Beginning on Thursday next week I’d like to invite you to the performances and recording of the 2007 Jack Straw Writers. Musicians Paul Rucker (5/24) and Dennis Driscoll (5/31) will play music. Writers Willie Smith, Kathryn Trueblood, Laurie Bluaner, Doug Nufer, Anna Maria Hong, Howard W. Robertson, Charles Potts, Susan Landgraf, Cheryl Strayed, Corrina Wycoff, Molly Tenenbaum, and Vis-A-Vis Society will read. Each event will happen at the Jack Straw Studios (4261 Roosevelt Way NE; Seattle’s U District) at 7 P.M. May 17, 24, 31. The 2007 Jack Straw Anthology will be available. In addition, a podcast and blog featuring these writers is already underway at: http://www.jackstraw.org/blog
Thursday, May 17, 7pm
Willie Smith (Seattle)
Willie is deeply ashamed of being human. His work celebrates this horror. He is author of Oedipus Cadet, a novel, and numoues chapbooks and audiocassettes of his work.
Kathryn Trueblood (Bellingham)
The Baby Lottery will be published by The Permanent Press of New York in June and will be a Book Sense pick in July 2007. Her first book, The Sperm Donor’s Daughter, received a Special Mention for the Pushcart Prize 2000.
Laurie Blauner (Seattle)
Laurie has published five books of poetry, her most recent one is All This Could Be Yours published by Cherry Grove Collections, 2006, and two novels, her very recent one is Infinite Kindness – a historical novel set in 1867 London, which won a 4Culture grant and was published in January 2007 by Black Heron Press. She has received an NEA, Seattle Arts Commission, King County, and Artist Trust grants and awards.
Doug Nufer (Seattle)
Doug Nufer is the author of the novels Negativeland (Autonomedia), Never Again (Four Walls Eight Windows/ Black Square), and On the Roast (Chiasmus), all of which came out in 2004, and of The Mudflat Man/ The River Boys (soultheft records, 2006). He was in the spoken word trio Staggered Thirds, and currently performs with choreographer Erin Mitchell and her dance troupe.
Thursday, May 24, 7pm
Anna Maria Hong
Howard W. Robertson
Music: Paul Rucker
In a world in which art can so often alienate and bore, Rucker deserves attention for making work that’s both conceptually sound and entertaining. You don’t need a degree in jazz or a Ph.D. from a digital-arts program to understand and enjoy it. — The Seattle Weekly
Paul has music installed at Jack Straw.
Anna Maria Hong (Seattle)
A National Poetry Series finalist, Anna Maria Hong has published poems in journals such as Fence, Black Clock, Cranky Literary Journal, Golden Handcuffs Review, Puerto del Sol, and Revolting Sofas. She teaches writing and literature at the UCLA Writers’ Program and at DigiPen Institute of Technology.
Howard W Robertson (Eugene, OR)
Howard has published three poetry books: The Bricolage of Kotegaeshi (The Backwaters Press); Ode to certain interstates and Other Poems (Clear Cut Press) and to the fierce guard in the Assyrian Saloon (Ahsahta Press). He won the 2006 Elizabeth R. Curry Prize for Poetry (Slippery Rock University) and the 2003 Robinson Jeffers Prize for Poetry (Tor House).
Charles Potts (Walla Walla, WA)
Charles most recent books are The Portable Potts from West End Press and Kiot: Selected Early Poems 1963—1977 from Blue Begonia Press. Potts read five times in the Republic of Korea last June as well as in Shanghai. He was given the Distinguished Professional achievement Award from the College of Arts and Sciences at Idaho State University in 1994. He has been composing and publishing poetry since 1963. His ealry exploiots are documented in the classic (but long out of print) Valga Kursa (The Yellow Christ/Shit Crackers).
Susan Landgraf (Auburn)
A writer and photographer, Susan Landgraf has published more than 300 poems in more than 150 journals, most recently in Nimrod, Kalliope, The Green Hills Literary Lantern, Riverwind. She also has been published in The Laurel Review, Third Coast Review, Pikeville Review, Interim, A Room Of One’s Own, Ploughshares, Cincinnati Poetry Review, Calyx, Spoon River Quarterly, Sun Dog Review, and Paintbrush, among others, and been nominated twice for a Pushcart. Prentice Hall published her workbook, Student Reflection Journal for Student Success in 2004.
Thursday, May 31, 7pm
Vis-A-Vis Society (Sierra Nelson and Rachel Kessler)
Music: Dennis Driscoll
Northwest singer/songwriter Dennis Driscoll combines the past — the plainspoken earthiness of Woody Guthrie, the innocent exuberance of Buddy Holly — with the present — the confessional intimacy of Cat Power, the quirky complexity of Neutral Milk Hotel — to create a whimsical brand of folk-pop that transcends easy labels and categorizations. Driscoll, who was born in the late 1970s, grew up in the in the scenic coastal towns of Ilwaco, WA and Astoria, OR where he began singing and playing his original material — drawing cartoons, too — and had a radio show on Astoria’s community station, KMUN.
-— Kathleen C. Fennessy, All Music Guide
Cheryl Strayed (Portland, OR)
Cheryl’s critically acclaimed novel Torch was published by Houghton Mifflin in 2006 and was just released in paperback. Her award-winning stories and essays have appeared in more than a dozen magazines, including The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, and The Sun. Widely anthologized, her work has been selected for inclusion in The Best New American Voices 2003 and twice in The Best American Essays.
Corrina Wycoff (Seattle)
Corrina’s first fiction collection, O Street, was recenlty published by the University of Illinois Press. Her fiction and essays have also appeared in Other Voices, New Letters, Coal City Review, The Oregon Quarterly, Brainchild, Out of Line, and Golden Handcuffs. She is a single mother living with her 12-year-old son in Seattle, WA, and teaches English and writing at Pierce College.
Molly Tenenbaum (Seattle)
Molly is the author of By a Thread (Van West & Co, 2000) and of the chapbooks Blue Willow, Old Voile, and Story. She plays old-time stringband music with two bands, The Queen City Bulldogs and Dram County, for dances and in parlors, and her old-time banjo CD is Instead of a Pony. She lives in Seattle, teaching music in the living room and English at North Seattle Community College.
Vis-à-vis Society: Sierra Nelson & Rachel Kessler (Seattle)
Dedicated to presenting poetic analyses of the everyday, the Vis-à-Vis Society is an outgrowth of the literary performance group the Typing Explosion and is the current home for artists Sierra Nelson and Rachel Kessler. Using collaboratively written texts as their base, these poetry-scientists have presented their research in multi-media shows at such venues as Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival and Henry Art Gallery, the Wave Books National Poetry Bus Tour, and New York’s Galapagos Art Space.
All reading are at 7 p.m. at Jack Straw Studios
4261 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
Get a copy of the 2007 Anthology with $5 suggested donation at the door