What makes a reading a success in your eyes?
Can I answer this as a writer?
MC: As a performer, I think I can kind of instinctively tell based on the energy in the room. I feel like giving a reading is not about validating your ego, but about putting yourself out there in a way where you can feel the gap between yourself and the audience closing. I gave a reading last night and I swear, even before the fucking thing was over, it felt like the whole audience was giving me a hug. I didn’t even have to look up to know that–I was projecting my love to them, and they laughed and they sighed and they clapped and they took deep breaths at all the places that made me feel those feelings. So to me, I know a reading is a success when I walk off the stage and I feel love.
Mark will be working the Big Lucks jumpoff all week (table 2018), and we’re sharing the space with our buddies at Magic Helicopter and NOÖ. We’ll have the following stuff at our table:
- Tons of copies of Mathias Svalina’s Wastoid and Sarah Jean Alexander’s Wildlives for sale (at a discount!)
- VERY limited copies of the following Big Lucks Chapbooks:
- Isn’t That You Waving At You by Liz Clark Wessel
- And I Shall Again Be Virtuous by Natalie Eilbert
- Best Poems by Mike Krutel (THERE IS LITERALLY ONLY ONE COPY LEFT)
- Preorder info for our newest titles from Carrie Murphy & Caroline Crew, which will both be released this summer
- Sarah Jean Alexander selfie stickers!!
- Info on The Ruth Stone First Book Prize for women authors
- Very cheap ($2) back issues of Big Lucks
- consensual hugs, handshakes, and smiles.
BIG LUCKS OFFSITE8PM: BIG LUCKS x BLACK CAKE x MAGIC HELICOPTER present: GET OVER IT at Black Forrest Inn, where there will be readings from Mathias Svalina, Caroline Crew, Mike Krutel, Dillon Welch, Gina Kiecher, Amy Lawless, Bianca Stone, and other amazing people. This event will be hosted by Mark & Mike and if Mark gets his way, it’ll be very not boring.
So there are all my plans for AWP. You can also get a broadside of my poem CONTEMPORARY VIEWS OF DECEMBER from the Coconut table, if that’s a thing you wanna hang on your wall.
The first 100 people to preorder will:
1. Receive a Sarah Jean Alexander “Selfie Sticker”
2. Have a chance to win 1 of 5 Wildlives-inspired banners, handmade by Sarah Jean herself
3. Save $4 off the cover price and get the book by 3/23
This book is my favorite book. It took me 17 months to edit it, and it took SJA four years to turn in from a concept into an actual book.
Eventually, I’m gonna tell you the whole story of SJA and I took this from an manuscript and turned it into a book. Right now what I can say is that Sarah Jean is so visceral, so tender, so alive and so “salvaje” and this book just makes me feel excited and horrified about being alone in the world. I had high expectations for this book, and after reading it again 3x this weekend, I can wholeheartedly say that it exceeded everyone one of them.