Experiments in Joy: Gabrielle Civil (PRINCE STREET)

Join Gabrielle Civil as she activates her new performance memoir Experiments in Joy with fellow writers and artists: Madhu H. Kaza, Rosamond S. King, lily bo shapiro and Purvi Shah. Together, they will conjure the book's spirit of collaboration, radical friendship, ancestors, and magic!

Gabrielle Civil’s Experiments in Joy celebrates black feminist collaborations and solos in essays, letters, performance texts, scores, images, and more. Following her explosive debut Swallow the Fish, Civil now documents her work with From the Hive, No. 1 Gold, and Call & Response—whose collaborative Call inspired the title. The book also features her solo encounters with artists and writers, ancestors and audiences. Here you will find black girlhood, grief, ghosts, girls in their bedrooms, lots of books, dancing, reading, falling in love, fighting back, and flying. With lots of heart and the help of her friends, Civil keeps reckoning with performance, art and life.

Gabrielle Civil, a black feminist performance artist, originally from the Detroit, is the author the performance memoirs Swallow the Fish  and Experiments in Joy: the aim of her work is to open up space.

Born in Andhra Pradesh, India, Madhu H. Kaza is the editor of Kitchen Table Translation and a writer, translator, artist and educator based in New York City.  

Creative and critical writer and performer Rosamond S. King is author of the Lambda Award-winning poetry collection Rock | Salt | Stone and the scholarly book Island Bodies: Transgressive Sexualities in the Caribbean Imagination - www.RosamondKing.com  

Purvi Shah, author of Terrain Tracks and the forthcoming Miracle Marks, finds joy in sparkly eyeshadow and raucous laughter.   

Born, raised and still living as an uninvited resident in Lenape territory, lily bo shapiro’s curiosities include archive, diasporic living and dying, adaptive hybridity, the strangely intimate (intimately strange), and the labors of playing and loving on this planet with others. @bo_archive_scraps  


Event date: 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

52 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012
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ISBN: 9781948700153
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Civil Coping Mechanisms - February 15th, 2019