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Belladonna*s: Made of These, a reading from our wonderful interns Karl Leone and Mia Bruner with guest Christine Hou
February 20, 2013 @ 12:00 am - 1:00 am
Belladonna* acknowledges the valuable contributions of our interns, who often volunteer their time to support our publications and events in exchange for college credit or simply our gratitude. While we’re unable to compensate interns and volunteers with wages, we find unique ways to express our gratitude–including this event! Two graduating seniors at The New School, Mia Bruner and Karl Leone, are joined by guest poet Christine Hou in a pairing designed to illustrate the transitionfrom college to early career.
Mia Bruner grew up in Los Angeles and moved to New York in 2009 to attend The New School where she co-founded The Annual Akilah Oliver Memorial Reading at Eugene Lang College and the New School’s Experimental Writing Collective. Her work has appeared in RELEASE, Cuntry Living, Modulo, 11 1/2, The Failed Anthology, and The Isis. She was shortlisted for the Oxonian Review Poetry competition in February 2012, and has worked with Belladonna*, a hub of feminist literary action in Brooklyn, since 2009.
Karl Leone is aNew York based actor, poet, and playwright. Recent NY stage credits include: Bertolt Brecht’s The Judith of Shimoda at La MaMa (Dir. Zishan Ugurlu, American Premiere), Our Town at La Tea (Dir. Leon Ingulsrud), and Dr. Coulmier in Marat/Sade with The Queens Players (Dir. Kelly Johnson, Indie Theater Award Nomination: Best Supporting Actor) Film: Speak (Ivan Ratner), Question & Answer (Dir. Sam Kressner) and Ira Sach’s Keep The Lights On. More recently, Karl has been pursuing an internship atBelladonna* in honor of his late teacher, Akilah Oliver. He has gathered two collections of poetry and performance texts respectively titled: Castrate Tea/Bags (2009) and which mother [Earth] is mine for the taking? (2011). A play inspired by Oliver’s poem In Aporia, titled The Shades of Our Eyes is currently looking for a home in the theater for Springbut is available online as an audio drama (prod.Victor Gurbo and Co., 2011). New School: Eugene Lang College Class of 2013.
Christine Shan Shan Hou is a poet, artist, and critic living in Brooklyn, NY.Publications include Accumulations (Publication Studio, 2010) and C O N C R E T E S O U N D (Norte Maar, 2011), a collaborative artist’s book with Audra Wolowiec. Additional poems appear, or are forthcoming in Weekday, EOAGH, Parallelograms, Bone Bouquet, and A Science. She hascurated exhibitions at Art in General, Jack the Pelican Presents, andThe Abrons Arts Center. Her awards include The Flow Chart Foundation/The Academy for American Poets and the Zora Neale Hurston Scholarship. In 2011, she completed a residency at Mount Tremper Arts in partnership with The Brooklyn Rail. She is currently the Managing and Program Directorfor iLAND (Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art Nature and Dance) and writes on performance for The Brooklyn Rail, The Performance Club, Hyperallergic Weekend, Idiom and Critical Correspondence.