The Nocturnals: Rebecca Nison


Please join us for the next installment of The Nocturnals lecture series, featuring Rebecca Nison from the School of Art and Design History and Theory. Rebecca will be speaking on Thursday, March 6, at 1:00 pm, in the Bark Orientation Room (2 W 13th Street, 1st floor). 

With comforting arms or with strangling ones, home holds us.  A stage for our private performances, home heals, redeems, enslaves, or exiles us.  It becomes a haunting fantasy, an unrelenting trap, a hope to strive toward, or all of these simultaneously.  The short stories in Nison’s collection, Out of the Living Room and Into the Sun, question the dynamic meanings home illuminates in various contexts. Nison will read from this recently-completed collection, discuss her various stories and their inspirations, and show her work that incorporates both image and word. 

Rebecca Nison is a writer of fiction and poetry.  Her work is published or forthcoming in Weave Magazine, Gargoyle, Copper Nickel, Pank, Hot Street, The Bushwick Review, and Short, Fast, and Deadly.  Her short story, “Teeth of Giants,” received first place in the 2012 Vera List Art Collection Writing Award, and her poem, “Love Song for the Dying,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  A recent graduate of The New School’s MFA program, Nison’s current collection of stories, Out of the Living Room and Into the Sun, explores the fluctuating definitions of home. 

Organized by Niki Kriese of ADHT, The Nocturnals is a lecture series featuring Parsons staff-members who are creative practitioners in their ‘off-hours.’ Seven artists will present and discuss their work, which includes visual art, writing, sound, and choreography. While the breadth is rich, these artists share an obsession with the invisible, and a sense of longing for the unattainable. Yet the work does not feel sorry for itself. It is sharp, humorous, self-effacing, and self-aware, while willing to relinquish control long enough for something magical to happen. 

For more information, please contact Niki Kriese






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