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 Nelson: Founded: SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) & the Cascadia Poetry Festival Wrote: American Sentences (2015), A Time Before Slaughter (2010) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (Lumme Editions, Brazil, 2013). His 2015 interview with José Kozer was published in 2016 (Ranchos Press) as Tiovivo Tres Amigos. Interviewed: Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaser, Anne Waldman, Ed Sanders, Diane di Prima, Nate Mackey, George Bowering, Brenda Hillman, among others and is engaged in a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia, including the festival, a MOOC (Innovative Cascadia Poetry), interviews with Cascadia poets indigenous elders and activists, and the anthology Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia. Paul is co-editor of that anthology as well as 56 Days of August the poetry postcard anthology and writes an American Sentence daily. *MOOC = Massive Open Online Course
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