Celebrate Small Press Month with APRIL

Seattle’s annual springtime celebration of independent literature is again upon us, offering a stupefying assortment of small press things to do.  Last year’s festivities included a veggie potluck and reading at Pilot Books, a chapbook making workshop at Scenic Drive Factory, and an evening of live poetry from Copper Canyon Press, among other activities.  This year, though the name may be different (SPF has become APRIL: Authors, Publishers, and Readers of Independent Literature), the calendar is just as jam-packed. Yessir, the sun is out, the air is warm, and a rose by any other name most certainly smells as sweet… Take a look!

Friday, March 23: HOARSE Issue 6 Release Party: UNDERCOVER, at the Electric Tea Garden, Doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m.

The 6th release of HOARSE will be filled with surprises, disguises, and song.

Event to include select readings from the latest issue and local bands including LAKE, Blue Light Curtain, and Tenderfoot rocking some top-secret cover songs. There are no visible signs for the Electric Tea Garden (they are, literally, undercover, and the secret backdoor entrance is located on 14th Ave. The space is small and may fill up, so show up early in your best trench coat. Entry for this event is $5 at the door—cash only. Issue 6 will be available for $9.

PANK Literary JournalSaturday, March 24: [PANK] Invasion, at Kaleidoscope Vision, 7 p.m.

APRIL is proud to work with [PANK], recently lauded as one of the ten best literary magazines in the country by the New York Times Magazine, on a reading bonanza. Poetry and prose from Erik Evenson, Jeffrey Morgan, M. Bartley Seigel, Summer Robinson, Gregory Laynor, Morris Stegosaurus w/ Fiddleback, & friends.

Sunday, March 25: Chapbook-making workshop at ZAPP (the Richard Hugo House), 2 p.m.

Enjoy a crafty/bookish Sunday at one of the city’s finest repositories of all things DIY. Led by Amber Nelson, of Alice Blue Review, learn how to bind your own chapbooks, and get inspiration from decades of handmade literature.

Monday, March 26: A Poet, a Playwright and a Drag Queen, 8 p.m. in the Sorrento Hotel’s Fireside Room

A competitive storytelling event with an emphatic twist. Author Debra Di Blasi (Drought), playwright Mallery Avidon, and the incomparable Jackie Hell receive a secret theme, which they’ll use to create an original, 7-10 minute piece. A jury of three randomly selected audience members will select the winner, who will receive a sash, a cash prize, and probably something covered in gold spray paint. Tickets are $7 at the door—cash only.

Tuesday, March 27: Paper and Words at Cullom Gallery, 7 p.m.

A reading curated by Pilot Books’ Summer Robinson, featuring original books arts curated by Sharon Alexander. Heather Folsom, author of Philosophie Thinly Clothed and other books, will read. Artists Martine Workman, Garek Druss, Jesse Lortz and Alexander will have work on display.

Wednesday, March 28: A Jello Horse at the Hedreen Gallery, 8 p.m.

An evening of music, multimedia and a reading from Seattle’s own Matthew Simmons.

Matthew Simmons is the author of A Jello Horse. He is the editor of interviews at Hobart Literary Journal and is a regular contributor to HTMLGiant. In addition to the reading, there will be a screening of the short film “Powder House (2011),” written by Molly Gallentine and directed by Brandon Covey, and musical performance by Levi Fuller, who makes and compiles music – often inspired by books – in Seattle, Washington.

Thursday, March 29: Readings from Ryan Call and Chelsea Martin, 8 p.m. at Porchlight Coffee and Records

A night of readings from two of independent literature’s brightest young talents. Ryan Call is the author of The Weather Stations. His stories appear in Mid-American Review, New York TyrantConjunctions, Annalemma, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award. He teaches English and coaches cross-country at a high school in Houston.

Chelsea Martin is the author of Everything Was Fine Until Whatever and the forthcoming Kramer Sutra. She contributes to HTMLGiant and runs Universal Error.

Friday, March 30: Seattle LitCrawl, starting 7:30 p.m. at Bluebird Microcreamery and Brewery on Pike, with further locations TBA.

An evening of readings scattered throughout Capitol Hill, featuring Stacey Levine, Doug Nufer, Paulette Gaudet, Diana Salier, Kate Lebo, Jamey Braden von Mooter, Greg Bem, Sarah Galvin and Ed Skoog. Organized in collaboration with Seattle’s PageBoy Magazine.

Hugo HouseSaturday, March 31 — Recto Verso: an Independent Press Expo, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Richard Hugo House

Dozens of the finest small presses from the Northwest and beyond converge on the epicenter of Seattle’s literary world for a one-of-a-kind book fair. Book-buyers’ best chance to see a bevy of small press books rarely seen on bookstore shelves. The first twenty people get a free APRIL tote bag. Readings throughout the day in the Hugo House Theater. The Hugo House bar will be open.

Closing Party, 8 p.m. at Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar

Come close out APRIL with fine drink and hobnobbing. No readings—just good folks, plenty of booze, and maybe some embarrassing pictures projected on the wall.

Check out APRIL‘s calendar for more info.