Archive | April, 2009

The Bay at So New | Necessary Fiction

My story, “The Bay,” has been posted at So New – Necessary Fiction. The editor, Steve Himmer, has been posting weekly stories since February and has already posted great stories by writers such as James Stegall, Savannah Schroll-Guz, Jimmy Chen, and Kathy Fish.
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City of Redmond Poet Laureate Application

A friend of mine who works with the Redmond Arts Commission wanted to spread the word about Redmond’s search for its first Poet Laureate. The term of the position is for three years, with compensation up to $5,000 for each year. Applicants must be an established poet, resident of Redmond or unincorporated King County or record of involvement with Redmond’s literary organizations. Applications must have a record of public performance. And, the kicker, they must be willing to promote poetry in Redmond. Application is due on July 1, 2009.

Here is a PDF of the full application. Apply!

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Tony at A Boy, a Cat, and a Lifeboat Blog

I’ve posted a new story at A Boy, a Cat, and a Lifeboat Blog, called “Tony:”

There is the boat, a white speck, a tiny thing, a toy boat, a boat with two shapes in it.  There is a boat with a boy with a peach fuzz mustache, and a tan drinking water out of a gasoline can, and Tony the Tiger of Kellogg fame.

Tony the Tiger is hungry

Tony the Tiger is hungry.

I hope you consider sending me  a story, too. The premise is very simple. The title says it all. A short story about a boy and a cat (of somesort) stuck in a lifeboat. Writers who have contributed to the blog include Claudia Smith, John Olson, Justin Dobbs, and Brandon Scott Gorrell. If this sounds familiar it is because a Canadian writer lifted the story from a Brizilian writer a few years ago in much loved book, that I have yet to read, called The Life of Pi. Please send your story to me at matt(dot)briggs(at)gmail(dot)com if you would like to contribute something.I published a sequence of these stories in my last collection of stories, The End is the Beginning.

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Sheldon and Keenan Have Taste

Keenan is enjoying the taste of his popsicle. Sheldon would like one, too.

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Amazon in Twitter Storm

#amazonfail at Twendz

#amazonfail at Twendz

It is weird that is has only been about 24 hours since writer Mark Probst posted a report of Amazon’s odd, arbitrary (and therefore most likely human rather than computerized decision [okay here is the human/machine factor and a good explanation via Technology, Books and Other Neat Stuff]) to disable sales ranks, and therefore remove from searches GLBT work from its catalog. “Glitch” or no, this whole thing touches on several ways in which new media has positive and negative effects on the production of culture. On one hand, it is easier for anyone to produce unmediated content. Just visit Lulu and upload your manifesto or that novel that you have spent years writing. At the same time, new media has absorbed and consolidated huge swaths of the media landscape include retail (bookstores and record stores) and newspapers.

Bruce Garrett said it very nicely at 5:14 PM on The Stranger Slog yesterday, a mere seven hours after the story officially broke.

Nice how one really big bookseller can just suddenly decide to change the whole landscape for gay people isn’t it. I just have to note here that the Lambda Rising in Baltimore closed last year, due to declining sales. They’re not the only small booksellers who have had to close by any means, and I can appreciate how a place like Amazon was good for all the gay folk who didn’t have a local gay bookstore to go to, but I can’t blame the folks who were raising the alarm about the decline of the independent book sellers for having a round of “I Told You So’s right about now.

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Upstairs Crow from Misplaced Alice

You’re my loud neighbor, the one who leaves the caw of football on the television while preening in the bathroom mirror, keeping one eye to the glass. You flip over to the other. Your friends guffaw at Late Night with Letterman. I bang the straw broom against the ceiling, but they just hop and squawk.
From my collection of stories – Misplaced Alice — (http://tinyurl.com/missalice)

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My Short Career as a Radical Shoe Designer

Last summer I traveled to Lawrence KS. While my wife and I were there she took me to see a fashion show and I was stuck by the freewheeling, radical, and whimsical nature of the designs. Once I had enough to drink I was no longer bothered by the fact that I was wearing a wool jacket that I bought sometime last century at the GAP. I began to think, this is something I can do. I can do this. If I can get someone to build and design my dreams, I can wear my turn of the century GAP jacket and do what I want — people will mark it down as eccentricity. They will say, he is a shoe designer. Of course, I won’t wear the shoes.

 Shoe Design Template

Shoe Design Template

My step was to figure out how to draw a shoe. I would skip any kind of training in nonsense such as fabric, leather, or orthopedic considerations. These were limitations to the imagination. If I could draw it, then it could be fabricated. I could pay someone to wear it, someone to photograph it, and then I would beat off to the global production system. Definitely green production. Definitely with workers rights in mind. Made in Omaha.

I created five radical shoe designs stealing, er rather, creatively-inspired by the basic form of the Christian Louboutin shoe-boot.

My initial presentation didn’t garner any interested manufactures. But even Thomas Edison and Christian Dior had slow starts. I present to you: my five shoe designs.
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Sheldon and Keenan Have Sauerkraut

Keenan wants to know what Sheldon did with the sauerkraut.

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The Cryptolex — New Definitions Daily

new definitions daily

new definitions daily

The Cryptolex posts new definitions for new and old words, daily. It is inspired by the fantasy or off dictionaries of Ben Marcus (The Age of Wire & String), Ruth Krauss (A Hole is To Dig), Lewis Carroll, and Jorge Luis Borges. Where Borges might write a story proposing a new dictionary of things that exist but have not been defined, Marcus and Krauss began to work on them. For instance, Kraus defines, a party: “A party is to say how-do-you-do and shake hands.” A dictionary matches definitions with short sounds and organizes them alphabetically, usually.

If you are interested:

  • Add or vote for dictionaries or books that feature made up words / definitions at Goodreads: The Cryptolex List.
  • Send a definition list to me at matt(dot)briggs(at)gmail.com.

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