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Friday, March 21, 2008

Oxford, Miss., here I come!


Oxford, MS

VOX PRESS announces an avant-garde literary event on March 28th 2008 to be held at the Power House in Oxford, Mississippi beginning at 5:00 in the evening. The event is part of a documentary project and will be filmed and recorded live on the night of the event featuring some of the nations most experimental literary artists: including Mark Sonnenfeld of East Windsor, New Jersey, Carol Novack of New York City, NY, Joshua Kornreich of New York City, NY, the jazz poet Normal of Saugerties, NY and others. The event/film was also feature local artists as well including Louis E. Bourgeois, Betsy Chapman, Mary Riggs, Clarissa Romano, Zane Gillespie, among others.

The event is open to the public free of charge: donations will be accepted. The audience will play a key role in the documentary itself and audience members are encourage to dress as formally or as outlandishly as they would like: ideally, the audience will appear as interesting as the members of the stage.

The impetus of the event, a part from supporting the contemporary avant-garde literary arts scene, is to call attention and to bring support of VOX Press’s first book publication, Complete With Missing Parts, a collection of interviews with the literary avant-garde of the 21st century which includes literary artists and scholars from around the world and locally as well. The book includes interviews with such scholars and literary artists as Barry Hannah, Charles Wright, Celia Rabinovitch, Ruth Brandon, Russell Edson, Joseph Kronick, Stephen Barber, and many others. The first press run of the book is due out by the early summer of this year.

VOX PRESS is operated by Oxford writer and editor Louis E. Bourgeois and artist J.E. Pitts of the Oxford American. VOX is a pending 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is supported in part by the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council as well as the Mississippi Arts Commission.

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