I just finished drawing my very first commissioned portrait. Alexis Smith, the author of Glaciers (Tin House 2012), and Islands (forthcoming, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), asked me to draw her portrait for her new author photo. I would like to continue to draw portraits for writers and artists to support myself while I take off from working to write a novel all winter and spring in France. If you’d like to commission a portrait from me, and help support me as I write, please send me an email.
Bianca Stone and Octopus Books and Tin House Books were total valentines because Bianca’s book of poems, Someone Else’s Wedding Vows, will be co-published by Octopus Books and Tin House Books in March. Watch Bianca’s video if you want proof. You’ll be able to pre-order it from our new website soon. I’ll let you know, of course, but maybe you should mark that down too.
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.