That’s what Kate Gray said before she read her beautiful essay at the Brave on the Page event last Saturday. Gosh it was fun. I love giving a reading of my work, but this one was a little scarier than usual. I read the opening chapter of my memoir in progress. Usually, for a reading, I pick a short story, something with a bit of humor. This time I read something true. And I was getting a cold so my voice was hoarse. But it turned out well and I liked how it sounded in front of all those people, my hoarse voice held out (thank you Backspace for having such a fine sound system – that microphone). And I felt very honored to be reading with the likes of Scott Sparling, Stevan Allred, Liz Scott. And the amazing Kate Gray.
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Here’s my friend, Yuvi Zalkow. This was taken a few years ago when a group of us writers went to the beach for a weekend. We each settled into our favorite place in the house and wrote for long chunks of time. Then we came back together and read a paragraph or two out loud, then we went back to writing.
This is the spot Yuvi chose, on the chaise, by the window, looking out on the ocean. But Yuvi wasn’t looking at the ocean most of time. He was working. He may have been working on his novel, a brilliant novel in the works, at the exact moment this picture was taken. Whatever he was doing, I know he was writing something good. Because, from my perspective, that’s pretty much all he writes.
When we were there at the beach, the five of us talked about what it would be like when one of us had our first book published. Well, now we know. Yuvi is the first of us and the rest of us can’t quit smiling. Well, there are a whole bunch of people who know Yuvi and have admired his writing for a long time. They’re all smiling.
One of the other cool things about Yuvi is that he has a great voice, not just in his writing, but when he speaks. So I’m going to go hear him read on Thursday night, the 16th at Powell’s. And get my copy of his novel, which I’ve been waiting to buy until just this very moment. Come on out to Powell’s this Thursday!
First Wednesdays, a series of readings, performances and wine-tasting are held at the Blackbird Wine Shop, 4323 NE Fremont, 7-9pm. This show is 21 and over.
The readers for January 4th is a night of Intentional Ducati with Jackie Shannon Hollis, Steve Denniston, Bruce Barrow, Mary Milstead, Julianna Waters, Scott Sparling, Jean Hart, Yuvi Zalkow, Sherri Hoffman, Joanna Rose & Stevan Allred. Jean Johnson guest emcees.
More than a writing game, less than a novel, Intentional Ducati is an exploration of group mind! http://intentionalducati.org/.
Come and have a listen to a bunch of very short but cool stories.
If you want to hear some good stories read by some wonderful writers, come to the Blackbird Wine Shop on Wednesday, February 2nd at 7pm. Joanna Rose and Stevan Allred will be reading their work. It will be worth your time. And did I mention, it’s at a wine shop that also has cheese?