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The Furnace Residency: A Collaboration with Big Fiction

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We are very excited to launch a new collaboration with the Seattle-based literary journal Big Fiction. Thanks to a grant from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Alan Sincic is the first recipient of The Furnace Residency. The project will introduce Alan to the Seattle literary scene and highlight the power of storytelling. Alan, winner of Big Fiction’s novella contest, will travel from Florida to perform a new piece with The Furnace Reading Series on August 13. He will partner with Seattle sound designer Stephen Anunson to create a multi media performance that merges literature and theater. An accomplished actor and teacher, Alan will also be leading a performance workshop for teens through Hugo House’s Scribes program the day before this event.

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.

Since both The Furnace and Big Fiction focus on expansive stories–literary works that have few venues in a landscape where brevity reigns–we’re stoked for this new collaboration. As the Furnace reaches to expand the richness of the Seattle community, nationally recognized Big Fiction looks forward to reaching more Seattle based writers and readers. This project will create a new opportunity for stories to come to life beyond the page. Alan Sincic’s performance at Hollow Earth Radio is free and open to the public. The youth workshop will take place before his performance and will encourage more youth to attend this all-ages event.

Please join us on Thursday, August 13 at Hollow Earth Radio!

A Story Turned Rock Opera: Excerpt from “Fake Books” by Lisa Nicholas-Ritscher

by AS

Our next event, Lisa Nicholas-Ritscher’s story-turned-rock opera “Fake Books” is in just one week! Join us on May 14 at 7 pm, live at Hollow Earth Radio, 2018 E. Union Street, or online at hollowearthradio.org. Lisa’s bringing her klezmer troupe–get ready for tubas!

Here is a taste of what you’re in for:


Abstract: The anatomy of the Three Selves in the boom-and-bust town of Leavenworth, WA.

 

Background: “Everyone has three selves: the public self, the private self, and the secret self. “ —Gabriel Garcia Marquez

 

Results: The folk of the failing town pulled off an amazing feat of reinvention and risk; they restyled their entire, northwestern backwater town after a village in Bavaria. As the new facades, frontages, porticoes, and Mai pole were erected; a new public self was also constructed:  a persona, a version of the town meant for outsiders to view. It was a literal decision for two-facedness. Relative to the outside world, Leavenworth became a town that requires an audience.

 

Conclusion: In America’s Bavarian Village, one must don a costume, a dirndl or lederhosen, to work the tourist crowds. The secret life hides behind an extra layer of fake.

May 14: Lisa Nicholas-Ritscher

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11061222_1032652336764452_2079847187134484052_oJoin us Thursday, May 14 for the story-turned-rock-opera “Fake Books” by Lisa Nicholas-Ritscher  from 7-8 pm  at the Hollow Earth Performance Space at 2018 A East Union Street. 

From the traditions of klezmer music, to the oompah music of her themed, facaded hometown of Leavenworth, Lisa Nicholas-Ritscher’s “Fake Books” explores public personas, secret selves, artifice, ardor, and amateurism in life, love, and art.

Lisa Nicholas-Ritscher is a writer raised in rural Washington State and now works as a copy editor in Seattle. She was recipient of the University of Washington’s Milliman Scholarship and the David Guterson Prize for fiction and has work published in Pacifica Literary Review and DIAGRAM. Lisa is currently working on a collection of collage essays about childhood in the small, Bavarian Village-themed town of Leavenworth, WA.

Join us live at the Hollow Earth Radio performance space or tune in at hollowearthreadio.org at 7 pm PST.

Call For Submissions: The Furnace Neighborhood

by AS

We’re looking for  essays, fiction, and hybrid work that takes place in Seattle, particularly where the setting is a major aspect of the story. Though previously unpublished work is preferred, we will still consider work that has been previously published. Just let us know.

The Furnace takes place at Hollow Earth Radio, an independent radio station with a performance space. This is an opportunity to present your work in innovative ways. In what ways can the actual performance of the work enhance the written work? In the past authors have worked with musicians, vocalists, or created soundscapes that bring the piece to life. This is more than playing a song behind you as you read. It’s an opportunity to engage and tell a story, and as audience members, we can’t wait to listen.

