The Drunk Sonnets reviewed by Chelsea Werner-Jatzke
I have friend who’s been talking about her hypomania lately. I don’t know what hypomania is but everything I need to know to be a good friend is in the compound of this compound word. So we have another glass of wine and compare notes on heartache until she starts to slur. This is what it’s like reading THE DRUNK SONNETS by Daniel Bailey.
First, you will be confronted by the capital letters. All of them. And they will be unexpected because Magic Helicopter Press released the second edition of the book in January, now with introduction by Sean Lovelace, poet and professor of Bailey’s from BSU. This introduction uses the kind of capitalization we’ve all come to expect of the world.
Next you will be confronted by expectations; your own when you think of a sonnet. You might speed through these poems, rollicking in Bailey’s humor, enjambment, and profanity. And then you’ll have hit upon it—these sonnets are profane. They don’t care for much beyond the fourteen lines of the form. Sonnet #30 says it best:
LOVE IS HARDER THAN NOISE MUSIC
4/4 TIME OR 3/4 TIME OR WHATEVER IT TAKES
I COULD USE A LITTLE OF THAT STRUCTURE SO I COULD TEAR IT APART OR SOMETHING
'Reverse Fan Mail' is a special way that APRIL thanks its donors while connecting authors and readers at the same time.
If you donate for a ‘Reverse Fan Mail' to APRIL, we'll send your name to one of our favorite small press authors who will write a short, original work using your name as inspiration and you'll get a good-looking hard copy to show off. There are illustrated versions, too!
This year’s Reverse Fan Mails will be mailed in time for Valentine’s Day so you can send one to your sweetie.
Reverse Fan Mail authors include Jac Jemc, Matthew Rohrer, Stacey Levine, Ed Skoog, Joshua Beckman, Mark Leidner, Ryan Boudinot, Rebecca Bridge,Wendy Xu, Jane Wong, Rich Smith, Ted Powers, Peter Mountford, Drew Swenhaugen, Mike Young, Amber Nelson, Megan Kaminski, Richard Chiem, Matthew Simmons, and Doug Nufer.
"Fauns are always drunk": November's book club art pairing
Last Sunday, APRIL’s Book Club met again, this time to discuss Daniel Bailey’s THE DRUNK SONNETS. Many members elected to enjoy a beer in the Frye’s courtyard (as the book clearly demands.) APRIL’s Frances Dinger paired “Drunk Sonnet 19” with “Fighting Fauns” by Franz von Stuck. “Drunk Sonnet 19” has a lot of fight in it and, as Frances mentioned “fauns are always drunk.”
Below: Franz von Stuck’s “Fighting Fauns,” currently on display at the Frye Art Museum.
HAPPY ROCK (Dark Coast Press) is one hell of a little book. Completed over about a decade, the stories, set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, cover everything from Dungeons and Dragons to the world’s largest fungus. They range from the realistic to the surreal, but each of them benefits from Matthew Simmons’ mastery of details and his conversational, unassuming voice.
When describing Simmons’ particular vein of the surreal, I can’t help but think of the first line from one of my favorite Donald Barthelme stories, “I Bought a Little City.” That story opens thusly: “So I bought a little city.”
What makes that sentence is the word “So.” With that one seemingly useless little word, Barthelme sets up the tone of the story—it’s convivial and weird, friendly but a bit menacing and sad. That’s the sort of writerly move that Simmons seems to pull off on almost every page.
See early on in “We Never, Ever Went to the Moon”: “His cord is cut, and he finds that he can fly, if he puts his mind to it.”
There’s that friendly little colloquialism “if he puts his mind to it,” as though flight were a matter of gumption.
Consider also Simmons’ Saunders-esque “Saxophone Lung Explodes.” In that story, the narrator’s father constructs a fleet of living clay replicas of his dead mother, which are prone to bursting at the slightest provocation. I think a writer of less skill and restraint would pat himself on the back over this claymation necromancy. He would show it off. Simmons, on the other hand, shows you the bucket that the narrator keeps on hand to clean up after the perpetually detonating replicas.
