Here are some things that happened with it
- Lettered Streets Press launched! We had a reading! We sold lots of books! Everybody thinks the covers are sexy! It’s kind of disturbing, though, how quickly my mind has gone from thinking of books as aesthetic objects, of careful artifacts built by a writer’s years and years of careful work, to thinking of them as things I need to sell x number of copies of if I want to publish another one. Capitalism, brah.
- Related: I was hanging out with a new friend, and he was bemoaning how Graywolf published James Franco’s book of poetry. And, I mean, come on Graywolf. But I was busy thinking about the press and I was like, “I’d totally publish James Franco,” which maybe took him aback. But hey, you lie on your back and think of England and publish James Franco’s shitty book of poetry, then you have the money and resources to publish like a dozen amazing books that you deeply care about. Trade-offs.
- I was hanging out with my former professor Lee and pointed out the poet Maged Zaher crossing the skybridge. She dragged me over and we introduced ourselves. He seemed flattered to be recognized, but also a little confused. I told him I had bartended a couple of his readings at Hugo House, then I told him that I loved a lot of his poetry that dealt with Bellevue because I too worked in Bellevue. He got really excited about that. “Bellevue! Bellevue man! It’s my city!” Maged Zaher is probably the only poet in the world who’s repping Bellevue.
- Channeled my best Aubrey Hirsch and read her fine short story "Michael Collins" for the Lettered Streets launch reading.
- I hosted a reading about video games and it was amazing. Maybe I’m biased, but it was amazing. Thank you #teambeepboop, Oliu/Pane/Booth/Hitz/Welch/McGuigan/Durham/Young. Interesting uses of video games in fiction and nonfic and poetry have been showing up for the last couple years, but sporadically. It was fun to have a reading that was just about that. I feel like this is a little corner of indie lit that’s starting to get some traction, but again, maybe I’m biased.
- Met about two dozen new writers to read and keep up with and Facebook friend and follow on tumblr.
- Took in my smallest AWP haul ever: only one medium-sized stack of books and journals. Most of the journals were freebies. Most of the books are either from presses I’m interested in publishing with or they’re books I went in with the intention to buy (MFA vs. NYC, thestorythief's new book).
- Sunday night I collapsed and slept for almost eleven hours. Boom.