My trip to the lands in the east was incredible and for me too brief. Rich Jensen, the publisher of Clear Cut Press, operated as a small press impresario. He organized a traveling show that included two novelists, a photographer, and the band/multimedia projectionists of YACHT, aka We Two and The Universe. We had accommodations, transportation, and on many occasions food.
Archive | February, 2006
I left in the middle of the night to arrive in the middle of the morning in Philadelphia, a city I have never been to before. I half slept on the plane. Im certain my snoring on the plan sounded as though I was desperately trying to breath through a thin swizzle stick stuck in a tub of jello.
Clear Cut Press publisher Rich Jensen has made plans for an invasion of the lands edging the Atlantic Ocean and has equipped a van loaded with musicians [or “projective environmentalists” since music is just one of the media cast by We Two and the Universe, aka, Jona Bechtolt and Claire Evans], Clear Cut sales force and archivists, and two writers of recent works issued by the press– Stacey Levine and myself. We will be staging events in Philadelphia (Space 1026) , NYC (MoMA’s P.S.1), and Providence. Sadly I will need to return to my “end cap” cubicle before the invasion has achieved its final stage in Rhode Island.
Q: Cant you put your nose to the grindstone?
A: If I put my nose to the grindstone, Ill grind my nose off.
Every third Wednesday former writers from the Jack Straw Writer program read in an event curated by a writer from the program. This upcoming Thursday, February 15th 7 pm (free), is hosted by Larry Laurence, who will have Ezra Mark, James, Reed, and myself read. The Jack Straw (formerly Crab Radio) studios are brown and warm and readings there always strike me as brown and warm. Come around if you are in the U District on Wednesday night.
The new print issue of Spork is being feverishly assembled by a production crew including Drew Burk (Lead Binder), Rachael Simon, Maraya Hoenig, and Brian Arnold (Machinist/Fabricator). However the issue, edited by “remote editor” Kevin Sampsell is online right this minute and contains stories and work by a lot of great people Mark Jude Poirer, Frayn Masters, Elizabeth Ellen, Paul Tobin, Tao Lin, and oh yeah, me.
San Francisco writer Mark Pritchard (Too Beautiful and Other Stories) who writes the blog Too Beautiful is running a series of interviews with writers about their current, yet-to-be published projects.
He’s talked to:
Novel explores family tragedy
Matt Briggs reads from his debut novel about a young boy whose parents lead an alternative lifestyle in the woods near Snoqualmie, where a string of tragedies leave a devastating affect on his life view.
I read with Stacey Levine (Frances Johnson) at Village Books 7:30 p.m on Feb 2nd. (1200 11th St. 671-2626). Matthew Stadler, the editor of Clear Cut Press, kept us company on the drive north, bought tapas, and introduced us to the fine people of Fairhaven, Washington.