Sep 18, 2019

Episode Nine - Joey Bauer

Great chat this episode with Joey Bauer!

JOEY BAUER is a musician under the alias Theo B. Veeus (can be found on Bandcamp). His albums are great journeys. I highly, highly recommend you travel these roads.

Bauer also manages the great ***Darkside Cinema*** in Corvallis, Oregon. Listen in to hear about the intertwining of sound and image. This discussion really got me thinking about language and how we, as humans, speak and hear.

Bauer is married and has two youngsters.

The importance of film and music in his life really comes through as we discuss the psychological aspects of creating art as well as whether something can come from nothing.

Thanks for supporting "Something (rather than nothing)"!!!


Sep 4, 2019

Episode Eight - Ethan Slayton

A native Vermonter, Ethan attended the Maine College of Art and graduated from the Joe Kubert School of Illustration and Design in '98.

Ethan has self-published his own comics since Year 2000,  taught a youth program for intro to comics at a day camp for Burlington City Arts for five years, has had work published in roughly a dozen role-playing game books for AEG and many more for 3rd party publishers, Ethan has had exceedingly minor success involving the Comic Book industry (inked a 5 page back up in B.Clay Moore's Battle Hymn for Image Comics back in 2000).

Ethan moved to Portland, Oregon in 2008 where he met and volunteered with several the local comic scene enthusiasts that were involved in making Stumptown Comics Fest. In 2015, Ethan illustrated and inked the first issue of the comic Dark Anna & The Pirates of Kadath - a comic which is created and written by local Portland writer, Aaron Duran. 

Ethan continues to write & draw his own comics for an upcoming anthology called The October Ages as well as working freelance doing spot illustrations for role-playing games. 

Ethan currently resides in Portland, Oregon with his wife and two studio cats. 

Aug 28, 2019

Episode Seven - Sean Wynn

Don't miss this episode!

This week we talk Hip-Hop, Art, Comics, Chicago, Rap history, women in geek culture, action figures, sci-fi, fantasy, Oddisee, Little Brother, Rapsody with . . .

SEAN WYNN A.K.A. Baddwolfe A.K.A. CeriusBlaq A.K.A. Hank McCoy Beast MC

Comic enthusiast, Hip Hop Junkie, Marketing Nerd, Activist.

General in the Preytorians Army.

Owner of Strange Solutions Marketing & Consulting.

A Chicago Native that has been residing in Portland for the last 10 years making a name for himself the professional nerd industries.

Listen to the sound of the Preytorians here: 

Aug 21, 2019

Episode Six - Joanna C. Valente

Joanna C. Valente is a ghost who lives in Brooklyn, New York. Joanna is the author of Sirs & Madams (Aldrich Press, 2014), The Gods Are Dead (Deadly Chaps Press, 2015)  Marys of the Sea (The Operating System, 2017), Xenos (Agape Editions, 2016), Sexting Ghosts (Unknown Press, 2018), and No(body) (Madhouse Press, 2019). They are the editor of A Shadow Map: Writing By Survivors of Sexual Assault (CCM, 2017), and received a MFA in writing at Sarah Lawrence College. Joanna is also the founder of Yes, Poetry, as well as the senior managing editor for Luna Luna Magazine and an editor for Civil Coping Mechanisms.

Joanna has been featured in Brooklyn Magazine, Them, Prelude, BUST, Columbia Journal, Electric Literature, Joyland, Tarpaulin Sky, The Feminist Wire, Spork Press, Ravishly, The Rumpus, VICE, The Brooklyn Rail, VIDA, The Huffington Post, among others. Joanna also currently teaches courses at Brooklyn Poets. 

In addition, Joanna has also spoken or given lectures for/at SUNY Purchase College, Sarah Lawrence College, the National Eating Disorder Association, AWP, Brooklyn Book Festival, Shout Your Abortion, Ravishly, Luna Luna Magazine, Monstering Magazine, Winter Tangerine, and more.

Aug 14, 2019

Episode Five - Claire Papoulis

CLAIRE PAPOULIS has always been interested in the path of holistic healing, forging a personal mission from a very young age to bring wellness and balance to her own life. After discovering the Amma Therapy program at The Wellspring School for Healing Arts, these values began to blossom as a career path. As a therapist, she strives to create a comfortable space in which clients can explore and enhance this path for themselves through education, healing, and relaxation. She continued her training in herbal medicine in the Professional Herbalist program through the East West School for Planetary Herbology. It is her priority to treat each client through a holistic model, addressing all elements of mind and body in unity.

Alongside her career, Claire has always valued the arts, striving to maintain creativity as a presence in her life. Growing up with her father the NYC-based composer Jim Papoulis, she was exposed to music from day one and developed an awe with creative figures and the creative process. Although she has experimented with different mediums, her recent life has brought her back into mentorship under sculptor Greg Steinsieck with whom she is exploring creative expression through visual art. She holds a strong belief in the important interaction that occurs through stimulating different parts of the brain by engaging in a variety of both intellectual and creative mediums.

