Says DJ Windows 95, Our Local DJ Windows 95, About Himself:

“DJ Windows 95 brings you to the blurry verge of a long-abandoned operating system with a variety of musical stylings.”

Come see DJ Windows 95 fling beats at the June 2013 Breadline. We know you’ll dig, but he’ll always dig deeper, just like an operating system DJ is supposed to do.

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Meet Your 2013 June Breadline Feature: Joe Hall

1. June is often considered a seasonally transitional high point. How do you plan on making and/or recognizing the month of June as a space of transition for yourself and your art?

In June I’ll be covering maybe 5,000 miles to read poems from a book I began work on in 2007. This feels like the final purge of everything that went into that book. I’m hoping when I get back home the thread to another book will be there.

2. How much wood can you chuck?

Man, as a kid I chucked a shitload of wood. We cut several cords of it for every winter. In college, I learned how to use a log spike to roll wood when I was working for a guy who had a portable saw mill. I don’t know how much wood I could chuck now. My spine is pretty messed up. Probably a moderate amount.

3. When you think of “summer,” what inspiration arrives?

Summer = light = exteriority =  ego in a less tyrannical place. I just spent my first winter in Buffalo. The meaning of summer has intensified.

4. The poet faces the god and has one thing to say. What is it?

Good morning, you sexy ghost.

5. If you have been to the summit of Mt. Rainier, what words did you speak on it? And if you have not but imagine being there, what words would you speak on it?

I think or at least I hope that in places like that I listen.

6. There is the tactile window. There is the digital screen window. What is the next window?

The next window is no window or it is a three dimensional crystalline gelatin–a viscous, refracting depth. Does this mean we’ll be post-media? I don’t know.

7. What is your favorite bird? What is your favorite bird to eat?

I’m not a bird person. Maybe it is all the bad, lazy poems about birds. I would like to bite the heads off of every starling in every poem and then sit down to chicken liver pate with a can of beer.

8. Tell us about your favorite road trip in America.

My friend Tom and I were driving through Alabama and took a wrong turn. Eventually the road sort of just turned into dirt and then uneven dirt. When we saw a cow in the middle of the road, we new we’d finally found something.

9. How will we know it is you the night of Breadline?

Probably the gross beard. I’ll have been on the road for twenty-four days.

10. Give us a link to something on the Internet we should explore, investigate, or abandon.

Joost wrote about my reading at Pete’s Candy Store for the Dutch blog Oote Oote. It gives me a lot of pleasure to write that sentence.

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Joe Hall was born in the woods and is devoted to Cheryl. His poems have appeared in Gulf Coast, Lo-Ball, HTMLGiant and elsewhere. Black Ocean Press published his first book, Pigafetta Is My Wife, in 2010. He is currently in the middle of a coast to coast book tour for his second book, TheDevotional Poems. Follow it at http://joehalljoehall.wordpress.com/.

Meet Your June 2013 Breadline Feature: J.W. (John) Marshall

1. June is often considered a seasonally transitional high point. How do you plan on making and/or recognizing the month of June as a space of transition for yourself and your art?

I did not know that about June. Pretty much each day all year has its challenges regarding change and stasis and I am not much of a planning type. Normally I’d say I hope to get by, now I’ll say it’s June so I plan to get by.

2. How much wood can you chuck?

I chuck, others do the measuring. You’ll have to ask them.

3. When you think of “summer,” what inspiration arrives?

I was on a murder jury in a case where an unarmed kid, who likely was a gang-banger who was pushing for a fight, was shot and killed by a mini-mart owner down on Rainier Ave. on hydroplane weekend. When the weather heats up and we get to the hydro races I think about that sad little interaction where we humans just seem like
mean and petty animals.

4. The poet faces the god and has one thing to say. What is it?

Were you entertained?

5. If you have been to the summit of Mt. Rainier, what words did you speak on it? And if you have not but imagine being there, what words would you speak on it?

I have not been on the summit but once in the park I helped scatter a friend’s ashes in an area with a clear moonlit view of the close and beautiful mountain. It takes my speech away each time, even just seeing it from 45th over the top of Dick’s Drive-In.

6. There is the tactile window. There is the digital screen window. What is the next window?

There was windowpane acid, too. A physically very small window opened some years ago, but the view though it goes beyond the next window and the one after the next. It makes the particulars hard to distinguish, and harder to care about.

7. What is your favorite bird? What is your favorite bird to eat?

I love the bushtits plenty. They are so social and chatty. And I love the amazing sonics available to the starlings. They have such lovely, various, and comical songs. Tofurky is my favorite eating bird.

