Sunday, August 24, 2014

anyone post here anymore??

I never post on here any more.

I know.

I guess I'm busy at work.

I have a new job and I am constantly doing something, but I am enjoying it, and the days go by quickly.

I'm trying to read more. A lot more.

I'm trying to finish a novella. And two poetry collections.

I'm editing a book for Punk Hostage Press.

I'm editing and publishing ebooks and zines for Be About It Press.

I'm contributing semi-regular posts for HTMLgiant.

I'm reading at reading series around the Bay and hosting my Be About It reading series more often.

I'm attempting to have a personal life. And sleep.

I think I've been posting more on tumblr than this blog because I feel like I can just throw some words into a tumblr post and let it be that, but when I write on here I want it to be a little longer, a little more organized.

I have no idea.

You wanna keep up with me? Follow me on facebook. That's where I put everything. But here's some cool news because you're already reading this.

I Will Always Be Your Whore [love songs for Billy Corgan] is now being sold at Powell's Books. Pretty tight.

I'll be doing doing some public appearances this week. Come see me at the San Francisco Zine Fest this weekend, August 30th and 31st, where I'll be slinging small press stuff with Amy Berkowitz, and then come see me host Mark Cronin's book release redux for Dear Ghost of My Love, at E.M. Wolfman Books in Oakland.

I'm also reading at Bay Area Generations reading on August 25th.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Oh wow, I'm on Everyday Genius

I'm writing a collection of short stories. This is one of them. I hope to have this collection published as a book eventually. I'm pretty excited about it. Jesse told me I should call the collection 'Jim's Daughter,' after Jesus' Son, which was what inspired me to write a short story collection-novella thingy in the first place.

Read it here. Enjoy. 

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.