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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!

Video Action!

Earlier this year I set up a reading for three great poets–Emily Kendal Frey, Evelyn Hampton, and Bryan Coffelt. I made a special effort to write funny intros for each person (they were recently published at Lamination Colony!).

It was a beautiful time at Ampersand in Northeast Portland. And look: there’s video to prove it.

Thanks to Bryan and B. Frayn for the camera help and the uploading.

Video Gift From My Baby

Yesterday, on the first day of my memoir’s shelf life, my beautiful girlfriend, Frayn Masters (I call her Barb) presented me with an incredibly awesome gift. She snuck around under the cloak of darkness (and the Internet) and asked a bunch of our friends to give recorded and written huzzahs for A Common Pornography. He is the epic and sweet (and sometimes ridiculous) result! Thanks to everyone (names below) who sent their love. Right back at ya!

In order of appearance: Zachary Schomburg & Emily Kendal Frey, Steve Almond, Davy Rothbart, Brandon Freels, Dan Kennedy, Mary Van Note, Sean Wilsey, Stephen Kurowski, Jeffrey Yamaguchi, Eric Spitznagel, Magdalen Powers, Beth Lisick, Blake Nelson, Frances Miller & Mycal Quaempts, Chelsea Martin, Claudia Smith, Hayley Barker, Andrew Monko, Matt Sampsell, Chris Ballew & Kate Endle, Melissa Lion & Archer, Gigi Little, Bob Gaulke, Chris Faatz, Bryan Coffelt, Reuben Nisenfeld, and (Barb)Frayn Masters.