8. Tell us about your favorite road trip in America.

A train trip from Chicago to Seattle in the fall. The colors, particularly at sunrise, on the plains were astounding and the sun was setting as we entered the Rockies. Really by far the best road trip is always going to be a railroad trip.

9. How will we know it is you the night of Breadline?

I come when called.

10. Give us a link to something on the Internet we should explore, investigate, or abandon.

This, from the John Adams opera “Nixon In China.” Give it a minute at least, it’s amazing music, singing, and drama–  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mtMI_huRtY

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J.W. (John) Marshall co-owns and operates Open Books, the poetry-only bookstore in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle.  His first collection of poetry, Meaning a Cloud, was won the Field Poetry Prize and was published by Oberlin College Press in 2008. He has had poetry and prose appearing in Raven Chronicles, Poetry Northwest, Field, Hubbub, Seattle Review, and other magazines. Paul Hunter’s Wood Works Press has published two chapbooks of his work, Blue Mouth and Taken With. He is a fan of the Mariners even though they are exasperating.

Meet Your June 2013 Breadline Feature: Benjamin Schmitt

1. June is often considered a seasonally transitional high point. How do you plan on making and/or recognizing the month of June as a space of transition for yourself and your art?
My first book has been published and while I am busy promoting that I have also begun working on a new book of poems.
2. How much wood can you chuck?
Just enough to power this time machine.
3. When you think of “summer,” what inspiration arrives?
I think of the promise of summer and also the brevity. So many summers that transformed me on a personal and artistic level. Relationships that formed or collapsed, events I participated in, struggles and triumphs I endured, all of them shrouded in this lazy glow of laughter. A season that seems like it could never possibly end but when you open your eyes it’s October.
4. The poet faces the god and has one thing to say. What is it?
Do you have a light? 
5. If you have been to the summit of Mt. Rainier, what words did you speak on it? And if you have not but imagine being there, what words would you speak on it?
I would dance and sing “Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira on the summit.
6. There is the tactile window. There is the digital screen window. What is the next window?
An empathy window that allows us to truly feel what another human being feels by perceiving time and space through the window of their vision.
7. What is your favorite bird? What is your favorite bird to eat?
Chicken, always chicken.
8. Tell us about your favorite road trip in America.
Twice in my life I have traveled across the country on Greyhound buses. The first time I went to New York City a few months after the September 11thattacks. The second time I visited a friend in Philadelphia in 2007. While neither of these were among the most comfortable trips I have taken they were definitely two of the most important. Some of the people I met were truly amazing, some were truly frightening, and the rest were a result of the failures of our country’s many institutions now forced to wait for hours in bus stations while the fortunate flew from city to city high above us, untouched by our poverty. I also realized that North Dakota must exist in some kind of limbo since it’s scenery never changes and that New Jersey is oddly beautiful.
9. How will we know it is you the night of Breadline?
To quote Walt Whitman: “I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world”
10. Give us a link to something on the Internet we should explore, investigate, or abandon.
This is one of the strangest Wikipedia articles I have ever read: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_children_of_Woolpit
Ben-Schmitt
Benjamin Schmitt’s poetry has been published in Pearl, Otis Nebula, Splash of Red, The Write Place at the Right Time, The Pacific Review, Solo Novo, The Chaffey Review, and elsewhere. He currently lives in Seattle with his beautiful wife. His first book is entitled The global conspiracy to get you in bed.

Meet Your June 2013 Breadline Feature: Christine Deavel

1. June is often considered a seasonally transitional high point. How do you plan on making and/or recognizing the month of June as a space of transition for yourself and your art?

By unplanning.

2. How much wood can you chuck?

The same amount as the number of seashells I sell by the seashore.

3. When you think of “summer,” what inspiration arrives?

Day lilies and day-length loveliness.

4. The poet faces the god and has one thing to say. What is it?’

Yes.

5. If you have been to the summit of Mt. Rainier, what words did you speak on it? And if you have not but imagine being there, what words would you speak on it?

I would rather listen.

6. There is the tactile window. There is the digital screen window. What is the next window?

The little circle I make when my fingers touch my thumb.

7. What is your favorite bird? What is your favorite bird to eat?

I love them all, but the robin has my heart. I don’t eat birds, but I’d be glad if, once I’m gone, they ate me.

8. Tell us about your favorite road trip in America.

When I’m walking, I’m glad. Where doesn’t matter so much.

9. How will we know it is you the night of Breadline?

I’m an old flower.

