APRIL 2014 Writer-in-Residence and Visiting Writer Announced
We’re not going to spill the beans on the whole festival yet, but we are thrilled to announce our first-ever APRIL Writer-in-Residence, Jac Jemc. She is the author of the novel MY ONLY WIFE (Dzanc, 2012), which was a finalist for the Pen/Robert W. Bingham Debut Fiction Award, and the forthcoming collection A DIFFERENT BED EVERY TIME (Dzanc, October 2014).
Joining Jac will be Mark Leidner, author of BEAUTY WAS THE CASE THAT THEY GAVE ME (Factory Hollow, 2011) and THE ANGEL IN THE DREAM OF OUR HANGOVER (Sator Books).
Get ready to hear both of them read!
is to connect readers with independent literature and the authors and publishers of this relevant and vitalizing work.
As motivation for our programming, APRIL envisions:
- an increase in readers seeking out writing that is new and pertinent to them—writing that takes chances in both publication and performance and has greater potential for relevance in their lives;
- readers actively reconsidering their definition of literature, its forms and its position in the arts;
- independent literary producers—authors, publishers and writers of all kinds—thriving, with increased publicity and heightened reader engagement;
- a reading public connecting as a more interactive social body—one that encourages creation and collaboration.
- literature as an indispensable element of our shared culture;
- writing that takes risks, strikes out on a new path, negotiates from its own rubric, and speaks to a greater need;
- the multiplicity of today’s literary arts–how literature manifests itself in books, online, hand-crafted chapbooks, zines, collaborative writing projects, conceptual readings, interpretive performances, and more;
- creative possibility as a quality that sustains the literary arts and encourages growth;
- unique, personal, and meaningful literary experiences that feed enthusiasm and promote active engagement and literacy;
- communication as a crucial and gratifying element of human interaction.
Whether you’re a small press, an author looking to read or just a curious bibliophile, we’d love to hear from you!
The 2014 festival is almost here! Check out the full schedule below.
APRIL Opening Party
Chop Suey, 8 pm, free
Readings from 2014 APRIL Writer-in-Residence Jac Jemc, 2014 Stranger Genius Maged Zaher, Ed Skoog, and a performance from the Vis-a-Vis Society. Music from Wimps (Help Yourself).
APRIL Happy Hour
The Quarter Lounge, 6 pm, free
Readings from Kate Lebo and Jane Wong
A Poet, A Playwright, A Novelist, and a Drag Queen
Sorrento Hotel, 8 pm, $10 advance
Competitive storytelling with Sarah Galvin, Spike Friedman, Ryan Boudinot, and Mark “Mom” Finley
APRIL Happy Hour
Blindfold Gallery, 6 pm, free
Readings from Shin Yu Pai and Zubair Ahmed
Vignettes: “Beauty Was the Case That They Gave Me”
Vignettes, 7 – 10 pm, free
Artwork inspired by Mark Leidner’s book BEAUTY WAS THE CASE THAT THEY GAVE ME (Factory Hollow). Leidner will read from the book at 8:30.
APRIL Happy Hour
Bush Garden, 6 pm, free
Readings from Darren Davis and Lauren Ireland
All Made Up: a Fiction Showcase co-presented with the Satori Group
theLAB@INScape, 8 pm, $7 advance $10 door
Readings from APRIL Writer-in-Residence Jac Jemc, Stranger Genius Matt Briggs, and Richard Chiem. Art and interpretations curated and performed by the Satori Group. Free lipstick.
APRIL Pizza Party
Richard Hugo House, 7 pm, $10 advance
Pizza and cheap beer. Readings from Mark Leidner, Donald Dunbar, and Eroyn Franklin. Tickets come with pizza. Hugo House Bar will be open.
APRIL Independent Publishing Expo
Richard Hugo House, 11 am – 5 pm, free
Buy books from over 30 small and independent presses from all over the country.
APRIL Closing Party
Vermillion, 8 pm, free
Music from DJ Res, surprise readings.
Our annual independent publishing expo will be held Saturday, March 29th at Richard Hugo House, from 11 – 5.
The event is free to the public. Come buy books from presses like Wave, Octopus Books, Publishing Genius, Copper Canyon, Dark Coast and more!
Reverse Fan Mail
Reverse Fan Mail is back as part of the 2013 fundraiser! Donate $35 to APRIL and get an original piece of writing made out to you.
This year, we’re honored to offer pieces from Stacey Levine, Ed Skoog, Joshua Beckman, Matthew Rohrer, Mark Leidner, Ryan Boudinot, Rebecca Bridge, Jac Jemc, Wendy Xu, Jane Wong, Rich Smith, Ted Powers, Peter Mountford, Drew Swenhaugen, Mike Young, Amber Nelson, Megan Kaminski, Richard Chiem, Matthew Simmons, and Doug Nufer.
