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The Belladonna* Reading Series

A reading series and independent press that promotes the work of women writers who are adventurous, experimental, politically involved, multi-form, multicultural, multi-gendered, impossible to define, delicious to talk about, unpredictable, and dangerous with language.

Belladonna* was founded as a reading and salon series by Rachel Levitsky at Bluestocking's Women's Bookstore on New York City's Lower East Side in 1999. In 2000, in collaboration with Boog Literature, Belladonna* began to publish commemorative 'chaplets' of the readers' work. erica kaufman joined Levitsky as co-curator/editor in 2002. Then in 2005, the series moved its events to the downtown performance venue, Dixon Place. Since 2010, the group has operated as the Belladonna* Collaborative, a ten-woman editorial board. The bulk of the group's NYC activity is coordinated by Emily Skillings and Krystal Languell. A list of the entire board can be found here.

January 24, 2018: And/With: Maryam Monalisa Gharavi, Goksu Kunak, Baseera Khan at Pioneer Works

  • Göksu Kunak reading (27:10)
  • Baseera Khan reading (35:09)
  • Maryam Monalisa Gharavi reading (20:39)
  • Post-reading conversation with Mirene Arsanios (33:41)

December 4, 2017: And/With: Litmus Series with Myung Mi Kim, Sawako Nakayasu, and Jai Arun Ravine at the Abrons Arts Center, New York

November 6, 2017: Reading at the Abrons Art Center, New York

curated by Ana Paula and Asiya Wadud

  • Constance DeJong (24:53): MP3
  • Amelia Bande (26:55): MP3
  • Cat Tyc (29:54): MP3

October 9, 2017: Fred Moten & Simone White at Abrons Art Center, New York

curated by Ana Paula and Asiya Wadud, w/ guest curator Marcella Durand. Introductions by Marcella Durand.

  • Simone White Reading (28:04)
  • Audio Recording (32:04) MP3
  • Fred Moten Reading (32:26)
  • Audio Recording (33:43) MP3
  • Discussion (31:20)
  • Audio Recording (31:40) MP3

September 11, 2017: and/with Series co-presented with Makhzin at Abrons Art Center, New York

curated by Ana Paula and Asiya Wadud, w/ guest curator Mirene Arsanios
00.000..2133 459featuring Mina Zohal and Zohra Saed

  • Complete Reading (38:06): MP3
  • Roundtable Discussion, moderated by Youmna Chlala (31:10): MP3

June 8, 2017: and/with Series at Pioneer Books, Brooklyn, New York

hosted by LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs
featuring Adjua Greaves and Joseph Cuillier

  • Complete Recording (2:05:50): MP3

May 1, 2017: and/with Series at CUNY Queens College, New York

featuring Camille Rankine, Hoa Nguyen and Eléna Rivera