Aug 7, 2019

Episode Four - Bunkong Tuon

Check out the newest episode with poet Bunkong Tuon. We delve into (or at least mention) - Bukowski, The State of Nirvana, Cambodian Genocide and Diaspora, War, Censorship, What to do about Morrissey, The State of Poetry, Something, Nothing, Emily Dickinson, Amherst, Family.

Bunkong Tuon is a Cambodian-American writer, critic, professor, and, most importantly, father. He is the author of Gruel (NYQ Books, 2015), And So I Was Blessed (NYQ Books, 2017), and Dead Tongue (with Joanna C. Valente, from Yes Poetry), as well as a contributor to Cultural Weekly.

Nominated for the Pushcart numerous times, his poetry recently won the 2019 Nasiona Nonfiction Poetry Prize. He has completed a book of poems about raising his daughter in contemporary America. He is an associate professor of English and Asian Studies at Union College in Schenectady, NY.

Jul 31, 2019

Episode Three - Nicole J. Georges

I have been lucky to have so many wonderful artists join me in these early episodes, including Nicole J. Georges - a deeply funny and wise soul. 

Here is more about Nicole - 

Nicole J. Georges is a writer, illustrator, podcaster & professor from Portland, OR.

Her Lambda Award winning graphic memoir, Calling Dr. Laura, was called “engrossing, lovable, smart and ultimately poignant” by Rachel Maddow, and “disarming and haunting, hip and sweet, all at once” by Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home. 'Allô, dr Laura?' was an Official Selection at the Angoulême International Comics Festival.

Nicole’s latest book, Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home, is the recipient of 2 Oregon Book Awards, and a Lambda nomination for best Graphic Novel. It received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, and was voted a 2018 “Great Graphic Novel for Teens” by ALA. “Nicole Georges makes my favorite art about love and vulnerability”. -Jill Soloway

Nicole won the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Arts Education in 2012. She was the 2013 Fellow at the Center for Cartoon Studies, the 2015/16 Donaldson Writer in Residence at the College of William and Mary, and currently teaches at California College for the Art’s MFA in Comics Program.

She has been publishing her own zines and comics for 20 years, and has toured the country extensively, including two appearances on Michelle Tea’s Sister Spit tour.

Nicole currently splits her time between Portland and Los Angeles with her chomeranian best friend, Ponyo Georges. She is the host of the podcast, Sagittarian Matters.

Jul 23, 2019

Episode Two - Aunia Kahn

Aunia Kahn is a figurative artist, photographer, author, curator, web/graphic designer, a creative entrepreneur and inspirational speaker. Her artwork is a hybrid art form combining many disciplines which she invariably designs, builds, and executes characters, non-existent places, dreams, illusions, fears and fables into creations melding elements of classical and contemporary art. With the honor of several awards, having been featured in numerous publications, and represented and collected nationally and internationally, along with being a published author has provided her a platform to guest lecture at colleges and universities.

Project driven with community interest prompted Aunia to pursue curating several exhibitions and book projects including the Moon Goddess exhibit, Tarot Under Oath, Lowbrow Tarot Project, etc. which later inspired the launch of Auxilium Haus (Formally: Alexi Era Gallery) a collection of her various projects, publications, and curatorial adventures. It is also the home of the Museum of Rescued Art (MORA) which was established in an effort to rescue discarded and dispossessed art due to a variety of circumstances in which one may never truly know.

She has also published many personal projects include the Silver Era Tarot, Inspirations for Survivors, Obvious Remote Chaos, Minding the Sea: Inviting the Muses Over for Tea, Avalanche of White Reason, XIII: The Art of Aunia Kahn, Witch’s Oracle (Illustrator, Author: Marla Brooks). Her forthcoming books and projects include; An Epidemic of Retrospective, Disintegrating Stars and the Ethereal Realms Tarot. She has also been an avid tarot reader/designer for 16 years and web/graphic designer for 20.

She loves animals, Prussian blue, tarot, miracles, crystals, nature, hummingbirds, and Jeeps.

Jul 17, 2019

Episode One - Hannah Hull - Burning Salt

Very excited this month to debut an episode with Hannah Hull - an English artist and musician (check out her TED talk entitled Mad Love!) Two approaches to explain her work - “I make situation-specific art and undertake social research. My practice catalyses dialogue & change for socially-excluded and at-risk groups.

My approach is dynamic and responsive: an open mechanism that allows things to be made, reformed & challenged. The outcome of this process might be an action; it might be an object; or it might be words.” Also - about Burning Salt’s music -
“Burning Salt is a collaborative music project headed by Hannah Hull, singer-songwriter and artist.

Hull is known for her startlingly honest songs and distinctive low-register voice. Fans have described her unusual vocal style as ‘scraped out of an ashtray somewhere in the early 90s,’ and ‘Friday night meets Sunday morning.’ Poetic, raw and alive, Burning Salt’s sound draws on folk, country and blues. A genre-bending approach in the vein of PJ Harvey, Nick Cave and Tom Waits.

Burning Salt is an independent project releasing on Hull’s own label, Lullaby Records.