In addition to these written RFMs, we’re also offering illustrated Reverse Fan Mails. When you donate $55, you get a written piece and a print of an original illustration based on that piece! This year, illustrators Tessa Hulls, Derek Erdman, Aidan Fitzgerald, C.M. Ruiz, and Darin Schuler will grace your pages with their wonderful drawings.
New to Reverse Fan Mails? You can read some older Reverse Fan Mails here.
And here’s what a few of the past Reverse Fan Mails have looked like:
The APRIL Book Club meets monthly-ish, and focuses on books from some of our favorite small presses. Up next is IF I SHOULD SAY I HAVE HOPE, by Lynn Melnick (YesYes Books).
The Book Club meets April 13. All Book Club meetings are held in the Cafe at the Frye Art Museum
To sign up for a membership, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, phone number, and mailing address. (We won’t use this information for anything besides the Book Club). This membership comes with three books and reserved seating at the monthly Book Club meeting. Book Club memberships are $30.
Space is limited at the monthly Book Club meeting, so please RSVP to email@example.com if you’d like to attend, but are not a Book Club member.
At January’s Book Club meeting, we discussed Derek Palacio’s singular novella, HOW TO SHAKE THE OTHER MAN (Nouvella Books, 2013). You can find Willie’s review of SHAKE here. We also paired SHAKE with a piece hanging in the Frye. Willie selected Franz Von Stuck’s “Pieta,” for it’s powerful depiction of grief.
Here are some of the nice things folks have said about APRIL and APRIL-related shindigs in the past.
“It’s everything that a good book festival should be, with all the bulls*&t trimmed away.” (The Stranger, 3.20.13) “…our festival tries to refute this tired notion that ‘literature’ is for a very specific, bookish group of people, and that it only occurs in certain designated spaces.” (Vol. 1 Brooklyn, 2.20.13) “I’ve never really seen anything quite like it.” (The Stranger, 4.2.12) “…poems about sex, refrigerators and terrifying dreams.” (City Arts Magazine, 10.19.12) “These kinds of things happen but once a lifetime.” (City Arts Magazine, 3.28.12) “This is no series of sedate readings.” (Seattle Met, 3.15.12)
For press inquiries or images, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Media outlets may use any and all photos on this website, provided you credit the photographer for each. If you have photo questions, or would like high-res versions of any of these photos, please email us.
Below are some of our favorite shots from APRIL 2013. To check out more photos like these, head to our Facebook page!
The Jackie Hell, APRIL festival’s fairy godmother, will cut you. (Photo c/o Joseph Lambert)
Matthew Rohrer, reading at the APRIL Showcase at Richard Hugo House. Continuing a theme of the festival, Rohrer rearranged the APRIL balloons to spell PILAR. “I’ve always thought that was a beautiful name.” (Photo c/o Greg Bem)
The teeming hordes listening to Heather Christle read at Vignettes. (Photo c/o Joseph Lambert)
The winner of the second annual A Poet, a Playwright, a Novelist and a Drag Queen event, Cherdonna (with crown) and her assistant, Baby CherCher! (Photo c/o Greg Bem)
For the goings-on of the APRIL crew, reviews, interviews and the full run of Reverse Fan Mail pieces, please head to our blog!
Tara Atkinson, Founder and Managing Director
Tara Atkinson has worked as an editor, an arts journalist, a publishing assistant, a home health aid, an organic farmer, a standardized test quality controller, and a line cook. In 2013 she earned her MFA from the University of Washington. Her chapbook, “Bedtime Stories,” is out now from Alice Blue
Willie Fitzgerald, Founder and Creative Director
Willie Fitzgerald grew up in Cabin John, MD, went to school in Wisconsin and now lives in Seattle. His writing has appeared in HOARSE, Keep This Bag Away From Children, City Arts Magazine and online at MSN.
Kellen Braddock, Finance and Development Director
Kellen Braddock no longer has an appetite for vegetables. Lately she marries produce in a blender and shoots the mess, like a pill, before coffee. She finds pleasure in knowing that Netflix really gets her, steadfast to her “Controversial,” “Strong Women” taste preferences. First ground-under-foot experience happened in NYC. She recently completed her MFA in Arts Leadership at Seattle University.
Frances E. Dinger, Media Relations Coordinator
Since 1990, Frances has lived in eight houses, three apartments, three countries and three states, but she currently lives in Seattle. Her fiction & essays have appeared in Thought Catalog, Small Doggies Magazine and Metazen, among other places. In 2012, she co-curated the art installation “Read With Me” in Seattle’s Occidental Park & presented a paper on the future of publishing at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.
Aidan Fitzgerald, Designer
Aidan Fitzgerald is an Artist and Cartoonist from Maryland currently living in Seattle. He is a founding member of the Intruder comics newspaper. You can see an assortment of work at aidandrawings.tumblr.com
APRIL is funded almost entirely by generous donations from readers and book-lovers like you.
If you’d like to support APRIL, please click here. Thank you!
APRIL is under the fiscal sponsorship of Shunpike, a 501©3 organization.
