Our first reading of the season is just around the corner. We’ll be reading friend-of-the-series Will Gutierrez’s amazing play Beautiful Monsters: A Hermaphrodite Love Story. The reading will be directed by our own Takeo Rivera, and will be followed by a Q&A with Prof. Mel Chen.
Wednesday, 9/17 at 4PM in Durham Studio Theater. Mark your calendars!
Will Gutierrez is a writer in Oakland. His work draws upon both intimate autobiography and epic strangeness to honor the lives of hermaphrodites, of intersex people, Filipinos, tomboys and witches, queers, young folks, elders, family. His play Beautiful Monsters explores the theme of first love. Years in the writing, he began telling its story as an undergraduate in Cherríe Moraga’s drama classes.
Professor Mel Chen is Associate Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at U.C. Berkeley and an affiliate of the Center for Race and Gender, the Science and Technology Studies Center, and the Institute for Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences.
Mel’s research and teaching interests include queer and gender theory, animal studies, critical race theory and Asian American studies, disability studies, science studies, and critical linguistics. In the Fall of 2009, Mel convened “Species Spectacles”, a U.C. Humanities Research Institute Residential Research Group focused on animality, sexuality and race. Mel’s short film, Local Grown Corn (2007), explores interweavings of immigration, childhood, illness and friendship; it has played in both asian and queer film festivals.
Mel’s book, Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect, was released in July 2012 with Duke University Press in the Perverse Modernities series. In 2014, it won the Alan Bray Memorial Book Award, given by the GL/Q Caucus at the MLA.