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Marriage, Staples, Freaks…

Alright, 2011! It only took you two weeks to change my life!

On January 15th, I got married to the beautiful B. Frayn Masters.

B. Frayn Masters Sampsell

I will put up some more wedding photos soon, I hope. Just waiting for friends to send their pics from the ceremony.

You may know B. Frayn from her smash hit storytelling series, Back Fence PDX, or her own writing. If not, get with the program, because everything she does is golden. Her next big show is Entertainment For People 4, which is on February 23rd at The Woods.

In other event news, I’ve been organizing the next Smallpressapalooza, the annual celebration of small press writers at Powell’s Books. This year includes folks like James Gendron, Nicole Georges, Jennifer Denrow, Alissa Nutting, and Suzanne Burns. More details on that as it gets closer.

Speaking of small press, I wrote this article for The Center For Fiction’s new website about how to start your own little press. It’s pretty much a behind the scenes look at what I’ve been doing for the past couple of decades (stapling, stapling, stapling).

The newest book on Future Tense though, is a fancy paperback tome called The Book of Freaks by Jamie Iredell. It will be out really soon, but in the meantime, the book’s trailer (created by cover artists Bryan Coffelt and Brian David Smith) has been creating a buzz with various mentions on blogs and international newspapers. Check it out.

Jamie will be touring soon for the book, doing a bunch of west coast readings with Mike Young, one of my favorite young writers out there. Watch out for that. Their Portland stop will be March 5th.

Alrighty, folks. I’ll be back with an update in early February.

In the meantime, I have been tweeting a little more these days–most recently about fashion! One of my favorite trivial things to be cranky about. Come follow me!

Stay warm!

Spring With a Vengeance!

It seems like every week is a busy week for me these days. This one is no exception. It’s packed full of events with a capital E!

  • First off, this Wednesday night is Back Fence PDX. My lady is the co-host and the line-up is stellar. (She’s always giving me hints about what the stories are about)
  • On Thursday night, I’m a guest on Live Wire! This is a super fun radio show taped live at the Mission Theater. A couple years ago, we did Haiku Inferno on the show and it was a blast. Looking forward to talking about ACP on the show.
  • On Friday at 12:30, I’m signing books for librarians and other sexy folks at the Library Association Conference at the Oregon Convention Center. Then that night–I’m going to see Sam Lipsyte read at Powell’s. Hoo boy–do I love me some Lipsyte!
  • On Saturday night, I’m going to see the Road House play at the Someday Lounge.

What else is going on? I just released the new Future Tense title, OK, Goodnight by Emily Kendal Frey and Zachary Schomburg. Read about it and order it at the ol’ Future Tense Books site. It’s super fine stuff!

And in other news, I had a really fun reading at Pilot Books in Seattle last weekend. On our drive back to Portland on Sunday morning, Frayn and I decided to listen only to country music stations. This gave us the idea to listen ONLY to country music stations in the car this week. Favorites so far are “Rain is a Good Thing” by Luke Bryan (great rhyme scheme), “Why Don’t We Just Dance” by Josh Turner (great deep voice that dude has), some song by Miranda Lambert about a house she grew up in (just about shed a tear to that one), and some other party tune by some dude who talks about hicks and beer and lakes. And oh man– this!

Maybe I’ll talk about country music more next time. Until then…