Yesterday afternoon, Drew and I had a front row seat for a tasering at our favorite local spot. Portland’s finest usher out a patron who liked to do spin karate moves while suggesting he receive officer fellatio.
THE OCTOPUS 8
The Bad Blood Poetry reading series I curate with Drew Swenhaugen and Joseph Mains is hosting a reading on Wednesday, Oct. 2 as part of the debut Lit Hop. Five other reading series’ and small presses will also be hosting about 50 total poets simultaneously at different venues along SE Hawthorne east of 39th for your barhopping poetry entertainment. Bad Blood will be hosting at the Fraternal Order of Eagles on 50th/Hawthorne. Bad Blood will also be hosting the afterparty with a few rounds of DJs, so you can shake off all that poetry from your booties.
You’ll have a lot of choices, so you’ll need to start planning. Here’s how Bad Blood’s night is going to go:
7:00 Dawn Marie Knopf
7:15 Sara Guest
7:30 Andrew Michael Roberts
8:00 Emily Kendal Frey
8:15 Tyler Brewington
8:30: Kelly Schirmann
9:00 Jennifer Coleman
9:15 Matthew Dickman
9:30 James Gendron
9:45 DJ Ian Whitmore
10:30 to 12: DJ New Dadz
Today, Joseph Mains, Drew Swenhaugen and I are proud co-curators. LitBridge has announced that our poetry reading series, Bad Blood, is the winner of the 2013 LitBridge Best Reading Series Contest, a contest founded, formed, judged and organized by Melissa Burton, Dana Livermore and Erin Lynch. Bad Blood was chosen based on the number and quality of anonymous nominations (anonymations) submitted to the contest. It is becoming more and more clear to us that we are a part of a community that not only eagerly supports all of its reading series, including our own, but judging from some of these nominations, it is also clear that this communtiy feels as invested and responsible for Bad Blood’s success as Joseph, Drew and I do. Thank you anonymators. Thank you LitBridge.
Keeping it bad and bloody since 2010.
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.
On Thursday, January 17, at 7pm at Stumptown downtown on 3rd, Nationale is hosting a poetry reading with the Bad Blood hosts. That means I’m going to read new poems, and so is Joseph Mains, and so is Drew Swenhaugen. We’ll spike your coffee when you’re looking.