Kevin Sampsell

more photos (3)

1,748 books | 163 friends

443 books | 185 friends

956 books | 1,123 friends

1,694 books | 226 friends

515 books | 655 friends

316 books | 2,948 friends

441 books | 320 friends

Samuel ...
1,025 books | 241 friends

More friends…

Kevin Sampsell

Goodreads Author


in Kennewick, Washington, The United States


twitter username


Sex, bacon, collage, 10980s hip hop scratching, poetry, guitar feedbac ...more

member since
June 2007

About this author

I am the publisher of Future Tense Books in Portland, Oregon. I work at Powell's Books. I write reviews and articles for various papers and mags. I have a few books out. My newest short story collection, Creamy Bullets, came out in 2008 from Chiasmus Press. Portland Noir, a book of crime fiction that I edited for Akashic Books, came out in 2009. My memoir, A Common Pornography (the long version!), was published by Harper Perennial in early 2010.
My novel, This Is Between Us, was published by Tin House Books in late 2013.

Here's a few links to some stuff:
Flash fiction and flash interview in Smokelong Quarterly.
My Salon essay about suicide.
Memoir excerpt on Smith Magazine.
I Know Who You Raped Last Summer.
An essay about music in my book, Creamy

Oh, wow. Is it really Fall now? Like practically Halloween! This year is going by really fast. Here’s some quick update action for you. Thanks for stopping by!

I worked with Adam Robinson to get a redesign on the Future Tense website. This has been long overdue and I think it looks beautiful. Make sure to pay special attention to the newest release, Soft Split, by Szilvia Molnar. It’s sooo good.... Read more of this blog post »
Like  •  0 comments  •  flag
Twitter icon
Published on September 30, 2015 19:18 • 29 views
Average rating: 3.71 · 1,828 ratings · 367 reviews · 23 distinct works · Similar authors
A Common Pornography
3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 646 ratings — published 2010 — 4 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
This Is Between Us
3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 358 ratings — published 2013 — 3 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Portland Noir
3.35 of 5 stars 3.35 avg rating — 277 ratings — published 2009 — 5 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Creamy Bullets
4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 87 ratings — published 2008 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Beautiful Blemish
4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 82 ratings — published 2005 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Insomniac Reader: Stori...
3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 50 ratings — published 2005
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Patricia Letters
4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 15 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
How to Lose Your Mind With ...
4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 12 ratings — published 1994
Rate this book
Clear rating
Haiku Inferno
3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 2007
Rate this book
Clear rating
Invisible Radios: re-mixes,...
4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 1998
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Kevin Sampsell…

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

Kevin is currently reading
by Sara Jaffe (Goodreads Author)
bookshelves: currently-reading
Rate this book
Clear rating

Dome of the Hidde...
Rate this book
Clear rating

The Small Backs o...
Kevin is currently reading
by Lidia Yuknavitch (Goodreads Author)
bookshelves: currently-reading
Rate this book
Clear rating


