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Feeling the Love in Los Angeles

I had such a fantastic time in Los Angeles this past week for AWP. I want to thank Jamie Iredell for organizing and hosting the Future Tense anniversary reading at AWP. I also want to thank Justin Maurer for putting me up at his homestead again and for setting up the great Future Tense off-site reading at the Redwood Bar. And thanks to the Timberline Review folks for letting me share their table.

It was so fun to talk to so many people at the Future Tense table at the book fair and to sell SO MANY books as well. A lot of people said they thought the Future Tense anniversary panel/reading was their favorite and that they could feel the love in the room. It was such an honor to be in that room with Jamie, as well as Chelsea Martin, Wendy C. Ortiz, and Meredith Alling (and Chelsea Hodson in the audience) and to see a great turnout for it. I LOVE being a publisher and ushering these amazing people and books into the world, into peoples’ hands–into hearts and brains. I freakin’ love it! This year’s AWP left me feeling so inspired and appreciated. I appreciate you all back, so so much.

Here are pics of some of my AWP highlights.

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Beginning of the book fair on Thursday!

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Jamie Iredell, dapper southern gent and literary powerhouse

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I read a little bit from a few of the Future Tense chapbooks at the anniversary reading. And also gave out Spudnut doughnuts to the morning crowd.

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I went to see Wendy C. Ortiz get a Lulu Award and sat with these stars: Cheryl Strayed, Melissa Chadburn, and Lauren Eggert-Crowe

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Later, at the Standard Hotel rooftop party, there were pods with waterbeds in them. Wendy C. Ortiz gets comfortable.

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Here’s upcoming Future Tense author Meredith Alling and Wendy by the pool

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With Meredith in very uncomfortable chairs by the poolside

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Big crowds at the panels, like this one for the “Year of Magical Thinking” panel I was on. It wasn’t about Joan Didion. It was about the first year of your debut book’s life.

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Always fun to make Myriam Gurba laugh. She has the best laugh. And the best hair.

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Sean Kilpatrick owns the floor (and kicks a chair across the room) for the Dark Fucking Wizard reading Friday night.

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Awesome to see Brandi Wells also read for Dark Fucking Wizard.

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Meredith Alling reads about an ancient ham at the Dark Fucking Wizard reading.

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Awesome to see Monica Drake’s book on this Small Press Distribution display.

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And to see Ooligan Press captain Abbey Gaterud (the day before I saw old friend Kait Heacock, who they’re publishing later this year).

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Before going to AWP, I found one lone copy of Chelsea Hodson’s highly sought-after chapbook, Pity the Animal, and packed it with the rest of he books. On Friday, while taking a break from the table, Meredith Alling (salesperson of the month!) sold it to an excited fan for $50. I wanted to give the money to Chelsea, but she’s too dang sweet and generous to take it.

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Ran into Kattywompus Press’s Sammy Greenspan after spotting Leah Umansky’s books on display.

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Finally met the fabulous Ashley Perez in person

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I didn’t get a lot of time to wander around the book fair, but I did get a few breaks thanks to Jamie, Meredith, and Darkmouth Strikes Again author Jay Ponteri. Here are the much anticipated books I’ll be reading soon by Natalie Eilbert, Ben Mirov, Chelsea Martin, Melissa Broder, John Colasacco, and Lincoln Michel.

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Saturday night wrapped up with the 17 Television/Future Tense Books reading. Meredith Alling killed it again at the Redwood (one of the highlight of the whole trip was seeing her read THREE times in three days–good practice for her book readings later this year).

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One of my favorite writers, Zoë Ruiz, at the Redwood

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Thanks again for everyone who stopped by to say hi and check out the Future Tense stuff. We even officially sold out of our print run for May-Lan Tan’s Girly.

I’m not sure if I’ll be going next year or not. Washington D.C. is great but maybe too far away. We’ll wait and see. But for now, the L.A. AWP was such a good one and will be one to remember for a long time. Thanks again, my friends.

