On 2/21/23, Hunter hosted this program as part of the Distinguished Writer Series.
James Hannaham is a writer, performer, and visual artist. His novel Delicious Foods, which deals with human trafficking, won the PEN/Faulkner Award and Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and was named one of Publishers Weekly's top ten books of the year. The New York Times called it an "ambitious, sweeping novel of American captivity and exploitation." His debut novel, God Says No was a Lambda Literary Award finalist. He has published fiction in One Story, Fence, StoryQuarterly, and BOMB. He reviews theater and art for 4Columns. He cofounded the New York City-based performance group Elevator Repair Service and worked with them 1992-2002. His text-based artworks often satirize the theoretical jargon that is used to describe visual art; his 2014 gallery show "Card Tricks" consisted of descriptive placards for fictive artworks, with titles such as "Planet" and "Nothing." In 2020 his work Everything Is Normal, Everything Is Normal, Everything Is Fine, Everything Is Fine was judged Best in Show at a national juried exhibition of artist books and text-based visual works, Biblio Spectaculum. Hannaham is a professor in the writing program at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. His most recent published work is the 2022 novel Didn't Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta.
Watch the program below.