Kevin Sampsell, Janice Lee, and Jay Ponteri

Thursday, August 4 @ 7pm (PT) / Powell’s City of Books
1005 w. burnside st. / portland, or 97209

In 2014, after the release of his debut novel, writer and publisher Kevin Sampsell switched gears and turned to a new creative obsession: making collage art. Initially influenced by the wild cutup language of William S. Burroughs, Sampsell soon discovered countless modern collagists that inspired him to take his art further and further from where it started. I Made an Accident (CLASH) showcases over 200 of Sampsell’s collages, exploring a range of styles: hilarious sight gags, subtle cultural jabs, elegant mysteries, colorful surprises, fragmented hauntings, and gloriously strange accidents. Janice Lee’s Separation Anxiety (CLASH) is a complex and entangled text that explores inherited trauma, the presence of ghosts, interspecies communication, the dream world, grief, and human/animal separation. Weaving wisdom from her shamanic practice and the interstices of language, and in the difficult moments anticipating the deaths of her beloved dog companions, Separation Anxiety marks the first collection of poetry from the acclaimed prose writer and is a meditation on inhabitation and existence beyond the human. Written over the course of eight years, Jay Ponteri’s Someone Told Me (Widow and Orphan House), combines associative self-portraiture, lyric essay, literary criticism, and memory-based work. The experimental prose toggles between descriptions of daily domestic life, responses to art — such as Richard Linklater’s Boyhood and Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things To Me — and dreams of artists and the art they make, including Robert Walser, LaToya Ruby Frazier, and Anne Frank. Core themes include race, gender, heteronormativity, loneliness, shame, gentrification, attachment, parenthood, grief, and traumatic birth.