The Next Big Thing!

Welcome to minorprogression’s installment of The Next Big Thing, a self-interview game of blog-tag. I was tagged by Amanda Davidson, who was tagged by Deb Poe the wonderful poet, novella-ist, editor, teacher, and champion of the hybrid form. Other links to check out are Susana Gardner, Claire Donato, Matt Runkle, Jackie Clark, Ren Evans and Jenn McCreary and more will be added every Wednesday.

The idea of the project is that tagged people answer this set of questions on their blog. The questions are geared toward an in-the-works book, but Amanda suggested everyone take the liberty of broadening the criteria to include more amorphous entities or small projects people are currently working on and even went so far to suggest everyone change the questions… I’m suggesting anyone interested should tag themselves and become part of The Next Big Thing! If you do so, link your self in the comments section!

QUESTIONS:

What is the title of the book or project you want to talk about?

Parasite.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

After I read and hated JT Leroy’s The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things I knew a book for us and by us needed to be created. I know Parasite isn’t the first of this kind, but hopefully it’ll provide some justice in comparison to all the bullshit Sarah Albert created. Amazing writers like Dennis Cooper, Bruce Benderson, Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian got involved with Albert, thinking Albert was the real deal truck stop hooker she claimed to be and as Stephen Beachy later uncovered Albert was a fraud, the whole show ended up being the wrong kind of explosion, and hopefully Parasite will offer a more enjoyable-truthful-loving experience, with the hooker still the star. Not a heart of gold hooker, mind you, but you know, a hooker with some heart.

What genre does your book fall under?

It’s intended to be a genre buster! A little sci-fi, a little bit memoir, a little bit appropriated, ad a dash of glitter and heartbreak and maybe some methamphetamine?!

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Ezra Miller would be the perfect Joshua Boyer!

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

“Queer is just a word for people too busy talking…”

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

It was a continual process of layering and took me seven years to complete.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Life. Numerous writing workshops. And all of my favorite writers – Kathy Acker.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

There’s a lot of sex.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Publication Studios published it. It’s available here.

NOW! TAG! YOU’RE IT! PLEASE SEND ME YOUR LINKS TO YOUR PROJECTS!

A Reading to Celebrate Parasite by Stephen Boyer & Train to Pokipse by Rami Shamir

Stephen Boyer is the author of Parasite (Publication Studio 2012), GHOSTS (bent boy books 2010), and they compiled “The Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology.” Their work has been published in many anthologies, zines and art galleries: 2nd Floor Projects, “Madder Love: Queer Men and the Precincts of Surrealism” (Rebel Satori Press 2008), Poets Theater in San Francisco, Shampoo Poetry, and Try. This past fall they’ve also helped curate GRRRLS ON FILM! and they maintain the blog minorprogression.com.

“Stephen Boyer’s novel Parasite is exciting, well-crafted and so utterly alive, you half expect it to shake you off and fly away as you turn its pages. Josh is the sort of boy who experiences nearly everything through his ass, so he’s not your usual sort of narrator, but if you’ve ever sat on anything weird, or anything splendid, this book will get to you just as it got to me.”
– Kevin Killian

Rami Shamir is a Zuccotti occupier and novelist. His work has appeared in Brooklyn Rail, Evergreen Review, SPANK Magazine and Adbusters. He is the author of Train To Pokipse (Underground Editions).

“TRAIN TO POKIPSE is a Catcher in the Rye for the new century, and Rami Shamir is an authentic literary voice for a new lost generation. POKIPSE, much like The Catcher in the Rye , will be a powwow of the alienated (elite), where America’s outsider youth can gather to infuse the vitality of their life for decades to come.”
– Barney Rosset

Parasite + Occupy Wall Street Peoples Library + Poetry Anthology Installation

Dear friends, I’m very excited to announce this coming January I will be celebrating two big achievements. First, my novel Parasite is being published by Publication Studios as part of their Fellow Travelers Series.

