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Christine Texeira on Getting the Right Mood

by Anca Szilagyi

ChristineTexeira (1)As we prepare for The Furnace Says Goodnight, Kyle Getz is interviewing Furnace contributors about their past performances. Next up is Christine Texeria! Please join us at Hollow Earth Radio on Friday, December 2 at 8 pm for a special collaborative performance and party. Without further ado:

KG: Your piece, “Immanent Ghosthood,” features a father and daughter playing Mortal Kombat together. Why was this the right game for your characters to play at this moment in their relationship and in your story?

CT: Elle, the character that I follow through many stories, is very young in “Immanent Ghosthood.” Elle’s relationship with her father is something that floats dimly through most of her life. His presence is more ghostly, not physical — really only present in memories of these younger moments. There is something aggressive in absence that I had trouble conveying in stories with an older Elle. So, I had to go back and really put the physical father on the page. I remembered playing Mortal Kombat at that age. I remembered the strange, terrified movements of the characters in the opening screens as you choose your fighter. It reminded me of that anxiety I knew the older Elle was feeling in her other stories. In some ways the two of them playing the game is too on the nose. But it’s all in the way Elle remembers it. It’s really an oblivious attempt at connection from her father, somehow kind. But as the narrator tells it, through Elle’s memory, it stretches and contorts to reflect their future relationship. I always feel a little meanness with this story. Like I’m trying to tell Elle something awful that she doesn’t need to know just yet.

KG: You mentioned before your reading that you learned sound editing to get the Mortal Kombat effects that played along with your work. What was the process like for you? Did you find any parallels to fiction editing?

CT: Doing the sound editing was an excited and frantic process. I can certainly find parallels to fiction writing. I had a vision of exactly what I wanted it to sound like in the end, then proceeded to fail immensely at reaching that goal. Over and over. Layering and stripping sounds, all trying to get to the right mood. I imagine this first experience with sound editing is similar to my first attempt at writing a story. It was what it was but I look back on it with immense confusion. Where did that come from?

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Lacey Jane Henson on the Use of Sound Effects in Fiction Readings

by Anca Szilagyi

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

KG: You performed “Trigger” with added sound effects for The Furnace. Did you always imagine sound effects accompanying the piece as you wrote it? What was the process of developing the sound like?

LJH: I only imagined the sound effects after I got the invitation to read at The Furnace. I listen to a lot of radio, so I was kind of thinking of it like a radio play. I used the sound effects to help illustrate shifts in time and place, as well as for dramatic emphasis. First, I scored the story and edited it a bit, and then my friend Brian Cervino, who’s a musician, helped me bring the effects to life. I loved revisiting the story in this way, and was really happy with how the sound enhanced the performance.

KG: How did it feel to include other readers in your performance? How did change the work and the performance for you?

LJH: It was so much fun to have the other readers with me. I get a lot of stage fright, and having fellow performers up there with me really eliminated that. It was also so great to see my work actually performed by someone else–as fiction writers we rarely, if ever, get to have that experience.

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

Excerpt from “Immanent Ghosthood” by Christine Texeira

by Anca Szilagyi

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The final reading of the Furnace’s fourth season is next week! We’re excited to feature fiction from Christine Texeira. Here’s a taste of “Immanent Ghosthood,” which tells the story of a young girl, her father, their game of Mortal Kombat, and the mysterious sense of loss that between them hums:

He drove slowly and lit a cigarette. Elle worried about what might seep into the car through the window he rolled down. But only the smoke went out. It was like his ghost, willfully blown out over the water. It sunk down to the bottom, back to where there was dry dirt and foundation stone, and then emerged again from the river. The smoke then in the watery form of a man, dripping from his white button-up, pens in his chest pocket leaking and mixing, his glasses large and impossible to see through. Elle watched this form of her father sink back behind the railings of the bridge, allowing her eyes to refocus and hear the heaving breaths of the real watery man beside her.

Join us May 18 at 7 pm at Hollow Earth Radio, 2018 A East Union Street, or tune in online at hollowearthradio.org.

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!

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

The Furnace Residency: A Collaboration with Big Fiction

by Anca Szilagyi

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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!

Call For Submissions: The Furnace Neighborhood

by Anca Szilagyi

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

October 22: Aaron Counts

by Anca Szilagyi

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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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