Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Zine Tour - Part 2

(Journaled three days ago)

So anyway, we're at CyberPunk Apacalypse right now, a space for writers w/ a punkish/self-publishing bent. They've been super kind and have let us crash for two nights, which is needed, b/c that's how long it takes to watch Jurassic Park after readings, sweet tastes, and park frisbee.

We're watching it now.  Jeff Goldblum is still not wearing a shirt.

A few days in review? Yes, of course! Read a few random lines!

  • Grand Rapids, Reading #2: Read with Sara, Briana, and Marlee @ Bloom Collective, booked with help from Zach who is putting together Grand Rapid's Zine Fest (has a cool poster done by John Porcellino). Anyhow, we caught nasty traffic and got there late.
    • Zipped through reading and scored copies of Marlee's zine's on all sorts of topics, though realistic looks at self-care come to mind.
    • It was the 4th of July and fireworks blew up on half the side streets, busting 20ft up, scorching trees and scaring us real good. People are nuts.
    • First we played frisbee downtown and got scolded by parking lot guards, so we watched jumbo fireworks instead. Then, as in movies and real life disasters, there was a pop-boom in the gathering of people ahead. Hundreds of people scattered screaming. Happily, it was not a shooting, but a dumbdumb lighting ladyfinger fireworks in the crowd, police buzzed around looking stressed.  
    • Later we hung out w/ my Chgo/S.Holland friend Doug at his friends' place. We told ghost stories that scared the living shit out of me, and when it was time to go, all slept in the same room, though we didn't have to. 
    • In the morning we played on the giant tire swing and found some neat graffiti. 
  • Hamtamck, Reading #3: Our first time reading in a record store -- Lo & Behold Records -- with this guy who writes the zine Stupor, a collection of stories gathered from local bars. Closing out the reading was Richie, the store owner.  
    • On the way in town we drove on 8 mile road. M&Ms!
    • For dinner, we had beer and pierogies at the Polish Village Cafe. Matt is Polish and having these for dinner pleased him greatly.
    • Initially it seemed like the night was going to be a no-show. We held out until 9:30 and folks from the neighborhood dripped in. An older fellow told us all he would share some of his offensive poems. The eight of us who were there cringed a little waiting for some heinous racial stuff, but his pieces were just this bawdy rhymey guys with lots of butts and genitals mentioned. 
    • One guy drank wine from a yogurt cup.
    • Before the night ended, we bore witness to a religious ceremony involving candles, inverted crosses in the architecture. All of these things scared the living shit out of me.
    • Soon, everyone talked baseball and I went to sleep.
More reading reviews to follow. 

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Zine Tour - Part 1

Hi Friends, 

Summer fun club -- I'm on a zine tour with friend poets Collin Brennan & Matt Whispers. 
They are on facebook and have stuff at Quimbys.

We ride in a 90s biege SUV who is a thirsty boy for gas. Today I slept inside of it while Collin and Matt drank some coffee. It sure was hot in there. When I awoke, I realized I wanted a rootbeer, but I did not realize I lost my backup zine copies. Alas, alas!  

This is the zine tour lineup (late), and a few pictures. Will retro post notes on the readings themselves each day, with minimal text.     

Stay tuned!

LOWDOWN! --> A zine reading tour kick off for local Chicago zinesters Collin Brennan (Continental Interludes), Jim Joyce (Let it Sink), and Matt Whispers 


Joining them will be all star cast of Jami Sailor (Your Secretary), Vicky Lim (Dear Jaguar + Abstract Doors) and Dave Roche (If Nothing Else the Sky).

FRIENDS! --> Bring your zines, band demos, and strange artifacts for our tour box -- we will leave your art in desired spaces across the EASTish half of this country! 

PLEASE!--> Bring five dollars to help support the new space and resource, CHI PRC ( It's a new space, hope you're excited to see it!

Special Secret Guest speaker with up to date information on the Blue Line Ghost and La Pasadita Triangle!

7/4 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Bloom Collective w/ Marlee Grace 6pm
8 Jefferson SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan

7/5 Hamtramck, MI @ Lo and Behold Records 8pm
10022 Joseph Campau Hamtramck, MI 48212

7/6 Cleveland, OH @ Guide to Kulchur 7pm 
1386 W. 65th St. 

7/7 Pittsburgh, PA East End Book Exchange afternoon book story poem hollering, bring your gumption
4754 Liberty Ave <> + Evening Reading @ ... Big Idea Bookstore 5pm
4812 Liberty Ave.

7/8 Richmond, VA @ Lil Haus w/ Kalene Humphrey, Jordan Short Chu, and Rebecca Keel

7/9 Washington DC @ Dollhouse w/pals see comments6pm
1429 Madison St. NW

7/10 Baltimore, MD @ Bohemian Cafe 7pm 
1821 N Charles St / 21202 

7/11 Philadelphia, PA @ Soap Box w/ Kerri Radley of 
Deafula & Katie Haegele of the LaLa Theory

7/12 NYC @ Book Thug Nation w/ Larry Livermore (LOOKOUT!) and his new memoir 7pm
100 North 3rd Street, Brooklyn

7/14 Columbus, OH@ TBA

7/15 Bloomington, IN @ Boxcar Books w/ Richard Wehrenberg Jr. 
408 E. 6th St. Bloomington, IN