10. Give us a link to something on the Internet we should explore, investigate, or abandon.

http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/channel/8/Great_Blue_Herons/

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Christine Deavel is co-owner of Open Books, Seattle’s poetry-only bookstore. Her poetry collection “Woodnote” was published by Bear Star Press and received the 2012 Washington State Book Award. She was born in Indiana, educated in Indiana and Iowa, and has lived in Seattle since 1986.

Meet Your June 2013 Breadline Feature: Wizdumb the Wax Molesta

1. June is often considered a seasonally transitional high point. How do you plan on making and/or recognizing the month of June as a space of transition for yourself and your art?

I will be moving to the city hopefully by the end of the month, and will be able to work on music alongside my property management and bartending jobs. Lots of new vinyl to sample!!!

2. How much wood can you chuck?

Depends who or what I’m chucking the wood at…if it was Anne Coulter and Bill O-Reilly i would chuck a few cords of nice hard apple wood at them….

3. When you think of “summer,” what inspiration arrives?

Bicycle riding, and dem yung asada tacos son son!!! Seattle in the summer is short, so during the supposed summer weeks that are almost always crummy rainy days, it screams creativity, lots of time in my studio making beats.

4. The poet faces the god and has one thing to say. What is it?

Have you ever broke a puerto rican dudes arm for sweat pants money?

5. If you have been to the summit of Mt. Rainier, what words did you speak on it? And if you have not but imagine being there, what words would you speak on it?

I have hiked 8 miles up mt. rainier before. I remember having a rock in my shoe the whole time, and for some reason I didn’t stop to remove it, I just continually complained about it saying something like, “There’s a rock in my boot. I wonder if we will find D.B Coopers fortune? Hey also, if we find Bigfoot, I’m gonna ask him if he would be would accept my cliff bars for a lift back down this cold ass rock.

6. There is the tactile window. There is the digital screen window. What is the next window?

The window Ted Danson’s secret to his unlimited white hair folicles……the truth will be exposed.

7. What is your favorite bird? What is your favorite bird to eat?

Pigeons, seriously…..they are aliens……think about it…..have you ever seen a dead pigeon? and even stranger……have you ever seen a baby pigeon? ME EITHER!!! Also I like to eat the duck lunch special at Kau Kau in chinatown.

8. Tell us about your favorite road trip in America.

Drove from Arizona to Seattle with my pops in a moving truck full of tikis, we hit the canned granyon, if was perfect because i love my granyon canned!! We also checked out canyonlands, monument valley, arches, sedona, all very beautiful places. We hit every thrift shop, antique store/mall, and record shop along the way. It was a good time. Plenty of beer was consumed as well.

9. How will we know it is you the night of Breadline?

I will be bartending for all guys, and wont need your dingus drink tickets!!

10. Give us a link to something on the Internet we should explore, investigate, or abandon.

www.wizdumb.bandcamp.com
www.soundcloud.com/wizdumb206
www.youtube.com/user/seattlerain1212

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1/2 of G.Wiz & 1/3 of the Smoking Agents. Wizdumb is an all around hip hop producer/mc/dj hailing from Seattle WA. He has gained notoriety for his works with mcs from all around the world. Having toured the west coast twice, and even hit the east coast, he has made his mark in the game. He has been compared to producers such as madlib, Showbiz, Pete Rock, by AV of StateCap in an article online.

Meet Your May 2013 Breadline Feature: James Nolan

1. Describe how poetry is poetry to you.

Emancipatory and absurd

2. Describe how you are to you.

Skeptical at best

3. When someone says “The Merry Merry Month of May,” what exactly do you think about?

Santa Clause/Willie Wonka on binger

4. Describe your childhood relationship with breakfast cereals.

Said relationship forced me to seal my Juvenile Criminal Record

5. Largest influences who may or may not be writers?

David Bowie

6. Your neighborhood in Seattle.

Gentrification Ground Zero 2k13

7. Your location of childhood.

Woods

8. Your favorite space on Earth.

Woods

9. Compose a line of poetry for this questionnaire.

Inquire Within.

10. Tell the world what it can expect to you at Breadline on May 15th.

Lust

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Check out the latest chapbook by James Nolan here. Learn more about his art collective here. And be sure to read his Declaration of Intent (Co-Authored with Nick(le)-Need Steederson):

– to inspire and empower the voice which drives the creative act
– to share experiences and quasi-experiences such as dreams, nightmares, visions, hallucinations, aspirations and delusions, and learn to develop them off and on the page as well as in collaboration with each-other and with a diversity of media
– to compel fellow artists to engage to integrate this activism from the beauty, tragedy and absurdity of the world into art
– to make art from nothing, to make nothing of art
– to swim upstream against mechanized currents and lethargic complacency, haunted by both the senses and the undefinable derangement of an emotive consciousness
– to help foster a sensitivity to language by surrendering to its limitations while permeating its boundaries
– to reflect, from street to cosmology, from scholarly to the vulgar
– to expose a panoply of existential points of departure/arrival such as identities, socioeconomic statutes, sexualities, genders, classes in such a manner that these finite points of departure and arrival no longer hold empirical meaning
– to reignite an appreciation, to the most zealous degree, for Black Sabbath
– to strive to keep it fucking real

