November 16, 2008

David Harrison Horton, Benjamin Pérez, and Jason Morris
Canessa Gallery Reading Series
Nov. 22, 8 PM


Sometimes you just have to shoot from the hip. Bad boy poets Benjamin L. Pérez, David Harrison Horton, and Jason Morris hit us with their best shot in this evening of “(m)ad libs,” the fifth installment of the Canessa Gallery Reading Series.

An artist, curator, and writer, David Harrison Horton edits the zine WORK and co-edits (with Stephanie Young) Deep Oakland. His paintings, sculptures, sound installations, and videos have been exhibited in New York, Berlin, Paris, Caracas, Minneapolis and San Francisco. He curated the Salon Salon Reading and Performance Series in Oakland and is the author of the chaps Pete Hoffman Days and BeiHai, and the limited edition altered book project Stein's Tender Buttons. His creative work has been published in Cricket, Femme Toupee, and Alice Blue among others. He currently lives and writes in a tiny studio apartment that overlooks Lake Merritt in Oakland, California.

Benjamin L. Pérez teaches American History and English at Expression College for Digital Arts. He earned his BA in Religious Studies at UC Berkeley and holds advanced degrees in Native American Studies from UCLA and American History from UC Davis; he received his MFA in Creative Writing at Mills College. Pérez’s poems, essays, and book reviews have appeared in various academic and popular print and online publications, including Watchword, Sacramento News and Review (SN&R), Cricket Online Review (COR), the American Indian Culture and Research Journal (AICRJ), and Ishmael Reed’s Konch. In 2005, Spuyten Duyvil published his experimental and transgressive work, The Evil Queen: A Pornolexicology, which made Dennis Cooper’s top-10 list for that year. He is currently putting the final touches on a “bi-textual” work: CUNTIONARY/Repent at Your Leisure (or The Folklore of Hell).

Jason Morris was born in Vermont in 1977. His poems have appeared in Mirage #4 Period(ical), Forklift Ohio, TRY, Salt Hill & elsewhere. He is the editor of Big Bell Magazine.


Saturday, November 22, 8pm


Canessa Gallery, 708 Montgomery Street, SF

Open to the public ($3 suggested). For more information the public may visit


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