Rock & Roll Reading @ AWP Seattle

Poster Final

My AWP itinerary includes a healthy dose of time at the Graywolf booth at the bookfair, and I’ll be heading up a panel on writers who are also critics, which will be incredible. But that’s the day job: by night, by which I mean Thursday night at 8 p.m., I’ll be reading with a full lineup of writers who are also rockers. Now that’s what I call fun. If you’ll be at AWP, be sure to check it out. Full details over at the event page on Facebook.

The official event description goes like so:

Twenty writers will read rock-and-roll-inspired fiction and nonfiction in rapid-fire rock-and-roll-style bursts: three to four minutes each, the length of a pop song.

Post-reading, some of the writers — led by our house band, Tigerlance — will play music of their own.

There’s no cover, the writers promise punkiness and perspicacity, Tigerlance will make your toes shimmy, and The Central Saloon — Seattle’s oldest bar — has its own rich place in rock and roll history.

Come for the readers, stay for the music. Feel free to mosh.

When: February, 27, 2014

Where: The Central Saloon, 207 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98127 (The Central is a mile from the Washington State Convention Center.)

Thanks to Dan Hoyt at K State for pulling this thing together. 


The big news around here is that I received a Minnesota State Arts Board grant for 2014. Shock and awe on the blog, I know. Among other things, this means I’ll be taking some time off work to hammer away at a manuscript of my own. I’ll also be putting together a reading featuring local emerging writers who are similarly neck deep in a long project. A sort of celebration of tunnel vision, you might say.

I’ll be assisted in my efforts by the good folk at the Loft literary center, who have these awesome writing studios I’ll be camped out at as much as I can manage. Here’s a pic of the incredible zero distraction spaces they have. Anatomy of the room: Chair, desk, lamp. Window that looks out on a brick wall. Separate reading chair. Doesn’t get better than that, I’m telling you. Wifi? Yep, but I don’t know the password, and I’m not about to ask. Which means they are essentially internet free. Distraction free spaces like this are hard to come by!


Expect periodic updates (i.e. detailed and excessive complaining) throughout the year, so watch this space.