For our second year, we’ve had amazing support from all of you. From those who donated online as part of our fundraiser, a hearty APRIL thank you to:
Brittany Dennison, Channing Redford, Susan Graham, Alan Bransted, Peter Kane, Penelope Mitchell, Karen Allman, Patricia Dinger, Benjamin Blum, Darren Davis, Bruce Holbert, Richard Vanderknyff, Everett Ehrlich, Greg Flores (and all of HOARSE), Summer Robinson, Nancy Casanova, Hannah Clark, Edmund Zagorin, Bryan Ohno, Lauren Davis, Hollis Hill, Kelly Froh, Bill Carty, Chris Prandoni, Matthew Simmons, Nancy Ramsey, Christine O’Connor, Rebecca Brown, Greg Bem, Kelly Roesing, Samuel Moss, Ramzy Suleiman, Edward Wolcher, Nate Sloan, Cheri Walters, Matt Nelson, Ava Cole (Ms. Meow Meow), Lauren Othon, Kerri Ladish, Zachary Schomburg
In February, we held our first-ever APRIL Salon, which included a story by Rebecca Brown, which was auctioned off phrase-by-phrase. Some of the generous folks who pitched in for their very own phrases included:
Lauren Davis, Justin Duffus, Jeremy Springsteed, Willie Smith, Kellen Braddock, Jay Yenkich, Ava Cole, Nicole Bernard, Sam Moss, Calvin Pierce, Richard Chiem, Alan Bransted, Thomas Walton, Jessica Severance, Aidan Fitzgerald, Joseph Lambert, Adam Boehmer, Jamie, Sarah Lloyd, Elizabeth Cooperman, Brittany Dennison, Marlin Standingfish, Frances McCue, Garth Brewe, Rich Smith, Alex Garland
In our first year, we raised more than $5000 via Kickstarter, all thanks to our incredibly generous donors.
APRIL graciously thanks:
Marie Slaight, joshuA, Aidan Fitzgerald, Anthony Fleming, readlearnwrite, Rick VanderKnyff, Kate Sullivan, Jeffrey Simmons, Susan Graham, Ken Austin, Kara Marie Cooperrider, Stephanie Pereira, Lauren Davis, Neil Ferron, Jessica Massart, Jamey Braden von Mooter, Lynne Nugent, Flying Object, Diane Cook, Darian Gee, Melissa Gira Grant, Scott Burau, Dennis Yang, Stone Soup Theatre, Charles Alvis, Jeff James, Katie Seling, Gretchen Kolderup, Lloyd Cargo, Matt Rowe, Michael Lieberman, Katie Woodzick, Rebecca Meredith, Charles Karasek, Jenny Hayes, Futurepoem, Kelly Carlos, Brittany Dennison, Claire Fox, Gregory Laynor, Dan Brady, Jennifer Abel Kovitz, Amy Helen, Joy Ralph, Lys Ruben Blanc, Edward Mullany, Stephen Dossick, Peter Olson, Pietro Conforto Bardellini, Courtney Johnson von Nieda
Readers and Performers
Matthew Dickman, reading a poem to Xanax, at the 2013 APRIL Benediction.
APRIL 2013 featured some wonderful readings and performances. Thanks to, in no particular order: Matthew Dickman, Jackie Hell, Rebecca Brown, Punishment, Summer Robinson, Rich Smith, Rebecca Bridge, Amber Nelson, Heather Christle, Cherdonna, Elissa Ball, Peter Mountford, Neil Ferron, Calvin Pierce, Maged Zaher, Dave Thomas, Thomas Walton, Elizabeth Cooperman, Greg Bem, Emily Beyer, Jennifer Burdette, Rachel Kessler, Rauan Klassnik, Matthew Rohrer, Sherman Alexie, Fly Moon Royalty, Paul Constant, Paul Nelson, Anastacia Tolbert, Stephen Roxborough, Amalio Madueno, Nadine Maestas, Brad Loomis, Nancy K Dillon, the Bushwick Book Club, Jeremy Springsteed, Jason Conger, and the Ink and the Echo
We had some amazing readings and performances for APRIL 2012. Thank you to:
Rebecca Brown, Christopher Frizzelle, Debra DiBlassi, Mallery Avidon, Jackie Hell, Heather Folsom, Megan Kaminski, Lily Divine, Crystal Curry, Zachary Schomburg, Debra DiBlassi, Mallery Avidon, Jackie Hell, Heather Folsom, Levi Fuller, Matthew Simmons, Ryan Call, Chelsea Martin, Stacey Levine, Doug Nufer, Paulette Gaudet, Richard Chiem, Greg Bem, Jamey Braden, Kate Lebo, Diana Salier, Sarah Galvin, Ed Skoog, Riley Michael Parker, Robert Duncan Gray, Lindsay Allison Ruoff
APRIL has been lucky enough to work with some amazing organizations in Seattle and beyond. Thank you to: