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Reading with Matt Briggs, Gary Groth, John Olson 10.10.15 2 p.m. at the Frye


Genius / 21 Century / Seattle SEPTEMBER 26, 2015 – JANUARY 10, 2016 Genius is an unprecedented, large-scale celebration of exceptional multidisciplinary and collaborative artistic practice in Seattle in the twenty-first century. It features over sixty visual artists, filmmakers, writers, theater artists, composers, musicians, choreographers, dancers, and arts organizations. The exhibition and its more than thirty-five events will run from September 26, 2015, to January 10, 2016.

Literary Festival


Saturday, October 10, 2015
2 – 3:30 pm

Frye Galleries


What are the boundaries and limits of genre? Readings are followed by a moderated panel discussion.


Matt Briggs is the author of eight books. The Publication Studio recently releasedVirility Rituals of North American Teenage Boys, a collection of stories, and The Double E, a novel. Briggs first novel, Shoot the Buffalo, was a finalist for the 2006 Washington State Book Award and won the 2006 American Book Award. His stories have appeared in The Chicago Review, Word Riot, BULL, Spork, Birkensnake,ZYZYYVA, and elsewhere. He lives in Des Moines. (I’ll be reading on the “Genre of Silence.”)

Gary Groth is President and Co-Publisher of Fantagraphics Books, Executive Editor of The Comics Journal, and Co-Editor of the Mome anthology.

John Olson is the author of numerous books of poetry, the most recent beingLarynx Galaxy (Black Widow Press 2012). He is also the author of three novels, including The Seeing Machine, The Nothing That Is, and Souls of Wind, the latter of which was shortlisted for a Believer book of the year award in 2008. In 2004, Olson received The Stranger Genius Award for literature and in 2012 he was shortlisted for an Artist Trust Innovator Arts Award.

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Writers in the Information Economy, a talk at Seattle Central College 10.29.15 at 12 pm with Matt Briggs, Paul Hunter, and Phoebe Bosche

Making Hay | Matt Briggs, Paul Hunter, Phoebe Bosche as part of the Conversations on Social Issues at Seattle Central College, Thursday 10.29.15 12 pm. (Library Room A)

Making Hay | Matt Briggs, Paul Hunter, Phoebe Bosche as part of the Conversations on Social Issues at Seattle Central College, Thursday 10.29.15 12 pm. (Library Room A)

I am going to talk with Paul Hunter and Phoebe Bosche (with The Raven Chronicles) about the humanities and in particular writers in the information economy. We’ll bring our talk to Seattle Central Community College to talk as part of their series Conversations on Social Issues at 12 p.m. in Library Room A. If you are free for lunch that day and in Seattle, I hope you can make it.

Paul Hunter studied English at the University of Washington in the late 1960s, and was around in Seattle during the end of the first tech boom fueled by Boeing and the start of the counterculture in Seattle. He worked as an English instructor at a private school in Seattle where his students went off to work in the second and third-wave tech booms. Paul is a poet, musician, instrument-maker, teacher, and editor and publisher. For over a decade, he has produced letterpress books and broadsides under the imprint of Wood Works Press, located in Seattle. Hunter is the author of several chapbooks and four books of poetry: Ripening (2006) and Breaking Ground (2005 Washington State Book Award), both published by Silverfish Review Press; Mockingbird (1981, Jawbone Press) and Pullman (1976, University of Washington Press). He was profiled in on the PBS News Hour in 2007. Continue Reading →

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Reading for Moss with Rebecca Brown, Janie Miller, Mariam Cook, and Matt Briggs


Art does not come down from the sky. It comes from here, from us, from the world we live in. — Rebecca Brown

I’ll be reading with Rebecca Brown, Janie Miller, and Mariam Cook at Richard Hugo House on 9/6 2015 at 7 p.m.

This from the Hugo House Web site: The online literary journal Moss began in the summer of 2014 as a new venue for showcasing the talented and imaginative voices of the Pacific Northwest, with a special focus on emerging writers and a mission of celebrating and preserving the Northwest’s robust literary culture. Now, as Moss moves into its second year and prepares to publish a print anthology of its first three issues, editors Connor Guy and Alex Davis-Lawrence invite you to join them for a special evening celebrating a year of supporting and publishing great Northwest writing.

Doors open at 7 p.m. with refreshments provided and drinks available for purchase, with readings beginning at 7:30. Copies of the print anthology, Moss: Volume 1, will be available for pre-order via Kickstarter following the event.

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Genre of Silence, a talk, part of Genius – 21 Century Seattle on 10.10.15 2PM

genre of silence

The Master of the Genre of Silence, Isaac Babel, at his arrest.

