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VOTM + Razorcake = Awesome

Razorcake & Vermin on the Mount present a night of irreverent readings in L.A. with Alice Bag, Keith Morris, Michelle Gonzales, Michael Fournier and your host Jim Ruland. This once-in-a-lifetime event will be held on Saturday, April 2 at 8:30pm.

This event will be at a new location for Vermin on the Mount: pehrspace 325 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles.

Little D will DJ and a Q&A will follow the reading. Books and merchandise will be available for sale. $5 suggested donation. Poster by Alex Barrett.

Add yourself to the Facebook invite or check out Razorcake for more details.

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Gallery of Vermin: SD

The photos from the most recent Vermin on the Mount event at 3rdSpace in San Diego are up.

Check out all the action from a night irreverent entertainment, including Lauren Becker reading from If I Would Leave Myself Behind, new poetry from Paul Lopez, hilarity from Allison Gill, and Johnny Shaw reading as his alter ego Brace Godfrey.

Watch for details about the next Vermin on the Mount event in San Diego!

 

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  • 16 Feb SothernScot Sothern
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Gallery of Vermin: LA

Check out the photos from last week’s Vermin on the Mount event at Book Show in LA.

The unexpectedly saucy night of literary entertainment included Josh Stallings reading an excerpt of Young Americans, Rebecca Gonzales reading from a work in progress called Love, Sex, Family & Other Freak Shows, Scot Sothern reading from two works of street photography and text, Flash Flash Click editor Siel Ju reading from hilarious short story “Chef Grace,” and Kevin Moffett reading from work in progress.

Audio of all the performances will be posted soon!

Rebecca Gonzales

Look Who’s Coming to Vermin: Rebecca Gonzales

VOTM: What’s the most unusual experience you’ve had at a reading?

GONZALES: My most unusual experience was when I traveled to NYC to feature at the newyorican poets cafe and the organizer double booked me for the night with a man who was having his book release… In our communication through email he gave me twenty min. So I prepared my work, I arrived early, he called me up and about seven min. into my set he walked over to me and cut me off the mic… I was mortified. The entire trip was built around that one event. He called me later that night and apologized several times and invited me to feature at another event the following day with a 15 min. set… I was running late to the space and very nervous and forgot all of my work in the house I was staying and only one piece with me…

Cultivated by the sun and moon peeking past the shoes dangling from the phone lines, Rebecca Gonzales was raised and resides “one block East of El Pino” in East La. Rebecca’s work has been published in various literary anthologies and journals such as Dryland Lit., Brooklyn and Boyle, Inchas de Poesia, the Mas Tequila Review, Cipatli, San Antonios St. Sucia, Literature for Life and others. She was the March 2014 winner of “The Poets of New York” series at the Bowery in New York City and has performed all over Los Angeles and Inland Empire . She has three self-published books of poetry and is currently working on a book of short stories, poetry and prose. As a mother she is humbled, as a poet she is obedient, and as a woman she is unapologetic.

Come see Rebecca read at Book Show in Los Angeles on Friday, February 19 at 7:30pm. 

Josh Stallings

Look Who’s Coming to Vermin: Josh Stallings

VOTM: What’s the most unusual experience you’ve had at a reading?

STALLINGS: My first writer’s panel was at Bouchercon, a huge, crime/mystery readers and writers yearly event. It was titled “Street Writers and Grit,” whatever that meant. The time slot was Sunday morning, traditionally reserved for, well, newer writers. Most people would be too hungover from the award dinner and parties the night before to show up, so I wasn’t too worried about showing my ass to a large crowd. Mistake one of many. Sitting on a raised platform with four other writers and the moderator, my guts did the old flip flop. The room was filling. Shit, writers I liked and respected started to fill the large hall. Sweat broke. Pull it together. Be here now. Fuck, that is Chris Holm looking up at me. Fuck. What is that buzzing drone? The moderator? Did he say my name? Fuck, was that a question? “… Stallings you write from the street, do you research…” I had just enough context to figure out the question. “Research, um, yeah, by that um, see I lived life and wrote about it.” I dropped back into my body and found I could form sentences. We were discussing craft and process, something I normally do when hanging with other artists. Easy-peasy. The audience isn’t hurling metaphoric spoiled vegetables at me. I may just pull this off. This may not be the day they discover I’m a total fraud. And then, the moderator asks the question. The wheels come off. “What animal would you describe yourself as, sexually I mean?” Fuck, what? Brain freeze. Down the line authors answer. “Tiger.” “Pit-bull.” “Lion.” And I’m next… Empty headed. “Unicorn,” I answer “yeah, unicorn, ‘cause the chicks dig a good unicorn.” The room laughs, not erupts into, but not just polite laughter either. I survived that morning, and I know it can’t get weirder, until the next time. “So, if you could engage in consensual bondage with any dead writer, who would it be?”

