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Return of Haiku! Plus…Laminate Me!

Hey–just a quick note to say that Haiku Inferno (me, along with B. Frayn Masters, Elizabeth Miller, and Frank D’Andrea) are performing at the Portland Rally to Restore Sanity event tomorrow. I think we go on around 2:30. Our set is pretty short (it is haiku after all), so don’t be late. We’re gonna do haiku about the Tea Party, Juan Williams, and Chris Dudley to name a few.

It’s been over a year since our last show and I’m a little rusty on my haiku writing. It’s taking me forever to write these little buggers. So please come out and cheer us on so that my hard work is rewarded!

In other news, I am excited to have some weird little stories up at Lamination Colony. I always wanted to be on this site (run by Blake Butler, who is probably my favorite tweeter on the planet) and now my dream has come true. And it’s a good thing too–this LC is the last one.

If these stories sound familiar, it’s because they were written as introductions at a reading earlier this year at Ampersand.

ACP stuff! I did a quickee interview recently for this blog.

And thanks to all the students of Rebecca Brown’s writing class at University of Washington (and especially RB herself!) for reading ACP and enjoying it. I love to hear about students reading my work. Thank you!

Fresh new work! I’m reading at the Tangent Reading Series on November 6th. I’ll be with Mark Wallace and K. Lorraine Graham. I will be reading from my new fiction project (a novel told in tiny stories!) called This Is Between Us. I’m very excited to share this work-in-progress.

Contest! I am the judge for the Burnside Review Fiction Contest. Details here.

I’ll write more next month. Have a great Halloween!

Post-Party Regrets

Last Friday’s 20th birthday party was a great night full of drinking, cake, and friends (not to mention Mike Daily’s cool bike stunt/toast).

B. Frayn Masters parades one of the cakes around.

We packed over 150 people into Disjecta and had a lot of fun showing off our history of books and artifacts on two big tables.

One of two tables of stuff on display.

But of course, as is sometimes the case, I realized later I made a few goofs and should have given some more shout-outs from the stage. I guess that’s what happens when you’re trying to figure out a working order for a dozen readers.

There were two people who didn’t make it to the stage. Suzanne Burns made the drive all the way up from Bend, Oregon but dropped out of the line-up later in the night when she started to not feel well. I regret that she didn’t get on stage. A couple of days ago, she posted a note on her Facebook page with a copy of the story/Future Tense tribute she was going to read. Go check it out if you’re friends with her there. Thanks for being there, Suzanne.

Michael Walsh was the other person at the event who didn’t make it on stage. I published two of Michael’s poetry chapbooks in the mid 90s and was always a big fan of his work. It was great to see him at the party and he was even wearing one of the very first Future Tense T-shirts ever produced. It was one that I made, also in the mid 90s, that said: “Corporate Poetry Still Sucks.” But even though Michael didn’t make it on stage, at least we got to see our old pal, Richard Meltzer (Richard wrote an intro to Michael’s chapbook, Paper or Plastic) .

Richard Meltzer's reading from his chapbook, Holes, was a highlight.

Of course, there are a lot of other people that I want to thank for my twenty years of publishing though I neglected to at the party. People like former Powell’s small press mavens Vanessa Renwick and Marty Kruse–two people whose supportive value can not be measured. As well as Chloe Eudaly from Reading Frenzy (I gave the shop a plug but not her by name like I should have).

Future Tense authors Brandon Freels and Kurt Eisenlohr were also there, and while they’re both too shy to get on a stage with a microphone, I want to say thank you to them now. They’ve both been a big help with many Future Tense projects. Also, my interns, past and present, especially Jenn Lawrence and current wonderboy, Bryan Coffelt. And of course, my lovely fiance, B. Frayn Masters, has been a huge contributor to the press for eight years now.

Popping some champagne with Disjecta's main man, Bryan Suereth.

Again–many thanks to everyone. You can see some a lot more pics of the party on Mykle Hansen’s Flickr page. The photos on this post were by the great Leann O’Rourke.

And if you missed out on the fun, we’ll probably do it again in five more years, and I’ll remember to thank everyone that night.

Some Shenanigans

Hey folks–a couple of fun things coming up. First off, I’ll be hosting a reading on July 2nd at Ampersand.

This all came about (or was INSPIRED by) Evelyn Hampton’s brain-meltingly good book of poems, “We Were Eternal and Gigantic.” I was so transfixed by the oddness of her unique world (I read a bunch of it while doing an info shift at work) that I quickly tracked her down and saw that she lives in Seattle. I emailed her to see if she’s come down to read here and she said yes. In fact, we’re getting her here before she goes off and moves to Rhode Island (read: Brown).

Phew! That was a close call.

I’m so glad I’ll get to meet her and see her read. And she’ll be joined by Emily Kendal Frey, whose new book, The New Planet, might be her best work yet. Not only that, but Bryan Coffelt, Future Tense intern/editor/designer will be reading from his new chapbook, The Whatever Poems.

I’m so excited to be hosting these fine folks that I have written some strange (maybe misguided?) long-form story intros for each person. They involve Bryan’s dad’s tattoo, Emily’s connection to NASCAR, and Evelyn’s mechanical arm (body part subject to change). It will be interesting to see how it all goes down. And oh yeah–there will be free beer. And hopefully if it’s nice, we can open up the big garage door/window thing.

In other news, I wrote this little list of awesome things I’ve recently read, for Impose!

And to convince you even more of my love for reading, see this Laughing Yeti post!

Pay attention!

And we’ll see you on July 2nd.