Blind Date: Vermin on the Mount

Friday, Feb 06, 2015 - 12:00 PM

In conjunction with the exhibition Rita McBride: Public Tilt, the Museum has invited Vermin on the Mount to activate Rita McBride’s Arena (1997). Take a break from your routine and join us for this lively public reading, where local writers will read their original works.

Since its inception in 1997, Rita McBride’s Arena—the highly celebrated and well-travelled modular tribune—has hosted more than 100 artists, poets, writers, architects, musicians, curators, and politicians. 

Vermin on the Mount Writers: 

Lisa Brackmann has worked as an executive at a major motion picture studio, an issues researcher in a presidential campaign, and as a singer/songwriter/bassist in a LA rock band. Her debut novel, Rock Paper Tiger, set on the fringes of the Chinese art world, made several "Best of 2010" lists. Her second novel, Getaway, won the Los Angeles Book Festival Grand Prize and was nominated for the T. Jefferson Parker SCIBA award. Brackmann lives in San Diego.

Sean Carswell is the author of the novels Drinks for the Little GuyTrain Wreck Girl, and Madhouse Fog. He wrote the short story collections Barney's Crew and Glue and Ink Rebellion. He co-founded the independent book publisher Gorsky Press and the music magazine Razorcake, and has been a regular contributor to FlipsideInk 19, and Clamor. His writing has also appeared in ThrasherZiskThe Southeastern Review, and The Rattling Wall. He currently teaches writing and literature at California State University Channel Islands.

Van Nuys native Stepha Cha is the author of the Juniper Song mystery series, featuring Follow Her Home and Beware Beware, which was published last year. Cha writes book reviews and food writing for the Los Angeles Times and lives in Los Feliz with her husband and basset hound.

Heather Fowler is the author of the story collections Suspended HeartPeople with HolesThis TimeWhile We're Awake, and Elegantly Naked In My Sexy Mental Illness. Fowler has published stories and poems online and in print in the U.S., England, Australia, and India, in such venues as PANKNight TrainstoryglossiaSurreal SouthFeminist Studies, and more. She is Poetry Editor at Corium Magazine and lives in San Diego.

Ben Loory's story "The TV" was featured in the April 12, 2010 issue of The New Yorker, and was named a "Distinguished Story of the Year" in The Best American Short Stories 2011. His stories "The Duck" and "The Man and the Moose" have appeared on NPR's This American Life. His book Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day was chosen as a selection of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Program and the Starbucks Coffee Bookish Reading Club. He lives in Los Angeles, in a house on top of a hill.

Jim Ruland is the author of the novel Forest of Fortune, the short story collection Big Lonesome, and co-author of Giving the Finger with Scott Campbell, Jr. of Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch. He is currently collaborating with Keith Morris, founding member of Black Flag, Circle Jerks and OFF!, on his memoir My Damage: 40 Years on the Front Lines of Punk, which will be published in the Fall of 2016. He is the fiction editor for LitroNY and the books columnist for San Diego City Beat