Danielle Dutton & Laura Letinsky: Reading + Conversation

Saturday, May 11, 2019 4 – 5 pm
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1709 W. Chicago
Chicago, IL 60622

Join us for a reading and discussion with Danielle Dutton, author of "SPRAWL" (Wave Books, 2018), which was inspired by Laura Letinsky's photographs. 

Dutton also wrote the exhibition essay for the current show at DOCUMENT. Excerpt:


One week it was alligators in frozen ponds. Their jaws rose out of the ice like Chinese peaks. The creatures looked both dead and in pain, but scientists called them “survival machines” and insisted they were asleep.

The week before it was a large disc of ice revolving at the confluence of two small rivers in Maine. It’s not as if she went looking for them. But every week some new picture got stuck at the front of her mind. The disc had looked exactly like the moon. Was it fair to say exactly? She knew she often exaggerated for effect. The river was black and the moon revolved on it for days.

It was like she was disappearing; clearly she wanted for nothing."

Dutton's writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Paris Review, Harper's, The White Review, Fence, BOMB, and others. She is on the faculty of the writing program at Washington University in St. Louis and is co-founder and editor of the feminist press Dorothy, a publishing project.