Sunday, September 28, 2008

Films that I will show in my Writing About Film course, in order of their screening:

The Great Train Robbery
Maya Deren: Experimental Films (1943)
Blue Velvet (1986)
+*Bartholomew's Song (2005)
+*Alright Love (2004)
Rushmore (1998)
Battle of Algiers (1966)
+*Spam-Ku (2005)
Mister Lonely (2008)
*8 1/2 (1963)
The Bicycle Thief (1949)
+*Passengers (2005)
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Broken Flowers (2005)
+*Super-8 Mom (2005)
The Killing (1956)
*Nanook of the North (1922)
My Winnipeg (2007)
*An Andalusian Dog (1929)
*Wavelength (1967)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
Paranoid Park (2007)

*Addition to previously posted list
+short film

Friday, September 26, 2008

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Monday, September 22, 2008

Go to Typo 12.

Then make arrangements to go here.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Thanks for the present, Janaka.
He must want me to write more poems about lava.

Update on classes for this fall:

Writing About Film. ENG 300. Portland State University.
Introduction to Film Studies. SP399. Portland State University.
Composition: ENG115. Portland Community College

Monday, September 15, 2008

Two Announcements from Octopus Books

1. Octopus Books has chosen two full-length manuscripts from the April open reading to publish in 2009. Congratulations to Heather Christle for her manuscript, The Difficult Farm, and Matvei Yankelevich for his manuscript, Boris of the Sea.

2. Matthew Rohrer's chapbook, They All Seemed Asleep, is now available for purchase here. It is 43 pages, hand-bound, letterpressed black on pink and brown covers in an edition of 200. $10 (includes shipping).

Check out the brown cover here

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Octopus Book assembly party. Thanks Emily, Kate, Clifton, Dean, and Sarah. Octopus Books fans, keep your eye out.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Hey Lincoln!

The Clean Part Reading Series

Sat Sept. 13th, 7pm,
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery R and 12th St.

Laynie Browne's most recent collections are The Scented Fox, recipient
of the 2007 National Poetry Series Award, selected by Alice Notley
(Wave Books), Daily Sonnets (Counterpath Books, 2007), and Drawing of
a Swan Before Memory, winner of the Contemporary Poetry Series
(University of Georgia Press, 2005).With others she helped organize
the Ear Inn reading series in New York. She was a member of the
Subtext Collective in Seattle, and is now as part of the POG Reading
Series Tucson Arizona. She has taught creative writing at The
University of Washington, Bothell, at Mills College in Oakland,
California, and at the Poetry Center at the University of Arizona,
where she is currently developing a new a poetry-in-the-schools
program for K-5 schools.

Ange Mlinko is the author of two books, Matinees (Zoland Books, 1999)
and Starred Wire (Coffee House Press, 2005) which was a National
Poetry Series winner in 2004, and a finalist for the James Laughlin
Award. She has taught poetry at Brown University, the Naropa
University Summer Writing Program, and Al-Akhawayn University in
Ifrane, Morocco. Her poems are about urban life, about language and
its failings, about the things we see and do not see. She is often
compared to Frank O'Hara. The New Yorker praised her "unique sense of
humor and mystery."

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Monday, September 08, 2008

I am I am I am the Ram!

Sunday, September 07, 2008

I saw a handful of rock shows with EKF and Kate this weekend. Here is how I would rank the live shows:

1. Les Savy Fav
2. Built to Spill
3. Matt and Kim
4. Battles
5. Britt Daniel (& Janet Weiss)
6. No Age
7. M. Ward
8. Calvin Johnson

Friday, September 05, 2008

Thanks for the homemade postcard, Mom. I remember that time before I learned to dive. A time of speedos and lane ropes, extra wide side lanes. 

ps. I kinda want this to be a book cover of mine. A book called First Swim Meet 1982. Maybe I'll start working toward that.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Monday, September 01, 2008

Octopus Magazine is still accepting submissions for one more day. So give us your best. Send to This is your last chance until next August. 

ps. this is a screen capture for Issue #3, which I was exploring today. I think it is in my top 3 of Octopus issues. Do you have a top 3?