Murray Pepper and Vicky Reynolds Pepper Distinguished Visiting Artists & Scholars Lecture Series presents
RECENT RUPTURE RADIO HOUR
(The East L.A. Dirigible Tapes)
Writer Sesshu Foster and artist Arturo Ernesto Romo, creators of the online ELA Guide and authors of forthcoming novel East Los Angeles Dirigible Air Transport Lines, discuss a decade of the practice of collaborative projects and community interventions, a life in the arts outside of institutionalization and the role of arts in community building.
Sesshu Foster has taught composition and literature in East L.A. for 30 years. He’s also taught writing at the University of Iowa, CalArts, the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Pomona College and UC Santa Cruz. His work has been published in numerous volumes, including the Oxford Anthology of Modern American Poetry. His most recent books are the hybrid text World Ball Notebook, City of the Future and the forthcoming East Los Angeles Dirigible Air Transport Lines, created with frequent collaborator Arturo Ernesto Romo.
Arturo Ernesto Romo was born in Los Angeles, CA, in 1980. His artwork, mostly collaborative mixed media works but also drawing and muralism, has circulated internationally. Fluency, agency and folly are central themes in his practice; he sees his artwork as a companion multiplier, folding folds, netting nets. His art-making is pushed through explorations on the streets of East and Northeast Los Angeles, which feed into an ongoing series of collaborations with writer Sesshu Foster.