Josh Stallings is the massively dyslexic award-winning writer of the Moses McGuire novels, Anthony Award nominated memoir “All The Wild Children,” and 2016 Left Coast Crime’s Lefty Award nominated, “Young Americans.” A ‘70’s glam-rock disco heist novel. Raised by hippy activists in the mountain above Palo Alto, he now happily resides in Los Angeles with his wife, two dogs and cat named Riddle.

Come see Josh read at Book Show in Los Angeles on Friday, February 19 at 7:30pm. 

Kevin Moffett

Look Who’s Coming to Vermin: Kevin Moffett

VOTM: What’s the most unusual experience you’ve had at a reading?

MOFFETT: I read at City Lights with the two other authors of the Silent History (Eli Horowitz and Matthew Derby). We arrived about 30 minutes early and there was one person there, a man sitting in a rocking chair reading from a book of poetry. I am always the last of my friends to recognize famous people but even I knew immediately who it was: Tom Waits. I thought, Well of course Tom Waits is at our reading, what else would Tom Waits be doing? As people started accumulating, the manager of the store started making martinis in plastic cups, then announced that the reading would be starting in 15 minutes. Tom Waits stood up, replaced his book on the shelf, and gracefully ducked out. Of all the readings I’ve given where people have walked out–including the couple in Philadelphia who stood up in the middle of my story and as they were leaving said, “It’s not you. We just remembered we have tickets for the opera”–this was the best.

Kevin Moffett is the author of two story collections and a collaborative novel, the Silent History, which was first released as an app for mobile devices and is currently in development at AMC. He is a frequent contributor to McSweeney’s and his stories and essays have appeared in Tin House, American Short Fiction, The Believer, The Best American Short Stories and elsewhere. He has received the National Magazine Award, the Nelson Algren Award, the Pushcart Prize and a literature fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts. He teaches at Claremont McKenna College and in the low-residency MFA at the University of Tampa. 

Come see Kevin read at Book Show in Los Angeles on Friday, February 19 at 7:30pm. 

Siel Ju

Look Who’s Coming to Vermin: Siel Ju

VOTM: What’s the most unusual experience you’ve had at a reading?

JU: There was a woman at this reading whom I’d met before, but whose name I couldn’t remember. I admitted this to her thinking she’d be cool with it since we’d really only met in passing. But she was really not cool with it! She yelled at me! Then she told me her name again, just spat it at me spitefully. I’ve since forgotten it.

Siel Ju’s novel-in-stories, Cake Time, is the winner of the 2015 Red Hen Press Fiction Manuscript Award and will be published in Spring 2017. Siel is also the editor of Flash Flash Click, and the author of two poetry chapbooks: Feelings Are Chemicals in Transit from Dancing Girl Press, and Might Club from Horse Less Press. Her stories and poems appear in ZYZZYVA, The Missouri Review (Poem of the Week), The Los Angeles ReviewDenver Quarterly, and other places.

Come see Siel read at Book Show in Los Angeles on Friday, February 19 at 7:30pm. 

Johnny Shaw

Look Who’s Coming to Vermin: Johnny Shaw

VOTM: What’s the most unusual experience you’ve had at a reading?

SHAW: When my first book came out, I wanted to do a reading in my hometown where the book was set, or at least somewhere in the Imperial Valley.

First I contacted the library, but it had been condemned due to a recent earthquake. Next I contacted the one bookstore that I knew was in town, but it had recently closed. The only other bookstore was the adult bookstore on the edge of town called Books ‘n’ Things. To be perfectly honest, it didn’t have a lot of book. It was mostly things. I considered doing the reading there, but the area in front of the beaded curtain was too small. 

