Friday, January 09, 2015

it's my blog and i'll blog if i wanna

lol, I love Amy Berkowitz. 

We took this photo together in a parking garage on Mission street two years ago. And the other night, we tried to recreate the photo, though we weren't exactly sure of the original stance. We did take a back to back photo, but we both preferred our version of American Gothic.

I'm reading tonight in Oakland. So is Amy. We're celebrating the release of Joe Carrow's 2015 Bay Area Poetry Calendar. If you live in the Bay and wanna experience some literature or whatever and buy a calendar (or two or three), you should come tonight. It's happening tonight at 7 pm, at Studio Morey at 5500 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland, 94609.

Cassandra Dallett, Barbara Jean Sunshine Walsh, SB Stokes, Paul Corman-Roberts, and Charles Kruger are also scheduled to read!

2013: Hangin tuff

2015: American Gothique

I personally think the more recent photo is way cuter.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

I watched Girl, Interrupted for the first time last night, specifically for Brittany Murphy.

and I have no regrets.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

I WILL ALWAYS BE YOUR TOUR: Alexandra Naughton’s notes from the road on her first book tour

I wrote a book called I Will Always Be Your Whore [love songs for Billy Corgan]and I wanted to go on a book tour, so I made a facebook post back in February earlier this year and some people invited me to read at their reading series and most of them were located on the east coast so I did some research and decided to do an east coast book tour spanning about two weeks, hitting seven cities. I told Jesse Prado who is my bff and brother and he wanted to come along and I told him we should put a book together for him to sell on the tour so I published a book by Jesse called i’ve been on tumblr on my little press, Be About It press. It’s a cute book, it feels nice.
I had no idea how to plan a tour because I never did anything like this before but I did my best and realized my mistakes while they were happening and I feel much better prepared for the next time we go on tour, which we will definitely do again. It’s already been decided.
I hope we were good guests.
Brooklyn: We stayed with my sister, Bridget, who showed us around Bed-Sty. We went day drinking at a place called Pearl’s because I told her that I wanted to do whatever she would normally do on a day off. I had two greyhounds and got a little tipsy, wanting to rap Plastic Little songs, so Bridget made me a chicken sandwich before we headed over to Mellow Pages, which is a really cute space. Eric Nelson, our host, wore a Tupac durag, and played ‘We Fly High’ by Jim Jones, and then I asked him to play the remix with Juelz Santana. I was super happy to read again with Jess Dutschmann, and to meet Laura Marie Marciano. Beach Sloth phoned-in on Laura’s phone a set about snowballs and the solar system. Got to meet Elizabeth Foster, Tiffany Wines, Alice Atlas, and Stephen Tully Dierks and they are all really rad. We went out after the show because we wanted to dance and Bridget took us to a noisy, crowded club where every song sounded like 2 Chainz. Elizabeth told me he wanted to come down to Philly and I told him bus tickets were cheap so he bought a cheap bus ticket.
Boston: I paid fifty dollars for a taxi cab to take me from the bus station to Jamaica Plain where the reading was. I sold a few books and the other poets were really nice and I talked to Chad Parenteau for a while about wrestling and I enjoyed that.
DC: Mark Cugini is cool. He liked my set, and that made me happy. I opened the show and did poems from I Will Always Be Your Whore and read a poem with a line about coming in my mouth and an older woman read right after me and introduced herself by saying ‘and now for something entirely different’ and then read a story about Donny Osmond. Maureen Thorson delivered a powerful set based on a quote by Aristotle about women looking in the mirror while menstruating. I bought her book. I talked a bit with Amber Sparks and that was fun. Alix Rax bought my book. My cousin and an old friend came to support me and after the show we went to a gay bar and then we ate as much as we could of the hugest slices of pizza I have ever seen in my life.
Philly: We got a lot of hometown love. We read at an anarchist bookstore called the Wooden Shoe and it was nice to see family and friends and people I’ve never met. A girl bought my book on credit. Still waiting for her to paypal me. That goddamn credit– dead it. My dad really liked Amy Saul-Zerby’s set. Dianna Dragonetti was amazing as always, he usually floors me and this reading was no different. Elizabeth Foster made me tear up, because tear-salted french fries is probably the saddest food. Alexis is my best friend since college and she was our MC and gave really silly introductions about our showering habits and business cards. Lee Klein read with us the next night at Big Blue Marble in the Chestnut Hill area of the city and not too many people showed up but it was cool because it felt like a writer’s salon. Klein taught a writing class I took at Temple University and it meant a lot to me that he came to read and he even bought my book. Jesse and I both want to buy his book of rejection letters. It was funny.
Baltimore: Getting to Baltimore was nuts. My parents were going to give us a ride but the clutch in my dad’s car started giving out on the highway so he turned around and dropped us off at 30th street station where we caught a last-minute Megabus. The bus dropped us off at a weird mall outside of the city so we went into the mall to figure out where we were and then we caught a city bus and tried to find a place to crash for the night. Tracy Dimond came through for us and offered her floor and we were very grateful to not have to share a hostel room with six strangers in downtown Baltimore. We met a guy outside of a tobacco store near the Baltimore detention center and we asked him if there was a cool dive bar to post up in until Tracy got off work and he offered to walk us to a cool bar so we followed him and made small talk about how Baltimore is like a sister city to Philly. Then we met up with Tracy and went to the reading and Timmy Reed talked a lot about Baltimore and Carabella Sands and I lifted up our shirts.
Atlanta: I started breaking down at this point because I fucked up our plane tickets so we had an ordeal at the airport where we waited in line at special services while 20 private school children were being individually checked in and asked what color pants and shoes they were wearing and I was missing my cat and I ended up crying while reading poetry the first night but Bruce Covey was cool with it, said it added to the performance. The karaoke doctor, Michael Hessel-Mial, let us stay with him and gave us books to read and he and I both ordered the same meal at Gladys Knight’s chicken and waffle place and we both got really sick. I think it was the sweet tea. Jesse was the only one who got chicken fingers. The omigod reading was really casual and really fun because we got to read with Nathan Keele Spring and Matthew Sherling, friends who used to live in the Bay who now live in the South again, and that was cool and trippy.
Nashville: Matthew Sherling drove us to the reading and when we got to the venue my parents were there wearing new cowboy boots and eating grapes. I went into the Walgreens at the old arcade a few times because it was air conditioned inside and also to buy a Snickers bar. The reading was good and my dad said the story I read, the only one without overt sexual themes which I read for both performances my parents attended, was performed better the second time around, that he liked it both times but that I had gotten stronger over the tour. I traded books with Kendra DeColo. Dave Wright was a great host and took us back to his house and we got to chill out for the rest of the tour and we really needed it. I slept a lot and would hang out with everyone in the living room and fall asleep on the floor.
[top photo by Dave Wright, bottom photo by Amy Saul-Zerby]

