The Furnace

One Writer. One Story. Read to completion (with vigor).

May 9: Brenda Miller

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On Friday, May 9, at 7 pm, Brenda Miller, hero of the essay, will read “We Regret to Inform You”, a memoir told through rejection letters that explores the many “nos” we encounter in our lives and how we find or create for ourselves a yes.

Brenda is the author of  five books including Season of the Body as well as the co-author of Tell it Slant: Creating, Refining, and Publishing Creative Nonfiction. The recipient of six Pushcart prizes, Miller is a Professor of English and Director of Graduate Studies at Western Washington University and serves as the Editor-in-Chief of The Bellingham Review.

Join us live at the Hollow Earth Radio performance space at 2018 A East Union Street or tune in at hollowearthradio.org.

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The Furnace Family at #AWP14

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While The Furnace won’t be at AWP in an official capacity, we wanted to spread the word (and love!) about what our contributors and co-organizers will be up to. Come see our readings & panels!

Thursday, February 27

1:30-2:45 pm What’s Next? Pressures and Opportunities in Undergraduate Writing Programs: Audrey Colombe,  Kathlene Postma,  Janet Sylvester,  Abi Curtis,  Katharine Whitcomb. Room 2A, Washington State Convention Center, Level 2

4:30-5:45 pm New Fairy Tales from the North: Maya Sonenberg, Valerie Arvidson, Rikki Ducornet, and Anca Szilagyi. Room 3B, Washington State Convention Center, Level 3

8 pm- 10 pm Literary Bloggers Party: Andrew Ladd, Michael Nye, Wesley Rothman, and Anca Szilagyi. Canoe Social Club, 1423 10th Avenue, Studio C (next to Mo’s Bar).

Friday, February 28

8:30-10 pm A Night at the Victrola: Peter Mountford, Rita Banerjee, Diana Norma Szokolyai, Nancy Jooyoun Kim, Kevin Skiena, Jessica Day, Anca Szilagyi, Talia Shalev, Carrie Kahler, Dena Rush Guzman, Leah Umansky, & Lisa Marie Basile. Victrola, 411 15th Ave E.

Saturday, March 1

12:00-1:15 pm Afghan Women Writers Project: AWWP Writer Marzia & AWWP Director Lori Noack will host a panel highlighting AWWP’s work and impact. Readings by audience members and AWWP mentors Laynie Brown, Gabrielle Burton, Britt Gambino, Keya Mitra, Pat Mottola, and Kathlene Postma. Room 2A, WA Convention Center, Level 2

6:30-8:00 pm UNCW Alumni Reading: Kate Sweeney, Bill Carty, Corinne Manning, Eli Hastings, and Rochelle Hurt. Alibi Room, 85 Pike St.

On Writing Process with Nancy Kim

by AS

This Wednesday at 7 pm, Nancy Kim will read her essay “My Piles.” We did a little q&a with Nancy about her writing process.

The Furnace: Is the writing process different for you when writing fiction vs. nonfiction? How?

NK: I write fiction more often. It’s part of my routine or at least I’ve prescribed it to be. It’s work. Really hard work that I return to time and time again because of, you know…that thing De Beers invented—indestructible love.

I have a tendency to write nonfiction in a flash. It’s not premeditated. I don’t sit down to write nonfiction. It sort of sits me down.

The difference between them? I think of it like this:

When I write fiction, I go with my gut. When I write nonfiction, I am gut. Literally, that’s all that I am—guts.

With fiction, there’s plot (usually), a series of decisions that need to be made, and all of those decisions are motivated by what is true to that story—its characters, landscape, language, all of those lovely things that stick to the bones of what you’re trying to say.

Sure, you can be indecisive, just like you can in life, but then more likely than not, you end up chasing your tail. Why? Because you couldn’t choose which scent you wanted to follow.

For me, nonfiction is the scent. It’s what you produce. And it’s organic, that produce. It sounds easy, like some kind of emission, but it’s just the opposite—it’s the hardest thing in the world. “Who wants to hear about my dental work? So what, I never met my grandparents?”

Oh, yeah, and there’s also that big problem of trying not to hurt people you love.

You know, with fiction, it’s like: “Mom, I know that character sounds exactly like you, but it’s clear that she’s not you because…you have a different name. And, bonus point: you’re not blonde.”

