FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FOURTH INSTALLMENT OF THE 1,000 WORDS READING SERIES: WORK
7PM MONDAY, MAY 5, 2008. FREE
THE MAIDEN, 639 SE MORRISON
CONTACT: MEL FAVARA 971-506-3340, mel.Favara@gmail.com
More info at http://1000wordspdx.blogspot.com
In this innovative reading series, five participants each present 1,000 words written for the occasion. Writers agree to produce 250 words per week for four weeks leading up to the reading; they are given a theme at the beginning (WORK, this time), and must include certain phrases and words in each weekly effort as capriciously assigned by the host. A variety of fresh works result from the writers’ wildly divergent interpretations of the prompts, and the rapid-fire presentation of short pieces really cooks. Reading:
Matthew Hattie Hein bikes to and from PSU, where he teaches English. He contributes to the PDX Writer Daily (www.pdxwriting.blogspot.com), and recently published musings on Portland hipster houses in Oregon Humanities magazine. His thoughts on the parlor game Psychic Dictionary appeared in the last issue of Verb, and he occasionally sings on 7" records.
Kate Kallal was born in the U.P. of Michigan, thought she’d teach James Joyce for the rest of her life, changed her mind about a month into grad school, went into the Peace Corps in 2004, taught English at a university in Ukraine, came home and was glad to be home, and was incredibly relieved and excited to get a job at Clark College.
Erin Ergenbright is a founder of the Loggernaut Reading Series and the co-author of The Ex-Boyfriend Cookbook. Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in anthologies, magazines and journals, including The Believer Magazine, Tin House, The May Queen: Women on Life, Love, Work and Pulling It All Together in Your Thirties, Indiana Review and Paste Magazine. Erin lives in Portland and teaches writing.
Lucie Bonvalet is a teacher of French at the Alliance Francaise, a regular contributor to the French art and culture zine Globulot, and a student of dance, Japanese and tai chi.
Travis Brown was born in Lincoln, Illinois. He earned his M.F.A. in poetry from New Mexico State University. His poems have recently appeared in Fence, Third Coast, Burnside Review, and West Branch. New poems are soon to land in Conduit.
Series curator Mel Favara will also read. She teaches English and hosts other literary hybrid events in Portland. Her work has appeared around.
Intermission music courtesy of We Play Quiet: two teenagers named Reid Trevarthen and Ethan Camp, from Vancouver, WA. They’re a lo-fi, energetic punk duo with post rock leanings, a schizophrenically varied repertoire, and a healthy dose of teen angst.