Sunday, January 1, 2006

2006 Subtext Readings

December 6, 2006
Lidia Yuknavitch & James Tierney

Lidia Yuknavitch (Portland) is the author of three collections of short fictions-- Real to Reel (FC2, 2002), Her Other Mouths, and Liberty's Excess (FC2, 2000)-- and a book of criticism, Allegories of Violence (Routledge, 2000). She has been the co-editor of Northwest Edge: Deviant Fictions and the editor of two girls review. She teaches fiction writing and literature in Oregon.

James Tierney grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana. He graduated from Duke University in 1994 where he began writing fiction while studying under Joe Ashby Porter. He has an MFA from Brown University. Winner of the John Hawkes Memorial Prize in Fiction, over the last three years he has published fictions, critical essays, and a play in the Golden Handcuffs Review and in the annual journal P-Queue. A short play was translated into Polish and published in Lampa, the influential Warsaw-based magazine for contemporary art, music, and literature. He recently wrote the catalog essay on Wilhelm Sasnal for the Stedelijk Museum's 2006 Vincent Prize exhibition in Amsterdam, and another essay previewing the Chinati Foundation's 2006 Open House weekend in Marfa, Texas. Last year he collaborated with Sasnal on his film The River, in which he performed with the rock bands Helsinki and ANDY. He has worked as a print journalist in the west Texas border region and also had a small career as a Natural Language Processing encoder for artificially intelligent agents. In February he will be participating in the OPENPORT Real-Time Performance, Sound and Language Festival and Symposium at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. A former Seattle resident, he is currently based in Portland, Oregon.

November 1, 2006
Meredith Quartermain & Peter Quartermain

Meredith Quartermain's most recent book is Vancouver Walking (NeWest 2005) which recently received the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Her book of prose poems, A Thousand Mornings (Nomados 2002), is about Vancouver's oldest neighbourhood, the dockside area of Strathcona. She has a collaborative chapbook with Robin Blaser titled Wanders (Nomados 2002). Other chapbooks include Terms of Sale (Meow 1996), Abstract Relations (Keefer Street 1998), Veers (Backwoods Broadsides 1998), Spatial Relations (Diaeresis 2001), Inland Passage (housepress 2001), and The Eye-Shift of Surface (Greenboathouse 2003).

Peter Quartermain taught contemporary poetry and poetics at the UBC for over thirty years, retiring in 1999. Critical books include Basil Bunting: Poet of the North and Disjunctive Poetics. He has edited a number of books including Other: British and Irish Poetry Since 1970 (with the English poet Richard Caddel); and The Objectivist Nexus: Essays in Cultural Poetics (with Rachel Blau DuPlessis). He is currently writing his autobiography, Where I Lived and What I Learned There: Part I: Growing Dumb. Nomados published "1976: What I Did for Christmas" in 2005.

October 4, 2006
Mary Burger & Meg McHutchison

Mary Burger is an Oakland CA based writer, editor, and publisher. Her books include Sonny (Leon Works, 2005), The Boy Who Could Fly (Second Story Books, 2002). Her work is included in An Anthology of New (American) Poets (Talisman) and Technologies of Measure: A Celebration of Bay Area Women Writers (SPT, 2002). She is co-editor of the anthology Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative (Coach House), and of Narrativity, an online forum for theoretical writing on narrative. She edits Second Story Books, featuring cross-genre works of innovative narrative. From 1994-1999, she was co-editor of Proliferation, a journal of innovative writing. She lives in Oakland, CA. See

Meg McHutchison is a writer and filmmaker investigating the paradox of fixed forms and ephemerality. She recently completed her MFA-Interdisciplinary Art through Goddard College. Meg was the project director for the initial run of Teatro ZinZanni in Seattle. She is co-founder and president of the board of IFP/Seattle.

September 6, 2006

Bill Horist's improvised, prepared guitar work is informed by Hans Reichel, Fred Frith, and Henry Kaiser, but shows a unique style and personality. Since moving to Seattle in 1995, he has established himself as a noted improviser/performer along the West Coast and beyond. He has performed over 600 concerts in the past 9 years in the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Japan.