Thursday, December 04, 2014

The brief bios of Alexandra Naughton

Alexandra Naughton’s ghost can be found hovering over the skeleton of the East Bay extension of the old Bay Bridge, or sometimes in a forest tracing the rings of a cut redwood-- here she was born (South Philly), and there she died (in your arms).

Alexandra Naughton is the editor of be about it press, the cofounder of empathlit, and the author of many poems and short stories. Find her at

Alexandra Naughton is the founder and editor of Be About It zine/press, host of That Lit Podcast, and author of various short and long works online and in print. You can find some links to her work on her tumblr ( She doesn't like bios where people just write a long list of accolades, but bios are also good when they're more than just funny, it's a balance, you know.

Alexandra Naughton is getting used to being manic pixie dream girled, but it doesn't make it any less hurtful.

Alexandra Naughton is the editor of Be About It zine/press, host of That Lit Podcast, and mother of many little writing things online and in print. She never knows what to put in abio. She is a spooky ghost.

Alexandra Naughton loves her cat more than anything, probably. She also loves peanut butter M&Ms, but she still loves her cat more. She writes things and some of them are published online and in print and some things have even become a book. She fancies herself a Hitchcock heroine, but she's probably just a clumsy Billy Wilder seductress.

Alexandra Naughton is a problem. Alexandra Naughton has got a problem. Alexandra Naughton is tired of your shit and just wants your money. Buy her book, I Will Always Be Your Whore [love songs for Billy Corgan] from Punk Hostage Press, but if you paypal her ( $13 she will send you a lock of hair or some weird other thing in the package. If you google 'Alexandra Naughton' you can read more of her work. Her friends say she is hella prolific.

Alexandra Naughton is a ghost in a wet paper bag.

Alexandra Naughton has a problem. Alexandra Naughton is a problem. Alexandra Naughton's name is pretty search engine friendly. 

Alexandra Naughton is a writer from Philadelphia who now lives in Oakland, California. Her first poetry collection, I Will Always Be Your Whore /Love Songs for Billy Corgan was published by Punk Hostage Press in 2014.

ALEXANDRA NAUGHTON wants your money. All of it.

Contributing writer at HTMLgiant, author of I WILL ALWAYS BE YOUR WHORE [love songs for Billy Corgan], editor in chief of Be About It zine, editor at Punk Hostage Press.

Alexandra Naughton really wants to know what Billy Corgan thinks of her first published chapbook, I Will Always Be Your Whore [love songs for Billy Corgan], but she doesn't think he has read it yet. Will someone please get Billy Corgan to read her book? It's really important.

Alexandra Naughton is a writer based in Oakland, California. She wrote I Will Always Be Your Whore [love songs for Billy Corgan], which was published by Punk Hostage Press in January, 2014. She hosts a reading series in the Bay Area and also publishes a literary magazine, both called Be About It. She is hungry, not thirsty, and dubbed 'Oakland's darling' by Steve Roggenbuck.

Alexandra Naughton writes and publishes books in Oakland, California.

Alexandra Naughton has had it up to here. Not really. She lives in Oakland, California with her black cat, Sookie, who is super good at cuddling and being cute. Naughton's first poetry collection, I Will Always Be Your Whore [love songs for Billy Corgan] was published by Punk Hostage Press in January 2014.

Alexandra Naughton lives in Oakland, California with the best black cat in the world. Her first collection of poetry, I Will Always Be Your Whore [love songs for Billy Corgan], was published by Punk Hostage Press in 2014. She eats shits like you for breakfast.

Alexandra Naughton runs a reading series, a literary zine, and a publishing house, all under the Be About It label. Her first collection of poetry, I Will Always Be Your Whore [love songs for Billy Corgan] was published by Punk Hostage Press in 2014.

Alexandra Naughton is the writer of I WILL ALWAYS BE YOUR WHORE [love songs for Billy Corgan] published by Punk Hostage Press (January 2014). She is the editor in chief of Be About It books/zines, and the host of a reading series in the Bay Area. Her work has appeared in Dusie, HTML Giant, Metazen, Thought Catalog, Similar Peaks, and elsewhere.