Alle C. Hall’s flash fiction placed as a finalist for The 2020 Lascaux Prize. Longer work appears most recently in Dale Peck’s Evergreen Review; as well as in Tupelo Quarterly, Creative Nonfiction Magazine, Brevity (blog), and Another Chicago Magazine. Formerly an associate editor at Vestal Review, Alle's additional “wins” include: a Best of the Net nomination; First Place in The Richard Hugo House New Works Competition; and finalist or semi-finalist in the contests of: Boulevard Magazine, Creative Nonfiction Magazine, Hippocampus, and Memoir Magazine.
Claim to fame: interviewed Leonard Nimoy. He was a bit of a pill; disappointing.
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Howdy all – I am looking forward to talking with the wonderful Michelle Marsh Dunn at the Photo Center Northwest in the next few months in a series of public conversations about photography, images, words, art, et al. They are free and open to all – please come and participate!
Photo Center Northwest on 12th Ave in Seattle across from Seattle U Campus.
The Conversations open dialogues on subjects of interest; these are not formal presentations but group explorations. Please join us with questions, thoughts, and ideas to share.
All sessions are FREE. First on next Thursday, Jan 28, 6:30. Complete schedule below. Be there!
What would it be worth to you, the guitar played at what is widely considered to be the most written-about performance in the history of rock ‘n roll?
Bob Dylan’s set at The 1965 Newport Folk Festival was when and where The Artist Formerly Known as Bobby Zimmerman publicly plugged in. And on December 6th, 2013, a buyer identified only as “a private individual” (my money’s on Paul Allen) bought that sunburst-finish electric; $965,000 at Christie’s Auction House in New York City. (I’m writing about it now b/c I only just read about it. Doi.)
Christie’s expected the guitar, sold with its original black leather strap and hard-shell case, to go for a mere $300,000 to $500,000.
Previously, Eric Clapton’s Fender held the record for a guitar sold at auction. Nicknamed “Blackie,” Clapton’s sold for $959,500 in 2004.
Dylan’s Fender was in the possession of a New Jersey family for nearly 50 years. Apparently, Mary Jane left it on the private plane that shuttled Dylan around with the likes of Peter, Paul & Mary. You know, The Beautiful People. The pilot’s daughter said her father contacted Dylan’s management, but nobody got back to him … “Hello? Mary Jane?”
Whatever Dylan might have been on at Newport, his blistering set there sent into seismic his shift away from acoustic and toward amplified rock. The crowd mutinied.
“I didn’t know what was going to happen,” Dylan said at the time, “but they certainly booed.”
According to myth, Pete Seeger was so furious that he tried a) to end Dylan’s performance—dude, it was only three songs—or b) threatened to cut the cable with an ax. Years later, Seeger said he had nothing against Dylan going electric — he was upset over the distortion-filled sound system.
For the kiddies: the reaction at Newport was analogous to Stephen Colbert’s moment of legend at the 2006 Foreign Correspondence’s Dinner. The performance wasn’t understood by the audience, but the long-term effect catapulted the performer beyond fame and into lore. And now, the conduit of all that music history can be yours for only a million bucks—while supplies last.
Michael Shilling is an excellent teacher. He is committed, he is organized. He offers lots of engaging homework that if you don’t do, oh well. He just wants you to keep coming to class.
After taking his Screenwriting 101, here are my thoughts about his teaching:
Michael has great taste in material; in this case, movies—except for Hot Tub Time Machine.
Michael responds to feedback from his students. He did not make us watch Hot Tub Time Machine.
Michael is outstanding at maintaining classroom balance. He is the best teacher I have ever had curbing the—how to say?—overenthusiastic participants such as (a-hem) while drawing out the more hesitant.
Michael is funny. Funny funny funny. If anyone can teach you how to be funny, Michael can.
I am not laughing that, at this point in my life, I do not have the headspace for a multi-week class. I hope Hugo House will soon offer Michael teaching Writing Funny Screenplays.
I know nothing about poetry, so don’t ask me. Since you didn’t ask …
Ed Skoog is offering Intro to Poetry Writing. With poetically-appropriate complexity, his class description states, “Previous experience with poetry isn’t required, although all levels are welcome.”
Ooooooooo. I met with Ed (for a fiction piece) during his term as Hugo House Writer in Residence. Of the numerous gems he dropped my way, he said, “Fiction happens in the paragraph.” He encouraged me to reconsider how I approach line breaks. And he was right—my graphs began to happen. I bet he could happen-up your poetry.
Snow Falling on David Guterson is teaching something whose description has something to do with poetry. Poets out there, a little help?
Author: The Salty River Bleeds, The Timbre of Sand, Still Dandelions, A Ranch Bordering the Salty River. Alum: Palomar College, Columbia University, Bennington College. Follow on twitter @SmpageSteve on Instagram @smpagemoria on Facebook @steven.page.1481