Darren O’Donnell is a novelist, essayist, playwright, director, designer, performer and artistic director of Mammalian Diving Reflex. The Chicago Reader has called his first novel, Your Secrets Sleep with Me, “a bible for the dispossessed, a prophecy so full of hope it’s crushing”. His latest book, Social Acupuncture, a Guide to Suicide Performance and Utopia was published in spring 2006 and prompted the Globe and Mail to declare, “O’Donnell writes like a sugar-addled genius at 300k/h.”

His performances include Haircuts by Children, Slow Dance with Teacher, Ballroom Dancing, Please Allow Us the Honor of Relaxing You, The Children’s Choice Awards, A Suicide-Site Guide to the City, Diplomatic Immunities, pppeeeaaaccceee, [boxhead], White Mice, Over, Who Shot Jacques Lacan?, Radio Rooster Says That’s Bad and Mercy! His work has been presented in Lahore, Mumbai, New York, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Sydney, Bologna, Dublin, Terni, Portland, Calgary, Ottawa, Montreal, Vancouver, Victoria. He lives in Toronto.

Portland State University’s Art Department offers free public lectures every Monday night of the school year. This is the fourth lecture of the fourth year of the PMMNLS. The PSU MFA Monday Night Lecture Series is supported in part by PICA, Reed College, Lewis and Clark College, and The NW Film Center.