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August Third Thursday: Writing About Music

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603 N. Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

8/16/2018 From 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Third Thursday

Our Third Thursday program offers free and open to the public monthly discussions on the craft and business of writing. Each month, we focus on a specific topic of interest to writers and readers, bringing together four distinguished panelists for a conversation moderated by the Writers' League of Texas' Program Director.


Third Thursday

Thursday, August 16, 2018

7:00 pm start

BookPeople (Third Floor)

603 North Lamar Blvd.

Austin, TX, 78703


"Writing about Music"

With the recent passing of Los Angeles Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold (who was also a very fine music critic), we're reminded of how important a role cultural criticism plays in our understanding of not just a particular aspect of culture (like food or music) but also in our understanding of a place and the people living there. In this panel, three music critics and scholars will discuss their own approaches to writing about music and the culture, place, and people at the heart of it.


Joe Gross is the author of Fugazi's In on the Kill Taker, part of the 33 1/3 series. He has written for Spin, Rolling Stone, the Village Voice, the Washington City Paper, Radio On, and more. He covers culture, popular and un-, for the Austin American-Statesman.












Kayleigh Hughes is a music critic for Consequence of Sound and a contributor at local music publication Ovrld. She has also written for Pitchfork, Vox, Paste, and the Austin American-Statesman.









Omise'eke Tinsley is Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies and Associate Director of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Texas, Austin, where she teaches “Beyoncé Feminism, Rihanna Womanism” each spring. Her research focuses on queer and feminist, Caribbean and African American performance and literature. In November 2018, University of Texas Press will release Beyoncé in Formation: Remixing Black Feminism, a black femme-inist reading of Beyoncé’s Lemonade. Her recently published second monograph, Ezili’s Mirrors: Black Queer Genders and the Work of the Imagination, explores spirituality and sexuality in 21st century black queer literature, dance, music and film from the Caribbean and African North America. In addition to Thiefing Sugar: Eroticism Between Women in Caribbean Literature, she has published articles in journals including GLQ, TSQ, Feminist Studies, Yale French Studies, and Small Axe. A registered yoga instructor, she teaches Vinyasa yoga and leads yoga workshops entitled “Sister Sutras: Yoga Philosophy and Practice for Black Women” to all-black, all-woman playlists that always include Beyoncé.