Reading + Exhibition: Burning Time
with Jonathan Alexander & Antoinette LaFarge

Come to a special reading, exhibition, and reception on Burning Time, a graphic book collaboration between writer Jonathan Alexander and artist Antoinette LaFarge that explores the intimacies of imagined memory and sexuality. 


October 2, 6:30 Pm - 8:30 pm, FREE

1888 Center
115 North Orange Street, right off Plaza Square Park in Old Town Orange
Orange, CA  92866

Burning Time consists of cycle of 8 poems and 8 associated panoramic paintings to tell the story of a young gay man arriving in New Orleans in the late 1950s to start a new life. Text and image interweave to evoke a particular time and place while also summoning the timelessness of self-exploration and desire— experience reimagined as mythic adventure. In this presentation, Alexander and LaFarge read poems and present art from the book, discuss their collaboration, and consider the possibilities of multimedia for queer storytelling.

Sponsored by the 1888 Center and the 2018 Lambda Literary Festival

Jonathan Alexander is a writer, critic, and digital artist. Previous graphic collaborations include the digital book Techne: Queer Meditations on Writing the Self and the graphic book Understanding Rhetoric: A Graphic Guide to Writing. The author, co-author, or editor of fifteen books, he is Chancellor's Professor of English at the University of California, Irvine.

Antoinette LaFarge is an artist and writer whose beat is virtuality and its discontents. She is especially interested in exploring text-image dynamics through artists’ books, interactive narrative, and experimental performance. She is Professor of Art at the University of California, Irvine.