After a brief break post-theft, I’ve started drawing portraits of my friends again.
These are some of the photographs I took while traveling in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, last June and July. There are more where these came from if you dig down in The Lovely Archives. There are some good videos in there too. Tonight I’m boarding a plane that will fly me across the Pacific to take me right back there. I’ll be teaching at the Kaohsiung American School along with three great writers, great teachers, and three of my greatest friends, Sara Marshall, Brandon Shimoda and Dot Devota. From here on out in the coming weeks, they will be referred to as S, B, and D, respectively. You should follow along and check in with us here every once in a while to see what we’re up to. I’ll try to keep up with The Persons of the Week too.
Amy Lawless and James Gendron are going on their Sex & Death tour in celebration of their new Octopus Books books and have invited me along to the first two readings, Portland, ME, and NYC, NY. I will read sex poems in Maine, death poems in New York.
And then, in the few weeks after that, I’ll be pushing a tiny rental car with three of my very favorite humans on the planet from graveyard to graveyard across France, Switzerland, Germany, The Netherlands, and Belgium. Their names are Joshua Marie Wilkingson, Dot Devota, and Brandon Shimoda. If you’re looking for me, here’s where I’ll be, and when, and how.
3/7. Boston, MA. Ink Node reading at AWP. Sweetwater Tavern. 9pm.
3/10. Portland, ME. LFK. w/Amy Lawless and Jack Gendron.
3/12. New York, NY. Triptych Reading Series. w/Amy Lawless and James Gendron. TBA.
3/18, Paris, France—Spoken Word Paris @ Au Chat Noir, 9 pm—with Dot Devota, Zachary Schomburg, Joshua Marie Wilkinson & various rabble …
3/19, Paris, France—IVY Writers Paris @ Cafe Delaville, 7:30 pm—with Dot Devota, Paul Laborde, Virginie Poitrasson, Martin Richet, Zachary Schomburg & Joshua Marie Wilkinson
3/23, Basel, Switzerland—Elaine MGK, Museum für Gegenwartskunst—with Dot Devota, Zachary Schomburg & Joshua Marie Wilkinson
3/24, Zurich, Switzerland—Cabaret Voltaire—with Dot Devota, Zachary Schomburg & Joshua Marie Wilkinson
3/27, Amsterdam, Holland—Versal/This Is Not A Reading Series—with Dot Devota, Zachary Schomburg & Joshua Marie Wilkinson
3/29, Brussels, Belgium—International School of Brussels—with Dot Devota, Zachary Schomburg & Joshua Marie Wilkinson.
I’m going to be po-busy on Thursday, March 7, and I’m hoping you’d want to be equally po-busy with me. Step 1: Go to the No Thousands reading at 6pm where I’ll be in support of two of our new Octopus Books, James Gendron’s Sexual Boat (Sex Boats) and Amy Lawless’ My Dead, and Poor Claudia’s new book, A Voluptuous Dream During an Eclipse by Elaine Kahn. Black Ocean, 1913 and Action Books will be there too. And then Step Two: Go to the Tin House/Octopus Books reading after 7pm to celebrate the release of two of our other new books, Brandon Shimoda’s Portuguese and Patricia Lockwood’s Balloon Pop Outlaw Black. Then after that, Step Three: go to the Ink Node reading after 9pm where I’ll be reading for a few minutes along with Octopus Books’ own Alisa Heinzman and another handful of killer poets. Phew. The task at hand is daunting, but it’s worth pretending like we can be in three places at once.
If you can’t make it to either of the Octopus readings, it’d still be nice to see you at our table at the bookfair. We have three new books to sell you, along with the entirety of our own catalog and the catalog of our chapbook imprint, Poor Claudia. We also have letter pressed Bad Blood broadsides, screen printed tote bags, and Drew Swenhaugen will be sitting in a 25 cent dunk tank full of whiskey.
I’ll be train-ing myself down to Tucson for a month this winter for a lot of R&W with Brandon Shimoda and Dot Devota. But for now, about 40 days and nights away from the desert, I’ll be content with this new Cy Dune video, Tucson’s own, Seth from Akron Family, with both Brandon and Dot featured in it, shooting up spray paint cans in the Sonoran desert. See what Pitchfork has to say about Cy Dune.
Ruei Fong Night Market.