Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Oh my god, Beast Crawl 2014 was so fun!

It really was.

We had a really great turnout at E.M. Wolfman General Interest Bookstore in downtown Oakland-- seriously the place was packed.

It's already kind of a small space, and in standing/sitting-on-the-floor room only people were huddled all the way to the back of the store.

I like Wolfman Books a lot. It's a great little local shop, and the owner, Justin, is super cool and accommodating.

He even opened up the shop on Saturday because of Beast Crawl, even though it was normally closed on Saturdays. But Justin told me that the Beast Crawl was the inaugural Saturday opening for Wolfman, so hopefully people visit the shop so that they stay open on Saturdays.

Friends came to support and it was awesome to see so many people from the Bay lit scene be about it for little ol' Be About It.

Amy Berkowitz, Garrett Murphy, Lauren Traetto, and Mark Cronin all brought their best, and Paul Corman-Roberts was a fun co-host, even though he kept trying to steal the microphone from my hand and messing up the braid Amy put in my hair.

Evan Karp of Litseen got all the readers on video and you can watch them on the site, but I've also embedded the video here. Enjoy! Thanks to all the readers and everyone who came out to witness the spectacle. I hope we made Andy proud, or slightly disappointed.

All photos by Joe Carrow. Video by Evan Karp. "Feeling so attacked right now" image macro by Alexandra Naughton.

Friday, July 11, 2014


BEAST CRAWL presents BE ABOUT IT reading series, featuring Talia Taylor, Amy Berkowitz, Lauren Traetto, Mark Cronin, and Garrett Murphy. 4:30 pm at E.M. Wolfman Bookstore 
hosted by Alexandra Naughton (me) and my adversary, the Jerry Lawler to my Andy Kaufman, Paul Corman-Roberts.
this reading is gonna be cray - expect costumes and wrestling
  • talia m. taylor is desiging something. her medium is her voice, which she often times couples with an obsessive curiosity. this combination results in interviews, songs, videos, and public art intent on facilitating dynamic interactions.
  • Amy Berkowitz is the author of Listen to Her Heart (Spooky Girlfriend) and Lonely Toast (what to us press). She lives in San Francisco, where she is the editor of Mondo Bummer Books.
  • Mark Cronin is tired of people telling him how much they love his beard and tattoos. He is a writer and a romantic not hair and ink. He washes dishes in Berkeley and sleeps under the freeway in Oakland.
  • Garrett Murphy , of Oakland CA, has written several chapbooks and one novel (so far) of poetry and prose which have somehow caused some to dub him the King of Political and human nature satire. Among the works are 8 Book, Check Don't, Return of the Dream Girl, and the novel Yang But Yin: The Legend of Miss Dragonheel.

Monday, July 07, 2014

read about my life on tour - notes from the road selling poetry

I went on tour with Jesse Prado.

I went on tour and sold some books.

I went on tour and came back.

I went on tour and came back and was sad to not be on tour but also happy to be home.

I went on tour and came back and was sad for a little while to not be traveling but happy to not be living out of a suitcase carrying a bunch of crap with my everywhere.

I went on tour and came back and reflected and wrote this little piece which was posted on htmlgiant. 

You can read it here.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

EAST COAST! you ain't never seen a book tour like this before


here is the info for the shows also

We're going on tour this summer! Come check us out in any or all of the cities listed below. Check this page for updates and more information about our tour! We'll probably have a cool-down party in the Bay when we return.

6/20: Mellow Pages 56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY (https://www.facebook.com/events/1454614744780105/)

6/21: UFORGE GALLERY 767 Centre Street Jamaica Plain, MA (https://www.facebook.com/events/568146909967954/)

6/22: Big Hunt, 1345 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20036 (https://www.facebook.com/events/511766965616944/)

6/23: Wooden Shoe, 704 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

6/24: Big Blue Marble, 551 Carpenter Ln, Philadelphia, PA 19119

6/25: Gallery 788, 3602 Hickory Street Baltimore, MD 21211

6/26: Barnes & Noble at Emory, 1390 Oxford Road Atlanta, GA 30322

6/27: Nathan's house: 1514 Park Road SE, Atlanta, Georgia (https://www.facebook.com/events/326308470850998/)

6/28: Corvidae Collective, 11 Arcade, Nashville, Tennessee 37219 (https://www.facebook.com/events/1519936971567410/)

6/29: Piney River, Dickson County, Tennessee (secret show)

Alexandra Naughton is a writer in Oakland, California. She edits the literary zine, Be About It, and hosts a reading series in the Bay Area. Her first poetry collection, I Will Always Be Your Whore /Love Songs for Billy Corgan, was published by Punk Hostage Press in 2014.

Jesse Prado is a writer in Hayward, California. His first poetry collection, i've been on tumblr, was published by Be About It press in 2014. He blogs at http://thegreatcratsby.tumblr.com/