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

James Yeary juniorvarsityyardsale at gmail.com
Thu Mar 28 16:25:01 PDT 2013

*apologies for the second email, the reading is at 7:00pm*

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.
> * *
> *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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