Readings and events guest-hosted by some of Belladonna’s favorite writers who’ve invited writers who influence and inspire them. November 2008 through June 2009.
For this series, Belladonna published a limited edition, series of eight perfect-bound books. Each book is an anthology and a conversation between the guest curator and the elder(s) she hosts.
2009 marked the tenth anniversary of our mission to promote the work of women writers who are adventurous, experimental, politically involved, multi-form, multicultural, multi-gendered, impossible to define, delicious to talk about, unpredictable, and dangerous with language. Belladonna* has featured over 150 writers of wildly diverse age and origin, writers who work in conversation and collaboration within and between multiple forms, languages, and critical fields. As performance and as printed text, the work collects, gathers over time and space, and forms a kind of conversation about the feminist avantgarde: what it is and how it comes to be. Our anniversary Elders Series is a continuation of this conversation, which highlights the fact of influence and continuity of the ideas, poetics, and concerns we circle through.