July 10, 2003

C.E. Putnam & Ashley Edwards

Thursday, July 10, 2003, 7:30 pm
Westwind Gallery
2486 NW Kearney
Portland, Ore.

Suggested donation $5
(for more information or directions, call 503-233-4562)

About the readers:

C.E. Putnam has lived in three world capitals: Washington D.C., London, and Bangkok. The proprietor of P.I.S.O.R. (The Putnam Institute for Space Opera Research) & the 50ยข Off Press, his chapbooks include Communal Bebop Canto (1998; a renga project with Allison Cobb and Jen Coleman), Have you ever heard of a thing like that? (2001; a gallery companion to a collaborative exhibition with artist Robb Putnam ), and Maniac Box (2001). The magazines Monkey Puzzle, Bird Dog, Pom2, Ixnay, Tinfish, Northwest Review, and Skanky Possum may very well contain some of his published works. He currently lives in his birthplace, Seattle, above a violin repair shop. He will probably be reading from his new manuscript entitled Things Keep Happening.

"C.E. Putnam used to be water, but now he is coffee."
   —Arthur Rimbaud

Ashley Edwards attends Reed College and hopes to pursue graduate study in poetics at SUNY Buffalo. She is currently working on a multimedia performance piece entitled "the hamlet incident," an investigation into the literary history of ghosts, to be presented at Pacific Switchboard in August. The first issue of FO.A.RM (hot off the press) includes Ashley's "Unable to Divide the Word Without Its Use: The Broken Poetry of Typewriting Drills." She is the Editorial Assistant for the Organ Review of Arts. Over the summer, she plans to give town lectures, interview livestock auctioneers, and work collaboratively on a zine about art appropriation. Currently on her reading platter: Steven Connor's Dumbstruck: A Cultural History of Ventriloquism. She loves all worlds she lives in.

"The conscripted dawn of mutable hydrologies."
   —The Black Tarantula (on the work of Ashley Edwards)