April 21, 2010

Jon Cotner & Andy Fitch (with a special guest); James Yeary & Nate Orton


Wednesday, April 21, 7:30 pm

Concordia Coffee House
2909 NE Alberta
$5.00 suggested donation


Jon Cotner and Andy Fitch are the authors of Ten Walks/Two Talks (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010), a book that Time Out New York describes as "philosophical, formally innovative, and fascinating."
     "Ten Walks/Two Talks updates the meandering and meditative form of Basho's travel diaries. Mapping 21st-century New York, Cotner and Fitch tap their predecessor's collaborative tendencies in order to construct a descriptive/dialogic fugue. The book combines a series of sixty-minute, sixty-sentence walks around Manhattan and a pair of dialogues about walking--one of which takes place during a late-night 'philosophical' ramble through Central Park." (uglyducklingpresse.org)
     Cotner and Fitch have performed their dialogic improvisations across the country, as well as in Toronto and Berlin. They co-edited the 1036-page digital anthology Interdisciplinary Transcriptions; other publications where their work has appeared include Animal Shelter (Semiotext(e)), Brooklyn Rail, Denver Quarterly, Electric Literature, LIT, n+1, and UbuWeb.
     "Improvisations 2006-2010," the March 2010 issue of the audio journal textsound, contains 8+ hours of solo and collaborative mp3s by Cotner and Fitch.
     Jon Cotner lives in New York City. Andy Fitch is an assistant professor in the University of Wyoming's MFA Program.

As an experiment in the expansion of their pleine-aire zine serial My Day, James Yeary and Nate Orton will perform the entirety of their three-part My Day Walking Across Portland, with "live" drawing from the books, & a live reading.
     After producing My Day On The Max, the first installment of what would become the serial, Nate began inviting friends to collaborate. James first joined him for My Night At Chopsticks (a  karaoke bar) on the night of George W. Bush's 2007 State of the Union address. To date, they have released nearly a dozen issues of the serial, including My Day Walking Across Portland, My Day On Swan Island, and My Day In On & Under the Burnside Bridge. Current issues of My Day can usually be obtained at Reading Frenzy and Powell's in Portland, or by emailing nathanorton@hotmail.com.
     Nate Orton is a Portland-based visual artist who primarily works on large-scale drawings and paintings. His artwork as well as showing dates can be viewed at nate orton.
     James Yeary is a Portland-based poet, member of the Spare Room Collective, and a minister (he does weddings and funerals). You can keep up with his literary activities at the Calendar of Catabolic Guilt and his priestly duties at weddings and funerals.