GIGANTIC EXQUISITE CORPSE: Four Days, Four Writers, Four New Works 9/10/11
Gigantic presents its first generative reading, designed specifically for LitCrawl2011. Writers Lynne Tillman, Anelise Chen, Dan Bevacqua, and Mitchell S. Jackson engage in 96 hours of consecutive creation. Each writer has 24 hours to write a story in 700 words or less, the last sentence of which is passed to the next writer as a prompt. The idea is one of community, constraint, and time restraint.

Saturday, September 10, 2011
Home Sweet Home (21+)
131 Chrystie St.
New York, NY
8-9pm, free


Lynne Tillman (New York, NY) is the author of five novels, three collections of short stories, one collection of essays and two other nonfiction books. She collaborates often with artists and writes regularly on culture, and her fiction is anthologized widely. Her last collection of short stories, This Is Not It, included 23 stories based on the work of 22 contemporary artists. Her novels include American Genius, A Comedy (2006), No Lease on Life (1998) which was a New York Times Notable Book of 1998 and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Cast in Doubt (1992), Motion Sickness (1991), and Haunted Houses (1987). The Broad Picture (1997) collected Tillman's essays, which were published in literary and art periodicals. She is the Fiction Editor at Fence Magazine, Professor and Writer-in-Residence in the Department of English at the University at Albany, and a recent recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Mitchell S. Jackson is a Portland, Oregon native living in Brooklyn. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Urban Artist Initiative and the Center For Fiction as well as a Fiction Writing award from the Hurston Wright Foundation. His work has appeared in journals, anthologies, and magazines. He recently finished a novel manuscript titled The Residue Years and is hard at work on a novel in stories titled The Fast Nickel Beats the Slow Twenty.

Dan Bevacqua is a graduate from both Emerson College and Columbia University.  His stories have appeared in JERRY: Magazine and 580 Split.  He teaches at Western New England University, and lives in Northampton, MA, where he is at work on a novel.

Anelise Chen is writing a series called "So Many Olympic Exertions." Poetry and fiction from this series has appeared in Gigantic, Thieves Jargon, and No Dear. Her articles have appeared in the PEN America blog, The Rumpus, and other places.
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