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I Be All Up in AWP

Friends! Oh, friends! Such fun times happening right now and in the near future. I’ll be at AWP in Los Angeles this week. What does that stand for? There are many different interpretations but I think it means Awesome Writer Party.

Here’s where I will be when I’m not at the Future Tense booth (table #106–come say hark!)…

Thursday morning Future Tense anniversary reading

Friday morning panel on getting your first book to print

Saturday night reading at The Redwood Bar

I have so many friends that live in L.A. It’s going to be beautiful to see Zoe Ruiz, Meredith Alling, Melissa Chadburn, Davy Rothbart, Ariel Maccarone, Myriam Gurba, Wendy C. Ortiz, Amelia Gray, Justin Maurer, Stephen Kurowski, Michelle Tea, and all the rest of you warm weather angels .

See y’all at the hotel pool!

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Smatterings That Turn to Spring

It’s been a super-fun month so far. First, AWP was a blast. I got to see a bunch of great friends and share a table with Adam Robinson, Mike Young, Bryan Coffelt, and Gabe Durham. I did a panel, a few readings, and even got to meet one of my next Future Tense authors for the first time: The fantastic May-Lan Tan, who came all the way over from the UK.

May-Lan and I work the "Magic Mammoth Future Genius" table.

May-Lan and I work the “Magic Mammoth Future Genius” table.

Richard Chiem, Adam Robinson, and Matthew Simmons

Richard Chiem, Adam Robinson, and Matthew Simmons

I also got to see another upcoming Future Tense writer, Chelsea Hodson!

That's not my hand. That's not my basketball.

That’s not my hand. That’s not my basketball.

After AWP weekend, I got to indulge in my collage-mania some more. I interviewed Seattle collage artist Jesse Treece for Nailed Magazine.

And then I got to meet the fantastic Cory Peeke at his Gallery 6 show in Portland. I also bought my first copy (of many) of Kolaj Magazine.

Holy shit, it's Cory Peeke!

Holy shit, it’s me with Cory Peeke!

I also had a couple of collages published on The NewerYork website, which is super cool. I have more collage work appearing elsewhere soonish but I have to be hush hush about it.

What else?

I was part of this cool story on Flavorwire about how to deal with bad reviews.

I was part of this cool book club for the Johns Hopkins University literary journal, Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review.

I’ve been doing a lot of work on the next three Future Tense releases: Scout Book chapbooks from the aforementioned May-Lan and Chelsea, as well as Jay Ponteri, who just won an Oregon Book Award for his last book, Wedlocked. These three books are so good. I can’t wait to show you.

I was also on a cool podcast talking about This Is Between Us, but it’s not up yet, so until next time… Happy first day of Spring!

My AWP Schedule

I’m posting this as much for my own memory’s benefit as I am for anyone who wants to see me at the AWP Conference next weekend in Seattle. Here’s what I’m up to and where I will be. I’m so excited to see everyone!

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* denotes off-site events

The rest of it happens at the Washington State Convention Center & Sheraton Hotel (which is across the street from the Convention Center and where the panels will be)

*Thursday night, February 27th, 9pm: Reading with others for Similar Peaks. Vermillion (1508 11th Ave.) with Rauan Klassnik, Donald Dunbar, Kate Durbin, Leah Umansky, and others.

