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Looking back at the calendar, I can’t believe that it’s been over a year since we held the very first installment of the Rough Copy Reading Series. It’s a total cliche, but time really has flown. Every month, I panic just a little; Will we be able to get readers? Will anyone show up? Am I drinking too much to announce the next reader coherently? The answers were always in the affirmative.

Through all the panic and worrying though, there is excitement. There is an opportunity to hear amazing writers, meet wonderful people, and have a lot of fun. But, the past few months have brought so many changes here at Rough Copy, and in an effort to keep up, it looks like we’re going to have to say goodbye to the reading series, at least for now. It’s sad for me, but the extra time each month will certainly free me up to pursue awesome activities such as resting, napping, and loafing. Three things I excel at, and have been neglecting for far too long. It will also give me time to finally, finally, finally post all of the pictures from a year’s worth of readings! So look forward to that.

Many, many thanks to all of our fantastic featured authors, our brave open mic-ers, to Canvas Art Bar (who will be moving to a new location in January. Good luck with the move!), and to the rest of the Rough Copy team! Everyone rocks.

 

 

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Ali McCart founded the Portland-based Indigo Editing and Publications a little over five years ago. Since then, she and her band of like-minded editors have worked tirelessly in forming a company whose services, publications and local presence are unaccountably unique.

In addition to its ongoing offerings of editing and writing mentorship services, Indigo hosts the annual Sledgehammer Writing Contest—a scavenger hunt/team writing free-for-all that asks contestants to simultaneously test their skills in treasure hunting and under-the-gun scribbling. Indigo puts out its own literary journal (Ink-Filled Page) and offers regular classes on the ins and outs of the writing business.

McCart—along with Indigo’s Senior Editor Kristin Thiel and Associate Editor Susan DeFreitas—will be reading at this month’s Rough Copy reading series, on July 27. I sat down with the three of them to talk about the relationship between editing and writing, their upcoming artistic endeavors, and the many-headed beast that is Indigo Editing and Publications.

Shane Danaher: So first of all, do you want to just tell me a little bit about Indigo, how it got started and what it is?

Ali McCart: So, Indigo is a collective of editors and each of us has different specialties. We work with authors and publishers and organizations based on our various specialties. Nonfiction, health and wellness, memoir, fantasy, sci-fi, and other genres. We’ve got three of us here and then we have a fourth editor who’s actually in Sacramento. And so it didn’t work out for her to be in the reading this month. But yes. We edit for publishers and independent authors alike.
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This month we are pleased to welcome two more great writers to our reading series. Please join us this month as featured authors, Julian Smith and David Wolman read pieces on this month’s theme, Love and War.

June 29 7:00

Canvas Art Bar, 1800 NW Upshur

Theme: Love & War

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Our Contributing Editor, Shane Danaher, fits a little Somerset Maugham into his reading list:

I picked up a copy of The Painted Veil to fill the gap in my reading schedule between finishing Death in the Andes (great!) and waiting for my copy of American Rust to show its face (also great!…I hope). It was my intention to go with something “lighter.” I was curious about Maugham because he holds this kind of odd place in the canon whereby he’s regarded with some respect, but he’s rarely considered as a participant in the strictly regimented ranks of Literature. I decided to check it out.

First, let’s talk about the novel’s strengths: Maugham’s truest talent is a sense for character, and that predilection is on full display in this novel. The Painted Veil is the story of one Kitty Fane (originally “Kitty Lane,” but the Lane family threatened to sue Maugham unless he changed the moniker). The book is centered on her relationship with her husband—a taciturn, government bacteriologist.

The novel opens with Kitty en-media-res in her affair with a dashing, colonial Sub Prefect. The setting is Hong Kong in the 1920s, and Kitty, bored with her husband, disdainful of his lack of social pluck, has embarked on the affair out of a petulant desire to live the life to which her moneyed London upbringing has made her feel entitled. Her husband (name of Walter) finds out—naturally. However, due to the dynamics of Walter and Kitty’s relationship, this discovery leads them in some interesting directions.

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Many, many thanks to all of our issue launch readers!  It was a fantastic night.  Another thank you to The Weak Knees for bringing the musical accompaniment.  And one last thanks to Canvas Art Bar for hosting us.  Enjoy these lovely pictures of a night well spent.

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Look at this beautiful picture.  It’s beckoning you to come out to hear some amazing writing and music.  It’s beckoning you to celebrate with us.  And you can’t help but answer that call.

Issue Launch Party, November 11, 7:00, Canvas Art Bar

Featuring readings by:

Merridawn Duckler, Jason Gray, Patrick Lamson-Hall, Hannah Pass, Dao Strom, & Sandy Tanaka

With musical entertainment by:  The Weak Knees

Cover Art by: Grace Weston

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Tom Bissell

I think it’s always a sign of good things to come when an interview starts out with a fifteen minute break so that the interviewee and I can properly dress and accessorize our game characters.  Sackboy, as the character from the super awesome game, Little Big Planet is known, wouldn’t dare enter any game world without being properly dressed.  That is a known fact.  I nattily dressed my Sackboy in tweed and glasses that can only be described as “rockstar,” and off we went, jumping, swinging, and dancing through technicolor landscapes.  And it hits me, this memory, the memory of my first Nintendo.  I let many hours pass in my attempts to beat, nay, destroy Super Mario Brothers.  And somehow I know, clicking the x button, while I reach for the swinging vine in front of me, that I could easily spend the rest of my life playing this game.  And that is the beauty of it all.  Here I am, all grown up and stuff, and I’m transfixed, mesmerized by the colors, the sounds, the movement, just like I used to be.  Translation: Video games are pretty neat.

Tom Bissell is a writer, teacher, and gamer. The author of both works of  fiction and non-fiction, his newest work, Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter, bridges the divide between video games and literature. We met recently for a chat about bridging the great divide between “high” and “low” culture, the literary world, and making the world safe for cromulent.

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