BETWEEN APPEAR AND DISAPPEAR Presentation and Reading Set for Center for New Music Tonight
Author Doug Rice and Soprano Ann Moss will be giving a collaborative presentation, reading and discussion of "Between Appear and Disappear" at the Center for New Music (55 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102) tonight, December 9, 2014 at 7:30 pm. Admission is free and open to the general public.
Doug Rice is the author of Das Heilige Buch der Stille, Between Appear and Disappear, Dream Memoirs of a Fabulist, Skin Prayer, A Good Cu/tBoy is Hard to Find, and Blood of Mugwump. His work has been translated into German, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Polish. His first novel, Blood Of Mugwump, was the runner-up of the Fiction Collective Two First Novel Award judged by Kathy Acker. He has published in numerous anthologies and journals including Avant Pop: Fiction for a Daydream Nation, Dirty Fabulous, Phantom der Lust, Hard Code, Zyzzyva, Kiss the Sky, Gargoyle, 580 Split, Discourse, and South Loop Review. He had a one-man gallery show of his street photographs and texts, Faraway, so close, in 2013 at the Fusion International Art Gallery, Sacramento, California, and has had individual works show in other galleries.
Currently, Doug Rice has a book of street photographs and text, An Erotics of Seeing, being published by Black Scat Books (2015). and he has completed another book of street photographs, The Grain of the Eye. Another book, When Love Was, is currently being designed for publication in Germany in 2015. His newest novel, Here Lies Memory, is under consideration at a press now.
He teaches film theory and history and creative writing at Sacramento State University and has taught at Kent State University, LaRoche College, California Institute of the Arts, Duquesne University, and the University of Pittsburgh. He was nominated by Jalal Toufic for a literature fellowship at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, 2012-2014.
Between Appear and Disappear is a new hybrid of photographs and poetic texts on beauty and love by Rice with accompanying music by Moss. It has been released by Jaded Ibis Productions concurrently with a CD of music intended as a companion for the book, composed and performed by Moss. At this combination CD/Book release event, Rice and Moss will present their work and discuss the collaborative process, offering readings from the text and a presentation of the accompanying music, and answering questions from the audience. Books and CDs will be available for purchase.
"When Doug first approached me to set portions of his manuscript to music, he expressed one desire - to hear his words sung in my voice," said Moss. "At that point, I had had the pleasure of hearing Doug Rice read from his writings on three occasions. Each time I heard him read, I found myself wanting for just one thing: I wanted the words to move more slowly. To be elongated. To be chanted."
Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Chronology of Water and Dora: A Headcase, calls Between Appear and Disappear "a secular prayer, a body prayer, between seeing and saying, between experience and representation. It is the only book that I have ever read in my life that is truly corporeal, which is to say truly embodied by and through desire in language... It is an unforgettable and perfect book at a time when we need books to be exactly what they are, gloriously, unapologetically, mercifully, real."