Kevin's Recent Updates

Soft Split by Szilvia Molnar
"Surreal and beautiful"
Kevin and 1 other person liked Wendy’s status update
Kevin wants to read
Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher
Rate this book
Clear rating
Kevin rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Thérèse and Isabelle by Violette Leduc
Thérèse and Isabelle
by Violette Leduc
read in October, 2015
Rate this book
Clear rating
I wasn't so sure about this at the start and even half-way through I was like What the hell is going on with this language? Is this a bad translation or does the author just play by her own rules? There are some great sentences and descriptions strew ...more
Kevin and 10 other people liked Wendy Ortiz's review of Bad Sex:
Bad Sex by Clancy Martin
"Read in one sitting. Or drank. Or inhaled. Anyway, it was good, good stuff. I rarely mark pages in books anymore but there were hard-hitting, bitter, funny lines throughout. One of my favorites: "Cheating on your husband is a lot like doing cocain..." Read more of this review »
Kevin wants to read
Bad Sex by Clancy Martin
Rate this book
Clear rating
Everything Was Fine Until Whatever by Chelsea Martin
"I think if Chelsea Martin was standing in front of me I would just fall over and die. She is so funny! So inventive and weird and god damn funny. From the start, I was hanging on her every word. I don't know where half of this book came from, she..." Read more of this review »
Kevin is currently reading
Thérèse and Isabelle by Violette Leduc
Rate this book
Clear rating
Kevin wants to read
Beat Happening's Beat Happening by Bryan C. Parker
Rate this book
Clear rating
Kevin rated a book 5 of 5 stars
At Night by Lisa Ciccarello
At Night
by Lisa Ciccarello (Goodreads Author)
Rate this book
Clear rating
Sometimes you read a book at the precise right time and I think that's the case with this book and me. Ciccarello's debut feels like a swooping, diving book-length poem--like those Swift birds at Chapman Elementary School that dance and plummet into ...more
More of Kevin's books…
“I realize that nothing is really normal. All it takes to alter normalcy is a death or a birth. Or just some misguided fear, love, or loneliness that never goes away.”
Kevin Sampsell, A Common Pornography

“We wondered what was inside her heart”
Kevin Sampsell, A Common Pornography

Kevin Sampsell

“I think if you tell someone that you love him or her, (especially a person that once screamed, “I’m not gonna love you ever!”) and that person says “duh,” then I think that means you have done something right.”
Chloe Caldwell, Legs Get Led Astray

“Mr. Pappadakis smells like Just for Men peroxide dye and eucalyptus foot unguents. He has a face like a catcher's mitt. The whole thing puckers inward, drooping with the memory of some dropped fly ball.”
Karen Russell

“They weren't hours, these classes; they weren't even forty-five minutes--they were "periods," which sounded to me as if they were each at once a little era and then the end you had to see decisively put to it.”
Gary Lutz

“My mother wanted to be Betty Boop. Betty Boop was independent. Betty Boop was sexy. Betty Boop really had her shit together, you know?”
Chloe Caldwell, Legs Get Led Astray

“A chainsaw's God's way of evening out the playing field between you and everything, even the invisible stuff.”
Jennifer L. Knox, Drunk by Noon

107 The Pacific Northwest Contingent — 118 members — last activity Jun 20, 2011 06:17PM
PNW book lovers unite!
983 Portland Readers — 264 members — last activity Feb 17, 2015 10:43PM
People who like to read books* in Portland, OR and surrounding areas. * = books that are vegan, yes?
248 Small and independent press books — 340 members — last activity Mar 22, 2015 10:49AM
A group to discuss and recommend books published by the independent presses. Fiction and poetry only.
6926 Black Oceanographers — 245 members — last activity Dec 14, 2010 12:38PM
This group is designed to discuss books published by Black Ocean, receive updates on publications and get news on author events. All are welcome, only ...more
15406 Local Independent Bookstores and Cafes — 392 members — last activity Mar 27, 2015 10:52AM
A group of like-minded readers out to save some of America's best places, (i.e. local independent bricks-and-mortar bookstores and cafes) by purchasin ...more
31804 Harper Perennial — 96 members — last activity Nov 09, 2011 12:38AM
Good books for cool people.
32749 Goodreads Official Events — 118 members — last activity Apr 20, 2010 05:57PM
This is the group for official Goodreads events, including book swaps, pub crawls, and anything else that Goodreads sponsors.
18788 The Rough South — 396 members — last activity Jul 28, 2015 03:47PM
If you started as a fan of William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor and then found your way to Harry Crews, Barry Hannah, Larry Brown, Melinda Haynes, D ...more
More of Kevin’s groups…

Comments (showing 1-23)    post a comment »
dateUp arrow    newest »

message 23: by Selena

Selena Kevin wrote: "selena wrote: "a book published by chiasmus? does this mean you know the lovely ms. yuknavitch?"
Yes--Lidia and I are old friends. In fact, we just read together (and with Kerry Cohen) in Seattle ..."

