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August 21: Chelsea Werner-Jatzke

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10447836_869885856374435_4005484198034646084_nThe Furnace will launch its third (!) season with Chelsea Werner-Jatzke‘s “Sweet Nothing” on Thursday, August 21, 7-8 pm at the Hollow Earth Radio Performance Space, 2018 A East Union Street. Inspired by the Velvet Underground, “Sweet Nothing” is the chilling story of a fictional cult, told in the form of a manifesto pamphlet.

Werner-Jatzke was a 2013 Jack Straw Writer, is a 2014 EDGE Artist Trust Graduate, and a Ragdale Foundation Resident. She is co-founder of Till, an annual writing retreat at Smoke Farm in Arlington, WA and her work is actively appearing all over the place, near and far, such as: SpringGun Press, Pif, Psychopomp, Beecher’s Magazine, Pacifica Literary Review, and Extract(s).

Join us live at Hollow Earth or tune in online.

Connect to the event on Facebook.

City Arts Previews Brenda Miller’s Reading

by AS

Brenda Miller is coming down from Bellingham tomorrow for your listening pleasure. Here is a lovely write up in City Arts 

Aside from her six Pushcart Prize-winning essays, her work as the editor in chief at The Bellingham Review and her day (and night) job of teaching creative non-fiction at Western Washington University, Miller is famous for coining the widely used term “the hermit crab essay.” – See more at: http://www.cityartsonline.com/articles/brenda-miller-jumps-furnace#sthash.yzklgRzc.dpuf

See you tomorrow at 7 pm at Hollow Earth Radio, 2018 A E Union Street, or at hollowearthradio.org.

Excerpt from “We Regret to Inform You” by Brenda Miller

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We’re getting excited about Brenda Miller’s performance of  “We Regret to Inform You”! Originally published in The Sun, this memoir-in-rejection-letters explores the many “nos” we encounter in our lives and how we find or create for ourselves a yes. As a special touch, we’ve invited previous Furnace contributors such as Catherine Smyka and Nancy Kim as well as performers like Elissa Ball to participate in the reading of this piece.

Here’s a taste:

April 12, 1970
Dear Young Artist:
Thank you for your attempt to draw a tree. We appreciate your efforts, especially the way you sat patiently on the sidewalk, gazing at that tree for an hour before setting pen to paper, and the many quick strokes of charcoal you executed with enthusiasm. But your smudges look nothing like a tree. In fact, they look like nothing at all, and the pleasure and pride you take in the work are not enough to redeem it. We are pleased to offer you remedial training in the arts, but we cannot accept your “drawing” for display.
 
With Regret and best wishes,
The Art Class
Andasol Avenue Elementary School

See you Friday, May 9!

May 9: Brenda Miller

by AS

 

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.

Connect with the event on Facebook

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.

February 5: Nancy Kim

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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

by CM

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

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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.
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