To submit

We need a few things from you:

  1. A cover letter that explains ideas for performance and why The Furnace seems like the right venue for this piece.
  1. Please attach your story as a word document. Make sure your name, and word count appear at the top.
  1. Please include the genre and setting of the work in the subject line of your email. For example, “Fiction, Othello” or “Essay, Aurora Avenue” or “Hybrid, Cascade”.

Word count: between 4 and 6,000 words

Email to thefurnaceseattle@gmail.com

DEADLINE: June 1, 2015

Excerpt from “Polarities” by Jeanine Walker

by AS

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We’re only two weeks away from our event featuring “Polarities” by Jeanine Walker! Here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite:

CHRIS
I’m no mood to eat a pocket.

JEANINE
I don’t feel like eating a pocket. Who wants to eat a pocket?

Join us live at Hollow Earth Radio or tune in online at hollowearthradio.org on February 18, 7 pm PDT. As always, the event is free and chapbooks of “Polarities” will be available for $2.

February 18: Jeanine Walker

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Join us February 18, 7-8 pm for Jeanine Walker’s play “Polarities”, the first Furnace of 2015!

Teen siblings swat at flies, greet annoying classmates, drink milkshakes, and philosophize one night in 1993 at a Friendly’s in south central Pennsylvania. This encounter, transcribed verbatim by Jeanine Walker and her brother over twenty years ago will be brought to life with the aid of  multiple performers (yes, including the original brother) and live sound effects.

Jeanine Walker is the host of Cheap Wine & Poetry and Cheap Beer & Prose at Hugo House. Her poetry has been published in Cimarron ReviewCream City ReviewNarrativePageBoyWeb Conjunctions, and other journals. She has a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston and for the past five years has been the manager of the Writers in the Schools Program at Seattle Arts & Lectures. Front woman of the Drop Shadows, she is co-founder of Buddy & Buddy Productions and host of Mixed Bag, their live, webcast variety show.

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

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Excerpt from “What Happened to Peace?” by Aaron Counts

by AS

We’re excited to see Aaron Counts perform his story “What Happened to Peace?” with sound design by his son! Here’s a little taste of what’s in store this Wednesday night at 7:

 I watched each car inch forward towards the corner, where the man met the eyes of each driver with a wide smile and a nod. On corners like this, I usually sat comfortably anonymous behind the heavy tint on my windows, but this time I rolled down my window to get a better look.

See you at Hollow Earth Radio, 2018 A E Union Street, or tune in to hollowearthradio.org at 7 pm PDT this Wednesday, October 22!

October 22: Aaron Counts

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Please save the date for our fall 2014 event! On October 22 at 7 pm, Aaron Counts will read his story “What Happened to Peace” at the Hollow Earth Radio Performance Space, 2018 A E Union Street.

A chance encounter between a commuter and a panhandler takes a startling turn in Counts’ story “What Happened to Peace.” Aaron Counts  was recently selected by 4Culture to be a lead engagement artist for their Creative Alternatives pilot. He has written and read with professors, prisoners, dropouts & scholars. He is the co-author of the book length curriculum Reclaiming Black Manhood, and lecturer on the subject of race and social justice. Aaron is an artist-in-residence with the Writers-in-the-Schools program, and the lead artist with King County’s Creative Alternatives Program, which uses art to reduce the number of kids we lock away in detention. Aaron’s writing has recently appeared in Specter Magazine, Bestiary, Aldebaran Review and Rufous City Review, though his first publication was on an old Kenmore refrigerator on 7th Street in Yakima. He holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia.

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Excerpt from “Sweet Nothing” by Chelsea Werner-Jatzke

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Our third season kicks off next Thursday, August 21 with Chelsea Werner-Jatzke‘s Velvet Underground-inspired “Sweet Nothing,” a manifesto pamphlet about a fictional cult. Here’s a little taste of what you’re in for next week.

“Without choice the writer received, through their arrest records and interviews, over the course of two weeks, the truth presented here to guide all of us, alone.”
 
“So we say: Oh Sweet Nothing. We have nothing, nothing at all.”

Join us at Hollow Earth Radio’s performance space at 2018 E Union Street, or tune-in live here, on August 21, 7-8 pm PST!

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).

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