So many of these stories hum with that type of seemingly mundane detail. Simmons works past the wonder of his surreal premises and makes you appreciate the logistics. That’s no small feat.
Simmons doesn’t stay in one gear, though. The more ‘realistic’ stories in this book pack will suckerpunch you just as easily as their fantastical neighbors. “Rabbit Fur Coat” is an unflinching depiction of adolescent loneliness, and “Glory” is a short, sweet, tone poem that perfectly captures one aimless late-summer afternoon.
Life, whatever kind you’re living, is in the details. Simmons gets that. And you should get HAPPY ROCK.
Lost track of how much fun you had at APRIL 2013? Want to know what you missed? Have an obsession with calendars, independent publishing, and/or cheap beer? Here’s the complete lineup from last year’s fest!
- Benediction at Chop Suey, 3/25/13
readings from Summer Robinson, Matthew Dickman, and Rebecca Brown; performances from Jackie Hell and Punishment
- Happy Hour Reading no. 1 at the Quarter Lounge, 3/26/13
readings from Amber Nelson, Rich Smith, and Rebecca Bridge
- The Trees The Trees at Vignettes, 3/26/13
reading from Heather Christle; art from Jamey Braden, Eroyn Franklin, Adam Boehmer, Gala Bent, Zack Bent, Amanda Manitach, and Maggie Carson Romano
- Happy Hour Reading no. 2 at the Comet Tavern, 3/27/13
readings from Maged Zaher, Calvin Pierce, and Dave Thomas
- A Poet, a Playwright, a Novelist, and a Drag Queen at the Sorrento Hotel, 3/27/13
readings and performances from Cherdonna, Elissa Ball, Peter Mountford, and Neil Ferron
- Happy Hour Reading no. 3 at Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar, 3/28/13
readings curated by Pageboy Magazine. Featuring Greg Bem, Rachel Kessler, Emily Beyer, Jennifer Burdette, and Thomas Walton and Elizabeth Cooperman on ukulele
- APRIL Showcase at Richard Hugo House, 3/28/13
readings from Matthew Rohrer, Heather Christle, and Rauan Klassnik
- The Stranger's Verse-Chapter-Verse at Neumos, 3/29/13
curated by the Stranger. Featuring a reading from Sherman Alexie; musical performance by Fly Moon Royalty
- Small Press Expo at Richard Hugo House, 3/30/13
readings curated by SPLAB, The Furnace and the Bushwick Book Club, and Breadline
Reverse Fan Mail is one of our favorite parts of APRIL. The process is simple: one person makes a donation to the festival, and then we take their name and send it on to one of our favorite small press authors. That author then writes a brand new, never-published piece of writing with the donor’s name as their ‘prompt’ or inspiration. Then we send a hard copy of that piece to the donor. It’s a way of connecting readers directly with authors in an unusual, highly personal way. (Check out a couple older RFMs here!)
This year, we had the honor of working with some truly incredible writers. Their bios are below, along with links on where to find and buy their work.
Joshua Beckman is an editor at Wave Books and is the author of six collections of poetry, including the forthcoming The Inside of an Apple (Wave Books, 2013), Take It (Wave Books, 2009), Shake(Wave Books, 2006) and Things Are Happening (Copper Canyon Press, 1998). His translations include Microgramsby Jorge Carrera Andrade (Wave Books, 2011; with Alejandro de Acosta), Five Meters of Poemsby Carlos Oquendo de Amat (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010; with Alejandro de Acosta) and Pokerby Tomaz Salamun(Ugly Duckling Presse, 2004).
