Waving my Big Rump around in May (Am I inviting porn spam?)
- howdy do,
it's ayun halliday with a bad old case of carpal tunnel syndrome. East
Village Inky #19 is all stapled up and sent out and the new book, No Touch
Monkey! And Other Travel Lessons Learned Too Late is fairly shipshape too,
awaiting publication in November. In the meantime, I'll be popping up around
the NYC area in a professional capacity a couple of times this month, with
some farflung readings on the boards for this summer - the full scoop is
below. And webmaster Dave says he'll have the new incriminating photos up on
http://www.ayunhalliday.com in the next day or so.
HAPPY RAINY SPRING DAY! xo Ayun
Sunday, May 11th, 2-5 pm
MAMAS RISING UP! a festival of resistance & solidarity across borders to
reclaim Mother's Day
Central Park's East Meadow
(5th Avenue between 97th and 98th Streets)
Reasons to show up include performances and readings by Ayun Halliday,
InfiniTee, Sarah Hussain, and Geoffrey the Guitarist; and speakers including
Sarah Goodyear (journalist and mother), Maria Rentas (whose son has been
unjustly sentenced to 11 years in prison), Carol Taylor (grandmother and
first black flight attendant), and Frieda Zames and Doris Fleischer
(disability rights activists and authors). Plus face painting, balloon
animals, trash playshop (crafts out of recyclables) with Rolando of
Garbagioland, and story time for kids with Lobi Redhook. AND MORE!
Why Mother's Day? In 1870, author, abolitionist, peace activist and
suffragette Julia Ward Howe attempted to get recognition for a national
Mother's Day as "a worldwide protest of women against the cruelties of war."
She called for women to rise up in protest on Mother's Day. MAMA, a NYC
grassroots collective of radical mothers, wants to reclaim Mother's Day 2003
as a day of activism, resistance and women's solidarity.
for more info, email the festival organizer @ <anima212@...>
* Sunday, May 18, noon to 6 p.m.
BROOKLYN'S ALTERNATIVE SMALL PRESS & BOOK FAIR: a celebration of poets,
writers, alternative publishers, and performers
at the Old Stone House, 336 Third Street, Park Slope, INSIDE J.J. Byrne Park
between 4th & 5th Avenues, Brooklyn.
Come one, come all! Free admission to the public!
DIRECTIONS: The N local, R and F trains stop nearby at the 9th Street/4th
Avenue station; walk up 4th or 5th Avenue to 4th Street and enter the park.
The Old Stone House is in the middle of the park. The 63 bus stops in front
of J. J. Byrne Park on Fifth Avenue.
Supposedly there's a great playground nearby and a street fair that will be
going on on 5th Avenue, so you can make a wingding of it. I'll probably read
at some point... and there will be plenty of Big Rumpuses and East Village
Inkys for sale on my table.
COMING THIS SUMMER:
* The Last Week of June, Bee Lavender, editor of HipMama's online edition
(http://www.hipmama.com) and creator of the zine series, A Beautiful Final
Tribute and I will be reading around the NYC area.
* If I can scrape the scratch together, I'll be reading at the L.A.
Mamagathering and teaching a memoir writing workshop July 11 - 13
* Wednesday, August 6 at 7pm
Reading at Borders Bookstore in Framingham, MA
85 Worcester Rd (rte. 9), Framingham MA, 01701
If you're a mother, if you have three thumbs, if you're uncircumcised, if
you ever believed in Santa or the Easter bunny, if you DARE TO BE HEINIE
Read Ayun's Book, THE BIG RUMPUS (Seal Press 2002)
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