Twin Cities Book Festival

October 10, 2016 § Leave a comment

Coming to the Twin Cities Book Festival this weekend? You should drop by and say, “hi,” while I’m working at the Red Bird Chapbooks booth! We’ll have lots of chapbooks, old and new, for sale, as well as info about how to get involved with the press as a volunteer or author.


Not coming to the Twin Cities Book Festival? What’s a matter, brainless–don’t you know it is the best literary fun you can have in Minnesota all year long?

There’ll be lots of presses if you’re interested in finding a publisher and lots of schools, workshops, and MFA programs if you’re looking to improve your craft.

Plus, the place will be lousy with awesome authors: TOJitW favorite Mark Rapacz will have a table for his new book Boondoggle (there will be a review here shortly after I get my copy at the fest) and a new favorite of mine,Andre Alexis, will be talking and signing–his Fifteen Dogs has, so far, been the funniest and most surprising book I’ve read this year (I can’t wait to see him at 2:30, so just don’t drop by the booth then).

And if you just want books, there’s no better way place to get your hands on both the hottest and most obscure tomes out there! You can get all the details and the full schedule here.

Pulp Reading August 2nd

July 20, 2015 § Leave a comment

If you’re in Minnesota at the start of August, you should come help me celebrate the release of two new masterpieces literary pulp: Todd Wardrope’s sci-fi epic Arcadian Gates and Mark Rapacz’s gritty international noir Foreigners (Waeguk). In addition, both myself and the incomparable David Oppegaard will be reading from recently or soon to be published work.


Given the location, I wish I had some of the fantasy-infused stuff I’ve been working on recently, but it is a ways away from ready, so I will instead be reading from Slash. I’ll also be trying to sell through the last dozen or so sets I have of the serial zine editions of Slash. At just the lowest price ever, just $15 for all seven, you’ll be paying just over two dollars per hand-made, professionally edited, Indie-Reader Approved episode. If you’ve already got Slash, be sure to bring your book money anyways, because all the authors present will be bringing great work to sell and share.

I hope to see you there!

Nut Meat for your Ear Hole

April 22, 2015 § Leave a comment

That’s right, y’all. It is once again time for the Cracked Walnut Reading Festival to take over the Twin Cities. After hosting writers from around the world for AWP in April, it will be great to refocus on our own literary scene, as Satish Jayaraj and his crew put on 29 themed readings throughout May and into June, featuring over a hundred local writers, all at unique locations around Minnesota. You can check out the full schedule of events here to pick and choose your whatever fits your interest, schedule, and home area.


That said, I obviously feel that the one reading you absolutely shouldn’t miss is number 3: Divinity and Humor, at the Richfield Community Center (7000 Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55423) at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, May 5th. Featuring myself, Hawona Sullivan Janzen, Catherine Dehdashti, Jeanne Lutz, Ron Palmer, Amy Salloway, and James Bohem, it should deliver the thoughtful yuk-em-ups that readers of this blog are by now familiar with.

But why not check out number 7, For the Game, as well. At the East Lake Craft Brewery (South East corner of the Midtown Global Market) on Monday May 11th, it will feature Andrew Blissenbach of MANDREW’S BLISSENBLOG and David Stein of AutoAnatta, both great friends of The Oldest Jokes of the World. Furthermore, the great writers Kate Shuknecht and Jordan Wiklund, will also be reading.

And don’t forget about number 15, Fractured Fairy Tales, at The Lift Garage on Thursday, May 21st. My lovely wife, Jenny Mcdougal, will be reading, along with the very awesome Lewis Mundt and Thomas Rohde

But really, any event is worth checking out. It is a great way to connect with the vibrant writing community in the Twin Cities, and the perfect way to meet Satish so you can read in next year’s festival yourself!


Come see me read!

June 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

Hey guys! Assuming you’re tired of my dry, academic ramblings, I want to invite you to hear me read from my (much more juicy and immature) fiction work.

My friends at two incredible Twin Cities literary organizations, The Cracked Walnut Reading Series and Red Bird Chapbooks, have recently teamed up to form a literary-community-building powerhouse called Innocent Offerings–and they’ve invited me to read at their event this Wednesday, June 20th!

To celebrate the summer solstice, Krisanne Dattir will host a reading featuring Colin Mcdonald, John Medeiros, Kathryn Kysar, John Vick, and myself.  Best of all, it is outside, in St. Paul’s lovely Midway Green Spirit Community Garden, with a potluck to follow.  The event starts at 6pm (the readings at 7), and afterwards, in addition to feasting, there will be a chapbook of the evening’s entertainment for sale; Redbird’s chapbooks are always gorgeous, and I’m excited to finally see my work in one.

Full details and directions, as well as future Innocent Offerings events, can be found here.  I hope all of my Twin Cities friends can make it.

UPDATE (6/20):

It’s fixing to be a stormy day here in MN, so we’ve relocated to a space with some protection from the elements, the Newell Park picnic shelter, at Fairview and Hewitt in St. Paul.

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