I’m going to be talking about The Genre of Silence at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle as part of an exhibit, “Genius: 21 Century Seattle” My talk will be on October 10th at 2 p.m. moderated by the Seattle poet Maged Zaher with two other writers. We’ll be in a talk that will last about 90 minutes with questions, answers, and hopefully some silence called Break the Genre: what are the boundaries and limits of each genre (poetry, fiction, memoir, comics, etc.).

Our current world seems awash in noise with perpetual tweets, hourly outrage cycles playing themselves on Facebook, trending topics, and so. There is so much talk that Dewey Decimal style categorization schemes have entered the mainstream as jargon: #hashtags. We are surrounded by so much information, we have all acquired some skill as information scientists. In this deluge of noise, how does silence stand a chance? Continue Reading →

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Reading Friday February 27th at 7 PM at Portland Publication Studio

Publication Studio Poster for 2.27.15

2.27.15 at PS Portland Live! Howard W. Robertson, Matt Briggs, and Sara Jaffe.

February 27th, 2015 at 7pm
@ Publication Studio 717 SW Ankeny St. Portland, Oregon 97205

Howard W. Robertson, Matt Briggs, and Sara Jaffe read at Publication Studio Portland, Oregon

Please join us at Publication Studio HQ for a wonderful reading featuring Howard W. Robertson, with his upcoming book of stories, Hyperzotica, Matt Briggs, and Sara Jaffe. The event will start at 7pm and the reading will begin around 7:30pm.

free and open to the public



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The Seattle Times on The Strong Man and Publication Studio

The Strong Man / Seattle TimesMatthew Stadler and I will talk about the Publication Studio this Friday at Third Place Books in Ravenna. Last week, Mary Ann Gwinn, The Seattle Times books editor, talked to us for her book column Lit Life. While talking to her I began to realize how odd my actual publication experience is … and yet everyone writer I know has similar stories of long weights, sudden exposure, just as sudden plummets into obscurity, and encounters with both visionary publishers (or at least publishers willing to squander real money on publishing books), calculating business people, and lunatics. Mary Ann Gwinn wrote after asking how I had published my books:

Briggs still writes books. But this time around he’s trying something different — for his new novel, The Strong Man,” set during the first Gulf War, he’s being published by a Portland-based publisher called Publication Studio with a very stripped-down business model.

You can read the entire profile here.

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Thursday 10-1: Uncensored Celebration in Portland

I’m reading with Charyl Strayed, Chelsea Cain, and Allen Cunningham tomorrow at 7:30 to 9 for the ACLU in Portland as part of a performance and talk about the importance of freedom of expression. We’ll be reading from banned books and talking about cencorship, book burning, hiding books, or marking books all GLBT related books as “adult content.”

Holocene | 1001 SE Morrison | Portland, OR  97214 | 503.239.7639
Tickets $10 (to support the ACLU)

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Literary Death Match: Seattle

Prose to the death.

Prose to the death.

I am going to be competing in Opium Mag’s Literary Death Match this Thursday. I hope you can come. Here is the description from the site:

Literary Death Match: Seattle
Thursday, August 13; doors at 7:30, show at 8 p.m. (sharp)
Jewelbox Theater, 2322 2nd Ave, Seattle, $10
All proceeds support Opium Magazine.

The very first Literary Death Match in the northwest will feature readers Ryan Boudinot (The Littlest Hitler), Matthew Simmons (A Jello Horse), Peter Gajdics (Opium8’s 250-word contest winner), and Matt Briggs (Shoot the Buffalo), all judged by a cast of all-stars, including the sagacious Mary Guterson (Gone to the Dogs), Lindy West (from The Stranger), and Luke Smith (a game designer at Bungie and former editor). Hosted by Todd Zuniga. Co-produced by Julia Minkin.

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Reading at Clackamas College May 27

Rook Hall at CCC

Rook Hall at CCC

The great writer and publisher Trevor Dodge is having me  read at Clackamas Community College just outside of Portland at the Literary Arts Center (Rook 220) at 8 pm on May 27th. The event is free and open to the public and all etc.

I’ll be reading new stories and some stories from The End is the Beginning. If you are around, it would be great to see you.

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Uneasy Heavens Await Those Fleeing : A Celebration of Art and Armageddon

Painting by Counsel Langley (detial)

Painting by Counsel Langley (detial)

Jennifer Borges Foster is bringing together writers, musicians, dancers, painters, photographers, performance artists and more to re-interpret the title of her first completed poetry manuscript, Uneasy Heavens Await Those Fleeing.  This project is made possible through the generous support of the Mayor’s Office of Art & Cultural Affairs and 4Culture.

Thursday, April 2, 2009 at 7:00pm
Canoe Social Club at Theater Off Jackson
409 7th Ave S | Seattle, WA

Free to Canoe Social Club Members
$5 for Non-Members | Note: Full Bar available.
This event is 21+

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