Thursday 20 November, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Conversations on Creative Practice

Hosfelt Gallery and Glenn Kurtz are pleased to present Conversations on Creative Practice, a series of interdisciplinary panel discussions about the daily pursuit of creative excellence. Participants in this program series include artists, musicians, critics, writers, dancers, actors, and athletes - people whose jobs demand continuous improvement, disciplined attention to process, and the transformation of inspiration and intention into tangible achievement. In probing conversations, we get inside the workshop and work habits, and the pitfalls and passions to understand how creative professionals accomplish their work.

The program on November 20 will be moderated by author and musician Glenn Kurtz and will feature panelists best-selling author Darin Strauss and composer, musician, writer, and producer Michael Hearst. A cocktail reception concludes the program. The speakers will be on hand to sign their books and CDs, which will be available for purchase.

Michael Hearst is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, writer, and producer. He is a founding member of the band One Ring Zero, which has released at least seven CDs, including the acclaimed lit-rock album As Smart As We Are. His most recent works include a solo album titled Songs For Ice Cream Trucks and the website Songs For Newsworthy News. As a writer, Michael has had his work published in such journals as McSweeney's, Parenthetical Note, and Post Road. He hosts a podcast series with Rick Moody called Eighteen Fifty Nine and is a producer for the website Cassette From My Ex. Hearst has performed and given lectures and workshops at universities, museums, and cultural centers around the world. He has appeared on such shows as NPR's Fresh Air, A&E's Breakfast With The Arts, and NBC's The Today Show.

Glenn Kurtz is the author of Practicing: A Musician's Return to Music, which the New York Times called "A thoughtful and fluid meditation" and Newsday hailed as "The book of a lifetime." The book has been featured on NPR's Weekend Edition with Scott Simon and was released by Vintage in paperback this August. Glenn graduated from the New England Conservatory-Tufts University Double Degree Program and holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Stanford University. He lives in New York City and is working on a novel.

Darin Strauss is the internationally bestselling author of the New York Times Notable books Chang and Eng, The Real McCoy, and this summer's best-seller More Than It Hurts You, which was named GQ's Book of the Summer. Also a screenwriter, he is adapting Chang and Eng with Gary Oldman. The recipient of a 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction writing, Strauss is a clinical associate professor at NYU's graduate school.