Reading Frenzy ~ An Independent Press Emporium

Interview with Ayun Halliday

February 28, 2010:

Ayun Halliday, the prolific author of the East Village Inky series and resident columnist at Bust Magazine, will be stopping by Reading Frenzy March 6th to celebrate and read from Issue 43! In anticipation for her arrival, we chatted about past issues, future projects and how one can become 'heine'!

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"shadows" release show, Feb. 25!

This Thursday, join photographer/writer Megan Mcisaac and artist/poet Renee Lilley for the release of their collaborative zine, "shadows". The night will include a few musical performances, as well as another collaboration between artists Ashley Forrette and Jolby. The opening will begin at 6 over at the Together Gallery.

Interview with Brittany Powell

February 23, 2010:

In a little more than a week's time, Reading Frenzy will be bombarded with a parade of over 20 dogs! Thanks to Brittany Powell and her innovative mediums of contact paper and gocco prints, near life-sized pups will parade our walls. In anticipation for her show I briefly chatted with her about a trailer park attraction, hippie parents, and, of course, dogs.

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2010 SF Zine Fest, dates announced!

San Francisco's annual Zine Fest will be going down labor day weekend, Sept. 4 + 5th. In it's ninth year and with over 100 contributors, the Fest should prove to be a wonderfully hectic explosion of DIY events, workshops, and panels. The event is totally free and will be housed in the SF County Fair BLDG smack dap in Golden Gate park.

For more information on the fest and updates as they come in, click here!

Meltzer reading at Powell's, Feb. 21st

Marisa Meltzer will be in town this weekend to promote her new book Girl Power: The Nineties Revolution in Music. Chronicling the resurgence of feminism in the 90s, Meltzer dissects everything from the riot girl revolution to the Spice Girls. Having gone to Evergreen College in the 90s, Meltzer also includes her own perspective, as well as a slew of interviews from the likes of Tobi Veil (Bikini Kill).

Check out the Powell's website. for more event information!

Art Zine Release at In Other Words!, tonight!

In conjunction with the release of a new art zine, Once When I Was Unproductive/When I Was a Dog, Sarah Gottesdiener and Dexter Flowers will present a night of readings and therapy! The two have been collaborating for years, but are trying something altogether new--Gottesdiener has provided the writing, while Flowers has created the art.

Audiences will later be encouraged to get up and give these writers some advice! In Other Words promises the night will be much like a live Dear Abby, but in reverse. Local authors, Hope Hitchcock and Wayne Gregory will also jump in the mix with readings of their own. The night begins at 7 within In Other Words and will end up deep in the belly of Chopsticks 3 for late night karaoke!

Hidden Portland, re-print!

This just in from artist and author, Carye Bye: Hidden Portland: Museums & Collections is headed to the printers for a second run! The little pocket-sized guide is filled with invaluable insight into Portland's unknown wonders, includes full color illustrations, and boasts a great list of free museums.

The printing is in an edition of only 100 so scoop up your copy quick from Amazon or Nomad by clicking here! Another run will hit stores tentatively in June, and we will certainly be stocking our shelves when it does.

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And&Review, first issue out now!

Mia Nolting, the artist behind the lovely show up at the IPRC this month has collaborated with another wonderful, local artist, Rachel Peddersen to present a new publication, And&Review.

It's totally free and brings together local and international artists/writers around a central theme; the first issue takes on our notions of home. The ladies dropped off a nice stack yesterday, so come check it out!

There will also be a release party for the publication this coming Tuesday, February 16th at TIGA.

For more information, head on over to their website.

West opening party, Feb. 12th

Nicole Lavelle, a former Reading Frenzy volunteer and all around awesome artist here in Portland, is, along with Sarah Baugh, presenting the exhibition West beginning this Friday. Housed in the Land gallery, the show traverses vestiges and symbols of our western landscape and home.

