Edgar Oliver in Conversation with Chavisa Woods

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Edgar Oliver's story "The Albino Watermelons" appears in great weather for MEDIA's new anthology Before Passing. It is an excerpt from his stage show Helen and Edgar which explores his childhood growing up in Savannah, Georgia. Edgar is a playwright, performer, and poet in New York’s downtown theatre community. Among his most important achievements are three acclaimed one-man shows: East 10th Street: Self Portrait with Empty House (Fringe First Award, 2009 Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Helen & Edgar (2012), and most recently, In the Park. The New York Times’ Ben Brantley called Edgar "a living work of theatre all by himself," and described Helen & Edgar as “utterly absorbing.”

Chavisa Woods is the guest prose editor for Before Passing. She is the author of two books of fiction, The Albino Album (Seven Stories Press, distributed by Random House, 2013) and Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind (Fly by Night Press, 2009). Chavisa was the recipient of the 2013 Cobalt Prize for fiction and was a finalist (second nomination) for the 2013 Lambda Literary Award for fiction. She has appeared as a featured author at such notable venues as The Whitney Museum of American Art, City Lights Bookstore, Town Hall Seattle, The Brecht Forum, The Cervantes Institute, and St. Mark’s Poetry Project.

Filmed by Ptr Kozlowski. Find Ptr's poetry in the great weather anthology I Let Go of the Stars in My Hand.