Orange County Laureate Open for Nominations

1888 Center is proud to announce the Orange County Laureate program. We’re looking for someone who is known for bringing community together through storytelling.

With this program, we want to unite the county in search of those who inspire us to be a creative and collaborative community. The laureate does not need to be a writer or artist. We want to consider broad aspects of storytelling in this search for the first Orange County Laureate:

  • Tech
  • Sciences
  • History
  • Art
  • Literature
  • Music

 

Orange County, California, the sixth-most populous county in the nation, is rich with cultural heritage and literary arts. Our diverse cities are filled with writers, creators, educators, and more, all with their own unique stories to share.

Over the next several weeks, we’ll post updates on the campaign, info about the jury, and the cities and partners as the search goes on. Keep in touch and nominate! Who do you know that builds community and encourages us to tell your story?

The window is open until October 31st. For updates on the program or where to nominate your neighbor, visit: 1888.center/laureate.

 


 

Through storytelling, we synergize the creative efforts of individuals to provide essential tools for cultural and civic enrichment—empathy, opportunity, and a collaborative network.

226 – Namrata Poddar


Today our podcast connects with Namrata Poddar. Namrata Poddar writes fiction, non-fiction, occasionally translates Francophone writers of Afro-Asian diaspora into English and serves as Interviews Editor for Kweli where she curates a series on Race, Power, and Storytelling.READ MORE

Burning Time

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This presentation focuses on Burning Time, a graphic book collaboration between writer Jonathan Alexander and artist Antoinette LaFarge that explores the intimacies of imagined memory and sexuality. The book consists of cycle of 8 poems and 8 associated panoramic paintings to tell the story of a young gay man arriving in New Orleans in the late 1950s to start a new life. Text and image interweave to evoke a particular time and place while also summoning the timelessness of self-exploration and desire— experience reimagined as mythic adventure. In this presentation, Alexander and Lafarge read poems and present art from the book, discuss their collaboration, and consider the possibilities of multimedia for queer storytelling.

 


 

Jonathan Alexander is a writer, critic, digital artist, and performance poet. Previous graphic collaborations include the digital book Techne: Queer Meditations on Writing the Self and the graphic book Understanding Rhetoric: A Graphic Guide to Writing. The author, co-author, or editor of fifteen books, he is Professor of English at the University of California, Irvine.

Antoinette LaFarge is an artist and writer whose beat is virtuality and its discontents. She is especially interested in exploring text-image dynamics through artists’ books, interactive narrative, and experimental performance. She is Professor of Art at UC Irvine.