[Local events] THE SWITCH: Yeary, Orton, Ashby, Doty, SUNDAY, IPRC

James Yeary juniorvarsityyardsale at gmail.com
Thu Mar 28 16:18:32 PDT 2013

We’re thrilled to announce a celebration and performance: Sunday, March 31
at the IPRC <http://iprc.org/> (1001 SE Division.) for the launch of *My Day
* #23, by visual artist Nate Orton; along with poets James Yeary and Chris
Ashby. Nate will create visual art while the poets read works from My Day.
Kris Doty and Jenny Logan will round out the evening with some music. This
will be very exciting, please join us!

*MY DAY* was started by *Nate Orton* after he moved to Portland from rural
Idaho almost a decade ago. He was frustrated with how large his new city
felt to him, as he was familiar with every square inch of his previous
town. Through line drawings, he created a visual catalog of major and minor
places and events in Portland that would help him become better acclimated
to the city. It worked. MY DAY on the MAX was completed as an edition of 35
Xerox copies. Much to Nate’s surprise, they sold fast. Another Idaho
transplant Chris Ashby joined to write for MY DAY on the Burnside Bridge
and Lloyd Center. Yet another Idaho transplant and writer James Yeary
joined to help create MY DAY at Chopsticks Karaoke Bar.

Sometime after MY DAY at Chopsticks, James and Nate decided to walk across
Portland metro. The first walk was turned into the book, MY DAY walking
across Gresham, the second across Portland, the third across Beaverton and
so on. They are currently at the Eastern edge of the Costal range with
plans to make it to the ocean. MY DAY #23, Blazers vs. Thunder was released
in February with both James and Chris contributing. Nate has plans to
continue this project until he reaches issue 100.

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*Chris Ashby* is a poet, student, and musician. 2013 will see the second
edition of his chapbook, *The Return*, a serial poem of transitional
objections about what it means to read today. Also forthcoming in 2013 is
the book length, but still rather short poem, *Notes from the Raft*. Recent
publications include work in *c_l Newsletter* and *Peaches and Bats 9*. He
has been collaborating with Nate Orton for over ten years on artist books
and placed based poetic projects, most recently on the *My Day* series.
This winter he began the small publishing venture (Couch Press) in order to
publish local poets: Spring 2013 will see the release of *Dawn’s Erasure (1)
* by fellow Portland poet and *My Day* collaborator James Yeary. He writes
and works mostly outside.

*James Yeary* is a member of the spare room reading series, the artist and
writer collaborative inquiry 13 Hats, and the IPRC. He has chapbooks out
from Couch Press, Hank’s Original Loose Gravel, editions plane, and
inkhorn. Visual work recently appeared in the Fantagraphics anthology *the
Last Vispo: visual poetry 1998-2008. *A video recently appeared at
unspokennw.com. He publishes work by many, many writers under the imprint
c_L, see creepoflight.com. He is very excited to be reading, finally, at
the IPRC, his dome away from dome.

Multi-instrumentalist *Kris Doty* has been playing music and touring for
nearly two decades. She cut her teeth in the high deserts of Idaho and
debuted her first solo record, *Smoke in the Mirror*, on her own dime; to
immediate success. The album took nine solid months to record. It’s full of
pop-sensible indie rock with moody undertones and hints of Doty’s jazz and
classical music interests. John McMahon (Built to Spill) added to the
moodier moments of Smoke with his cello and bass playing, while being its
producer as well. Kris studied music at an early age, playing the bass
which would become her main instrument (stand-up and electric) in her
longstanding engagement with Portland OR band Drew Grow & The Pastors’
Wives. Most recently; with DGPW, she toured the country with Merge Records
band Wild Flag, and Sub Pop’s The Head and The Heart. With Grow and company
having completed their sophomore album, Kris is busy working on her
sophomore release and the formation of a new band.
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