So I contacted a few bars in town. Hot Rods & Beer in Holtville, California is a former garage converted into a bar, and they were more than happy to let me bring a little spoken word to the place. It ended up being a great night with a bunch of people coming out, and now I almost exclusively read in bars. Since I write in bars, it makes sense.

Johnny Shaw is the author of the novels DOVE SEASON, BIG MARIA, PLASTER CITY, and most recently FLOODGATE. His short stories have appeared in Thuglit, Plots With Guns, Shotgun Honey, Crime Factory, Blood & Tacos, and numerous anthologies. He was won the Anthony Award and two Spotted Owl Awards. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Come see Johnny read at 3rdSpace in San Diego on Saturday, February 20 at 7pm. 

Photo by Rose O’Keefe.

Scot Sothern

Look Who’s Coming to Vermin: Scot Sothern

VOTM: What’s the most unusual experience you’ve had at a reading?

SOTHERN: I collected signed first-edition contemporary fiction for many years and so went to a lot of readings before I ever had one of my own. A lot of book collectors would come to events with bags of books to be signed and I always thought they were kind of nerdy. There was this one guy who kind of became a friend who I didn’t really like. He was in his late seventies and wore a bad toupee and always sat next to me. In a conversation about NYC, where we had both lived in past years, I mentioned a time I’d been mugged and he said he had been mugged as well. He asked if my mugger had a weapon and I said no but there were two of them and I gave them my money and told them to have a nice day. I asked did his mugger have a weapon and he said yeah, a knife. I asked did he give the guy his money and he said no, I took his knife away from him and then killed the son of a bitch. He said it was no big deal, he’d been in the Korean War and killed a bunch of commie bastards. I still think of book collectors as kind of nerdy but with the knowledge that some are killer nerds.

Writer-photographer Scot Sothern spent 40 years hustling photography and drifting from job to job. His first exhibit, “LOWLIFE,” was held at the notorious Drkrm Gallery in Los Angeles in 2010. His first book, LOWLIFE, was published in the U.K. by Stanley Barker in 2011. Sothern has since had solo shows on both coasts of the U.S. as well as in Ottawa, Paris, Basel, and London. The British Journal of Photography called LOWLIFE, “The year’s most controversial photobook.” From 2013 to 2015, Scot wrote more than fifty photo-illustrated twice-monthly columns, “Nocturnal Submissions” and “Sothern Exposure,” for Vice. In 2013, CURB SERVICE: A Memoir was published by Soft Skull Press. PowerHouse Books will publish STREETWALKERS, thirty years of stories and photographs in February of 2016.

Come see Scot read at Book Show in Los Angeles on Friday, February 19 at 7:30pm. 

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Lauren Becker

Look Who’s Coming to Vermin: Lauren Becker

VOTM: What’s the most unusual experience you’ve had at a reading?

BECKER: I was almost kicked out of a reading (at which I was reading) at a bar for getting caught drinking from a flask. Drinks are expensive. It was one of my favorite readings ever.

Lauren Becker is editor of Corium Magazine. Her work has appeared in Tin House online, The Rumpus, Wigleaf, The Best Small Fictions of 2015, and elsewhere. Her collection of short fiction, If I Would Leave Myself Behind, was published by Curbside Splendor in 2014.

Come see Lauren read at 3rdSpace in San Diego on Saturday, February 20 at 7pm. 

 

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Vermin Returns to San Diego

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Vermin on the Radio

Check out the audio from the most recent Vermin on the Mount at the Gorsky Press bandcamp page. Listen to individual performances by Andrea Kleine reading from Calf, Allan MacDonell reading from Punk Elegies and David L. Ulin reading from Sidewalking. You can also hear selections from many more members of the Legion of Vermin. More performers to be added soon…

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Filth or Freak

A gathering of guys and ghouls assembled at Book Show in Highland Park for a special Halloween Eve edition of Vermin on the Mount. Novelist Andrea Kleine read from her new novel Calf, Allan MacDonell read from Punk Elegies and reminisced about the early days of L.A. punk, Janice Lee read two short essays, Sesshu Foster read three poems and L.A. Times book critic David Ulin shared excerpts from his new book Sidewalking. Live recordings from all of the readers will be posted on the Gorsky Press bandcamp page soon. This was the final Vermin on the Mount of 2015. We’ll be back early next year in Los Angeles and San Diego! In the meantime, stop by Book Show and pick up something amazing…