Having seen both artists' strong graphic design work, we can only expect a marvelously curated show as they experiment with both material and narrative. The show will only be up through Feb. 28th so get on over there!

New Oregon Interview Series, Feb. 22nd

The New Oregon Interview Series will pick up again February 22nd! This month they'll be sitting down Mayor Sam Adams, Portland Monthly editor Randy Gragg and architect Brad Cloepfil to discuss how our urban spaces are evolving.

The host and creator, Nora Robertson has done eight previous interview installments so far with a diverse group of artists, chefs, designers and politicians bringing unique perspective to urban growth.

Monday, February 22nd, at Urban Grind East, 2214 NE Oregon St., from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., doors open at 6:30 pm. Beer, wine, coffee, and light snacks will be available for purchase. Admission is $5 at the door.

Interview with Forrest Martin of Death Magazine

February 04, 2010:

In anticipation for Death Magazine's Feb. 17th release party here in our shop, I chatted with the man propelling it all, Forrest Martin, about the origins of the magazine, steering clear of Edgar Allen Poe, and his own personal relationship with death.

You might have cornered the magazine market on death, what led you to this project?

5 years ago I was living in rural Tennessee and discovered that an old friend I'd lost touch with from Olympia was going to school in Nashville, getting his Masters in Education from Peabody College at Vanderbilt (Nathan Cearley; he wrote an awesome Holden Caulfield-esque essay about 9-11 for this issue). Soon after we realized we were both sort of randomly in TN, he contacted me and asked if I would contribute something to this magazine he was thinking of starting, called Death: a magazine for the enthusiast and non-enthusiast alike. I gave him an earlier version of the cover that the magazine has now and a really bad piece of writing, but nothing ever came of the project. Fast forward to Fall of 2009 when I asked him if I could revive the project and turn it into something. He hadn't planned to pick it up again and agreed.

I emailed him about what initially led HIM to the project, and he said this, "...the question of death was an educational question...what can we learn from it? I am inspired to write about death because I feel like the whole artifice of our delusional and superficial society is built around our rejection of deaths finality and our ultimate mortality. Being unable to grasp our end in death means being unable to really live. So, ultimately, a magazine on death was somehow going to be a magazine about life...about learning how to live."

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Disjecta Announces Portland2010 Biennial!

Disjecta has announced the artists for this year's Portland2010 Biennial! Out of over 300 visual and performance artists considered, only 18 will show, including 5 artists who have previously donned the walls of Reading Frenzy! John Brodie, Marne Lucas, Sean Healy, Melody Owen, and Stephen Slappe have all graced our shop, and we look forward to seeing new work!

Set to open March 13th, it looks to be a great Biennial, with shows going up, not only in Disjecta, but across the city, at the Art Gym, Rock's Box, Alpern Gallery and The Elizabeth Leach Gallery.

To find out more about the upcoming exhibition, click here!

Kevin Sampsell reads from new memoir, Feb. 2nd!

Our good friend over at Future Tense Books and keeper of Powell's Small Press section, Kevin Sampsell, will be giving a reading there tonight, Feb. 2nd, at 7:30! He promises an entertaining show complete with a powerpoint presentation. Sampsell's book A Common Pornography recently hit the streets via Harper Perennial. He has also launched a new website chock full of videos, reviews and upcoming tour dates, conveniently,!

Museums by Bike, Feb. 6th

The illustrious Carye Bye, author and printmaker over at Red Bat Press, will be hosting another Museum by Bikes tour! Bye is the author of Hidden Portland and is a great expert to pedal around town with.

Starting with the ol' stand-by Voodoo Donut, you'll traverse a vast array of historic restaurants, breweries and even the Hellenic-American Cultural Center & Museum where they'll be celebrating their exhibition 'Savor the Flavors of Greece" with free samples!

Voodoo Doughnuts Too, 1501 NE Davis St (Right off Sandy Blvd at Davis) 12:45pm, Aprox 4 hours