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  • Meet the IAF: Cecil Castellucci
    by Erin | March 4th, 2011 |

    (Eds. note: Continuing our series of profiles of IAF people, Cecil Castellucci is a member of the IAF Working Group. Previous profiles in this series have included Matthew Kressel, Mike Allen,Christopher Barzak, Larissa N. NiecStephen H. SegalFelice KuanWendy EllertsonDeborah AthertonErin UnderwoodEllen KushnerDelia Sherman and Geoffrey Long.  Cecil Castellucci’s  blogposts for IAF include a Q&A with composer Michael Fiday, and upcoming interviews with Rachel Perry Welty,  O-Lan Jones and Andrea Kleine.)

    Who are you, and what do you do?

    My name is Cecil Castellucci and I write stories, all sorts. My main writing has been contemporary Young Adult novels and comic books.  But I also write plays, librettos, performance art pieces, short stories and songs.  I joined the IAF in 2008 when I submitted my short story for Interfictions 2.  I live in Los Angeles, California and have thrown a few IAF soirees here.  (more to come!)

    What first attracted you to the interstitial arts?

    I think that my heart was born that way.  For me, interstitial arts is the best part of art, the borderlands.  The unexplored.  The cracks.   I  am so interested in such playful artistic games.  I think its because I love art of all kinds and putting them together seems absolutely right to me.  I love to see it when it is in action and I am always delighted by it, even when it fails.  Perhaps it sings to me because I am the daughter of scientists and I have always believed that art and science are intertwined.  After all, I consider all of my projects artistic experiments.

    How do you consider your work interstitial?

    I am very interested in marrying and playing with all kinds of artistic ways of telling stories.  While my YA novels are fairly traditional, I always have a project or two on the go that is pushing narratives and story telling in new ways. Recently I wrote my first libretto for an opera called Les Aventures de Madame Merveille.  It was commissioned by ECM+ (Ensemble Contemporain de Montreal.) They put together artists and composers and commission new works of classical music. My opera was a live three dimensional comic book opera that married comic books and music. Currently I’m working on a play based on a play based on my Interfictions 2 short story “The Long and Short of Long Term Memory. It was a story that married a real neuroscience lecture with a story about a man who wanted to remove a traumatic memory. I see great interstitial potential in this as a play and am very excited about it. I also just wrote a hybrid prose / graphic novel called the Year of the Beasts due out on Roaring Brook in 2012 where I was interested in marrying the two forms.  And finally this year I am working on my first conceptual art piece called the Literary Diaspora, where I am interested in engaging words, art, narrative and readers.

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    One Response to “Meet the IAF: Cecil Castellucci”

    1. Deborah Atherton Says:

      I clicked through to the Literary Diaspora – it’s amazing! Definitely interstitial art – for multiple artists and quasi-government agency (i.e., the Post Office). You are clearly a Renaissance Woman (in an interstitial kind of way.)

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