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1000 Words Reading Moves to The Waypost!

August 05, 2010: Thursday, August 5th, 7PM at The Waypost 3120 N. Williams Avenue: 1,000 Words returns for our inaugural reading at the Waypost. We'll present the newest chapter in a Oulipean experiment: five exemplary local writers wrote on the theme EXCESS, penning 250 words per week in response to the theme and prompts created/found/stolen by series curator Mel Favara. The results, as per usual, have been wildly divergent, smart, and fresh: want to see how five different authors employed the phrase, "It looked like an exit wound" and the words "frame, nail, prognosticate, key, and typeface" in one 250 word piece? Join us Thursday at the Waypost to hear the writer's innovative writing and also witness the 1,000 Words house band, Reid Trevarthen and Ethan Camp, members of Vancouver emo-punk trio We Play Quiet, playing songs based on the prompts at the intermission. This event is free and all ages!

Nora Robertson writes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, which have appeared in such publications as Plazm, Redactions, Alimentum, Monkeybicycle, and Portland Monthly, and was nominated for the 2007 Pushcart Prize. She is the producer of the New Oregon Interview Series, which explores Portland's evolving creative culture. She is currently at work with video artist Jason Bahling on a short poetic film The Body Show to be released in November.

Joe Pitkin teaches English at Clark College (or, depending on his mood, Cluck Collage or Cork Cleavage). His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in North American Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Los Angeles Review. The novel he is working on currently has the tentative title The Four Quakers of the Apocalypse, but that will probably change. 

Cosimo Giovine teaches writing classes at Clark College in Vancouver, WA. His story, "Dream Book" was a Finalist in the 2008 Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction contest, and the graphic novel he edited, Vatican City, Las Vegas, received the bronze award at the 2007 Independent Publisher Magazine Awards. He's a Leo and enjoys words that begin with the letters "r" and "s".

Becky Kluth is a sometimes story writer, music maker and portrait painter living in Southeast Portland. Her hobbies include acquiring cheap instruments, organizing her possessions, and trying to become a real person. She spends most of her time talking to dogs.

Nick Carter is a former professional paintball player and Texas high school football defensive tackle who moved to Portland hoping to realize his creative dreams. He is currently unemployed.

Reid Trevarthen and Ethan Camp are both polymaths: they'll be playing songs based on the writers' prompts.