The White Review Issue 16 Launch

Thursday May 26, 2016
07:00 pm

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We were delighted to host the U.S. launch of The White Review’s sixteenth issue, featuring special guest speakers Alejandro Zambra and Sophie Seita. The White Review is an arts and literary publication committed to bringing into focus a plurality of new and diverse voices and artists. Issue 16 featured interviews with Gary Indiana and Elizabeth Peyton, fiction from Chris Kraus and Alexandra Kleeman, and poetry from guest Sophie Seita.


Alejandro Zambra is a Chilean poet and novelist, whose works in translation include Bonsai, The Private Lives of Tress, and the short story collection My Documents. Sophie Seita is an academic, poet, and award-winning translator, responsible for bringing Uljana Wolf to the English-speaking world. Both read from selected works, and the evening was concluded with a drinks reception. 


About the Authors

Alejandro Zambra is a Chilean writer. He has published the novels Bonsai, The Private Lives Of Trees, and Ways Of Going Home, and the story collection My Documents. His latest book, Multiple Choice, translated by Megan McDowell, is forthcoming from Penguin in July. His writing has appeared In The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Tin House, and Harper's, among other places.

Sophie Seita’s published works include Meat (Little Red Leaves, 2015), 12 Steps (Wide Range, 2012), Fantasias In Counting (BlazeVOX, 2014) and I Mean I Dislike That Fate That I Was Made To Where, a translation of the German poet Uljana Wolf (Wonder, 2015). She is the recipient of the John Kinsella and Tracy Ryan Poetry Prize (2012), the second Wonder Book Prize (2014, with Uljana Wolf), and the recipient of a PEN/Heim award (2015) for her forthcoming full-length translation of Subsisters: Selected Poems by Uljana Wolf (Belladonna, 2017). She's currently preparing a critical centenary edition of the magazine The Blind Man (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2017).

About The White Review

The White Review No. 16 can be found here:

The White Review No. 16 features interviews with Elizabeth Peyton, who discusses her emotionally charged still lifes and portraits; Cally Spooner on her performance art; and writer, artist and filmmaker Gary Indiana, who examines the possibility of transforming personal experience into literature.

Also in this issue: Orit Gat considers the tendency towards homogeneity in the way that art is presented on the internet, and Evan Harris discusses his experience of the failures of British education. Lawrence Abu Hamdan—an artist and ‘private ear’—offers a verbatim transcription of an interview undertaken by a refugee in application for asylum. The applicant is asked to speak, without pause, for fifteen minutes, so that her accent can be used to identify her.

In translation, Tristan Garcia delivers a story on pop music, plagiarism, and the fallacy of creative inspiration. We bring you the lyrical experimentalism of Geoffrey G. O’Brien's poetry, alongside Sophie Seita's investigation into language. From Martin MacInnes’s systematic critique, to Chris Kraus and Alexandra Kleeman, who use fiction to explore how time changes our relationship to place, to other people and ourselves, The White Review continues to publish a plurality of voices in new literature.