I’m both humbled and excited that my flash fiction “Lessons: Grandma’s Nine Lives as an Octogenerian Ho” is included in Jaded Ibis’ Dirty:Dirty anthology, edited by Debra Di Blasi and illustrated by Mugi Takei. Here’s the project description:
One artist and 54 writers accepted the challenge of creatively defining “dirty” in the 21st Century. Mugi Takei’s delicate, profane watercolors position the human body within, on and against nature. While some writers surrendered to play through sexually explicit love poetry, bawdy fiction, threesomes, twosomes, onesomes, and all the delightful fantasies and realities in-between, others suggested genocide to be the real dirt of humanity, or offer sexy, new versions of biblical stories. As an anthology, Dirty : Dirty exhibits the beauty, humor, raunch and invention possible when talented artists and writers tackle a very old subject.
Every one of the writers in this anthology is a friend and hero to me. There’s new work by Stacey Levine, Doug Rice, Lily Hoang, Lidia Yuknavitch, Davis Schneiderman, Steve Katz, Robert Lopez, Cris Mazza, and many many more.
The Stumptown Comics Fest is this weekend in Portland, and I’m delighted to be on the “Teaching Comics” panel on Sunday at 3 pm (Room B114). This year I’m joining Diana Schutz, Brian Michael Bendis, Nicole Georges, Ryan Alexander-Tanner and Aron Steinke. Here’s the full schedule of events and guests. See you there!
These back-to-back episodes of the Possible Architect Podcast feature both conversation with and performance by Davis Schneiderman. In Episode 09, we discuss writing and publishing in the age of digital distraction, the performance art of literary readings, and some of the methods of his creative madness. In Episode 10, Davis reads his short fiction mash-up, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Autosummarized to 85 Words.”
Davis teaches at Lake Forest College, where he chairs both the English Department and American Studies program, and is Director of Lake Forest College Press / &NOW Books.
My upcoming class, Making Memoir Mini-Comics, starts with an exploration of autobiographical comics and then has students ultimately create their own. In the first stage of the class we will read a small selection of memoir comics and discuss them in terms of both their narrative and aesthetic qualities. During the last stage we will design, create and reproduce short-form comics of our own. The class runs for 6 weeks starting the first week of April and is being offered through PNCA’s Continuing Ed program, where courses are open to the public and do not require an application. Class sizes are intentionally kept small, around 12-13 students, which allows for more student-focused instruction and activity.
This is the same class that was offered last fall but ultimately got scratched due to low enrollment. If you are interested in taking the course, please feel free to contact me or the fine folks in Continuing Ed.
In the latest episode of Possible Architect I talk with “semionaut” and narrative designer Corvus Elrod, creator, consultant and critic of tabletop games and videogames which strive to fuse together the fundamental elements of story and play. We discuss the communal and aesthetic power of games, the natures of agency and authorship inside them, and their intersections with prose, film and other media. Also check out this 2011 interview with Corvus, conducted for the print edition of Architectures of Possibility.
In this episode I talk with novelist Lydia Netzer, author of Shine Shine Shine. In our discussion we try to locate the place of innovative fiction within the contemporary New York publishing world, book doctoring as a creative practice, and the role social networking plays in both the marketing and reader reception of literary fiction.
In episode 06 I talk with Debra Di Blasi, founding publisher of Jaded Ibis Productions and author of a number of works in fiction including The Jiri Chronicles, Drought, Say What You Like and What The Body Requires. In our conversation we discuss the book as a fine art object, new possibilities for publishing afforded by CreateSpace and Apple’s iOS, and how Jaded Ibis is leveraging new forays to create one-of-a-kind author editions.
I lovelovelove Daniel Takeshi Krause’s new review of Architectures of Possibility for Altered Scale. Especially this part:
5. In the midst of reading this book and its possibilities and their usefulnesses, you think that to finish reading this book and then to try to write something with it “in mind” is to try to type while also holding up each point of light in the night sky with your fingertips. Even worse, you think, each of these “things” in this “book” is not a single morsel to be consumed, not a nugget of gold worth its shine, but rather a seed planted, or worse yet, not a seed but a sac, millionfull of spores, celestial bodies of fire, dispersed, inhaled. You are overwhelmed.
6. You think that being overwhelmed is fantastic. (this book is for you)
7. Your options are to wait for the infection to take hold, continue the conversation the book carries on with you or without you or within you, be the text that text writes, or to write1. Or to read2. Same thing. Or to read again, in total, in pieces, in order, out. Same thing different.
For the fifth episode of Possible Architect, I recorded Lidia Yuknavitch‘s Sept 8 performance at Powell’s to launch her debut novel Dora: A Headcase, fresh out from Hawthorne Books. Chuck Palahniuk warmed up the standing-room-only crowd.
I’ve been to a good number of Lidia’s readings over the years, and am lucky to be able to consider her among the dearest of my dear friends. The energy in the room that night was all electricity and love; just listen to the crowd in this recording and you’ll hear it boiling over.
The fourth episode of Possible Architect features a performance by Ben Slotky, author of the short story collection Red Hot Dogs White Gravy. Ben reads two stories in the epistolary format here, “Dear Dead Dog” and “Real Not Fake.” His work has appeared in McSweeney’s, Santa Monica Review,Requited, and Clackamas Literary Review. You can follow Ben on Twitter at @benslotky.