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L.A. Book Launch: Interstellar Theme Park by Jack Skelley
September 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join Jack Skelley for an evening of celebration of a thrilling new poetry collection! Reunited with Beyond Baroque friends, poet Amy Gerstler and writer Benjamin Weissman, who will also read from their new work.
Exploding pop archetypes ancient to modern, Interstellar Theme Park assembles decades of perverse verse and prose by the Los Angeles writer Jack Skelley. It excerpts work from Monsters (Little Caesar Press) and Skelley’s “secretly legendary” novel Fear of Kathy Acker (Semiotext(e)). It adds music-history fiction on Brian Jones (Rolling Stones), Led Zeppelin, and the Beach Boys/Charlie Manson. And its thrill-ride poems and stories spotlight pop divas, punk epiphanies, good acid, bad brains, adverse adverts, legalized fascism, economic meltdowns, psychedelic cave drawings, schizoid pronouns, the hallucinations of romance, Catholic sex, Disneyland, and Catholic sex at Disneyland.
This event is Free & In-Person at Beyond Baroque. Masks are required while inside our center.
Reservation Policy: Please RSVP if you are planning to attend this event. We accept walk-ins, but priority will be given to people that have registered. Limited seating available; we recommend arriving early.
About the authors
Jacks Skelley’s books include: Monsters (Little Caesar Press), Dennis Wilson and Charlie Manson (Fred & Barney Press), and Fear of Kathy Acker (Semiotext(e)). Jack’s work is widely anthologized. Collections include: Under 35: The New Generation of American Poets (ed. Nicholas Christopher, Anchor Books), and Sweet Nothings: An Anthology of Rock and Roll in American Poetry (ed. Jim Elledge, Indiana University Press. He was editor and publisher of Barney: The Modern Stone-Age Magazine, featuring major artists and writers. He is songwriter and guitarist for psychedelic surf band Lawndale (SST Records).
Amy Gerstler‘s most recent book of poems is Index of Women (Penguin Random House, 2021). Her work has appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies, including the New Yorker and Paris Review. She is currently collaborating with composer, actor, and arranger Steve Gunderson on a musical play. Her previous books of poems include Scattered at Sea, Dearest Creature, Ghost Girl, Medicine, Crown of Weeds, Nerve Storm, and Bitter Angel. Oren’s Forest, a children’s book Gerstler did with artist/Illustrator Lindsey Burwell, was published in 2022. In 2019, she received a Foundation for Contemporary Arts CD Wright Grant. In 2018, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. She has also written fiction, nonfiction, and journalism and art criticism.
Benjamin Weissman is the author of two books of short fiction, most recently Headless. His writing on books, art, and skiing have appeared in McSweeney’s, The Believer, and Powder. A recent exhibition of paintings and sculptures occurred at The Pit. He’s working on a new book of stories and a novel. He teaches Senior Studio & Advanced Drawing at UCLA.