Book launch for Brittany Ackerman’s The Perpetual Motion Machine with Siel Ju and Nicelle Davis

Friday, December 7, 2018 at 7:00pm

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Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood

Inspired by a brother’s high school science project―a perpetual motion machine that could save the world― The Perpetual Motion Machine is a memoir in essays that attempts to save a sibling by depicting the visceral pain that accompanies longing for some past impossibility. The collection has been a science project in its study of memory, in the calculation and plotting of the moments that make up a childhood. The preparation has been “in the field” in that it is built upon the gathering of lived experience; the evidence is photo albums, family interviews, and anecdotes from friends. The project has been one giant experiment―to see if they can all make it out alive.


Brittany Ackerman is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University's Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing.  Since graduation, she has completed a residency at the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods, and has attended the Mont Blanc Workshop in Chamonix, France under the instruction of Alan Heathcock.

She recently attended the Writers by Writers Methow Valley Workshop in May of 2017 under the leadership of Ross Gay.  She currently lives in Los Angeles and her forthcoming collection of essays and winner of the 2016 Nonfiction Award, The Perpetual Motion Machine, will be published by Red Hen Press in November of 2018.


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Dornsife, Creative Writing

Creative Writing & Literature
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