Friday, December 02, 2005

There was a nice little write-up in Time Out Beijing this month about The Bookworm's International Literary Open Mic. I include the link to Time Out Beijing, although the article is not available online, unfortunately. In the magazine, there's not even a picture of me with the article, but I'm spreading them around in other venues...

I changed the name of the event this week to reflect that fact that it's not just for English-speaking ex-pats, but for folks from all walks. Just this week, we had poems read in Chinese, English, French, Spanish, Hungarian and Swedish. (Does Shakespearean English count as another language?) In the past, we've also heard poems read in Danish and Italian. That's darn cool! This doesn't even represent the full range of people watching the event, which has included nationals from Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, England, France, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Morocco, Nigeria, Panama, Russia and Sri Lanka. Is there a more international event on the planet?

I've also been trying my hand at some improvisation, beginning about six weeks ago with our first attempt. Last Wednesday night was the first time that folks in the audience jumped in and started participating without being told what was going on. As usual, Josh Hinck (who goes by the name of Junkbox when he's throwing down the poetry) and I started shouting out phrases at each other from across the room, which we had planned to do earlier in the evening. People could see what we were doing, and spontaneously shouted out their own responses. It made for a fun and surprising part of the show and we're getting better at engineering this part of the reading. As always, I'll keep you updated...

In other news, there is yet another version of my e-book, Excess Conceptions Meditations Rapist, on the Sidebrow website. Take a look if you haven't peeped it before or download the original from the sidebar at your left.

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