Rebecca Brown is the author of twelve books of fiction and essays, including The Last Time I Saw You (City Lights, 2006), Annie Oakley’s Girl(City Lights, 1993), American Romances(City Lights, 2009) and The Gifts of the Body(HarperCollins, 1995), which won a Lambda Literary Award. She was the first writer in residence at Seattle’s Richard Hugo House, is the recipient of a Stranger Genius Award and is a thoroughly amazing human being.
Ed Skoog is the author of two collections of poetry, Mr. Skylight (Copper Canyon Press, 2009) and Rough Day (forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in 2013). He has been a writer-in-residence at Richard Hugo House, the chair of the creative writing program at Idyllwild Arts Academy and the Jennie McKean Moore Writer-in-Washington Fellow at George Washington University. He lives in Seattle with his wife and new baby.
Stacey Levine is a novelist, short story author and journalist. Her books include The Girl with Brown Fur (Stacherone/Dzanc, 2011), Frances Johnson (Verse Chorus Press, 2010; Clear Cut Press, 2005) and Dra- (Verse Chorus Press, 2012; Sun & Moon Press, 1998). She is recipient of a Stranger Genius Award, and she lives in Seattle.
Rich Smith is the author of Great Poem of Desire (forthcoming from Poor Claudia in 2013). His poems have appeared or will soon appear in Tin House, City Arts, Guernica, Southeast Review, Hobart, Barrow Street, The Bellingham Review, Pleiades, and elsewhere. He lives in Seattle, and his drink of choice is a glass of whiskey, neat, and a Rainier.
Rebecca Bridge is a poet, essayist, and screenwriter living in Seattle. Maybe a novelist, too, who can tell, but she’s working on it. Her work can be found in a lot of places, including The Boston Review, Sixth Finch, notnostrums, Can We Have Our Ball Back, The Columbia Poetry Review, and Weird Deer. She likes climbing, sitting, and rolling over.
We’re on the 2013 Stranger Genius Award’s shortlist! Huzzah! (Emphasis on ‘short’).
Since 2003, the Stranger has awarded a $5,000, no-strings-attached grant to five artists in five disciplines. Past winners of the Genius Award in Literature include small press writers and artists Matt Briggs, John Olson, Rebecca Brown, Sherman Alexie, Stacey Levine, Jim Woodring and Ellen Forney. We’re honored to have the chance to join such illustrious company.
The full list of nominations for the 2013 Genius Awards will be released in the Summer issue of A&P, the Stranger’s arts quarterly, which is due out in June. Winners for the Genius Awards will be announced at an event in September.
As an independent bookseller, I’m really disappointed about this. Indies need all the help they can get these days, and to have a community like Goodreads fall into the corporate hands of a small-business-crusher like Amazon…
We’re losing allies by the day. I can only hope that loyal readers will vote with their dollars to keep local bookstores in business.
(I also posted this on Goodreads. It’s likely to be my final post there, as news of the sale has made me want to jump ship.)
The expo presses: G through Z (except there is neither a G or Z)
Hobart & Short Flight/Long Driveis a journal and book publisher. The journal was created in 2001 & grew into a biannual print journal in 2003. Every April is devoted to an annual baseball issue. In 2006 it grew again into books (Short Flight/Long Drive Books) where they’ve published writers like Elizabeth Ellen, Mary Miller, Karl Taro Greenfeld and others.
Jaded Ibisis headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Jaded Ibis Press researches and publishes narratives that represent a continuum of literary history and the future of narrative arts – from the concept of clay tablets and illuminated manuscripts (history) to interactive and brain computer interfaces (future). They’ve published writers like Anna Joy Springer, Lily Hoang, J.A. Tyler and others.
Knockis a literary arts magazine published twice a year at Antioch University Seattle. They look for what’s ahead in writing, drama, and the visual arts. Knock publishes fiction, essays, poetry, plays, cartoons, contemporary art, interviews with artists, writers, activists, and excerpts from books and other media just released or forthcoming. They are also part of the Green Press Initiative.
