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Upcoming Reading at Ravenna Third Place Books (1/14)


The Strong Man at Third Place Books Ravenna

Ravenna Third Place on 1/14 7 p.m.

January 14, 2010, 7:00 pm
@ Third Place Books, 6504 20th Ave. NE, Seattle, Washington 98115


Matt Briggs reading and launch of Espresso Book Machine (EBM) edition of The Strong Man.

Matt Briggs reads from The Strong Man, the story of Ben Wallace, a hospital lab tech who joins the Army reserve as a way to slight his father, a Vietnam-era draft dodger. When Ben is called up for Operation Desert Shield, the first Gulf War, he realizes he wants to experience what his grandfather has called “the enlightenment of war.”

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You can find a free social media edition of the book at the Publication Studio Web site (or purchase a made to order copy).

A special feature of tonight’s reading is the launch of an Espresso Book Machine (EBM) edition of The Strong Man, using Third Place Press’s onsite print-on-demand machinery. The EBM edition will be available at bookstores throughout EBM’s international network. Publication Studio and Third Place Press are excited to partner on this real-time publication project that models the use of non-exclusive rights and multi-publisher collaborations. Matthew Stadler of Publication Studio will be on hand to discuss the new project. Free and open to the public.

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List of Underrated American Writers

List of Underrated American WritersMy name is on a list of underrated writers posted by novelist Charles Dodd at Ltmarlborough in response to a list of overratedwriters posted by critic Anis Shivani at the Huffington Post. Dodd writes, “These writers have impressed me with their unique and earnest engagement, and I hope more people seek out their work.” Thanks, Mr. Dodd. I’m flattered to be included on a list with such great writers by Dodd who is no slouch himself. He has just released a novel Lambs of Men about a World War I vet returning home to Appalachia.

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Golden Handcuffs Review #13

Dear Colleagues, The new issue has work by David Antin, Charles Baudelaire, Charles Bernstein, Matt Briggs, Joseph Donahue, Francesca Duranti, Ken Edwards, Bernard Hoeppfner, Victor Hugo, AD Jameson, Leslie Kaplan, Jami McCarty, Susan Smith Nash, Toby Olson, Meredith Quartermain, Peter Quartermain, Jed Rasula, Joyce Ravid, Leonard Schwartz, Pierre Senges, Tyrone Williams, and Augustus Young.

To my knowledge it sells at Open Books, Third Place Ravenna, University Bookstore, Bulldog News, and Pilot Books. Your local store can order it from Ingram Distributors.

We REALLY, REALLY need support, so please hound your bookseller, OR you can subscribe for the hyper-christian price of $20/annum at the address below (checks to Golden Handcuffs Review). And if you want support bank liquidity through Paypal, please email: dominicaulisio(at) for details.

all the best, Lou

Lou Rowan

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Writer-In-Residence at So Now | Necessary Fiction

So New | Necessary Fiction

August Writer in Residence at Necessary Fiction

I’m looking forward to posting a work of fiction every day in August as the Necessary Fiction writer-in-residence, following the really excellent work of William Walsh (July) and Roxane Gay (June).

I think I’ve taken a slightly different tack. I wish I could deal with the pressure of just writing a piece a day and posting it. I write almost every day, but I’m not under any illusions that my daily production is anything except something to collect and refine and possibly turn into something somewhat interesting at some point after a lot of work. My daily production is probably no more or less interesting than any monologue you can hear at the back of a city bus. Instead, I plan on running essentially six different series through the month that may lead to a month’s time a kind of buckshot approach to some of my current preoccupations with the short story

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Golden Handcuffs Review 13

Golden Handcuffs Review 13

{ Golden Handcuffs Review 13 Hot off the press }

After coming home from an afternoon walk, I had to wait for the mailman who had parked in my driveway. His truck was idling. I couldn’t really tell what he was up to. I suspect it was likely something he didn’t want to do right on the street. In my mailbox, I found the newest issue of the Golden Handcuffs Review, edited by Lou Rowan. It has two pieces by me, a story called “Wart” about my experience of unwanted fungal skin growths while living in Baltimore, and an essay, “A Gas Gas Gas,” about what I think is the lost mission of The Avant Garde. It is weird and great to appear in a magazine along side folks like David Antin, Meredith and Peter Quartermain, Charles Bernstein, Toby Olson, and so on. It’s a beautiful magazine and should be, according to the editor, making its way to those places that carry literary magazines.

