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October 20-November 14


Reading and Author Discussion with DR. REBBECCA BROWN

Friday, October 17, 4:30 pm in the Art Gallery


Rebbecca Brown spent much of her formative years in the Antelope Valley, graduating from Palmdale High School in the early 1990s.  Her poetry, fiction, and essays have previously appeared in American Literary Review, Confrontation, 88: A Journal of Contemporary American Poetry, Eclipse, Requited, H_ngm_n and Ekleksographia (among others). She is the recipient of an Honorable Mention from the Academy of American Poets, the Rachel Sherwood Prize for Poetry and First Place in the LACC Writing Contest for Creative Nonfiction.  They Become Her, which is her first novel, received Honorable Mention in the 2009-2010 Starcherone Innovative Fiction Contest.  She lives in New York City and teaches at Hunter College.


Humorously ardent and poetically rich, They Become Her tells the story of Delia Bacon, the first to propose that Shakespeare did not write his own works and whose own literary ambition inspired a life filled with fame, fervor, and scandal. In addition to Delia’s impassioned missive, three fictional biographies of contemporary writers – all sharing the name Rebecca Brown – are implicated in Delia’s quest. At the novel’s conclusion, it is unclear who is writing whose fictional biography. They Become Her provocatively questions identity, the relationship between texts and their authors, and the predicaments in which many artists inevitably find themselves. Along the way, it invites a self-reflexively enraptured entanglement with the reader herself, who won’t be able to resist playing along to the unexpected end.



Rebbecca Brown’s book reads like a trance, like the devastating daydream of an auteur afflicted with an identity disorder; like an inescapable love affair that consumes everything in its path. Her characters are incandescent – their voices haunting and resilient, their relationship with words complex, intense. This is an important book. I cannot do it justice; I cannot stop quoting from it; I cannot escape its tremendous force.

Dayana Stetco, Artistic Director of The Milena Theatre Group and author of Seducing Velasquez and Other Plays

I thought of Keats' teeming brain when I read Rebbecca Brown's They Become Her. Here is a writer whose sentences are electrical storms, whose vision is exact and sprawling at the same time. Quirky, odd and ambitious, old, new and timeless, this is a novel worth reading slowly and more than once. 

Robert Lopez, Author of Kamby Bolongo Mean River and Asunder

In this surprising tour de force, Rebbecca Brown locates the quirks and coincidences that connect us in history and in space. She summons the present as diligently as the past, weaving historical personages with characters who may or may not exist in our world now. They Become Her crams the literary juicer with so many different genres, languages and styles you wouldn't think it possible to mix them into one blend. What comes out is a wild, exotic concoction that only makes us want more.

Stephen Wetta, Author of If Jack’s in Love

Rebbecca Brown stands ground with the likes of Kathy Acker writing Cervantes and Dickens.  In They Become Her, writing is liquid, spilling over with meaning, never allowing the reader to forget that this is the work of a poet. It gathers in spite of the complex interweaving and intertextual narrative among one Delia Bacon and three Reb[b]ecca Browns. It asks at what point do we reach the confluence of authorship, the merging of writing into literary history, full of anxiety and influence? Must all sentences flow toward the delta of ambiguity? For the characters in this book, the answer is yes. For Rebbecca Brown, well. . .who is Rebbecca Brown?

Heather Momyer, Freelance Writer & Journalist



This Winter the AVC Art Gallery offers a three part series of printmaking workshops, each focused on a different technique. These Saturday sessions spearhead a new program of Gallery sponsored workshops designed to enhance AVC's curriculum with specialty media and guest professors, create lab studio sessions for our students and community, and reward our members for their continued support. All sessions meet in the Art Gallery building (FA1) in room 101 and have a 15 person limit. All workshop materials are provided although we encourage you to bring any visual references or previous drawings that might help inspire your work of art. Workshops require a $5 material fee or are free with a Friends of the Gallery Membership. Sign up for workshops in the Art Gallery or by emailing

Relief Printmaking with Michelle Rozic:
Saturday, November 23, 2013, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Join CSUN professor of Printmaking Michelle Rozic for demonstrations in relief carving and printing techniques to create your own linoleum cut. Michelle Rozic is the president of the Los Angeles Printmaking Society and has work currently on view in the LAPS 21st National Exhibition at the CSUN Art Galleries and in the AVC Art Gallery's show UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

Monotypes and Collagraphs:
Saturday, December 7, 2013, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Intaglio techniques: Drypoint:
Saturday, January 11, 2014, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 27, 2015