Lazy Facist Press is an imprint of bizarro fiction publisher Eraserhead Press. Lazy Fascist publishes authors who, through careful exploration of unique linguistic landscapes, create monstrous, unclassifiable fictions. They like it when they can have their Bruce Willis with their Borges. They’ve published Sam Pink, Scott McClanahan, Riley Michael Parker and others.
Luuk Honeyis a Pacific Northwest based artist, printmaker, bookmaker, illustrator, songwriter, and full time dreamer. Filled with a curiosity for the unknown, his work is dealing with the sense of perceptions in our times propelled by constant change.
Magic Helicopter Press is focused on publishing across platforms, mediums and “the universe.” Their paper books are collectible art items, not unlike Dale Earnhardt commemorative plates & e-books are not paper books melted onto the screen but books aware of their digital space. They’ve published writers like Ana C., APRIL 2012 reader Richard Chiem, Ofelia Hunt and others.
NeoPoiesis is an independent publisher whose main goal is to print and promote outstanding poets, writers and artists. In ancient Greece, poiesis referred to the process of making creation - production - organization - formation - causation. They’ve publishing Tom Bradley, Frank Reardon, April Michelle Bratten and others.
Northwest Pressis a book publisher dedicated to publishing the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender comics collections and graphic novels and celebrating the LGBT comics community. It was founded in 2010 by comics writer and LGBT comics activist Charles “Zan” Christensen.
PageBoy Magazine publishes both literary and visual art. Paul Constant of The Stranger has said PageBoy demonstrates the most editorial control of any of Seattle’s lit magazines. He writes, “You’ll probably walk out of PageBoy not quite knowing what just happened.”
Poor Claudia was born in a garage in late 2009, Poor Claudia was an occasional literary journal and small press until August 2012, when it became a poetry chapbook imprint of OCTOPUS, which has published books from Eric Baus, Heather Christle, Brandon Shimoda and others.
Poetry Northwest was founded as a quarterly journal in June, 1959 by Errol Pritchard, with Carolyn Kizer, Richard Hugo, and Nelson Bentley as co-editors. The first issue was 28 pages, featured a cover image by painter Mark Tobey, and included the work of Philip Larkin, James Wright, and William Stafford.
The Raven Chroniclespublishes work which reflects the cultural diversity of the Pacific Northwest, Canada, and other areas of America. They promote art, literature and the spoken word for an audience that is hip, literate, funny, informed, and lives in a society that has a multicultural sensibility.
SPLAB was founded by Paul E. Nelson & Danika Dinsmore in 1997. SPLAB has featured performances from Anne Waldman, Andrew Schelling, Michael McClure, Wanda Coleman, Jerome Rothenberg, Eileen Myles, Ethelbert Miller, Victor Hernandez Cruz, Joanne Kyger and others, we staged several Super Bowl of Poetry events and the annual Allen Ginsberg Open Mic Poetry Marathon, hosted and produced Teen Poetry Slams and many low-cost writing workshops.
The Furnaceis a collaborative effort by poets and editors across the world to showcase the best new and emerging work that we happen to lay eyes upon. They publish a quarterly zine to correspond with their reading series & podcast.
YesYes Books is based out of Portland and publishes poetry, prose, and visual art that make them excited for the day. Their authors include Molly Gaudry, Lynn Melnick, Corey Zeller and others.
Wave Books is an independent poetry press based in Seattle dedicated to publishing the best in contemporary poetry, poetry in translation, and writing by poets. The press was founded in 2005, merging with established publisher Verse Press. Their authors include Eileen Myles, Matthew Rohrer, CAConrad and many others.
Tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Richard Hugo House, not only can you day-drink with some great authors and watch performances, but you can also buy a bunch of books directly from some of our favorite independent publishers. Read about them in alphabetical order below!
