The Furnace

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

May 18: Christine Texeira

by Anca Szilagyi

Join us Wednesday May 18, 2016 as we present a performance of a short story by Christine Texeira at Hollow Earth Radio from 7-8 pm.

“Immanent Ghosthood” tells the story of a young girl, her father, their game of Mortal Kombat, and the mysterious sense of loss that between them hums. Christine Texeira received her MFA in fiction from the University of Notre Dame in 2014. She has been a reader for NorthNorthwest and currently works at Hugo House. Her work has appeared in Moss, and The Conium Review.

As always, the event is free, and chapbooks will be available for purchase.

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

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APRIL Book Expo

by Anca Szilagyi

Join us this Sunday from 11 am-5pm at Richard Hugo House for the fifth APRIL book expo! Come say hello and take a gander at our wares.

*~*~Bargain Basement Prices~*~ *

Current season chapbooks, 3 for $5 or 1 for $2! WHAT A STEAL!

Prior season chapbooks will be only $1! BONKERS!

In stock:

The City, a hybrid text by Anastacia Tolbert*

Fake Books, fiction by Lisa Nicholas-Ritscher

The Freezer Door, an elliptical essay by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore*

Polarities, a one-act play by Jeanine Walker

Sugar, fiction by Alan Sincic*

What Happened to Peace, fiction by Aaron Counts

*indicates current season

Nota bene: please bring cash!

Excerpt from Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore’s “The Freezer Door”

by Anca Szilagyi

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We’re getting real excited for Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore’s performance at Hollow Earth Radio! Here’s an excerpt from “The Freezer Door,” the essay she will be reading on February 17 and the third installment of The Furnace Neighborhood, featuring work in which setting plays a central role.

Walking through Tashkent in the morning and doesn’t that sound romantic, but really it’s just a tiny park of dirt and dogshit, someone comes rushing up to me and says I hope this doesn’t sound weird, but I saw you on the bus the other day, and I really liked the way you dress. No, that doesn’t sound weird at all. He looks like the awkward best friend from one of those movies in the ‘80s except he was probably born in the ‘90s—in a month he’s flying to Bangkok to travel through Southeast Asia because he doesn’t know what he’s going to do with his life.

And then, as I’m getting closer to the real park, Volunteer, I mean I like everything about this park except its name in honor of the volunteers in the Spanish-American War, the way colonialism is always there, even when we’re looking at the trees and just as I’m about to enter the park I hear someone saying hell-lo! I look over, and there’s an older woman with curly gray hair in a sleek silver car, slowing down to stop the car behind her, and I think she’s going to ask for directions, but instead she says YOU. LOOK. FABULOUS.

And then I get a rush through my body, this is what I’m looking for, this feeling of feeling what’s going on inside, me…

Join us on February 17 live at Hollow Earth Radio, 2018 A E Union Street, or tune in online at 7 pm PDT!

February 17: Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

by Anca Szilagyi

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Join us Wednesday February 17, 2016 as we present a performance of a hybrid work by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore  at Hollow Earth Radio from 7-8 pm.

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore  is most recently the author of a memoir, The End of San Francisco, winner of a 2014 Lambda Literary Award, and the editor of Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform, an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book.  Her elliptical essay ruminates on the complexities of desire and belonging in a shifting community.

This event is the third in the Furnace’s fourth season, riding the theme The Furnace Neighborhood, featuring work where setting plays a major role.

As always, the event is free, and chapbooks will be available for purchase.

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

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The Furnace Family at Lit Crawl

by Anca Szilagyi

Lit Crawl is next Thursday! While The Furnace won’t be there in an official capacity, we wanted to spread the word about what our contributors and co-organizers are up to. Come say hi!

6-6:45 pm

The James Franco Review
Capitol Hill Branch Library (Seattle Public Library), 425 Harvard Ave. E.
Highlighting underrepresented writers—i.e., pretty much everyone but Mr. Franco—JFR welcomes contributors Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, EJ Koh, Isaiah Swango, and Youth Poet Laureate Leija Farr. Founding editor Corinne Manning and Aaron Counts host.

Quick & Dirty: A Reading by Shotgun Wedding
Vermillion Art Gallery & Bar, 1508 11th Ave.
No tales of wedding horror here—just short fiction and poetry from local chapbook publisher Shotgun Wedding. With Stephen Danos, Anca Szilagyi, Sarah Gallien, Graham Isaac, and host and founding editor Amber Nelson.

7-7:45 pm

Cheap Wine & Poetry
Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave.
The long-running poetry series with buck-a-glass vino. Featuring poets Arlene Kim, Matt Gano, and Claudia Castro Luna, with host Jeanine Walker.

Good Sports
Vermillion Art Gallery & Bar, 1508 11th Ave.
Jay McAleer, Matt Kelsey, and Chelsea Werner-Jatzke read short stories and poems inspired by football, basketball, and other round-shaped things people move around for fun.

The Cabinet of Curiosities: Flashers
Sorrento Hotel, 900 Madison St.
Flash fiction about things that make us go “hmmm.” Hosted by Rebekah Anderson and Lars Garvey Laing-Peterson, with Kevin Emerson, Suzanne Morrison, and Mattilda Sycamore.

8-8:45 pm

Jacks-of-All-Trades
Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave.
Swapping roles for the night, multi-talented musician Adam Boehmer shares his poetry, poet Gary Lilley sings the blues, and prose writer Graham Isaac performs with rock band Freeway Park. Chelsea Werner-Jatzke hosts.

