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509 | Claire Vaye Watkins: Dry, Damaged Dystopia
509 | Claire Vaye Watkins: Dry, Damaged Dystopia
Saturday, November 4 | 3:30 - 4:30 PM
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Edlis Neeson Theater
220 E Chicago Ave | Chicago, IL | 60611
  • Members: $10
  • Public: $15
  • Students and Teachers: $7

“Joan Didion meets JG Ballard, with a dash of Mad Max.” — Vice Magazine

In her highly acclaimed short stories and debut novel Gold Fame Citrus, Claire Vaye Watkins has established herself as one of the more original literary voices to emerge in some time, as well as a keen chronicler of a not-too-distant, dystopian American West. Born and raised in California and Nevada, Watkins imagines a world remade by crippling water scarcity and Los Angeles facing obliteration by sand. Join Watkins, hailed by the National Book Foundation as one of its “5 Under 35,” for a conversation with Chicago poet and artist Krista Franklin, about living and writing through climate change.

Preorder your copy of Gold Fame Citrus through the CHF box office and save 20%

A book signing will follow this program.

This program is presented in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.


Claire Vaye Watkins is the author of Battleborn and Gold Fame Citrus, and is the recipient of the Story Prize, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Guggenheim, among other honors. In 2012, the National Book Foundation named Claire one of the 5 Best Writers Under 35. An assistant professor at University of Michigan, she is also the co-director, with Derek Palacio, of the Mojave School, a free creative writing workshop for teenagers in rural Nevada.

Krista Franklin is an interdisciplinary artist who works between the literary and the visual with a focus on popular culture, African diaspora, and the psychic interiority of people of color. She is the recipient of the Propeller Fund, a Cave Canem Fellow, and held an artist-in-residency at University of Chicago’s Arts & Public Life initiative.

  • On sale to members on 9/19 at 10am and on sale to public on 9/26 at 10am.
  • Gold Fame Citrus
  • 10-04-2016