February 17: Graham Isaac’s “Filthy Jerry’s Guide to Parking Lots” drops to the earth as we celebrate its release at Rendezvous’ Jewel Box Theater. Terra Leigh Bell, The Great Consultation, The Jason Conger Word Orchestra and Ryan A. Johnson rejoice Mr. Isaac’s book of poetry and flash fiction with wonderful performances both comic and tragic. Mr. Isaac takes to the stage in the end to tear our hearts apart. The crowd cheers and we drink too much.
March 24: The Glossophonic Showcase has yet to be christened but it still exists unnamed and beautiful as Babel/Salvage gathers some talented Seattle performers at Hollow Earth Radio to make noise into microphones and play with the audience’s ears and minds. Morris Stegosaurus, Bryan Edenfield, Korvus Blackbird, Jason Conger & Joe Thompson, Ryan A. Johnson and Sarah Galvin perform and make the world quake.
May 19: The Babel/Salvage Fundraiser brings together a whole slew of acts in order to raise funds for the publication of Ryan A. Johnson’s “You Will Get in Trouble.” There is music, there is poetry, there is chaos, there is horror, there is love. There’s a lovely pop-up shop curated by Chelsea Corbin. There are performances by Emily Pothast, Molly Mac, Baniszewski and LeBlanc, Algebra of Need, Meredith Myre, Jeremy Springsteed, Kris Hall, Amber Nelson, Bryan Edenfield, Ryan A. Johnson, Graham Isaac, Lydia Swartz and Evan J. Peterson. The fundraiser is at Vermillion, a wonderful place, and it lasts for hours. Money is raised. Drinks are drank. Words are spoken. The end.
June 16: “You Will Get in Trouble,” enters our spheres of existence at Club Hollywood in Shoreline, Washington. Ryan A. Johnson’s book of fiction and poetry sees the neon light of night while Kris Hall, Terra Leigh Bell, Bryan Edenfield and Chris Gusta perform in celebration. Chelsea Corbin presents another beautiful pop-up shop and Graham Isaac’s alter ego, James Joyce, presides over the festivities. It is Bloomsday after all. Evan J. Peterson makes a surprise, ghostly appearance and some of us eat nachos. Later, there are pull tabs. We get in trouble.
July 21: The Glossophonic Showcase officially gets named with “The Glossophonic Showcase v3″ at Hollow Earth Radio. We put together a line-up of great Pacific Northwest writers for the Internet-radio-wonderland, including Ambrosia Bartosek, Donald Dunbar, Arlene Kim, Joe Milutis, Erin Verginia and a couple of surprise guests. Hosted, as usual, by Bryan Edenfield, the show solidified an emerging Babel/Salvage-at-Hollow-Earth tradition that continues on and on and on. Remember the secret histories, the glitches, the twists and turns?
August 10-11: Babel/Salvage tables at the Portland Zine Symposium through the flesh bodies of Rachel Hug, Graham Isaac and Bryan Edenfield. Portland is doomed.
September 29: The Glossophonic Showcase continues at Hollow Earth with our most eclectic line-up yet. Interrupture, Rauan Klassnik, Evan J. Peterson, The Algebra of Need and the Naturebot perform. Nothing will ever be the same again. Afterward, some of us go to the Neighbor Lady, which is a thing we sometimes do. Special thanks to Jonathan Grosvenor for helping us at Hollow Earth from day one.
October 27: Just in time for Halloween, Evan J. Peterson’s “The Midnight Channel,” emerges from a netherworld TV screen. We celebrate in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood at the Naked City Brewery with the help of Anastacia Tolbert, Janie Miller, Jeremy Halinin, Tara Hardy and the horror hostess for the night, Sailor St. Claire. Babel/Salvage’s most ambitious release to-date, “The Midnight Channel,” includes horror-film inspired poetry by Mr. Peterson and, for a lucky few, a special-edition DVD of performances by the author. Yes, we multied that media.
November 30: Babel/Salvage tables at Seattle’s Short Run Small Press Fest at Washington Hall. Bryan Edenfield, Evan J. Peterson and Graham Isaac man the table. It is a day of sensory overload that may never be fully processed.
December 14: And then, we table at the DIY Holiday Fair at the Vera Project, put together by those good Vera folks and the good people at Hollow Earth Radio. Mr. Edenfield holds down the fort as the year quietly winds down.