Richard Wirick at Elliott Bay, Sat June 12 9P

Sat, 06/12/2010 – 9:00pm

Richard Wirick’s new collection of interconnected short stories, Kicking In (Soft Skull), takes the drug war out of the context of the ‘fringe element,’ and shines a light on another variety of user: the Valium-fogged attorney, the morphine-addled Gulf War orderly, and others for whom depressants and stimulants are necessary for functioning, if in a marginalized way. “Wirick’s stories are powerful, evocative tales rife with dark beauty. His characters, whether at work or at war, or just making it on the jagged margins of society, jump off the page and into your head—this is high-octane stuff.”- Thomas Kelly.

The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98122

Kicking in: Stories (Paperback)


ISBN-13: 9781593762803
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Soft Skull Press, 05/01/2010

About Splabman

Poet & interviewer Paul E Nelson founded SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) & the Cascadia Poetry Festival. Since 1993, SPLAB has produced hundreds of poetry events & 600 hours of interview programming with legendary poets & whole systems activists including Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaser, Diane di Prima, Daphne Marlatt, Nate Mackey, George Bowering, Barry McKinnon, José Kozer, Brenda Hillman & many others. Paul’s books include American Prophets (interviews 1994-2012) (2018) American Sentences (2015) A Time Before Slaughter (2009) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (2013). Co-Editor of Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia (2015), 56 Days of August: Poetry Postcards (2017) and Samthology: A Tribute to Sam Hamill (2019) Make it True meets Medusario (2019), he’s presented poetry/poetics in London, Brussels, Nanaimo, Qinghai & Beijing, China, has had work translated into Spanish, Chinese & Portuguese & writes an American Sentence every day. Awarded a residency at The Lake, from the Morris Graves Foundation in Loleta, CA, he’s published work in Golden Handcuffs Review, Zen Monster, Hambone, and elsewhere. Winner of the 2014 Robin Blaser Award from The Capilano Review, he is engaged in a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia and lives in Rainier Beach, in the Cascadia bioregion’s Cedar River watershed.
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