And with nonfiction: “Mom, we have a problem.”

February 5: Nancy Kim

by AS

1395445_716832018346487_737212380_nSave the date for our first reading of 2014! On February 5 at 7 pm, Nancy Kim will read her gorgeous essay “My Piles”, about love, mortality, and “those sad nameless things that cannot be catalogued nor properly stored nor thrown away”. Kim’s writing has appeared in City Arts, Amerasia Journal, and on the Kenyon Review blog.

As always, the reading is free and open to the public, and handmade chapbooks of “My Piles” will be available for purchase.

The Furnace is Back with Catherine Smyka on October 10

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October 10 7 pm at Hollow Earth Radio

Catherine Smyka (of The Stranger, T/OUR, and Moth Story Slam Champion)

will read her essay “Don’t Mess with Straight Girls”

“I also didn’t know that I had spent the better part of my childhood and early adult life subconsciously seducing women. The girl who lived down the block. The other girl who rode the bus with me. The girl from Biology class. The girl from the newspaper office. The girl with the locker next to mine on the 2nd floor. The girl from softball. The coach from softball. Everyone from softball. The girl from my Homecoming group. My best friend freshman year. My best friend junior year. My best friend senior year. My college roommate. My other college roommate. My best friend’s girlfriend. If anyone had asked, I’d simply answered, ‘What? That girl? She’s just my really good friend. Really good friends hold hands, right?’”

Listen to Lacey Jane Henson’s story Trigger

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Missed Lacey’s gorgeous performance or want to experience it again? Have no fear! You can listen via soundcloud below. While you are there, subscribe to our soundcloud page so you’ll always have our latest events the moment they are uploaded.

 

 

Want a book to go with that experience? Buy a copy of Trigger off our Etsy page!

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October 10: Catherine Smyka

by AS

Thanks to all who attended and tuned in to Lacey’s beautiful reading! We’ll have a recording up soon, and we’re very excited to announce that we now have an Etsy store where you can buy a chapbook of her story “Trigger.”  Chapbooks from previous events will be available shortly.

Please save the date for our next event:

Catherine Smyka
Moth Story Slam Champion and Editor of T(OUR)
Thursday, October 10, 7 pm

Conversation with Lacey Jane Henson

by CM

This Thursday at 7 pm Lacey Jane Henson will read her story Trigger at Hollow Earth Radio.

We had a little q&a with Lacey to talk about point of view shifts in her story:

 

The Furnace: Trigger shifts between first and third person in a way so subtle that upon first read I didn’t even notice. Can you say something about this decision to play with point of view?

 

LJH: It was fun to revisit the story for The Furnace and realize how many of those shifts there were. It made it easy to bring in other readers for the performance, and also to play around with that even more, so the reading will be more balanced between the three of us.

I think part of the reason the shifts are so subtle is because I made them intuitively as I was writing. I had read a few screenplays around that time, and so that format worked its way into the story as both a thematic and structural element. I think it’s true, too, that the everything is still in the narrator’s voice, whether it’s in first or third person, and that adds to the subtlety as well. Using the third person helped illustrate her sense of remove, as well as her attempts to analyze her motivations and actions. She’s really trying to bore into what happened, and look at it from every angle, which includes trying to imagine herself from the outside.

Alphagraphics is a hero

by CM

We are so pleased and grateful that The Furnace books will live on! These hand made limited edition books are available at each Furnace event so you can hold the work being read/performed in your hands. Alphagraphics will provide printing for these books for the next four events.

 

Alphagraphics, we love you! Y’all should too.

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August 1: Lacey Jane Henson performs “Trigger”

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Save the date!

On August 1 at 7 pm at Hollow Earth Radio, we start our second season. Lacey Jane Henson will present her short story “Trigger.” Check out what Paul Constant wrote about us in the summer issue of The Stranger’s Arts & Performance Quarterly:

The Furnace Reading Series brings an outstanding author together with the weird aural hallucinations that sometimes appear on Hollow Earth Radio every now and again, just to see what happens. The resulting story is part radio play, part tone poem, and part memorable performance, and while they’re all archived online atthefurnaceseattle.wordpress.com, there’s something special about seeing the whole thing performed live. Tonight’s Furnace brings local author Henson to read her short story “Trigger.”

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