As Laura Moulton's narrator might say in her upcoming novel, "Oh my heck!"
Despite the lag here, 1000 Words has been rocking forward into the new decade with readings themed "Lies" and "Resolve" and others. And we have another reading coming up the first Monday in May, themed "Quitting," and starring the great Frayn Masters. Stay tuned for details.
In the interim, I've been teaching like crazy, and I just MC-ed the terrific Read to Rebuild Haiti benefit hosted by Portland Reading Local and the Writer's Dojo at their beautiful space in St. Johns. We raised over $1,000 for Mercy Corps, and Tom Spanbauer, Ariel Gore, Kevin Sampsell, Margaret Malone, Ben Parzybok, and Laura Moulton all read incredible work, which the friendly crowd appreciated.
In other news, after an absence, our house band, We Play Quiet, has returned--frontman Ethan Camp decided that Hampshire College was "the place rich people with no vision dump their weird kids," and came back west to study English at Western Washington University. Atta boy, Ethan.
We're still shopping for one more reader for May--hit me up if you know a genius.