Glossophonic Showcase 8


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April 14, 2015 · 10:14 pm

synethesia: ambrosia bartośekulva, doug nufer, and the society of national industy

Ambrosia Bartośekulva has floated through two and a half decades in the decadent and hypnotic Pacific Northwest, delving into a diverse onslaught of drugs, meditation, magick and darkness. Twice institutionalized and most likely entirely dreaming, her inspiration uprises from the underworldly depths of her belly and pukes.

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Doug Nufer is the author of three or four books of poetry, including Lounge Acts (Insert Blanc, 2013) and The Dammed (, 2011) and seven novels, including Never Again (Black Square, 2004) and the forthcoming Lifeline Rule (Spuyten Duyvil). He’ll be performing a section of The Dammed.

The Society of National Industry is a collaboration between Katey Rissi and Chris Campbell. We are interested in the tension between different ideas of what the future will be like. Our work explores the intersection of the conceptual and the craft-driven and we strive to cultivate a practice that is multidisciplinary. The mediums we are currently exploring include illustration, collage, various printmaking techniques, assemblage, and paper folding/cutwork.

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March 20, 2015 · 6:57 pm

Glossophonic Showcase VII Live at Hollow Earth Radio at 8 pm on Sunday, March 1st


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February 21, 2015 · 8:34 pm

Featured Author Terra Leigh Bell

Terra Leigh Bell is the latest author published by Babel/Salvage. In August of 2011, she began reading Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra and translated by Tobias Smollett.  The Smollett translation struck her as particularly beautiful, and after about six months of reading the book, a poem began to write itself in response to the strange beauty and melancholy whimsy of the novel.  Beltenebros, or the Beautiful Obscure is the result. We chatted with her a while back.  She lived in Seattle at the time of the interview but now resides in Portland, Oregon.  Have a read. 

 Who are you and why are you here?

Oh, dear.  Well, I’m an overeducated, uptight white lady.  I’m obsessed with history and science and I like to write and make “artsy stuff” (please don’t call it Art).  I have high levels of social anxiety but am also blessed with an oddly cheerful disposition.
I go back and forth on the “why I’m here.”  Occasionally I go for the whole accident theory that scientists are so big on.  Mostly I’m so horrified by how awful their writing is, though, that I think the Sufist explanation for existence existing is far more plausible:  “I was a hidden treasure; I longed to be known and therefore I created creation.”


 Let’s say you meet a person whose only sense was a sense of smell.  What combination of scents would you use to describe Beltenebros to this person?
Frankincense, rosewood, and oakmoss.  More rosewood than frankincense, though.


 If Don Quixote were a contemporary character, what sort of profession might he have? Hobbies?


Well, since he obsesses over the past, I see him as a “hard-boiled detective” in the Dashiell Hammett tradition of noir.  His main hobbies would be fixating on the opposite sex and telling everyone within shouting distance what’s wrong with the world, which is probably why we get along so well.

 Aside from literary influences, what in life inspires and informs your writing?  Music, visual arts, food, sciences?

The language and sights and sounds and physical presence of mass.  (Yes, yes, that’s religion; I’m an Anglo-Catholic Episcopalian.)  Seriously, you’d be hard pressed to find anything more gorgeous and challenging and exotic and comforting than a good religious service.  Preferably one with lots of incense and fancy robes and chanting.


  You’re dead.  Your life is being turned into a movie.  Who’s making it (directing, writing, etc.), who’s starring in it, and is it sticking to the facts?

Carrie Anne Moss doing parkour in Portland, OR

I apologize in advance to whoever gets saddled with this.  Please don’t stick to the facts; they’re intentionally very dull.  First, resurrect Roald Dahl.  He’s the screenwriter, and he’ll take it in a James Bond You Only Live Twice direction.  Hopefully Sofia Coppola agrees to direct it, and Carrie-Ann Moss will star in it.  We look nothing alike, and I can’t imagine her portraying my personality at all, but she’d be bad-ass at the action sequences.  Oh, and lots of parkour.


 What is your personal philosophy of literature or writing, if you have one? If you don’t have one, how do you make it through the day?

I believe in inspiration.  I always know when I’m feeling inspired.  It feels different at different times — sometimes it’s kind of fun and giddy and exciting, but sometimes it’s anxious and scared and on edge — but I follow it when it comes.  When it isn’t coming, I read whatever I want and get lots of sleep and exercise, and it always comes back.  I don’t write unless I’m feeling it.
Also, eat good food.  It makes for better art.

 What is your dream?NoTSEliot

To do good work.  To improve the quality of at least a few people’s lives and not detract from the quality of very many others’ (thought I reserve the right to have some fun).  Also, I’d love it if my work could do that for people, too.  I shoot for being less of a T.S. Eliot and more of a Richard Crashaw.

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Holiday Sale

Terra Leigh Bell’s Beltenebros and Evan J. Peterson’s The Midnight Channel are discounted for the month of December to only $10, including shipping!


These deals are crazy....

These deals are crazy….

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