People I’ve Met From the Internet

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Stephen van Dyck reads from his new book People I’ve Met From the Internet, a queer reimagining of the coming-of-age story set at the dawn of the internet era, taking the form of a very long annotated list. A discussion of the book will follow with Los Angeles writer and artist Kate Durbin.

Stephen van Dyck is a writer, artist, and educator, and the author of People I’ve Met From the Internet, released in 2019 from Ricochet Editions. Van Dyck’s work has been written about in Zyzzyva, The Gay & Lesbian Review, LA Weekly, the LA Review of Books, Hyperallergic, and on Dennis Cooper’s blog. Van Dyck lives in Los Angeles with his boyfriend and cat Louise.

Kate Durbin is a Los Angeles-based artist and writer. Her books include Hoarders, forthcoming from Wave Books in 2021, E! Entertainment, The Ravenous Audience, and ABRAABRA is also a free, interactive iOS app that is “a living text,” which won the 2017 international Turn On Literature Prize for electronic literature. The project was partly funded by an NEA grant. In 2015, she was the Arts Queensland Poet-in-Residence in Brisbane, Australia. Durbin’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Art in America, Art Forum, The Believer, BOMB and elsewhere. She has shown her artwork at Transfer Gallery in Brooklyn, The Pulse Art Fair in Miami, MOCA Los Angeles, the Haifa Museum in Israel, SF MOMA, The Spring Break Art Fair in Los Angeles, Peer to Space in Berlin, and elsewhere.