Monday, September 27, 2010

September 25th Readings, Baltimore Book Festival

Thanks for visiting us at the Baltimore Book Festival! We had a great group of readers to kick off the fall and great weather as well. Here, Michael Kimball emcees and also reads an excerpt from a work-in-progress:

Jen Michalski reads an excerpt from her novella, MAY-SEPTEMBER (Press 53, 2010)

Jon Cotner and Andy Fitch read a selection from their co-authored book, Ten Walks/Two Talks (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010)

Paula Bomer reads a story from her forthcoming story collection, Baby (Word Riot Press, 2010)

Justin Kramon reads an excerpt from his novel, Finny (Random House, 2010)

Aryn Kyle reads a story from her collection, Boys and Girls Like You and Me (Scribner, 2010)

Next month (October 16th), we'll be back at Minas Gallery. Don't miss Brian Evenson, Carolyn Parkhurst, Joanna Howard, Matt Bell!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Live Preview of Unsaid #5

We had a live preview of Unsaid #5 at the 510 Readings. The issue will be with us soon. In the meantime, I started the live preview by holding up Unsaid #4 and talking about what a behemoth it is. Then I introduced myself and read from Dear Everybody because I left the pages for the new thing that I was going to read at home on my desk. People called out years and subject matter (tornado, pancakes) and I found pieces that matched.

Next up was Kate Wyer who read four shorts, including work from Unsaid #5 and a new piece that reminded us "to press where it hurts." I think I've messed up the line, but the sentiment stands.

Then we took a break and people talked with each other.

Then Kim Calder read five pieces of work, the first of which is called "After Adorno" and is so good that it was distracting in that I couldn't stop thinking about it, trying to rehearse the lines so that I didn't forget them.

The live preview of Unsaid #5 ended with Andy Devine giving a reading unlike any that you have ever heard before unless you have heard Andy Devine read before. It was amazing.