Saturday, November 8, 8:00 p.m.
Victoria Alexander and Rod Smith
@ Ruthless Grip
Please join us on Saturday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Washington Printmakers Gallery (1732 Connecticut Ave., second floor, several blocks north of the Dupont Circle Q Street Metro Exit) for the next reading in the Ruthless Grip Poetry Series, a publication party for Rod Smith and his new book MUSIC OR HONESTY, and Victoria Alexander and her recently published novel NAKED SINGULARITY.

Rod Smith is the author of In Memory of My Theories (O Books), The Boy Poems (BDB), Protective Immediacy (Roof), New Mannerist Tricycle with Lisa Jarnot and Bill Luoma, (Beautiful Swimmer), The Good House (Spectacular Books) & Music or Honesty (new from Roof Books). Poemes de laraignee was just published in France by Bureau sur l'Atlantique. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies including Anthology of New American Poets, The Baffler, The Gertrude Stein Awards, New American Writing, Open City, Shenandoah, and The Washington Review. He is currently editing, with Peter Baker and Kaplan Harris, The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley for the University of California Press. He edits Aerial magazine, publishes Edge Books, & manages Bridge Street Books in Washington, DC.

Victoria N. Alexander has published two novels, Smoking Hopes and Naked Singularity, both of which pursue similar themes involving coincidence and emergent intentionality. She is co-founder and director of the Dactyl Foundation for the Arts & Humanities, in New York City. Her work has been published in the Antioch Review, English Language Notes, Nabokov Studies, Pynchon Notes, and other journals. She has lectured at numerous institutions, science centers, museums, universities, private organizations, and conferences. Her honors include a Rockefeller Foundation Residency (Bellagio, Italy), a Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women Fellowship, two Art & Science Lab Residencies (Santa Fe), Alfred Kazin Award for Best Dissertation (GC, CUNY), and the Washington Prize for Fiction. She earned her Ph.D. in 2002 in English at the Graduate Center, CUNY and did her dissertation research in teleology, evolutionary theory, and complexity science at the Santa Fe Institute with Jim Crutchfield, one of the original investigators of deterministic chaos. Alexander has investigated chance and teleology in narrative by such diverse writers as Martin Amis, Saul Bellow, Louis Begley, Henry James, Milan Kundera, Vladimir Nabokov, C. S. Peirce, Thomas Pynchon, and Shakespeare.

We hope to see you there and for all festivities afterwards!