‘Publication Studio’s Fellow Travelers series extends the pioneering work of Paris-based Olympia Press’s Traveller’s Companion series of the 1950s and ’60s, which published work that had been banned or censored through moralistic prohibition. Our series presents great new work that has been effectively “censored” by the market. In our day, the market is the definitive censor. The Fellow Travelers series proudly presents great work that the market has not endorsed, but that we believe in.’ — Publication Studio

Tues., Jan. 15, Launch party for Stephen Boyer’s new novel Parasite at the Bureau of General Services Pop Up Bookshop hosted by Strange Loop Gallery.

Stephen Boyer reads from their new novel Parasite on Publication Studios’ Fellow Traveller’s Series. The launch event will include Ariel Goldberg and a music performance by M. Lamar. Photographs by Stephen are in the current exhibition Electric Eclectic Beauties of the Glorious Nightlife.

Parasite Blurbs:

Alvin Orloff: If you’re looking for a raw and slightly surreal missive from the land of poetic hustlers (and, really, who isn’t?) Parasite is your book. Josh, the protagonist, is a queer teen with tranny tendencies and a psychedelic sensibility. As he puts it: “Life is quite simply a stream of cut-ups and the state of being alive is kaledeidoscopic.” Fleeing his repressive Christian family, Josh runs off to San Francisco to become a sex worker (“the job of lower class kings”) and winds up as the kept boy of “Mr. Old Cock.” It’s a rotten situation, one that might demoralize or embitter a lesser soul. Fortunately, Josh finds solace and direction by venerating musicians, writers, and creativity. Simultaneously, though, Josh gets swept up in whirlwind of drugs, clubs, tricks, and casual sex. This new life is risky; Josh’s luck eventually runs out and the story veers off in directions both unexpected and unforgettable.

Kevin Killian: Stephen Boyer’s novel Parasite is exciting, well-crafted and so utterly alive, you half expect it to shake you off and fly away as you turn its pages. Its hero flees his repressive, religious family coop and winds up in one adolescent hell after another in beautiful San Francisco. Adventures burst into being: virtual slavery to an older guy; a career in fetish porn; fast friendships that go south under pressure; slow lessons in the miseries of capitalism; unrequited love, self-medication—and presently, travel to distant planets in the future. (Yes, it’s kind of Doris Lessing.) Josh is the sort of boy who experiences nearly everything through his ass, so he’s not your usual sort of narrator, but if you’ve ever sat on anything weird, or anything splendid, this book will get to you just as it got to me.

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Ariel Goldberg is a writer and artist. Recent publications include Picture Cameras (NoNo Press), The Photographer without a Camera (Trafficker Press), and The Estrangement Principle, selections of which appear in Aufgabe 11.

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M. Lamar is a countertenor, pianist and composer whose work draws heavily from African American Spirituals, Opera, late 20th century avant-garde music, as well as popular forms like blues and rock. Lamar’s work has been presented internationally most recently at Performatorum, Regina Canada, The International Theater Festival Donzdorf, Germany, Cathedral of St. John the Divine New York, and The African American Arts and Culture Complex San Francisco. Lamar has also presented work at PS122, Dixon Place, Joe’s Pub, Abrons Art Center, The Chocolate Factory, Galapagos Art Space, Center for Performance Research, and Washington Center for Performing Arts among others. In 2008 Lamar’s work was presented along side world renowned performance artist Ron Athey in the Biennale d’art performatif de Rouyn-Noranda in Quebec, Canada. Also, 2008 found Lamar as featured performer in Tony-nominated performance artist Justin Bonds award-winning show Lustre at P.S.122 and Abrons Arts Center.

M. Lamar holds a B. F. A. from the San Francisco Art institue and attended the Yale School of Art in the sculture program before dropping out to pursue music.

Lamar has had many many years of classical vocal study with Ira Siff among others.

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Stephen Boyer is the author of Parasite (Publication Studios 2012), GHOSTS (bent boy books 2010), and they compiled “The Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology.” Their work has been published in many anthologies, zines and art galleries: 2nd Floor Projects, “Madder Love: Queer Men and the Precincts of Surrealism” (Rebel Satori Press 2008), Poets Theater in San Francisco, Shampoo Poetry, and Try. This past fall they’ve also helped curate GRRRLS ON FILM! and they maintain the blog minorprogression.com.

