On Thursday, December 7, novelist Brian Evenson read to an audience of approximately 65 people in the last event of the fall 2006 New Writing Series. Evenson began with the title story of his first collection, Altmann’s Tongue, read “Müller” and “The Ex-Father” from The Wavering Knife, then read two excerpts from the second section of his new novel, The Open Curtain. A lively q&a session followed the reading. Archival materials: An mp3 file of the event (including David Kress’s introduction and the q&a) is available by request; the digital video recording omits the first fifteen minutes or so of the event.
On Thursday, 30 November 2006, a capacity audience of seventy people attended a celebration of the Backwoods Broadsides Chaplet Series, published by Sylvester Pollet between 1994 and 2006. Pollet gave an informal history of the broadsides project before reading his “Dandelion Sutras” and “First Will and Testament.” He was followed by series contributors Tony Brinkley, Kathleen Ellis, Benjamin Friedlander, and Jennifer Moxley. After several more remarks by Pollet, including a tribute to Constance Hunting, the poet Theodore Enslin read from his contribution to the chaplet series, “Mad Songs.” A ranging conversation followed. Archival materials: A digital video recording of the event was made (VHS and DVD duplicates available upon request), as was an mp3 file.