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Kevin Sampsell

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in Kennewick, Washington, The United States
March 17

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I am the publisher of Future Tense Books in Portland, Oregon. I work at Powell's Books and also make collage art. I have written reviews and articles for various papers and mags. I have a few books out. My memoir, A Common Pornography, was published by Harper Perennial and my novel, This Is Between Us, was published by Tin House Books. I also edited Portland Noir, a book of crime fiction published by Akashic Books. My book of collage art, I Made an Accident, will come out in 2022 from Clash Books.

Here's a few links to some stuff:
My Tumblr of collage!
Flash Fiction on X-R-A-Y
My essay about coronavirus closing down Powell's
Short story at Hobart
Flash Fiction on Wigleaf
My Paper Trumpets collage column at The Rumpus
Excerpts from This Is Between U
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A Little Summer Somethings

Hopefully with summer coming, I can start lowering my dangerously high cloudy day Vitamin D intake and get some actual sun! My new book, I Made an Accident, is out on July 19th from Clash Books and I’m doing some road tripping to spread the word. Here’s where I’m going (check back for updates)…

Saturday, June 18th : New Orleans (I’ll be at Kolaj Fest that week, and reading at the Show and Tell eve Read more of this blog post »
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A Common Pornography

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This Is Between Us

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Beautiful Blemish

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“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.”
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“A few times I drove past early-morning commuters, driving slowly with their headlights on, sipping coffee from their travel mugs, half asleep and unaware that a scared, naked man debated whether or not to plow into them with his car like a missile.”
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“You’ll freeze out here,” he said. What did he know? I was already a sheet of ice, a frozen branch, a twig. I could freeze in my own house, if I wanted to. The man’s eyes darted down the road.
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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 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.

Really.


message 10: by Susan (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:15PM)

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 (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:01PM)

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


message 8: by Jeremy (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:58PM)

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 :)


message 7: by Recynd (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:58PM)

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


message 6: by Jeremy (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:55PM)

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 :)


message 5: by jeremy (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:54PM)

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


message 4: by Summer (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:46PM)

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 (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:30PM)

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...

Cheers,

Tish


message 2: by Sara (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:20PM)

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 (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:25AM)

Susan Henderson Hi Kevin! Thanks!


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