, the post-conceptual novel /La Medusa/ (Fiction Collective 2), a chapbook, /Figure from The Gates of Paradise /(Woodland Editions/Five Fingers Review) and the forthcoming
/Conceptualisms: An Ill-Conceived Guide to Kinda Conceptual, Post-Conceptual, Extant and Taxonomical Writings, etc.,/ written with Robert Fitterman (Ugly Duckling Presse). Her nonfiction book, /The Guilt Project: Rape and Morality/, will be published in Fall 2009 by Other Press. Her collaboration with artist/performer Lamya Regragui will debut at Cent Quatre in Paris/Los Angeles in 2009, and she is collaborating with conceptual artist Stephanie Taylor on “Olady,” a visual/sound project. She lives in Los Angeles.