Horist improvises and composes for film, dance and theater as well. In the Fall 2002, he was composer in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts. There he developed a solo guitar score for University of Calgary choreographer, Davida Monk's "Lyric". He has also recorded pieces for an upcoming Italian theatrical production of Italo Calvino's "Invisible Cities".

The improvising music quartet HOWEVER brings together four players from very diverse backgrounds and experiences: Lori Goldston, cello; Angelina Baldoz, trumpet and flute; Jaison Scott; drums; and Torben Ulrich, text/voicing. Ulrich will perform vocal improvisations off of texts from his series, “Stilhedens Cymbaler” (“Cymbals of Silence”).

Founded in 2005, the Seattle-based However attempts to present a primarily contingent and spontaneous field of sounds, attempting to ride a fragile balance between sound, line and pulse, readily open and receding into a silence (which is never quite silent).


Born in 1963 in New York City, Lori Goldston studied with Aaron Shapinsky and at Bennington College. A frequent collaborator with choreographers, filmmakers and musicians from other disciplines, she has performed and/or recorded with Nirvana, David Byrne, Cat Power, and many others. She is co-founder of the Black Cat Orchestra and Spectratone International, which will release an album with Mirah on K records next year.

Born in Seattle in 1967, Angelina Baldoz has been an active multi-instrumentalist (trumpet, flutes, electronics) in and out of the Seattle area and abroad, performing and creating in the improvisational music scene as well as the dance community and, more recently, for film. She has collaborated with musicians and movement artists including Deborah Hay, Jason E Anderson, Linda Austin, Gust Burns, Lori Goldston, Ellen Fullman, Paul Hoskin. Angelina composed music for the film ‘Aliens Cut My Hair’ and also is an organizer for the Seattle Improvised Music Festival.

Born in Seattle in 1972, Jaison Scott has toured and recorded as a member of two additional Seattle bands: the heavy/experimental band Severhead (which has released the CDs "Severhead" in 2001 and "Acephal" in 2002); and the death-metal band Sindios (which recently released the CD "Modern Plagues"). He also was the drummer for the heavy-rock band Murray. His current work with However opens up to the years he’s devoted to the study of drummers from Elvin Jones to Hamid Drake.

Born in 1928 in Denmark, Torben Ulrich’s music background includes starting in the Copenhagen-based Delta Jazz Band on clarinet (being taught and scolded by Sidney Bechet) and later adding tenor saxophone and bass clarinet to two bands in his own name. He’s been writing and broadcasting over 50 years on jazz, contemporary music and culture; recording amongst others Albert Ayler and Sonny Rollins for Danish Radio; and performing and recording with the Danish avant-garde group Clinch from 2002 to 2004.

August 2, 2006
Philip Jenks & John Olson

Philip Jenks' poems have appeared in LVNG, Chicago Review, and Pulmonar. His first full-length book of poems, entitled ON THE CAVE YOU LIVE IN, was published by Flood Editions. More recently, Zephyr Press published MY FIRST PAINTING WILL BE "THE ACCUSER". He lives in Portland, OR.

Inspired speech recording its own fall into dead letter, the poems of Philip Jenks are strange, original, terrifying. A stuttered apocalypse, they affirm our fellowship with all matter while suffering divinity’s perpetual departure from our midst. —Benjamin Friedlander

John Olson is the author of FREE STREAM VELOCITY (2003), a collection of prose poems, and ECHO REGIME (2000) a collection of poetry, both from Black Square Editions; EGGS & MIRRORS (1999), a chapbook of vignettes & prose poems published by local printer Paul Hunter, at Woodworks Press; and LOGO LAGOON (1999), a collection of prose poems, from Paper Brain Press in San Diego. His essays, articles, literary criticism, poetry and short stories have appeared in numerous journals, including New American Writing, Talisman, Sulfur, First Intensity, American Letters & Commentary, the American Book Review, Denver Quarterly, 3rd Bed, 5 Trope, Bird Dog, Monkey Puzzle, The Raven Chronicles, the Seattle Weekly, and The Stranger. "Dylan Goes Magenta," an essay on Bob Dylan's Tarantula, appears online at Titanic Operas. His essay "Inebriate Of Air" appears in the anthology Writing On Air, from M.I.T. Press.

