New American Writing: Janet Kauffman & Thomas Lawson

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Janet Kauffman is the author of several books of fiction, including Places in the World a Woman Could Walk. Her new book, Trespassing, is composed of short fiction and essays that illustrate the impact of modern factory farms on a rural Michigan community. It considers the consequences of violating nature’s limits, giving readers a vivid impression of the irreversible damage that violation causes to our habitat. Thomas Lawson is an artist with a diverse, project-driven output. He has shown paintings in private galleries and public museums and has created temporary public works. He has written a book of selected writings, Mining for Gold, as well as three short chapbooks: The Pest of Scotland, Paranoia on the High Seas, and An Escape Towards Liberty. He has been Dean of the Art School at CalArts since 1991 and co-editor of Afterall since 2002. 

New American Writing

A series of contemporary fiction and poetry readings organized by Benjamin Weissman, author of two books of short fiction, most recently Headless, and professor of creative writing at Art Center College of Design and Otis College of Art and Design. 

This series is made possible, in part, with support from Bronya and Andrew Galef. 


Public programs are made possible, in part, by major gifts from the Annenberg Foundation, and Ann and Jerry Moss. Additional support is provided by Laura Donnelley, Bronya and Andrew Galef, an anonymous donor, and the Hammer Programs Committee.