A through F
Alice Blue Review & Booksis published on a hidden mountain-top between Portland, Oregon and Boise, Idaho. They’ve published writers like Bill Carty, APRIL’s own Tara Atkinson, Brooklyn Copeland, and others. Mike Young has said some nice things about them: “One of my favorite online litmags … and their aesthetic reminds one pleasingly of mint leaves, gangplanks, polar bears, and polar bears who hitchhike.”
Beach Weirdo is a zine/short quarterly (broadly) comprised of short fiction and visual art. In their own words: “We initially intended the first issue as a showcase for our own works, but soon opened it up for submissions as well. [We] are about to release a second issue, and have a third waiting in the wings. We’re doing our best to create a strong and visually cohesive series of compilations.”
Big Fiction Magazine celebrates the soul of the long story: generous, transportive, and a little wild. They’re an independent journal publishing ambitious and delicious fiction twice a year, in hand-designed letterpress issues. Sweet.
Black Oceanis based out of Boston, New York and Chicago, and aims to saturate the public with skillful and passionate forms of expression through a wide variety of mediums. They have published 2013 APRIL reader Rauan Klassnik, APRIL 2012 reader Zachary Schomburg, Feng Sun Chen, and others.
Calypso Editions is an artist-run, cooperative press dedicated to publishing quality literary books of poetry and fiction with a global perspective. They say their only criterion for publication is excellence. They publish original works, previously out-of-print titles, and English translations.
Dark Coastis an independent publisher of books by both established and unknown authors, specializing in literary fiction, fiction, poetry, essay, and experimental works, seeking overall invention and innovation in writing from all genres. They have (or will soon) published writers like 2012 APRIL reader Matthew Simmons, Jennifer Natalya Fink, and others.
Factory Hollow Press - Flying Objectis a volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit art and publishing organization with a storefront space in Hadley, Massachusetts where they provide resources to artists, writers, musicians, publishers, and community members. They have (or will soon) oublished Heather Christle, Mark Leidner, Rachel B. Glaser, and others.
Featherproof Books is an indie publisher dedicated to doing whatever they want. This might take the form of publishing an idiosyncratic novel, design book, or something in between. They produce some of the most beautiful books out there including titles by Blake Butler, Patrick Sommerville, Amelia Gray and others.
Future Tense Books is one of the longest-running small-presses around. Run tirelessly by Kevin Sampsell, they put out books and chapbooks including those by Chloe Caldwell, Gregory Sherl, Chelsea Martin and others.
Here’s what The Stranger has to say about the event: “Verse Chapter Verse (a band - an author - the same band) is a fun, adorable format in which The Stranger’s Paul Constant interviews Literature Genius Sherman Alexie who will make us pee our pants laughing with his writerly antics, between live music by hot young hip hop duo Fly Moon Royalty.”
Sherman Alexie is, arguably, the Pacific Northwest’s most famous independently-published author. Most of his books, including his most recent collection Blasphemy, have been published on Grove Press. He is the winner of the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award, 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, 2001 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story, and a Special Citation for the 1994 PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Fiction.
Fly Moon Royalty is Vocalist/ Fast Talker Adra Boo and DJ/Producer/Emcee Action Jackson. Adra, a Seattle native and sophisticated songstress. This electro-soul duo is not to be missed.
Neumos (925 E Pike), 6 – 8 pm, $7 advance, $10 at the door.
"Even in a time when a video chat can practically bring the sun-smacked dust of Cairo spilling into a downtown Seattle conference room, there’s glass between those worlds. Nothing can take that glass away and make those worlds one, except the lyricism and humor of a gifted poet, trying to explain with a self-conscious stammer exactly what he means."
—And that poet is Maged Zaher. APRIL was so overwhelmingly lucky to have Maged at our happy hour reading yesterday.
Our final happy hour is curated by PageBoy Magazine, featuring work from Emily Beyer, Jennifer Burdette, Rachel Kessler and Greg Bem, and hosted by Pageboy editor Thomas Walton.
