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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

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The Furnace Family at #AWP14

by Anca Szilagyi

While The Furnace won’t be at AWP in an official capacity, we wanted to spread the word (and love!) about what our contributors and co-organizers will be up to. Come see our readings & panels!

Thursday, February 27

1:30-2:45 pm What’s Next? Pressures and Opportunities in Undergraduate Writing Programs: Audrey Colombe,  Kathlene Postma,  Janet Sylvester,  Abi Curtis,  Katharine Whitcomb. Room 2A, Washington State Convention Center, Level 2

4:30-5:45 pm New Fairy Tales from the North: Maya Sonenberg, Valerie Arvidson, Rikki Ducornet, and Anca Szilagyi. Room 3B, Washington State Convention Center, Level 3

8 pm- 10 pm Literary Bloggers Party: Andrew Ladd, Michael Nye, Wesley Rothman, and Anca Szilagyi. Canoe Social Club, 1423 10th Avenue, Studio C (next to Mo’s Bar).

Friday, February 28

8:30-10 pm A Night at the Victrola: Peter Mountford, Rita Banerjee, Diana Norma Szokolyai, Nancy Jooyoun Kim, Kevin Skiena, Jessica Day, Anca Szilagyi, Talia Shalev, Carrie Kahler, Dena Rush Guzman, Leah Umansky, & Lisa Marie Basile. Victrola, 411 15th Ave E.

Saturday, March 1

12:00-1:15 pm Afghan Women Writers Project: AWWP Writer Marzia & AWWP Director Lori Noack will host a panel highlighting AWWP’s work and impact. Readings by audience members and AWWP mentors Laynie Brown, Gabrielle Burton, Britt Gambino, Keya Mitra, Pat Mottola, and Kathlene Postma. Room 2A, WA Convention Center, Level 2

6:30-8:00 pm UNCW Alumni Reading: Kate Sweeney, Bill Carty, Corinne Manning, Eli Hastings, and Rochelle Hurt. Alibi Room, 85 Pike St.

On Writing Process with Nancy Kim

by Anca Szilagyi

This Wednesday at 7 pm, Nancy Kim will read her essay “My Piles.” We did a little q&a with Nancy about her writing process.

The Furnace: Is the writing process different for you when writing fiction vs. nonfiction? How?

NK: I write fiction more often. It’s part of my routine or at least I’ve prescribed it to be. It’s work. Really hard work that I return to time and time again because of, you know…that thing De Beers invented—indestructible love.

I have a tendency to write nonfiction in a flash. It’s not premeditated. I don’t sit down to write nonfiction. It sort of sits me down.

The difference between them? I think of it like this:

When I write fiction, I go with my gut. When I write nonfiction, I am gut. Literally, that’s all that I am—guts.

With fiction, there’s plot (usually), a series of decisions that need to be made, and all of those decisions are motivated by what is true to that story—its characters, landscape, language, all of those lovely things that stick to the bones of what you’re trying to say.

Sure, you can be indecisive, just like you can in life, but then more likely than not, you end up chasing your tail. Why? Because you couldn’t choose which scent you wanted to follow.

For me, nonfiction is the scent. It’s what you produce. And it’s organic, that produce. It sounds easy, like some kind of emission, but it’s just the opposite—it’s the hardest thing in the world. “Who wants to hear about my dental work? So what, I never met my grandparents?”

Oh, yeah, and there’s also that big problem of trying not to hurt people you love.

You know, with fiction, it’s like: “Mom, I know that character sounds exactly like you, but it’s clear that she’s not you because…you have a different name. And, bonus point: you’re not blonde.”

And with nonfiction: “Mom, we have a problem.”

February 5: Nancy Kim

by Anca Szilagyi

1395445_716832018346487_737212380_nSave the date for our first reading of 2014! On February 5 at 7 pm, Nancy Kim will read her gorgeous essay “My Piles”, about love, mortality, and “those sad nameless things that cannot be catalogued nor properly stored nor thrown away”. Kim’s writing has appeared in City Arts, Amerasia Journal, and on the Kenyon Review blog.

As always, the reading is free and open to the public, and handmade chapbooks of “My Piles” will be available for purchase.