The Furnace

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

Listen to Kathlene Postma’s story Fetch at the Furnace

by CM

In case you missed it or just want to hear it again, check out Kathlene Postma’s story on soundcloud. Go ahead an subscribe to the page while you are at it. We’ll be updating with other recordings soon. 


See you at the next Furnace on August 1!

The Bushwick Book Club Presents Original Music Inspired by The Furnace – Video

by AS

Back in March, we teamed up with The Bushwick Book Club Seattle for the APRIL festival. Three musicians wrote and performed three absolutely lovely songs inspired by the three pieces we’ve presented so far. Check out the videos here, and stay tuned for the recording of Kathlene Postma’s performance, which is still giving us chills.

On Navigating Words and Life

by AS

Fetch: noun:  The distance traveled by wind or waves across open water; the distance a vessel must sail to reach open water.

Kathlene Postma’s performance of “Fetch” is this Thursday at 7 pm, at the Hollow Earth Radio performance space. The story’s title comes from a nautical term (definition above) and is one of several terms that organize the story. I asked Kathlene about it in anticipation of her reading.

AS: How did you come to use nautical terminology as headings for the sections of “Fetch”? Did the terms come before the story? Did the story call for the terms?

Kathlene Postma: Great question! The nautical terminology and the story “Fetch” grew up together.  My husband and I are both teachers, and we have three school-age daughters.  Every day at least one or more persons in my house are memorizing terms or figuring out how to explain them.  In this story Georgia, the central character tries to understand something as mammoth as Lake Superior while also struggling with the results of a terrible car accident.The funny thing about words and their definitions is the way in which a person comes to comprehend them.  Our lives are layered with seemingly random but powerful impressions and events–a car accident, a new town, a shattered foot–and those can saturate abstract words or principles we might be memorizing in school.  If you teach, you spend most of your time organizing knowledge for a group of students, but what happens creatively within that organization is unique to each student.  You can’t control what an individual does with the information you provide or the way it integrates into who she or he is becoming. There is a magic in how that works.  With this story I try to explore the illogical beauty of the process.  For Georgia, the nautical terms are peripheral–she merely learns them to help another teacher–but they help organize for the reader the direction her life takes.

From “Fetch” by Kathlene Postma

by AS

Here’s a tiny taste of Kathlene’s gorgeous story “Fetch,” which she’ll read at Hollow Earth Radio in just one week!

It seemed as if she had been the one to die, so light she felt, so porous and open to the snowy sky. When the surgeon explained she was fortunate to still have her leg, she fixated on a hawk that hung every day over a nearby cornfield. It seemed frozen in the air.

The Furnace #4: Kathlene Postma

by AS

We return Thursday, May 16 at 7 pm with fiction writer, poet, essayist and Silk Road Review editor Kathlene Postma. Postma will read her rich, riveting story “Fetch” as Portland-area musicians Cayla Davis and Margaret Schimming weave through the telling a “sound and fury” of instruments and voice. Set along the crackling, icy shore of Lake Superior, drawing on nautical terminology and their definitions, and featuring a mysterious sea beast, “Fetch” tells the haunting story of a car accident and its aftermath. Postma’s writing has appeared in ZyzzyvaLos Angeles ReviewWillow Springs, and other magazines. As always, the event is free and open to the public.

The details again:

Thursday, May 16, 7-8 pm

Hollow Earth Radio performance space

2018 A E. Union St., Seattle, WA 98122

Or listen live online!

At APRIL: The Bushwick Book Club Seattle Presents Original Music Inspired by The Furnace

by AS

Come see us at APRIL’s Small Press Expo this Saturday, 11 am-4 pm at Richard Hugo House. We’ll have a table full of chapbooks and CDs from previous performances, and there’ll be a whole slew of other wonderful small publishers to check out. Annnd, be sure to see our event in the Hugo House theater 1:30-2:30. Musicians from the Bushwick Book Club Seattle have written original music inspired by the three pieces we’ve featured so far.

The performers:

Bradford Loomis marries grit and melody to dig to the roots of American folklore and speak of the raw reality of the human condition with soul, passion, and hope. Bradford will perform original music inspired by Anca Szilágyi’s story “More Like Home Than Home.”

On her critically acclaimed 2010 album, “Roses Guide to Time Travel”, Oklahoma native Nancy K. Dillon mapped the road West; the dusty highways that conjure up images like Kerouac’s road trips, traveling dustbowl carnivals, and free-spirited 70s hipsters. Inspired by Oklahoma/Texas troubadours Townes Van Zandt, Eric Taylor, and Kevin Welch, Dillon’s songs are short stories about the various characters that populate rural American life, as well as her own travels through the American West and beyond.  2013 will bring the release of Dillon’s latest creative sonic efforts in songs inspired by her exploration mapping her family’s origins throughout Scotland, Ireland, England and the New World on a brand new CD entitled “Game of Swans”. Nancy will perform original music inspired by Buffy Aakaash’s play “The Last Night at Manuela’s.”

Katrina Kope is a Seattle based singer/songwriter that has performed in and around the area for over 10 years as the Katrina Kope jazz Quartet, Soul/R&B with Soul Kata, and Reggae with Leisure Sounds and Roll:One. Currently, Katrina co-hosts the all improve “Sing it Live” Jam for vocalists at the Seamonster and is about to release an album with her pop/electronic band, Purr Gato. Katrina will perform original music inspired by Rae Diamond’s essay “Three Songs.”

MP3 of Three Songs

by CM

Here is a beautiful recording of Rae Diamond and Jessika Kenney’s performance at The Furnace on January 16.

On Sound and Writing with Rae Diamond

by CM

We’re only two days away from Rae Diamond’s reading of Three Songs at Hollow Earth Radio and I got the chance to ask Rae a question about her essay, which is an apocalyptic essay about a musician’s experience of sound.

Furnace: In the essay you discuss this moment where you and the chimera become one being– a kind of complete instrument. Was there a moment like that for you in writing this particular piece– where you and the essay became one or is that phenomenon reserved for sound?

Rae Diamond: Absolutely yes!  The essay & I became one at many points – most especially after long periods of stuck-ness, followed by profound inspiration & flow.  This happened with each of the three sections, all in different ways, & from different sources of breakthrough. Writing is completely different from playing music, although not so terribly different from composing music.  The kind of fusion I experience when playing music is much more intense for me because there is a different kind of immediacy.  Music is an art-form that occurs in time, whereas writing – although it takes time to write & to read – does not occur in that same timespace.  In fact, through writing, you can very easily stretch or shorten time, as well as travel into the future & into the past.  Playing music is not like this.  The musician makes notes, & those notes cannot be erased.  Although they all disappear, they are in the moment indelible.  For me, this applies a kind of pressure I do not feel when I write, compose, draw, or paint.  While I may get swept up in a similar way in any of these creative processes, losing track of time, & entering some kind of altered state, the state I enter when I play music – especially in a recording or performance setting – instills a sense of imperative that the other arts do not for me.  This makes music-playing for me more exciting, terrifying, challenging & exhilarating than other arts.

Sneak Peak of January 16th Furnace

by CM

Rae Diamond will read her essay “Three Songs” with vocalist Jessika Kenney. We know we are in for quite a sound experience, and Rae made us a recording that serves as a little taste.


Wednesday January 16th, 6 pm

2018 E. Union Street– Live! In house event.

Or listen on line:

The Furnace #3

by CM

Get ready for a pretty wild experience with sound and language!


Essayist and musician Rae Diamond with vocalist Jessika Kenney

January 16, 2013

Hollow Earth Radio

2018 A. East Union St. 



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