Friday, 12 noon: Panel on publishing with small presses and bigger presses, with Amelia Gray, Peter Mountford, Tara Ison, and Matt Bell. Willow Room @ The Sheraton

Friday, 1:30: Book signing at the Tin House table. Booth 1704

Friday, 4:00: Booth signing for Third Place Books. Booth 830

*Friday, 6-8pm: Performing in Newer York Literary Carnival. Caffe Umbria, (320 Occidental Ave. South) (Note to self: go to this immediately after)

*Friday, 10pm: Ink Node reading at Left Bank Books at Pike Place Market. With Mathias Svalina, Dena Rash Guzman, and others. (also, Friday night is The Literature Party–dancing!–co-sponsored by Future Tense Books)

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Saturday, March 1st, 1:00: Booth signing for The Independent Publishing Resource Center. Booth G7

*Saturday, March 1st, 5pm-6:30pm: Co-hosting this Six Press Reading, which features Future Tense author May-Lan Tan. Rendezvous Jewelbox Theater (2322 2nd Avenue)

*Saturday, March 1st, 10pm: Co-hosting the Sweet Fanny AWP wrap-up reading, which features Future Tense author Chelsea Hodson. Georgetown Liquor Company (5501 Airport Way South)

Future Future Tense author Chelsea Hodson

Future Future Tense author Chelsea Hodson

When I’m not doing all this other stuff, I will be at the Future Tense/Magic Helicopter/Publishing Genius/Mammoth Editions booth, which is #Q24, by the North Hall. We’ll be right between Night Train and Factory Hollow Press. Also pretty close to The Austin Review and Sunnyoutside.

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See you there!

AWP 4EVA

I had a great time at AWP this past week. There were so many people to see, meet, and say hello to that it’s really kind of an impossible mission to complete. Someone should make a video game out of it to inspire kids to become writers. It would be like: I have to make it to the Hobart table before they run out of magic juice (whiskey)…I have to make it to the Sun Magazine reading to see Cheryl Strayed and get 500 points…I have to find Lindsay Hunter and give her a high five…I have to avoid that dude with the long beard who keeps submitting manuscripts to me…I have to meet the guys from McSweeney’s and have a discussion about irony for 800 points and a bronze coin with Dave Eggers’s face on it…I have to try to remember who that guy is who wrote that poem I liked in that new lit journal…AAAAAARRRRRGGGH! I’ve been stabbed by Jamie Iredell!!

GAME OVER. (well, I imagine an AWP video game would be pretty close to that anyhow)

But AWP is also like a yearly class reunion made up mostly of your good friends and Internet celebrities.

Here are some of my AWP 2012 highlights in no particular order.

1. Seeing a killer line-up at the YesYes reading at Columbia, which included my pal Emily Kendal Frey and one of my favorite poets, Ben Mirov, whom I met for the first time. He was freaking great. He reads kind of like a loud robot (sorry, Ben, but it was AWESOME!) and I can’t wait for his next book from Octopus as well as this thing. Also reading that night was the surreal southern charmer Nate Slawson and the fantastic Mark Leidner, whose reading was the best I saw on the trip. His poem, Memoirs of a Secret Agent, was one of the weirdest and most entertaining things I’ve heard in a long time.

2. Chloe Caldwell’s book, Legs Get Led Astray, made its debut at the conference. CC and I hung out a lot and sold almost all of the copies we had of her book at the Future Tense table and at her readings. The book, which comes out officially next month on Future Tense, is one of the most exciting things I’ve ever edited. Here’s the happy author with one of our favorite people, Mark Cugini.

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3. I rented a car for Chicago. I guess I didn’t realize that it costs like $50 an hour to park in Chicago. Plus, the lady voice in the GPS would often send me on the wrong route, which made me lost and late to a few events. In hindsight though, I guess it was pretty entertaining to drive around aimlessly in a huge white Dodge Charger with Chloe Caldwell and Bryan Coffelt punching buttons on the GPS.

4. I snagged my contributor copy of the new Fairy Tale Review at their booth and chatted with the lovely weirdos, Alissa Nutting and Kate Bernheimer.

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5. Met some awesome folks for the first time like Molly Gaudry (The Lit Pub), Jimmy Chen (HTMLGIANT), Matthew Salesses (PANK), Joseph Riippi (“A Cloth House”), Jen Companik (Triquarterly), Zach Wilson (musician/writer whose couch I crashed on), Andrew Shuta (Spork Press), Gary Sheppard (Kitty Snacks), xTx (“Normally Special”), Marion Winik (Above Us Only Sky), Lily Hoang (HTMLGIANT), Sy Safransky (The Sun Magazine), and Sam Pink (“No Hellos Diet”).

