The Furnace

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

The Furnace is Back with Catherine Smyka on October 10

by CM

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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

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”

by AS

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.”

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.

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