July 5, 2006
Ed Roberson & April DeNonno

Ed Roberson, teacher and former aquarium worker in Pittsburgh, has a new book, City Eclogue, from Atelos Press. Earlier books include Lucid Interval as Integral Music; Atmosphere Conditions (Sun & Moon); Voices Cast Out to Talk Us In (winner of the 1995 Iowa Poetry Prize); and Just In/Word of Navigational Challenges: New and Selected Poems (Talisman Books). Roberson lives in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Mr. Roberson lives in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Review of City Eclogue (Atelos, 2006) from Publishers Weekly
Alternately detailed and abstract, calmly attentive and angry about bad news, this set of short lyrics from Roberson (Atmospheric Conditions) describes urban verticality ("buildings/ modulate the blocks// upwards/ the city a sky of floors") and zeroes in on the New York metropolitan area in particular. His depictions include the detritus of so-called urban renewal, "From the project slabs leveled/ to the poor pride-kept and neat/ stands of/ old houses mowed down." They include, too, the sounds of black America, from "the street-talk birdcall of sucked teeth" to the disorienting jazz of Thelonious Monk. Lines like "Adventure somehow decides to bypass all the already," announces a modernist aesthetic which finds the basis for poetry anywhere. But however abstract he gets, Roberson never loses his sense of a personal voice, of a man talking (to himself or others) about the space in which we might try to live.

April DeNonno teaches contemporary literature, film, and cultural studies at Cornish College. Recent poems have appeared in the literary magazines Monkey Puzzle, Facture, and Fine Madness.

June 7, 2006
Ethan FUGATE and Daniel COMISKEY

Daniel Comiskey lives and works in Seattle. With Kreg Hasegawa, he edited Monkey Puzzle, a magazine of poetry and prose. He was a guest curator for the Subtext Reading Series in the fall of 2003, and worked as literary manager for The Poet's Theater, which produced readings of dramatic works written by poets including John Ashbery, e.e. cummings, Joyelle McSweeney, and Frank O'Hara. He has collaborated with other poets on a number of projects, the most recent of which is the long poem Crawlspace, written with C.E. Putnam and forthcoming as a chapbook (with bonus CD and 3-D glasses). Translations of Hu Xudong, produced in conjunction with Ying Qin, will appear later this year in the Talisman Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Poetry.

Ethan Fugate is the author of self published chapbooks "Pneumatics" and "The Weight of the Sea in a Lazyboy Next Door." His work has recently appeared in The Brooklyn Rail,, and poems from the "Lazyboy" series may be heard on Tangent Radio Ethan is the co-editor of the journal POM2. Ethan lives in Brooklyn with his beagle Coltrane and is currently finishing book length version of the "Lazyboy" poems.

May 3, 2006
Jules BOYKOFF and Kaia SAND

Jules Boykoff is the author of Once Upon a Neoliberal Rocket Badge (Edge Books, 2006), The Suppression of Dissent: How the State and Mass Media Squelch USAmerican Social Movements (Routledge, 2006), and Philosophical Investigations Inna Neo-Con Roots-Dub Styley (Interrupting Cow Press, 2004). He lives in Portland, Oregon where he teaches political science at Pacific University and co-edits the Tangent, a zine of politics and the arts .

Kaia Sand is the author of Interval (Edge Books 2004), as well as several chapbooks. She is the co-editor of the Tangent, a zine, pamphlet, and chapbook press with a dormant radio show. She is currently working on a manuscript called why this body decided to be left-handed. She lives and writes and learns in Portland, and she writes and learns and teaches elsewhere, including, this summer, in Bulgaria.

April 5, 2006
Mark TARDI and Sarah MANGOLD

Mark Tardi lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. His first book Euclid Shudders (Litmus Press, 2003) was a finalist for the National Poetry Series. More recently, two chapbooks have appeared: Airport Music (Bronze Skull Press) and Part First – Chopin's Feet (g o n g). His poems, essays and reviews can be found in Antennae, Aufgabe, Bird Dog, Jacket, Play a Journal of Plays, Review of Contemporary Fiction, and other periodicals.

