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Chelsea Werner-Jatzke on Structuring a Story after a Song

by Anca Szilagyi

As we prepare for The Furnace Says Goodnight, Kyle Getz is interviewing Furnace contributors about their past performances. Next up is Chelsea Werner-Jatzke! Please join us at Hollow Earth Radio on Friday, December 2 at 8 pm for a special collaborative performance and party. Without further ado:

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Photo: Daniel Carrillo

KG: How did you approach the selection and presentation of your work given the Furnace’s format of both a live and radio audience?

CWJ: I started examining intersections of audio and literature in 2013 while I was a Jack Straw writer. It was during my year there that I wrote “Sweet Nothing” as part of what was originally going to be a collection of stories using the form of a mix tape. Like key changes in a song, I am concerned with how emphasis and stress change meaning. The song “Oh, Sweet Nothing” is a great example of this for being lyrically repetitive. I knew I wanted to present “Sweet Nothing” in The Furnace’s format because it would embody the two strong interests I had—to distribute “Sweet Nothing” in a pamphlet-esque format (the piece is a manifesto, the first piece of literature from this fictional cult) and to incorporate the song that I wrote the story to. I’m not sure many people make the connection to The Velvet Underground just reading the story, even though I feel it is overt since the characters are the main actors in the song lyrics and the structure follows the verse, chorus, and bridge structure of the song very closely. I was really excited by the idea of emphasizing the connection to the song by including the audio in the reading. The hope I had for the live and radio audience was that they would feel sort of indoctrinated into this cult. Ideally I would love for this cult to exist outside of my fiction and gain followers.

KG:Looking back on your experience with the Furnace, what stands out most to you?

CWJ: The willingness of the Furnace and Hollow Earth Radio to go the distance stands out to me. I love the design of the chapbook, on one page Corinne took a single sentence, “So we say: Oh sweet Nothing. We have nothing, nothing at all,” and visually layered and faded it in a way that I feel really captures the way the song works and specifically the effect of the audio alongside the reading I gave. Something that the Furnace reading made me more aware of and that I’m still working on (and will likely always be working on) is the performative aspect of not just readings, but also the act of writing.

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The Furnace Says Goodnight

by Anca Szilagyi

final-facebook-coverFriends! After a four-year run the Furnace will say goodnight. We are so grateful to the Seattle literary community. Join us on December 2nd, 8-10 pm at Hollow Earth Radio, 2018 A E Union St, or listen online live at hollowearthradio.org

Party Details:

A performance of a single story
-Furnace writers are at work writing individual pieces that Corinne and Anca will weave into a single story and performed by the writers below, who we know you love.

Music Performances:
– Previous collaborators perform music
WINDOWS95SECONDEDITION (as seen with Anastacia Renee Tolbert)
The Shtick Figures (as seen with Lisa Nicholas Ritscher)

Contributing Writers and Performers:
Chelsea Werner-Jatzke
Lacey Jane Henson
Jeanine Walker
Catherine Smyka
Rae Diamond
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
Alan Sincic
Lisa Nicholas-Ritscher
Aaron Counts
Nancy Jooyoun Kim
Anastacia Tolbert
Buffy Aakaash
Christine Texiera

Corinne and Anca love you forever but we are in our 30s and need to finish our books.

The series often gave a platform to writers who were not yet properly recognized in Seattle who then went on to become mainstays at other literary events. The series also gave a few well-known area writers the opportunity to innovate how they perform their work. With a desire to create a larger literary community, The Furnace invited readers from outside Seattle, such as essayist Brenda Miller from Bellingham, Kathlene Postma from Portland and Alan Sincic from Florida. Hollow Earth’s broadcast of each event created a new accessibility to readings that some people might not be able to attend and reached listeners across the country.

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About The Furnace

The Furnace Reading Series is a quarterly event that highlights one prose writer at a time. The Furnace is performed in front of a live audience and broadcast online at Hollow Earth Radio in an effort to integrate an ever spreading community. To complete the experience, audience members can hold the story in their hands with a professionally designed chapbook of the performer’s work.

Furnace History
Anca Szilagyi: August 2012 More Like Home Than Home
Buffy Aakaash: October 2012 The Last Night at Manuela’s
Rae Diamond: January 2013 Three Songs
Kathlene Postma: May 2013 Fetch
Lacey Jane Henson: August 2013 Trigger
Catherine Smyka: October 2013 Don’t Mess With Straight Girls
Nancy Jooyoun Kim: February 2014 My Piles
Brenda Miller: May 2014 We Regret To Inform You
Chelsea Werner-Jatzke: August 2014 Sweet Nothing: A Manifesto
Aaron Counts: October 2014 What Happened to Peace?
Jeanine Walker: February 2015 Polarities
Lisa Nicholas-Ritscher: May 2015 Fake Books
Alan Sincic: August 2015 (in partnership with Big Fiction and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture) Sugar
Anastacia Tolbert: October 2015, The City
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore: February 2016, The Freezer Door
Christine Texeira: May 2016 Immanent Ghosthood

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 “Sweet Nothing” by Chelsea Werner-Jatzke

by Anca Szilagyi

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!