PageBoy Magazine publishes both literary and visual art. Paul Constant of The Stranger has said PageBoy demonstrates the most editorial control of any of Seattle’s lit magazines. He writes, “You’ll probably walk out of PageBoy not quite knowing what just happened.” Get disoriented with us tonight!
Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar (1508 11th Ave), 5:30 pm, free
The APRIL Showcase co-presented by Richard Hugo House
Join us tonight for themed party favors and readings from three incredible poets! Richard Hugo House (1634 11th Ave), 8 pm, $7 cash at the door.
Matthew Rohrer is the author of Destroyer and Preserver (Wave Books), A Plate of Chicken (Ugly Duckling Presse), Rise Up (Wave Books) and A Green Light (Verse Press), and others. He has appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered and The Next Big Thing. His first book, A Hummock in the Malookas was selected for the National Poetry Series by Mary Oliver in 1994.
He is also teaching a class at Richard Hugo House on Saturday and you should go!
Heather Christle is joining us for her second reading with APRIL. She is the author of The Difficult Farm (Octopus Books); The Trees The Trees (Octopus Books), winner of the Believer Poetry Award; and What Is Amazing (Wesleyan University Press. Her poems have appeared in Boston Review, Gulf Coast, and The New Yorker and have been anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2012 and others.
Rauan Klassnikwas born in Johannesburg, South Africa. In his early teens he moved to Dallas, Texas, with his family. Much of his time is now spent in Mexico. He is the author of Holy Land (Black Ocean), The Moon’s Jaw (Black Ocean), and others.
Pre-game for our competitive storytelling event by joining us for a drink at The Comet with these great readers:
Maged Zaher’s first full length book of poetry, Portrait of the Poet As an Engineer, was published by Pressed Wafer in 2009. His translations of contemporary Egyptian poetry have appeared in Jacket magazine and Banipal. He has performed his work at Subtext, Bumbershoot, the Kootenay School of Writing, St. Marks Project, Evergreen State College, and American University in Cairo, among other places.
David Frederick Thomas has published fiction and criticism in, among other places, Storyglossia, PANK, Heavy Feather Review and The Iowa Review. He lives with his wife and three month old daughter in Seattle. He is six feet tall.
The story-tellers will battle it out for $100 in what City Arts has called “raunchy” and “the least kid-friendly event of [the festival] and most certainly the funniest.”
THE POET: Elissa Ball is a poet, an activist, and an ordained minister. She reads tarot, burns sage, and channels energy with crystals. She is also the author of The Punks Are Writing Love Songs.
THE PLAYWRIGHT: Neil Ferron is a member of the Satori Group, a local theatre group that puts on innovative events like January’s Hotel Party at Inscape. His plays Sweet the Breath and Fabulous Prizes and others have been performed in Seattle.
THE NOVELIST: Peter Mountford is the winner of the 2012 Washington Book Award for his novel A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism. His second novel, The Dismal Science, will be published in 2014 by Tin House Books.
THE DRAG QUEEN: Cherdonna of the “Cherdonna and Lou Show” has great makeup. The Stranger has described her performances with Lou as, “Combining modern dance, gender-bending camp, lunatic conceptual comedy, and shockingly ambitious hair and makeup.”
The first of our three happy hours starts today at the Quarter Lounge! See you at 5:30! Our first set of happy hour readers is going to help us live up to City Art’s assertion that APRIL is Seattle’s “most literate booze fest/booziest indie lit fest.”
Rich Smithis a poet whose work has appeared in Tin House, Guernica, and other places. He is the author the chapbook The Great Poem of Desire forthcoming from Poor Claudia.
Amber Nelson is the editor of Alice Blue Review, an online journal and print books publisher based in Seattle. She is the author of This Ride is in Double Exposure, an e-chapbook published by H_NG M_N.
Rebecca Bridgeis a poet and musician. Her work has appeared in the Boston Review, Ink Node, and other places. She was the winner of the 2009 Indiana Review ½ K judged by Lydia Davis.
