Well, with teaching and writing and more teaching and more writing and more parenting, man I've been away awhile. But welcome to our upcoming reading! We're celebrating a year of fastidious writing and reading while drinking wine, etc. Here's the press release for our reading on Monday, November 3--come out and take your mind off of the election the next day!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 1,000 WORDS ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY READING AND MATTHEW HATTIE HEIN BON VOYAGE PARTY
7PM, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3 AT THE MAIDEN, 639 SE MORRISON STREET (503-232-5553)
CONTACT: MEL FAVARA, 971-506-3340, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please join the 1,000 Words Reading Series for our one-year anniversary and local all-around performer Matthew Hattie Hein’s bon voyage party. Four great writers—Matthew Hattie Hein, Kristy Athens, Parker Staley, and Geneva Chao, will each read four tiny pieces written for the occasion over the past month, based on a set of prompts and arbitrary rules provided by series curator Mel Favara on the theme TRANSIT. It will be fast and fancy if not furious. Vancouver emo-punk trio We Play Quiet will also play.
Geneva Chao's work has appeared in Satellite Telephone, Boxkite, Aught, Transfer, Diagram, Can We Have Our Ball Back?, and a host of other magazines you may not have heard of. Her chapbook National, Anthem is forthcoming from Oakland's Taxt Press. She is hoping for a Bay Bridge series in 2009 and agrees with Marianne Moore about baseball: "Studded with stars in belt and crown,/the Stadium is an adastrium./O flashing Orion,/your stars are muscled like the lion."
Kristy Athens is a freelance writer and editor who writes short fiction from a small farm near Husum, Washington. She coordinates the Columbia Center for the Arts Plein Air Writing Exhibition and serves on the board of the Hood River County Cultural Trust. From 1999 to 2006, she ran the Oregon Book Awards and Oregon Literary Fellowships programs of Literary Arts. Her work has been published in a number of magazines, newspapers and literary journals, including Poor Mojo’s Alamanc(k), 2 Gyrlz Quarterly apt and forthcoming in Greenbeard.
Parker Staley was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a descendant of British Lieutenant Robert Maynard, who struck the first of the blows that felled Blackbeard. Also, he (not Maynard) almost drowned in the Deschutes once, as a child, some time ago. He has an MFA from New Mexico State University.
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.
We Play Quiet: August, 2006 saw the birth of a fantastic thing. I'll give you a hint: it wasn't babies. We Play Quiet is the trio of Zachary Holcomb, Reid Trevarthen, and Ethan Camp playing their own blend of the 80's, the 90's, the Weakerthans, and Weezer. This will be their fourth installment of 1000 Words; as usual, they have written a song that includes all of the prompts, in order.