Who's on the bill?

Tanya Donelly is a Boston-based singer songwriter and guitarist, and founding member of Throwing Muses and The Breeders. She was also the singer and songwriter in the twice Grammy-nominated band Belly in the early 1990s. In the late 1990s, she became a solo artist and has released five albums under her name.

Mary Gaitskill is the author of two novels, most recently Veronica, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and three short-story collections, most recently Don't Cry. She is a 2010 Cullman Center Fellow at the New York Public Library, and winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Claudia Gonson is best known for her work as manager and performer with the Magnetic Fields, and manager of songwriter Stephin Merritt. Gonson met Merritt in high school and the pair have worked together for over twenty years, developing diverse musical projects and several different bands. Claudia records and performs with The Magnetic Fields as their piano player, percussionist, and singer. She also sings with another Stephin Merritt project, Future Bible Heroes. Claudia has played drums in the bands Tender Trap and Honeybunch, and written and performed her own music.

John Wesley Harding has just recorded a new album, his 18th or his 12th (depending on who's counting), in Portland, OR. His series of variety shows "Cabinet of Wonders" runs regularly at City Winery in NYC. Under his real name, Wesley Stace, he has written three novels, including the international bestseller Misfortune. His third novel, Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer, will be published by Picador in February 2011.

John Kelly is a performance and visual artist whose creative work runs the gamut from mixed media dance theatre works, to vocal concerts, to exhibitions. His work has been performed at The Kitchen, PS 1, the Warhol Museum, the Whitney Biennial, The Tate Modern, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival. Kelly has sung the music of John Cage at the San Francisco Symphony, and collaborated and recorded with Laurie Anderson, David Del Tredici, Natalie Merchant and Antony and the Johnsons. Awards and fellowships include two Bessie Awards, two Obie Awards, and the Rome Prize.

Rick Moody is the author of five novels, most recently The Four Fingers of Death, three collections of stories, and a memoir, and is presently at work on a collection of essays on music. His band, The Wingdale Community Singers, has released two albums. And he recently released a solo album, The Darkness Is Good.

Jim Shepard is the author of six novels, including most recently Project X, and four story collections, including most recently Like You'd Understand, Anyway, which was nominated for the National Book Award and won the Story Prize, and You Think That's Bad, due out in March.

Sean Wilsey is the author of Oh the Glory of It All, a memoir, and the co-editor of the anthology State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America. In his past life, he worked as an apprentice gondolier in Venice.

You're invited to
The World's Most Literary Rent Party Ever
to benefit The Bock Family

Sunday, February 6, 2010
PS 122 @ 150 1st Ave New York, NY 10009

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