MELODY SUMNER CARNAHAN
Sumner Carnahan is author of three story collections from Burning Books, The Time Is Now (1982), Thirteen (1995), and One Inch Equals Twenty-Five Miles (2000), as well as the biography of a Tibetan nobleman, In the Presence of My Enemies, from Clear Light Publishers.
Carnahan studied at Mills College Center for Contemporary Music, then directed by Robert Ashley, where she began working with composers and musicians. For seventeen years she has been providing texts for compositions, performances, audioworks, film and video soundracks, installations, and radio broadcast, receiving support and commissions from New York's Experimental Intermedia Foundation, New American Radio, CBC in Canada, NTT/ICC in Tokyo, and ABC in Sydney, Australia, where she is writer-in-residence fall 2000.
The audio CD, The Time Is Now (Frog Peak Music,1998) presents works based on Carnahan's words recorded by fourteen composers and performers. The book/CD package received a 1999 Independent Publishers Award for audiofiction. Other collaborations have been recorded on Elektra Nonesuch (w/Sonami), Tellus (w/Sonami), 4-Tay Records (w/Elodie Lauten), Boner Girl Prods.(w/Barbara Golden), and forthcoming from Lovely Music (w/Sonami). Mode Records, spring 2001, releases Morton Subotnick's DVD-CD-rom with interactive disc, featuring four of Carnahan's stories performed by Joan La Barbara.
LINKS to Carnahan:
REVIEWS & PURCHASING INFORMATION www.readsouthwest.com/bbooks.html
THE VASULKAS / THE MAIDEN http://www.concentric.net/~Tables/Texts/Melody.html
VILLAGE VOICE / WORDS SET NOT SUNG http://www.villagevoice.com/arts/9906/gann.shtml
NEW AMERICAN RADIO / MANANANGGAL AND THE BENCH http://www.somewhere.org/NAR/Work_Excerpts/Carnahan/Media/Script.htm
"The most musical prose since Gertrude Stein." --Village Voice
"There have been few precedents to this kind of sustained avant-garde literature with a moving, human content." --The Tribune