Meet Your May 2013 Breadline Feature: Ra’anan David

1. Describe how poetry is poetry to you.

Poetry is a wonderful tool to deal with life, its joys as well as challenges. People should always aim to convey their idea/story in this somewhat-sophisticated pseudo-artistic manner.

2. Describe how you are to you.

I have finally made peace with myself few years ago. Surprisingly enough it was also the time that I started writing again after so many years of absence.

3. When someone says “The Merry Merry Month of May,” what exactly do you think about?

“It’s may be only May, but summer may be just around the corner.

4. Describe your childhood relationship with breakfast cereals.

When I grew up in Israel nobody knew what “cereals” means, let alone cared for this specific type of cattle feed. Needless to say, I’m forever grateful.

5. Largest influences who may or may not be writers?

Frank Zappa was one eclectic, non-compromising artist that often got in trouble because of it. I agree that some of his stuff can be classified as “problematic”, but the vast majority of it is really great. I also like the way he used to interact with the audience and being able to improvise on the spot.

6. Your neighborhood in Seattle.

Columbia City, for the past 24 years.

7. Your location of childhood.

A kibbutz in northern Israel.

8. Your favorite space on Earth.

Tel-Aviv beach

9. Compose a line of poetry for this questionnaire.

Not the government/ human nature/ curiosity/ the “others”/ this questionnaire/ if you don’t. Believe! Me!!!

10. Tell the world what it can expect to you at Breadline on May 15th.

I plan on reading slightly more “mature” pieces than I usually do, and will also make a serious attempt to behave. If all goes as planned then I will incorporate videos, light, and additional sound in most of them. Luckily there are three other featured readers so I’m sure you will at least enjoy their work.

Raanan David Seattle

Ra’anan David became a serial late bloomer since his early days growing up in a small place in Israel. He was the first boy in his class to be allowed to use a pen due to his very few spelling errors, but the last one to learn how to ride a bike. It is also widely believed that he was the second to last in the entire class to have sex. He used to make rhymes from an early age and always enjoyed writing, but never found the passion and discipline to do so on a regular basis. After studying film in his home country he moved to the US and worked in the food/grocery business until he finally caught up with technology and is now working as a videographer. Less than five years ago, only three days shy of his 50th birthday, Ra’anan attended a “Cheap Wine and Poetry” event during Bumbershoot. He never quit putting his shit on paper ever since, and is extremely eager to share some of it with you tonight.

Meet Your May 2013 Breadline Feature: Julianna Buckmiller

1. Describe how poetry is poetry to you.

Poetry is a child of wax.

2. Describe how you are to you.

Awkwardness and a complete lack of hilarity. The child-like size of my feet and hands. Hyperactive synaptic firing. A pre-disposition for loneliness.

3. When someone says “The Merry Merry Month of May,” what exactly do you think about?

Someone that mixed up Christmas with Mother’s Day. This person is most likely a bad person.

4. Describe your childhood relationship with breakfast cereals.

Cavities.

5. Largest influences who may or may not be writers?

Jack Spicer, my third grade teacher that let me play with poetry magnets, John Ashbery, the poetry teacher that everyone hated freshman year of college, the sound of keys clicking, the blinding mockery of a blank page, the flaws in modern medicine, Allen Ginsberg, a premature interest in Human Psychology.

6. Your neighborhood in Seattle.

Capitol Hill.

7. Your location of childhood.

Everett, WA.

8. Your favorite space on Earth.

The space between my comforter and sheets.

9. Compose a line of poetry for this questionnaire.

The moment has vaporized, ensuring the closure of the data pool;
a torn moth’s wing.

10. Tell the world what it can expect from you at Breadline on May 15th.

Awkwardness pulling on your emotional shoe-strings. The premier of the “Emoji Poems” with Kristopher. A collection of short poems from my most recent manuscript that changes titles weekly, but is now working under the title “Sugar Teeth.” Hand-dancing. Shaky legs. Uncomfortable silence. Intangible vocabulary.

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Julianna Buckmiller is a Seattle-based poet, photographer and painter. She is a recent graduate in Psychology from UW and is currently teaching kindergarten. She also does not know how to write bios and is less funny than the average person.