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MTV PSA for 40 Stories by Donald Barthelme

Timothy Hutton appears in this PSA for MTV pitching 40 Stories by Donald Barthelme. This was one of the better Donald Barthelme clips that I could find on YouTube. There just aren’t very many which seems kind of weird.

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The Balloon by Donald Bathelme

This movie inspired by Donald Barthelme’s iconic short story, “The Balloon” (60 Stories) has just over 200 views. It deserves a lot more. Great soundtrack, and balloon face tattoos. Check it out.

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Student’s “Music Video” for Frances Johnson by Stacey Levine

Chioubacca posted this video “as part of a project I did for my Postmodern Lit class. It’s based on the excellent book, Frances Johnson, by Stacey Levine. The song is “Happy Alone” by Earlimart, off of their album Mentor Tormentor, all rights reserved to them and all that. Starring Claire Williams, directed/edited/etc by me.”

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Short Story in TRNSFR Magazine – The League of Bears

I’ve been meaning to post that my two copies of TRNSFR Magazine, featuring two alternate covers in a kind of perfect bound matchbook-style wrap around cover arrived in the mail a couple of weeks ago. The magazine includes a ton of great work by the likes of Jac Jemc, Nate Pritts, AD Jameson, Heather Momyer, Cris Mazza, K. Silem Mohammad, Jennifer L. Knox, Marc Olmstead, Shya Scanlon, Kathleen Rooney & Elisa Gabbert, Keith Higginbotham, David Ehren-stein, and Paul Maliszewski. They published my story “The League of Bears,” which I wrote for the first Opium Magazine Lit Death Match in Seattle, where I was defeated by Ryan Boudinot. Boudinot was in turn defeated by Matthew Simmons. I believe TRNSFR is accepting submission for issue three right this minute. My story begins this way:

My wife bloomed in her late thirties. She had always been pretty, but pretty in a cute kind of way. Her inner geek trumped any fashion sense. When our old Mac PowerBook, which was known for running way too hot, hot enough to leave second degree burns, cooked its hard drive, she was the one who unscrewed the lid, and cut open the protective foil with an Exact-o knife to swap the drive. Late in the summer of her 37th year, she experienced a transformation. She lost a bit of weight. She focused her geeky energy on vintage dresses. She began a regime of mild exercise and became sexy, kind of as a hobby.

I, on the other hand, began my rapid decline into middle age. I had expected this based on the physical appearance of my uncles. They were short, bald, fat hermits who lived frustrated lives of randy irritability.

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Some Recent Stuff Online

I’ve been remiss updating my blog for the last two months because the real world has been too real. I would like it to stop now, but it isn’t. But in the meantime some things have been posted online I would like to draw you attention to being the self-promoting whore that I am:

  • I had a longish interview conducted with Heidi Broadhead that was posted at Publicola earlier in February. Her introduction is very nice (and makes me blush) and I think it gets across how addled I’ve been and how I wish I haven’t been so addled.
  • As part of the whole 110 shindig for the hundred and tenth birthday of Seattle’s perpetually great bookstore, The University of Washington Bookstore, which now goes by University Bookstore, I think, because of it has stores in Bellevue, Bothell, Tacoma, downtown Seattle and elsehwhere, I spoke with Garth Stein, Maria Dahvana Headly, and Steve Sher at KUOW about the future of books and bookstores. Last three books I’ve bought have been for my Sony e-reader and one of these was small press impresario’s Kevin Sampsell’s fantastic memoir A Common Pornography (an expanded version using the same methods as he used with the initial version of the same name; however this version lacks Mike Daily’s marginalia.) So I am converting myself more quickly than I thought to the digital world.
  • A blog called Marketing Musings has opened a discussion about my book, Shoot the Buffalo, in relation to the late Clear Cut Press and Matthew Stadler’s newest publication effort, The Publication Studio, which recently re-issued Shoot the Buffalo, my first novel, and will be sometime in this half of the year releasing my next novel, The Strong Man. I for one am happy to be engaged with another of Matthew Stadler’s publication experiments. This version seems more suited to the unpredictable and disperse interest in literature. My novel has been selling very slowly and steadily since it has re-released in November at numbers that I am happy with, but would probably make even the most patient small press publisher re-think the idea of re-publishing anything. Clear Cut’s model was well suited to book and the reading public as well, but the subscription model and even the care they took with book production created a kind of inflexible matrix in which authors, readers, and books had to fit. It could not be responsive in the way for instance that the Publication Studio responds to the possibilities of the community of artists, writers, musicians, and designers who have found a way to make something with the Publication Studio. In any case, Marketing Musings has some interesting things to say about it.
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