Sarah Mangold received a BA in English literature from the University of Oklahoma and an MFA in creative writing from San Francisco State University. Her books include Blood Substitutes (Potes & Poets, 1998), Household Mechanics (New Issues, 2002, selected by C.D. Wright for the New Issues Poetry Prize), and Boxer Rebellion (g o n g, 2004). She is the recipient of an Individual Artist Award from the Seattle Arts Commission and a MacDowell Colony fellowship. She lives in Seattle and publishes/edits Bird Dog, a journal of innovative writing and art.

March 1, 2006
Jonathan BRANNEN and Adriana GRANT

Jonathan Brannen is the author of twelve collections of poetry and three collections of visual literature. His most recent books are Deaccessioned Landscapes (Chax Press, Tucson) and No Place To Fall (Sink Press, San Francisco, 1999). His poetry has appeared in more than 60 journals (most recently Tinfish, Situation, Texture, 6ix, Talisman, Juxta, DCPoetry, House Organ, and New Orleans Review) and a dozen anthologies. His short stories have appeared in Asylum Annual, Black Ice, Central Park, Fiction International, Degenerative Prose: Writing Beyond Category (FC2/Black Ice Books, 1995) and elsewhere. He currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota where he edits Standing Stones Press.

Adriana Grant is a visual artist and poet. Her work employs objects or lines that may be found on the street. Her poems have appeared in LIT, The Diagram, Bird Dog, Monkey Puzzle, and are forthcoming in 3rd bed. Her poetry won third prize in 3rd bed's First Annual Prize for Poetry and Fiction, selected by Rosmarie and Keith Waldrop. She is the recipient of an Artist Trust Grant for Artist Projects (GAP) for a two-week writing jaunt in New Orleans. Critical work has appeared in The American Book Review, The Stranger, Rain Taxi and Art Access. Her visual art has been seen at the Henry Art Gallery, Western Bridge, Consolidated Works and Bumbershoot. Collaborating with Kristen Ramirez and Dan Rhoads, she curated Catalog, an exhibit at SOIL Art Gallery in December 2005. Her work will be included in a group show at ArtsWest in April 2006. She grew up in small-town New Hampshire and has lived in Seattle since 1995.

February 1, 2006

Brian Evenson is the author of six books of fiction, including Altmann’s Tongue, Father of Lies, Contagion, and Dark Property. He is the recipient of a NEA Fellowship, an O. Henry Prize, and a Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award. His short fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, Conjunctions, The Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, Third Bed, The Southern Review, and a number of other magazines. He teaches in Brown University’s Creative Writing Program, and is a Senior Editor for Conjunctions. Evenson earned his Ph.D. in critical theory and English literature at the University of Washington.

Stacey Levine lives in Seattle and is the author of the award winning My Horse and Other Stories, and Dra – (a novel), both from Sun & Moon Press. Her new novel Frances Johnson is forthcoming from Clear Cut Press.

January 4, 2006
Lucy CORIN and Jeanne HEUVING

Lucy Corin is a fiction writer with particular interest in innovative narrative. Her stories have appeared in Ploughshares, Conjunctions, Fiction International, Southern Review and in anthologies such as Algonquin's New Stories from the South: The Year's Best (1997 and 2003), The Iowa Anthology of Innovative Narrative, and Serpent's Tail's Strictly Casual: Women on Love. Her novel, Everyday Psychokillers: A History for Girls was published by FC2 in 2004. She teaches at UC Davis.

Jeanne Heuving just won a Book of the Year Award from Small Press Traffic in San Francisco for her cross genre book Incapacity. Her recent poetry has been published in First Intensity, Bird Dog, Titanic Operas, Volt, Subtext Annual, and is forthcoming in 'A Right Good Salvo of Barks': Critics and Poets on Marianne Moore. She has published criticism on multiple avant-garde and innovative writers, including the book Omissions Are Not Accidents. She is currently finishing up a new critical book, The Transmutation of Love in Twentieth Century Poetry. She is on the editorial advisory board of HOW2 and a member of the Subtext Collective. She is on the faculty at the University of Washington, Bothell and Seattle.

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