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the Center for Book Arts:

Brother, Can You Spare a Stack
January 18, 2013 – March 30, 2013

Organized by Yulia Tikhonova

Brother, Can You Spare a Stack presents thirteen art projects that re-imagine the library as a force for social change. Each project constructs a micro library of sorts that serves specific economic or social needs within the community. Each project proposes an alternative politicized realm, which can be imagined and formed to explore the social dimensions of contemporary culture. Small and mobile, these projects resist the limitations of a controlled, highly organized system that governs our society. In contrast to subjective libraries formed by the artists picking and choosing book titles, these projects take a pragmatic and rational approach, using the library model as an interactive field. Selected projects update the principles of relational aesthetics, and shift them towards all-inclusive and useful cultural production. “Brother, Can You Spare a Stack” borrows its title from the lyrics of a popular depression era song, claiming that the artists invent alternative models of questioning, inspiring new perspectives on social transformation. They insert themselves into the most unexpected situations and spaces, in this case libraries, to propose social and cultural improvement. The exhibition includes projects by: Arlen Austin and Jason Boughton; Brett Bloom and Bonnie Fortune; Stephen Boyer; BroLab (Rahul Alexander, Jonathan Brand, Adam Brent, Ryan Roa, and Travis LeRoy Southworth); Valentina Curandi and Nathaniel Katz; Finishing School with Christy Thomas; Anna Lise Jensen and Michael Wilson; Jen Kennedy and Liz Linden; The K.I.D.S. with Word Up Collective, Eyelevel BQE, Launchpad, NURTUREart, Weeksville Heritage Center, and individual partners, as well as with Emcee C.M., Master of None; Annabel Other; Reanimation Library; The Sketchbook Project; and Micki Watanabe Spiller.

The opening reception is January 18, 2013 6-8pm.

In Memorium of Stacy Doris: The Cake Part

Recently the poetry community lost Stacy Doris. Last night at Lee Ann Brown’s home, a bunch of people gathered to remember Stacy. People read from her work and shared personal stories about the love and grace she brought into the world. It was a stunningly emotional night.

Stacy was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She received her AB in literature and society from Brown University and an MFA in English and creative writing from the University of Iowa.

Her books include Knot (University of Georgia Press, 2006), Cheerleader’s Guide to the World: Council Book (Roof Books, 2006), Conference (Potes & Poets, 2001), Une Année à New York avec Chester (P.O.L., 2000), Paramour (Krupskaya, 2000), La vie de Chester Steven Wiener ecrite par sa femme (P.O.L., 1998), Kildare (Segue Foundation, 1994).

A translator from French and Spanish, she has co-edited anthologies of French writing in translation including Twenty One New (to North America) French Writers (1997) and Violence of the White Page (1991). She is also the translator of Dominique Fourcade’s Everything Happens (2000).

Doris has also published two short books written in collaboration with visual artists: Mop Factory Incident (with Melissa Smedley; Women’s Studio Workshop, 1996), and Implements (for Use) (with Anne Slacik).

She taught at several colleges and universities including the University of Iowa and Hunter College.

Stacy Doris died on February 1, 2012.

Before she passed, Stacy Doris sent many of her friends translations of French Pornographic works she uncovered from the French Revolution. She sent the texts to many of her friends with instructions to make a video. This project is called The Cake Part. After people read and shared Stacy Doris’s work at last nights event, a bunch of videos from The Cake Part were screened.

And here they are for your enjoyment:

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Check Out Kevin Killian’s Amazon Review Poems

“How does one review a legendary reviewer such as Kevin Killian?” I asked myself after reading his newly published collection, Amazon Review Poems? To be honest, the only real answer I could give myself was, “you just fucking do it.” So here goes:

Kevin Killian, for those of you unaware folks, is a cult icon in the experimental writing world. He’s published essays and art critiques, has a stack of published poetry, runs a poetry zine, writes for numerous publications, has written countless plays, short stories and novels and even has biographies under his belt, yet, he still somehow manages to find the time to be one of the top reviewers on amazon.com and he’s probably out of those ten the best.