the world keeps getting smaller. she was my writing professor and i just loved her and everyone she taught me about.

message 22: by Kevin

Kevin selena wrote: "a book published by chiasmus? does this mean you know the lovely ms. yuknavitch?"
Yes--Lidia and I are old friends. In fact, we just read together (and with Kerry Cohen) in Seattle last Thursday!

message 21: by Selena

Selena a book published by chiasmus? does this mean you know the lovely ms. yuknavitch?

message 20: by Sabra

Sabra Embury Happy 2011, Kevin Sampsell.

message 19: by Mary

Mary Van Note Yo! I love, love, loved the books by Chelsea Martin and Claudia Smith. You sure know how to pick 'em. Can't wait to see you read in SF!

message 18: by Kevin

Kevin Brandon wrote: "Thank you for being my one fan."

Actually, I've just been writing another "fan" of yours--and I'm going to sell him a rare copy of "Who the Hell..."

message 17: by Brandon

Brandon Thank you for being my one fan.

message 16: by e

e I just received an email with my goodreads updates,
and the subject was "updates from Kevin, Kevin, Kevin, Kevin, Kevin"-
perhaps it is my drowsy state that finds this hilarious-
or maybe it really does sound like a pissed off valley girl.
either way.....

message 15: by Brent

Brent Legault Saw your interview in The Believer. Very nice.

message 14: by Erika

Erika hey kevin~
congrats are overdue for Creamy Bullets-- ready? aim, FIRE!

message 13: by Michael

Michael Kimball Thanks for publishing Gary Lutz's A Partial List of People to Bleach. The world is a better place with that book in it.

message 12: by Dennis

Dennis Ya, sure. Where are my reads? Best intentions and all, but haven't had a moment to log my books. I'm saving up.

message 11: by Colette

Colette I've heard so much about you.

Or maybe it's just that I've heard you exist over and over.

I guess you'll have that.

Actually, I think you rejected one of my books once. For which I am not bitter.


message 10: by Susan

Susan Henderson I predict I'll be out your way within the year.

Just turned in my book edits today. Feels like running a marathon, and when you're finished, you're too tired to even say, Yay!

message 9: by Otis

Otis Chandler Hey Kevin - glad you like the site - and thanks for helping spread the word! T-shirts coming soon :)

Jeremy Thanks for sharing, Kevin! I haven't read any of those works, so I'll definitely check them out.

Here's wishing you the best in all aspects of your life.

-Jeremy :)

Recynd Okay, Kevin: I think I'm going to give "Clown Girl" a try. I'll let you know how I like it...

Jeremy Hi Kevin!

If you don't mind sharing--I was wondering, what's your favorite book of all time?

Here’s wishing you a weekend filled with wacky whims, wonderful weirdness, and well-disposed werecats.

-Jeremy :)

jeremy yes, indeed. and today, of all the things to be thankful for, this reminds me what an incredible gift literacy really is.

Summer Aw, thanks and shucks and stuff. You too, really, I spent forever reading your reviews and now I have several dozen books to read.

I love Powells, maybe next time I'm in Portland you can show me some favorite books. I work at BookPeople in Austin. Yay bookstores.

message 3: by Tish

Tish Hello, Kevin,

Thanks for the add request. After perusing your book list, I know that having you for a goodreads pal will keep me in literary heaven for years! I rarely get up to Amsterdam to visit the English bookstore (and they wouldn't have too many - if any - small press offerings)...but on my annual trip to Portland, I spend hours at Powells. Usually I'm so overwhelmed with all there is to read, I don't know where to start. I end up going waaaaay over the weight limit on my return luggage...



message 2: by Sara

Sara HI Kevin. Thank you for the friend invite. We met briefly in 2002. Hello again. I just remembered that I really liked the patricia letters when I found it in a small bookstore when I was 19. sara

message 1: by Susan

Susan Henderson Hi Kevin! Thanks!

back to top