The Northwest Literary Showcase at this year’s Helsing Junction Sleeopver, August 16-18, presents a broad mix of essayists, novelists, zinesters, and poets from around the Northwest. Combining seasoned award-winning authors with up-and-coming writers, the showcase brings an entertaining assortment of local talent.
Some of the artists appearing this year are:
Kevin Sampsell is a Portland-based author, publisher, and bookseller. His critically-acclaimed memoir, A Common Pornography came out in 2010 on Harper Perennial. For almost 25 years, he’s ran the micropress, Future Tense Books, and for fifteen years he’s worked as events coordinator and head of the small press section at Powell’s Books. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including McSweeneys, Nerve, and Salon. His first novel, This is Between Us, comes out this November on Tin House.
Ariel Birks is a writer and musician based in Olympia, Washington. She is the author of the zine Jesus Christ Superzine, the first issue of which was nominated for Zine of the Year in 2009 by the Utne Reader, and the poetry chapbook Gentle in Carnations, which was released in 2012.
Michael Heald is the publisher of Perfect Day Publishing. His debut essay collection, Goodbye to the Nervous Apprehension, was one of the Willamette Week’s Best Books of 2012. His work has appeared in Runner’s World, the LA Review of Books, Propeller Quarterly, Silk Road Review, Volume 1 Brooklyn, and other publications. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Casey Fuller is a writer and cat lover born and raised in Olympia, Washington and currently based in Portland, Oregon. His poems have appeared in Crab Creek Review, Switched-On Gutenberg, A River and Sound Review, Palabra, among other publications. He’s the winner of the 2009 Here Today art grant and the 2010 Jeanne Lohmann Poetry Prize. His book, A Fort Made of Doors, was the winner of the 2011 Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Contest.
Joshua James Amberson is a writer based in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of the long-running zine Basic Paper Airplane, as well as The Prince Zine, Growing Things: A Guide for Beginning Gardeners, and is editor of the book collection, Everyday Mythologies. His work has appeared in Zine World, American Songwriter, Syndicate Product, Where You From?, Grand, and other publications. He co-runs the Ms. Valerie Park Distro, runs Antiquated Future Records, is an organizer for the Portland Zine Symposium, and is a volunteer event coordinator at the Independent Publishing Resource Center.
Chloe Caldwell is the author of the essay collection, Legs Get Led Astray (Future Tense Books, April 2012). Her nonfiction has appeared in Salon.com, The Rumpus, Thought Catalog, xoJane, The Frisky, The Sun, The Faster Times, The Fix, Men’s Health, and many anthologies including Goodbye To All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving NYC (Seal Press). She currently lives in Portland, Oregon and works at Powell’s Books.
Danielle Ruse is a writer who works in many forms, a publicist for K Records, avid book enthusiast, and a lover of cats. She’s a long-standing fixture of the Olympia community.
Gaia Thomas is part of a collective of artists and poets that have dubbed themselves Team Awesome. In 2011, she appeared in the Godiva Speaks anthology and read with other women poets from Olympia. In 2004 she got sidetracked from a road trip and ended up winning the Mad Linguist Poetry Slam. She is the author of three chapbooks: Bitter Cup, Cut from the Body, and the upcoming Aloft Alight. She is currently authoring a column called “Be the Yogurt” which has nothing to do with yogurt.