Dec 19, 2012

Book Launch Party: Morris Stegosaurus' Zebra Feathers - January 10 at Hugo House

When: January 10, 7-10pm
Where: Richard Hugo House
Poet Morris Stegosaurus performs selections from his debut full-length collection "Zebra Feathers," published by Minor Arcana Press. Seattle poets Dane Kuttler and Jeremy Richards also perform. Stegosaurus will be accompanied Stegosaurus will be accompanied by Fiddleback on guitar and Alfredo Arnaiz on saxophone. Doors/bar at 7 p.m. Show at 7:30 p.m. Free admission, books for sale.
About "Zebra Feathers"
Seasoned performance poet Morris Stegosaurus delivers his inimitably slick and brilliant wordplay via page, losing none of his bombast. He offers readers a bizarre, hilarious romp through a world of plush anthropomorphic animals, mystical surrealism, and absurdist commentary on our own increasingly cartoonish culture. Yet, even at its most dizzyingly psychedelic, the poems maintain a vital core of vulnerability. --Evan J. Peterson, Editor*Cover art by birds (

About Morris Stegosaurus
Morris Stegosaurus grew up in suburban Chicago, found his wings in New York City, and landed in Seattle, where he lives with his boyfriend Eric Maden, an abstract artist and experimental musician. He performs regularly with guitarist Jonathan "Fiddleback" Maxwell, cellist Star St.Germain, saxophonist Alfredo Arnaiz and other musicians under the collective name "Clockwork Ocean." He's always identified as an outsider, but in recent years has found love and acceptance within the furry community, in which context he identifies primarily as a zebra and secondarily as a dingo puppy. Photo by Andi Dean Mashek Burk.
About Minor Arcana Press
Minor Arcana Press is a Seattle-based small press founded by Allison McEntire Boyle and Evan J. Peterson. They publish strange, innovative and esoteric/mystical poetry, as well as mixed-genre anthologies. More info at

About Dane Kuttler
Dane Kuttler has competed at the Individual World Poetry Slam and Women of the World Poetry Slam, self-published three chapbooks, and completed 365 poems in 365 days during the 2010 poem-a-day project. More about Dane and her work can be found at Photo by Rasmus Rasmussen.
About Jeremy Richards
Jeremy Richards is a poet and journalist living in Seattle. His work has appeared widely, including in The Spoken Word Revolution Redux, McSweeney's, Rattle, The Morning News, and on National Public Radio's Morning Edition, Day to Day, and All Things Considered. "Nietzsche! The Musical," for which he wrote the book and lyrics, premiered at Seattle's Market Theater in June 2010. Richards holds a BA from Gonzaga University and an MA in cultural studies from the University of Washington.

Nonfiction Workshops with Corinne Manning

Sharing news of some nonfiction classes the lovely Corinne Manning will be teaching out of her house in January/February. 

The Living Room Workshops
Nonfiction Workshop
January 7th, 2013- February 11
Monday, 7-9pm
6 weeks–$215
In this workshop we will explore the essay and its various forms. Students will workshop two different essays, one at the beginning and one at the end, and in between we will explore different forms of the essay: the personal essay, the braided essay, and the lyric essay. In spirit with the French root of the form—essayer—we will view our work as attempts and work together to discover all of the opportunities present to more fully reveal our work.

Writing Trauma: Narratives of Healing
January 23- February 20
Wednesdays, 7-9 pm
5 weeks –$180
Maybe you went on a road trip and figured it all out, or had a psychic tell you to take care of your feet, or survived, or learned to use your loss in a new way. In this safe space we will use methods that explore the outlying regions of our memories. Through numerous exercises we will learn to stay present with a significantly difficult memory and allow it to transform from experience to narrative. We will also look at selections from narratives of healing: “Waking” by Matthew Sanford, “Heaven’s Coast” by Mark Doty, work by Margueritte Duras, Alice Walker and selections from “Maus" by Art Spiegleman. Our support text will be the invaluable Judith Herman's "Trauma and Recovery". Through this process we can begin to gain power over the event and shape it into a structure that heals readers just as purely as it healed the writer.

Corinne Manning is a writer and teacher in Seattle, WA. She believes that the deep exploration of craft is part of a unique and beautiful healing process for the writer.  She is the managing editor of Dark Coast Press. Her work has appeared online at the Oxford American, Drunken Boat, and Qarrtsiluni and in print at Arts & Letters. She was the 2010/2011 Writer-in-Residence at the Hub City Writers Project, in Spartanburg, SC. She received her MFA in fiction from UNC Wilmington. She is also a book designer,  yoga teacher,  and a student of herbalism.

Contact Corinne: corinne.manning [@] gmail [dot] com