Today at 7! A special edition of Vignettes featuring visual art inspired by the poetry of Heather Christle. Christle will read at 8, we encourage everyone to come either before 8 or after 8:30 so not to disrupt the reading with buzzing the door.
About Christle’s poetry:
Heather Christle’s poems bubble with surprising images and startling tonal changes; she keeps you moving through a landscape as bright and inviting as an arcade game. “Brochures have a thousand pictures and a thousand uses,” and these poems too have their thousands, calling to mind the lapidary surfaces of Crane and Ashbery. The magnificence of these poems comes in a tiny car, and we all fit, like a compressed sandwich of rainbow-colored clowns. Christle’s America is a three-ring circus, with its thrills and awe and a house of mirrors: look, you’re taller than you ever thought.
—D A Powell
About the visual artists:
Adam Boehmer is an artist and musician. In 2009, he took a year-long road-trip in a refurbished camper trailer and wrote most of his EP Red Coat while on that journey.
Amanda Manitach is an artist and curator at Seattle University’s Hedreen Gallery. She works in large-scale drawings and video. Her work has appeared in various galleries and print journals including the Frye Art Museum and the Seattle Art Museum.
Eroyn Franklin is a bookmaker and visual artist. She is also a co-founder of Short Run Small Press Festival in Seattle, which features zines, comics and chapbooks, among other things. Her work has shown at Gallery4Culture, The Vera Project, and other galleries.
Gala Bent is a painter, animator, and mother of three. Her work has shown in Gallery4Culture, Cullom Gallery, and others. Her animation has been screened in Greece and France.
Jamey Braden is a multimedia artists who paints, makes plush peace-signs, and occasionally dresses as David Byrne to cover ’80s hits. Her work has shown at the Vera Project, Crawl Space Gallery, and other places.
Maggie Carson Romano is an installation artist, sculptor, and photographer whose work has appeared in Soil Gallery, Nepo House, and other places. Recently, she helped design the store Totokaelo.
Zack Bent is a photographer whose work has appeared in Gallery4Culture, Seattle Art Museum Gallery, and other places.
Matthew Dickman is the author of All American Poem and co-author of 50 American Plays with his twin, Michael Dickman, among among other books. He is the poetry editor of Tin House Magazine and the co-founder of Poetry Serving Youth City by City. In 2009, he and his brother were the subject of a New Yorker profile.
Rebecca Brown has been published on City Lights Books more than any other writer. She has written more than a dozen books, including American Romances and Excerpts from a Family Medical Dictionary. She is a winner of the Lambda Literary Award and was the first writer-in-residence at Richard Hugo House.
Summer Robinson is the former owner of Pilot Books, Seattle’s only small-press bookstore, Pilot Books, which served as the inspiration for APRIL. She is also a fiction writer. Her work has appeared in Everyday Genius, Small Doggies Magazine, among other places.
Jackie Hell has been described by The Stranger as, “Seattle’s most world-famous pillow-stuffing, sequin-flashing drag entertainer.” She started performing with Ursula Android at the Cabaret of Despair in the late ’90s. Her occasional dead baby jokes have made Canadians throw beer bottles onstage at her.
We’ll also be blessed by the music of Punishment (WT Statler) and the fortunes of Sarah Galvin.
You might have heard of the “Seattle freeze” socially, but in the lit scene, it’s all about the “Seattle nice,” which actually isn’t nice for sustaining a vibrant artistic community. When friends give glowing reviews of friends and negative reviews are about a personal grudge, forwarding literary criticism comes to a standstill. Sunday, Seattle Poetry Panels will explore the future of lit crit in the PNW.
Join Paul Nelson in conversation with Daemond Arrindell, Christine Deavel, Graham Isaac, and Kate Lebo on Sunday at 7 p.m. It’s a Google Hangout, so you can bring your own booze.
Email ambydexterous(at)gmail.com or gregbem(at)gmail.com to join.