Tuesday, July 6, 2010

EVENT: July 14th: Mike Faloon, James Jay, Chad Willenborg & Weirding Way

Wednesday, July 14th, 7pm
Brickbat Books

Mike Faloon
James Jay
Chad Willenborg
The Weirding Way

Mike Faloon

Mike Faloon’s The Hanging Gardens of Split Rock is utterly beguiling, utterly irresistible. His pitch-perfect humor, his likeable self-deprecation, his camera eye that never quits—all of this I found quite completely charming. I unreservedly recommend these essays and stories to all readers seeking smart, precise, funny, warm, deeply human writing.

– David Shields, author Black Planet; The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead

Faloon's storytelling comes across as so effortless and natural—while still being hilarious and keenly tuned into human nature — I almost don't trust it. For years I've been saying to people, 'There's this great Mike Faloon story...' It feels good to now be able to say, 'There's this great Mike Faloon book.'"

– Jonathan Messinger, Time Out Chicago, author Hiding Out

Mike Faloon has paid the bills as a DJ, dishwasher, and drummer. He is the publisher of two zines (Go Metric, Zisk) and a contributing writer to Chunklet, Razorcake, and Roctober. His work has also appeared in The Zine Yearbook (Soft Skull), The Overrated Book (Last Gasp), and The Rock Bible (Quirk). He has toured across the U.S. and Canada, from NPR studios in Portland to the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York. He and his family live in upstate New York.

James Jay

The poems in The Journeymen wander from the high deserts of Arizona to the bars of Ireland; from the library at Columbia University to the classrooms of a juvenile detention center; from the streets of Los Angeles to a hike up Mars Hill to a lonely Greyhound highway all in search of the narratives that create the meaning in our increasingly fragmented lives. The women and men who inhabit these poems give a voice to the beautiful and flawed humans lingering on the periphery of contemporary society. Reading The Journeymen is like lovingly stroking that scar you picked up in a forgotten life.

Praise for The Journeymen:

“The Journeymen is that rare thing—a book as meaty as its subjects, as thick as silence, and as satisfying as a perfect blues riff.”

—Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina

“James Jay’s new collection is like the best kind of public house where revolutionaries sit alongside prize fighters, medieval saints and 20th century felons take shots at the bar, and Old Angel Moonlight waits by the pool table to sweetly sucker you with his hustle.”

—Jim Ruland, author of Big Lonesome

James Jay’s poetry has appeared in Strange Machine, Alligator Juniper, Crab Creek Review, Cutbank and numerous other journals and magazines. His short stories and essays have been featured in Carbon 14, and The View from Here; his interviews of award winning writers such as Mark Gibbons, Dennis Greig, and Ron Chernow have appeared in various newspapers. He has worked as the weekly Literary News Correspondent for Koshari Television. His previous book of poems, The Undercards, won the Sashimi Award for Literature (Gorsky Press, 2003).

James Jay lives in Flagstaff, Arizona where he has taught poetry at the jail, the public schools and Northern Arizona University. He has worked as a bartender, wild land firefighter, book seller, surveyor, and furniture mover. Currently, he is a weekly columnist for FlagLive, the Executive Director of the Northern Arizona Book Festival, and owns a bar with his wife, Alyson.

Chad Willenborg

Chad Willenborg’s work has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Believer, City Paper, and First City Review, and has been nominated for Best American Short Stories. He is working on a new novel set in Philadelphia. (Philadelphia Stories)

The Weirding Way

The musical stylings of Abi Galloza

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