Needless to say, Kevin is a genius. He’s probably written more words than there are seconds I’ve lived and all of the words he’s fastened together are poignant, all full of worth. I used to have the luxury of living in close proximity to Kevin. During some of this time I studied under him and like to say he’s just as genteel a guy as his poetry makes him out to be. That said, he’s also at times devilishly funny, with the ability to make you cry and scratch your head as you ponder the insightful new thought he’s cleverly dressed up and illuminated for your pleasure. Kevin is a man of pleasure and the world, and his amazon reviews insightfully open eyes to such far ranging subjects as the occult magickal teachings of Aleister Crowley and Highland 1039500 Black Rainproof Car Top Carrier and Duffel Bag. Kevin is such a reliable, unreliable narrator, that readers must question whether or not his interactions with the subject matter is truthful every step of the way. In one sense, this book proves just how connected people are to their things, and to the world around them, and I’m talking in both the metaphysical sense and the hoarder sense, just as this book calls into question the reliability of the Internet. Most importantly of all, Kevin repeatedly proves that it is of little consequence whether his stories bare truth, for truth to Kevin is a fiction. What is fundamentally at the heart of his reviews is his desire to interact with the world, to be the world, to become so much a part of the world that the incalculable amount of subject matter the world possesses lives through him. Surely to have written so many reviews on such wide-ranging topics proves Kevin’s sensibilities are overflowing. These poems can be read as refined poetic gestures to the authors, books, and films that inspire them or this book can be read as a subversive assault on the nature of poetry. Can something as mundane and free-for-all as an amazon review be considered poetry? I’m sure academics are shaking their heads as Kevin proves again his ability to defy literary notions. Who was it that said literature is way behind in terms of progressing when compared to other art forms? Obviously they had never read Kevin Killian. And if you haven’t you really really should click here.

Shampoo Poetry #38 the Tenth Anniversary Issue!!!!!!

The past ten years many great poets reached out to SHAMPOO proving just how squeaky clean even the dirtiest poem can be. I’m pleased to announce Shampoo recently released the 10th Anniversary Issue, and the issue contains a couple of my poems from my chapbook GHOSTS put out by BENTBOYBOOKS. It’s the biggest best SHAMPOO ever, with fantastic stuff by Tim Yu, Stephanie Young, Grzegorz Wróblewski (translated by Malcolm Sinclair), Tim Wright, Valerie Witte, Elizabeth Witte, Alli Warren, Dana Ward, Tim Vander Meulen, Joseph Torra, Halie Theoharides, Benmina Taquito, Dawn Sueoka, Louisa Storer, Suzanne Stein, Tim Shaner, Chad Scheel, RussWade, Meg Ronan, Kit Robinson, Mg Roberts, Beni Ransom, Kris Raido, Michael Pontacoloni, Ron Palmer, Billy X. O’Brien, Debrah Morkun, Trey Moody, Scott Metz, Catherine Meng, m.g. martin, Blake Lynch, Emily Liebowitz, D.W. Lichtenberg, Cassie Lewis, Rodney Koeneke, Jack Kimball, Kevin Killian, Larry Kearney, Alexander Jorgensen, Jill Jones, Matthew Johnstone, Becca Jensen, Paolo Javier, Chinedu Jonathan Ichu, Paul Hostovsky, Yuri Hospodar, Kallima Hamilton, Jaimie Gusman, Carolyn Gregory, Robert Glück, Leora Fridman, Andy Fitch & Jon Cotner, Rachel Finkelstein, Thomas Fink, Dion Farquhar, Adam Fagin, Elaine Equi, Melissa Eleftherion, Susie DeFord & Dennis Riley, P. Edward Cunningham, Brent Cunningham, Alex Crowley, Bruce Covey, William Corbett, Sean Cole, Bryan Coffelt, Justin Chin, Joseph Chapman, Otto Chan, Sabrina Calle, Craig Cady, Brandon Brown, Taylor Brady, Stephen Boyer, Bill Berkson, Melissa Benham, Dodie Bellamy, Jim Behrle, Rae Armantrout, and Shane Allison, along with SHAMPOOArt by Beni Ransom and Otto Chan, and a special documentary by Essential Films.

And remember, SHAMPOO is always accepting submissions.