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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Amber Tamblyn's Dark Sparkler is My New Favorite Kind of Poetry

Moment of honesty.

Outside of Frank O'Hara, I'm not quite the biggest fan of poetry. It's not that I dislike all poetry ever, I just never got super into it. 

But when I received a galley copy of Amber Tamblyn's Dark Sparkler, I was immediately totally, absolutely in love.

Dark Sparkler is a collection of more than thirty poems as portraits of famous actresses who may have initially been stars on the red carpet but later fell far from the good kind of spotlight. Tamblyn's words pull you in to feel like you are deep in the minds of these women, however dark they may be.

Although the words are the skeleton of Dark Sparkler, Tamblyn's talent really shines in her curation of the collection as a whole. The book reminds me so much of the journals I've kept in the past; full of portions of a text, sketches, collage, print outs, etc. The pieces commissioned for Dark Sparkler vary from paintings to sketches to collages to comics, but there are no photographs. Just like Tamblyn's poetry, the artwork that accompanies her words isn't what we would expect to be paired with a series of profiles. Instead of portraits we would recognize, the original artwork woven into the pages of Dark Sparkler, reflects the inner thoughts and feelings of these starlets.

I wanted to share this from the foreword by Diane di Prima, which I found to be 100% true:
At some point you will begin to get curious. Something will start to tug at the edge of your mind/heart. At that point, go to the library or search the Internet for information about any girl/woman you find yourself thinking about... Read their (often sadly short) stories. Let your imagination fill in what book and computer don't say.
The collection is practically addicting. You really get lost in these pages and in the world of these women, researching them after reading Tamblyn's portraits.

Plus, Frank is in this book.

Learn more about Amber Tamblyn at, which is pretty good lookin' as far as actor sites go, and her poetry non-profit at


hey there, stranger!

I love my city.

the bus from Into the Wild, because I saw my friend Kristi this weekend!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

hey there, stranger.

Hi there, I'm back.

I'm just as excited as I was back in 1989 when this photo was most likely taken.

I know, it has been like... forever. But a lot has been happening and I've really been enjoying spending time away from the computer. Seattle winters are pretty wonderful and beg for you to be outside as much as possible.

Book things coming soon.
And, I've been planning a bit of a facelift for this place.

Stay tuned.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

A Good Reason For A Break

The past month and a half have been a complete whirlwind.

I began a new job as the Events and Outreach Manager at 826 Seattle, now known as The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas. We hosted three parties to celebrate the change and completely revamped our website. All of the news-breaking finally wrapped up yesterday and I'm able to think about things other than work.

But I'm not really complaining. This is a big change for us. After 9 years as 826, we've broken away from our National organization so we can continue growing and serving Seattle youth in the best ways we know how. For those of you unfamiliar with what we do, we're a non-profit writing and communication center for kids 6-18. And all of our services are free. We're very, very excited that our big secret and wonderful new name are now public knowledge.

Anyway, now that we've launched the new site and spread the word, I'm really, truly hoping I can get back to reading. I can't remember the last time I picked up a book, which is sad, especially since I have a pile just waiting to be read.

I'm also looking forward to posting again. I always feel like my life is a little off-balance when I take these steps away from the book world.

PS. To learn more about The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas, visit
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