Venue: The Englert Theatre
Wednesday, April 4, 7:30 p.m.
Individual tickets to select events will go on sale on Jan. 30
Mission Creek Festival and The Tuesday Agency are proud to present cultural icons Carrie Brownstein, Roxane Gay, and Amber Tamblyn in conversation. All proceeds from ticket sales to this event will benefit Girls Rock! Iowa City, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering creativity and self-esteem in young girls and trans-identified youth through musical instruction and expression.
About Roxane Gay
Roxane Gay is an author and cultural critic whose writing is unmatched and widely revered. Her work garners international acclaim for its reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism and social criticism. With a deft eye on modern culture, she brilliantly critiques its ebb and flow with both wit and ferocity.
Words like “courage,” “humor,” and “smart” are frequently deployed when describing Roxane. Her collection of essays, Bad Feminist, is universally considered the quintessential exploration of modern feminism. NPR named it one of the best books of the year and Salon declared the book “trailblazing.” Her powerful debut novel, An Untamed State, was long listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. In 2017, Roxane released her highly anticipated memoir, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, as well as a collection of short stories titled Difficult Women.
Roxane is a contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times, was the co-editor of PANK, and formerly was the non-fiction editor at The Rumpus. Her writing has also appeared in McSweeney’s, The Nation and many other publications. She recently became the first black woman to ever write for Marvel, writing a comic series in the Black Panther universe called World of Wakanda. Roxane fronts a small army of avid fans on social media and when she finds the time, she dominates the occasional Scrabble tournament.
About Amber Tamblyn
Amber Tamblyn is an author, director and actress. She has been nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award for her work in television and film including Joan of Arcadia and Stephanie Daley opposite Tilda Swinton. She is the author of 3 collections of poetry including the critically acclaimed bestseller, Dark Sparkler, and a forthcoming debut novel (Harper Collins 2018). She is a contributing writer for the New York Times and Teen Vogue. Most recently she wrote and directed the feature film Paint it Black starring Alia Shawkat and Janet McTeer (Netflix 2018.) She lives in New York.
About Carrie Brownstein
Carrie Brownstein is the co-creator, co-writer and co-star of PORTLANDIA as well as an author and musician. She made her television career debut with the start of the show in 2011, and in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016 she received an Emmy® nomination in the category of “Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series.” In 2015 Carrie was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award in the category of “Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series,” and the show has been nominated for an Emmy from 2015-2017 in the category of “Outstanding Variety Sketch Series.” In 2014, Brownstein, along with the other writers, garnered a Writers Guild Awards nomination for “Outstanding Comedy/Variety Series” and they won in 2013. The show also received the prestigious Peabody Award for excellence in 2011. The critically-acclaimed sketch-comedy series recently wrapped production on its eighth and final season, which set to premiere on January 18, 2018 on IFC.
Brownstein can also currently be seen as a guest star in the ninth season of HBO’s Golden Globe winning sitcom CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM.
Recently, Brownstein has demonstrated her talents behind the camera. In 2016, she directed and wrote the six-minute short comedy THE REALEST REAL for fashion brand Kenzo’s fall-winter campaign, starring Natasha Lyonne and Mahershala Ali. THE REALEST REAL received high praise and became a finalist for the 2017 Tribeca X Award. The award highlights excellence in creative, original and authentic storytelling that is sponsored or underwritten by a brand. In 2017, she directed and acted in Comedy Central’s comedy series IDIOTSITTER. She also directed two episodes of the Golden Globe nominated hit series CASUAL this past year, as well as directing two episodes for season seven of PORTLANDIA.
Brownstein will soon make her feature directorial debut with MGM’s fantasy comedy FAIRY GODMOTHER from a script by Chiara Atik, becoming the sixth female director to be hired by MGM in the last ten years. When sought-after Fairy Godmother Faye is hired by a mind-bogglingly gorgeous teenage client, Kenzie, to find her true love with the hottest prince in the land, Faye finds herself facing an unfamiliar challenge when the prince starts falling for her instead. The film, still in the early stages of development will be produced by Helen Estabrook, credited for WHIPLASH.
In 2015, Brownstein appeared in Todd Haynes’ six-time Academy Award nominated film CAROL, starring Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler and Sarah Paulson. Brownstein was also a recurring role on Amazon’s Emmy and Golden Globe winning dramedy series TRANSPARENT and guest starred on FX’s hit animation show, ARCHER, as Dr. Sklodowska.
In 2015 Brownstein wrote her memoir, New York Times Notable Book HUNGER MAKES ME A MODERN GIRL, which is an intimate and revealing narrative of her escape from a turbulent family life into a world where music was the means toward self-invention, community, and rescue. Along the way, Brownstein chronicles the excitement and contradictions within the era’s flourishing and fiercely independent music subculture, including experiences that sowed the seeds for the observational satire PORTLANDIA. The book received tremendous reviews. Los Angeles Times expressed Brownstein is “an American indie culture avatar — funny, smart and always on point.” Time Magazine’s Nolan Feeney praises the book, “If hipsters had a patron saint, it would be Carrie Brownstein…Hunger doesn’t try to enumerate every hat she’s ever worn, only what emboldened her to keep experimenting.”
Brownstein is writing Columbia Pictures’ LOST IN AUSTEN, a remake of the British TV miniseries. The original script was written by the late Nora Ephron and Sam Mendes is set to produce the film adaption alongside the miniseries original producer, Mammoth Screen. Set in modern-day New York, the film follows Amanda, an avid Jane Austen fan, who swaps lives with Austen’s fictional character, Elizabeth Bennet.
Brownstein first rose to prominence as a member of the critically acclaimed rock band Sleater-Kinney which became well known during the defining feminist punk-rock movement in the 1990s. Legendary music critic Greil Marcus cited Sleater-Kinney as “America’s best rock band” in 2001. Brownstein was named one of the top female electric guitarists by ELLE MAGAZINE and ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE lists Sleater-Kinney’s song “Dig Me Out” as “One of the 50 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time.” In 2015 Sleater-Kinney released their eighth album, titled NO CITIES TO LOVE.
Brownstein’s writing has appeared in THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE BELIEVER, SLATE and numerous anthologies on music and culture.