The Furnace

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Rae Diamond on the Musicality of Language

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 up is Rae Diamond! 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: The sound that accompanied your piece, “Three Songs,” added a new level of depth, such as when you used the phrase “perfection of silence,” while a note played in the background. Can you describe your creative process and how you combine words and sound in your work?

RD: Words, sound and music are intrinsically interrelated in my mind. I explore this inherent interrelation by speaking and singing words slowly and repeatedly until I lose all sense of their meaning. I also consider the roots of words and the sounds of those ancient words-within-the-word. In addition to adding nuances of meaning, roots of words interest me because older languages were overtly musical – lilting with song-like shifts of pitch. The English language has traveled far from its musical roots, and I harbor a deep curiosity about creating a new experience of musicality in our language. I hear this potential as percussive and angular rather than the soothing lullaby quality of Old English. I seek a musical language of matured beauty.

KG: What experience did you want to create for the Furnace audience in person and on the radio with your piece?

RD: I wanted to cast a benevolent spell of understanding over the audience by immersing them in a soundscape that expressed deeper layers of the many strands of thought that interlaced through the essay. I wanted the listeners to be initially surprised and then comforted by the world the words and sounds wove, so that when the piece ended the “normal” world of straight speaking without sonic augmentation would feel strange, like stepping on dry land after spending some hours on a boat.

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Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore on Vulnerability in Writing

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. First up is Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore! 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: Before your reading, you said that you already liked the crowd because “the only terrible audience is the dead audience.” How did the live audience and radio broadcast of The Furnace influence your reading?

MBS: Yes, it was a lively audience, right from the beginning, which is not always the case. I always pause when audiences get particularly loud, to let everything sink in, but other than that it doesn’t change my delivery, I don’t think. But, it changes how I’m feeling—it makes me feel the resonance of my work, it gives me energy, so I’m not the only one producing the momentum. And then, afterwards, I feel enlivened instead of drained, which is how I feel when I read for an audience that doesn’t really respond. Sometimes a quiet audience is responding, and I find out afterwards, and that’s great too, but there’s nothing that beats the immediacy of interaction with a louder, more boisterous crowd.

KG: “The Freezer Door” ended with the idea of taking risks. When you share very personal stories, like you did at The Furnace, does this feel like a risk to you? Does it come naturally for you?

My goal with my writing is to be as vulnerable as possible. This helps me to feel like I can go on living, by telling everything, and not dying right then. That’s the fear, right, when you share something particularly vulnerable, that suddenly you won’t be able to go on living anymore. But for me it’s the opposite.  I need to be vulnerable in order to survive.

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!

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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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

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.

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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!