Join us at the After Party at Fred WildlifeRefuge!

Excerpt from Anastacia Tolbert’s “The City”

by Anca Szilagyi

Anastacia Tolbert’s performance is next week at Hollow Earth Radio! Here’s a taste of her hybrid work “The City,” which takes Seattle as its main character:

you will take a week in this city to be a member of the i get depressed in winter club. you will wear your orange dress because the experts in the city say wear a spot of color, they say it with ginger in their mouths, like a mixture between eor and mary poppins.

Join us live at 2018 E. Union Street on Wednesday October 7th, 7 pm or tune in to hollowearthradio.org at 7 pm PDT.11201865_1128279647201720_1500099205152925928_n

October 7: Anastacia Tolbert

by Anca Szilagyi

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Join us Wednesday October 7, 2015 as we present Anastacia Tolbert’s hybrid work “The City” at Hollow Earth Radio from 7-8 pm.

“The City” takes Seattle as its main character, exploring a range of moods and personas through visceral, textured prose. Who is visible here, amidst the rain? Who has the right to belong? Tolbert explores the intersections and contradictions between what The City wants and what The City is, weaving us toward some kind of home. 

Anastacia Renee Tolbert is a queer super-shero of color moonlighting as a writer, performance artist and creative writing workshop facilitator.  She is Hugo House’s poet-in-residence and she has received awards and fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Jacks Straw, Ragdale and Artist Trust. Her Chapbook 26 (2015, Dancing Girl Press), is an abbreviated alphabet expression of the lower and uppercase lives of women and girls. Her one-woman show 9 Ounces debuted at The Project Room this year. 

This event is the second in the Furnace’s fourth season, riding the theme The Furnace Neighborhood, featuring work where setting plays a major role. The rest of the season will feature Seattle-based artists writing about or around Seattle: Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore and Christine Texeira.

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UPDATE: Tolbert will be joined by industrial improv group WINDOWSNINETYFIVESECONDEDITION!

Alan Sincic on Theater and Fiction

by Anca Szilagyi

Headshot.bmpOver on the Hugo House blog, Alan Sincic talks about the intersections of theater and fiction, and the mysterious shadow wall he will use in his performance workshop at Scribes, Hugo House’s teen writing program. He also gives us a taste of “Sugar,” the story he will perform at Hollow Earth Radio. Check out his delightful advice and insights, then join us on August 13 at 7 pm PDT!

Here’s that taste of “Sugar”:

Gotta be a word to capture the flavor of this whole enterprise – and by that I mean not Sugar alone, but every last one of us here strapped onto this whirligig of a planet. Rusted? Busted? Not broken irreparably – that would be too easy, no, but stuck. Stuck with a promise of perfection that’s always and forever just short of the means to fulfill it — the bow without the string, the crippled wing, the rowboat stuck out there in the middle of the meadow. It’s like we all been permanently epoxied into a shape that bears no resemblance to the dashing photo on the front of the box, to the set of instructions – Japanese, English, Hottentot, Urdu – slid up under the lid with (like a Gideon’s Bible at a stripper’s retreat) such a touching naiveté. A kludge, that’s what we are, every damn one of us

Letter Pressing Chapbooks with Bremelo Press

by Anca Szilagyi

Last week, Heather Jacob of Big Fiction and Corinne visited Lynda Sherman’s Bremelo Press to create the covers for “Sugar,” Alan Sincic’s chapbook. Here are some pictures from that fun day. Join us on August 13 at Hollow Earth Radio at 7 pm to get your hands on the lovely final product and hear the story spring to life with Alan’s performance!

August 13: The Furnace Artist in Residence Alan Sincic performs “Sugar”

by Anca Szilagyi

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The covers of “Sugar” being ferried from Bremelo Press, where Big Fiction is produced.

On Thursday August 13, 2015  we join forces with Big Fiction to present Alan Sincic and his story “Sugar” at Hollow Earth Radio from 7-8 pm.

Told in crackling prose, “Sugar” is the story of a “hobo” of a guard dog, a “veritable dynamo of decay” whose escape pulls her human companions from motel and factory floor to film drive-in and steamed up Coupe Deville windows–to contemplations of love. The performance will feature an original soundscape created by Seattle filmmaker Stephen Anunson.

Alan Sincic’s fiction roams the borderland between children and adults, poetry and prose, the page and the stage. He currently teaches at OCSA and Valencia College. He was the winner of Big Fiction’s  2014 Knickerbocker Prize and he’s performed most recently at The Orlando International Fringe Festival.

Sponsored by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Florida based writer Alan Sincic is the first recipient of The Furnace Residency, a partnership between The Furnace Reading Series and the Seattle-based literary journal Big Fiction to introduce a writer from outside Seattle to the community. This launches the Furnace’s fourth season, riding the theme The Furnace Neighborhood featuring work where setting plays a major role. The rest of the season will feature Seattle based artists writing about or around Seattle: Anastacia Tolbert, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, and Christine Texeira.

Join us live at the Hollow Earth Radio performance space, 2018 A E Union Street, or tune in online at 7 pm PDT.

Connect with the event on Facebook.

This project could not happen without support from Seattle's Office of Arts & Culture. Thank you, OAC! We love you!

This project could not happen without support from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. Thank you, OAC! We love you!

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