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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.

A Weekend of I Remember

This weekend, over at the Future Tense Books Facebook page and also on the new I Remember fan page, you can post your own I Remember. I love the whole I Remember form and often have student do it when I teach workshops and visit classrooms. It’s a pretty great writing prompt that is easy to get into but has the power and potential to result in multi-faceted work.

During a recent workshop that I taught in Seattle, I told students that memory is more important than story when it comes to writing about your life. The pressure of building a “traditional” story (beginning, middle, and end) is often too much pressure when the fact is this: in real life things don’t often unfold that simply.

So go check it out over on the Facebook, or if you want do some tweeting about it, write your own 140 character or less I Remember with a hashtag of #Irememberbook so I can go find them all. This is all to help us get the word out about the remarkable new Future Tense release, I Remember by Shane Allison (which is inspired by the Joe Brainard 1970 book of the same name).

Book, me, giant cat

Thanks for participating!

In other news, the upcoming Chloe Caldwell book is now available for pre-order as well. We’re doing the final edits on that book as I type (seriously–the Google doc is open in another tab!).

And oh, hey–look! I have a new poem on Housefire. And I’m reading at If Not For Kidnap next Friday with Bryan Coffelt, Edward Mullany, and a special secret guest who may have been mentioned previously in this post!

See y’all soon!

 

 

2011 is Dead. Long Live 1997.

Hey–First off, I have new little stories at Unshod Quills and Hart House Review!

And since 2011 is just about over, I thought I should post a little year-end thingamajig. A few of my favorite things:

Novels: Donald Ray Pollack’s The Devil All the Time and Patrick deWitt’s The Sisters Brothers were both pretty kick-ass rough and tumble kind of novels and both steeped in a dark Americana style.

Mr. deWitt

Short story collection: How many times do I have to tell you. Lutz is a master. Divorcer simply destroys.

Memoir: Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy. So, yeah, it was all popular like ten years ago but I just finally read it and it’s pretty awesome. Some people say the Ann Patchett book, Truth & Beauty (about her friendship with Grealy) is even better. Can’t wait to read that one. I’m sad that Grealy is not around anymore.

Poetry: Gregory Sherl is the new leading man of the drug-addled emo poetry scene. Does that make it sound bad? I hope not. Because it’s beautiful. He’s also kind of like the Rob Pollard of the lit world now too–so many books coming out (including Monogamy Songs from Future Tense, summer 2012), so many words coming out of him.

Surprise Manuscript: Chloe Caldwell sent me a query in 2010 that piqued my interest enough to have her send me more stuff in 2011. In that short amount of time, her essays became even more powerful and I signed her on for a Future Tense release in spring of 2012. Legs Get Led Astray is gonna kick your butt and give you a heartache. Helping her edit her essays the past couple of months has been a constant thrill. She’s my favorite writer of personal essays. Watch out for her!

Movies: Oh, man. Has it been a shitty stretch of years for film? It feels like the quality of movies is down lately. I did really like Drive (like everyone else, I know) and Buck was great as well. My favorite DVD release was definitely Dogtooth, the strange and brilliant Greek film about a fucked-up family in a world all their own.

TV: There are many shows that I once really liked and have lost interest in (Dexter, Weeds, maybe even American Horror Story already) but the ones that have stayed awesome are Breaking Bad and Mad Men (in other words, the usual suspects). The saddest goodbye this year was for Friday Night Lights, one of the greatest and most realistic shows about small town living and family life to ever be on TV. Luckily though, FNL writer Jason Katims also does the AWESOME show Parenthood, which has a lot of the same great qualities of FNL. I never miss it–and yeah, I have a crush on Lauren Graham. So what?

Lauren

Music: I feel like I got more and more behind on the music scene this year. I’m just not as on top of it as I used to be. I remember people would ask me, ten or fifteen years ago: How do you find out about all these cool bands that you listen to? I would usually answer that I hung out at listening stations a lot, had friends with record store jobs, and that I read a lot of music magazines (NME and Melody Maker, Copper Press, Spin, or whatever). Now my answer is: the library. I get stuff at the library all the time. Just recently, I snagged a CD by Sarah Jaffe, thinking it was my friend Sara Jaffe. It wasn’t, but now I have a new favorite singer. Also discovered this year: Ayvett Brothers, Blind Pilot, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and I got to interview The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy and Jenny Conlee for Relix Magazine, which was cool. My 17-year-old son has reached the point where he’s listening to all these weird bands I’ve never even heard of.

The Decemberists

There were a lot of other personal highlights in 2011 as well. Getting married to B. Frayn Masters in January was a beautiful moment that keeps turning into more beautiful moments.

Married Bliss Attack!

Now come on, 2012!

I’m reading at If Not For Kidnap on a special Friday night edition, January 20th. I’m joined by Bryan Coffelt, poet, designer, Future Tense co-hort, and 49ers fan. There will also be Edward Mullany, a musical guest, and a secret special surprise reader at this event. Not to mention booze. House readings: They’re the best.

Alright, folks. Have a great Christmas and New Year.

love,

Kevin

Booty Call’s Triumphant Orgasmic Return!

You know how you go to readings sometimes and it’s kind of boring and then someone reads something about hot horny sex and you’re like, Hey–this just got more fun! Well, that was one of the reasons I started doing Booty Call readings way back in 2002. I wanted to curate an evening where four chosen writers would ONLY read their smuttiest, dirtiest, funniest, and craziest stuff.

Booty Call was sort of a yearly thing for a while and they’ve been held at Disjecta, Plan B, and now The Blue Monk. The first one was held at a church! Some of the readers have been Viva Las Vegas, Wm. Steven Humphrey, Zach Plague, Jodi Darby, Zoe Trope, Shanna Germain, Riley Michael Parker, Lidia Yuknavitch, and poet Casey Kwang.

It’s been about three years since the last one and I even have people that always ask me, When’s the next Booty Call?

The answer is finally here. This Friday night at the Blue Monk, I will again be hosting (with my sexy wife, B. Frayn Masters) this long-awaited night of hot, dirty action.

poster by Fiona Bruce

Just look at that line-up! Not only are these people talented, but they may be the sexiest people you’ll ever see. EVER!

This, of course, will be the best way to get ready for the awesome Wordstock weekend. And if you’re at Wordstock and want to find me, I’ll probably be wandering around for a while Saturday and maybe working at the Powell’s booth on Sunday. Also, there will be some Future Tense books available to purchase at the Reading Local table. Stop by there and say hi to Gabe, the man in charge of that.

I hope to see you somewhere this weekend. It’s gonna be a festive and fun one.

Friday the 13th: Our New Lucky Day

Hi friends,

Today is a really exciting day here at Sampsell/Future Tense headquarters. Actually an exciting week in general. It started off with two readings–Monday night at Powell’s I read at the Plazm Magazine anniversary party. Tuesday night, I read at a kick-butt Smalldoggies reading at the Blue Monk. Smalldoggies also published this chapter from my novel-in-progress on the same day.

Wednesday, I had this fun essay (about a short story I love) published on the Noo Journal blog.

Then today, I had a double doozy! I published an essay about The Cars comeback on The Rumpus (one of the best websites out there) and I announced the newest Future Tense acquisition on the Future Tense Books site. Chloe Caldwell–welcome to the family!

Chloe Caldwell, New York Girl


Now, it’s time to relax a little (just a little) this weekend.

Thanks for tuning in.

KS