6. Books! I didn’t really get a ton of books but I did get the following: Meat Heart by Melissa Broder, Treesisters by Joseph Riippi, a bunch of stuff from Spork Press, and an issue of Oxford American.

7. My friend, Joseph Lappie (who used to work with me at Powell’s back in the day, but now lives and does book arts in Iowa) gave me a stack of these beautiful mini-broadsides.  I’m trying to figure out how to distribute these to interested folks. If you want one, let me know. We’ll work out a deal.

Printed by the amazing Joseph Lappie. He's also printed work by Aaron Burch and Farrah Field recently.

8. I got to be on a pretty fun panel about chapbook publishing (specifically fiction chapbooks) and I got to do a fun reading with Adam Robinson, Vanessa Place, Amelia Gray, and special surprise guests, Chloe Caldwell and Blake Butler. Thanks to the Ear Eater folks for that awesomeness.

Thanks for reading, folks! I hope to make it to next year’s AWP as well–in Boston. The year after that it’ll be in Seattle. That means no rental car. Hallelujah!

 

Catch Up (ketchup)

It’s already February? I gotta catch y’all up on some stuff.

Besides doing the final edits on the great Chloe Caldwell book (out in April!) and doing some other Future Tense-related work (for instance, we’re now distributed by Small Press Distribution!), I’ve had some fun readings lately. I read at the If Not For Kidnap party on January 20th (congrats to INFK host Donald Dunbar for his recent Fence Poetry Prize) and then also at a fantastic Planned Parenthood event (which was reviewed the next day).

Reading at the Planned Parenthood benefit on 2/8/12. Photo by Andie Petkus

My next readings are gonna be pretty sweet too. I’ll be wandering around AWP in Chicago through the first weekend of March and reading at the Ear Eater reading series on March 3rd at 6pm at Beef & Brandy.   (also–I am on a panel about publishing fiction chapbooks at 9am the morning of the 2nd on the third floor of the Marquette Hilton.)

The following week, I’ll be back in Portland and reading at this cool event called SongStory. It’s on Wednesday, March 7th at the Someday Lounge. Other awesome readers include Lidia Yuknavitch and Gigi Little.

In other news, I had this essay about my experience with riot grrrl that was just published by Jewcy. This is an interesting piece that I actually wrote about two years ago after I found a letter from Bikini Kill’s iconic Kathleen Hanna that I had buried in a box of correspondence.

Kathleen Hanna’s spoken word single on Kill Rock Stars

I shopped the piece around a little to some music magazines but it never quite fit anywhere. It was going to be published by a Portland paper, but they sat on it for over a year (waiting for a slow news week perhaps) that I finally sent it elsewhere. Thanks to Jason Diamond for taking it on.

Now, to tie this all together with the title of the post, I will tell you my thoughts on ketchup (or catsup, which is how you say it with a lisp):

The only thing positive that I ever learned from my first girlfriend was the trick of mixing ketchup and mayonnaise to make a yummy french fry sauce. We’d go to Burger King and chomp down two or three orders of fries at a time. Since then, I’ve done “the mix” everywhere I go, from burger joints to fancy places with twelve dollar burgers. Thankfully, one of my favorite Portland burger places, Little Big Burger, already has that delightful sauce ready-made for the asking. Thanks, LBB.

The only other time I like ketchup is with fish-n-chips. I’ll always remember filling up those tiny paper cup things at Skippers whenever our family went there on Friday nights during Lent. All-you-can-eat fried fish dipped in ketchup is a wonderful thing.

Okay, folks and friends. Thanks for reading! This post was written while listening to various videos by Eleanor Friedberger, like this beauty.