Tuesday, February 7, 2012
The Tusa / Haas / River
Back to our original time at 10pm, The River brings back two oldies but goldies to the third installment of the spring lineup! Benjamin Haas and Chris Tusa will bring everything they have to the river this coming Tuesday February 7th at 10pm! You will not be disappointed. The river has started its 2012 roar in full force and these two will only push us further along. Bring it to the river and the river will bring it to you! More info about our awesome guests here:
Chris Tusa was born and raised in New Orleans. He holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Florida. His debut novel, Dirty Little Angels, was published by The University of West Alabama in March of 2009. With the help of a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, he was able to complete his debut collection of poems, Haunted Bones, which was published by Louisiana Literature Press in 2006. His work has appeared in Connecticut Review, Texas Review, Prairie Schooner, New Delta Review, South Dakota Review, The Southeast Review, Passages North, Spoon River, storySouth, and others. Aside from teaching in the English Department at LSU, he also serves as Editor for Fiction Southeast. He is currently working on a collection of flash fiction entitled Mean Blood and on two novels: In the Valley of Falling Stars, a dark tragicomedy set in post-Katrina New Orleans featuring a middle-aged man who’s convinced his wife has been chosen by God to give birth to Jesus Christ; and a second novel set in New Orleans in 1878 involving a young girl who is abducted to work as a prostitute in a brothel.
Benjamin Haas is a graduate student in performance studies at LSU. He has performed in numerous shows and spaces in the last year but most recently directed and performed in Tricycling, a multimedia performance event in the HopKins Black Box. Benjamin's work has focused on combining philosophy, performance, and popular culture and has taken many forms including: shows, workshops, essays, poems, and performative writing. He has published poems in The New Delta Review, ditch, Clockwise Cat, and Kerouac's Dog. This is to be his second River Writers featured appearance, though he most looks forward to reading the exquisite corpse at the end of the night, if allowed.