An Evening with University of Hell Press

TONIGHT! (April 4th, 2013)

Spend an evening with University of Hell Press at Powell’s on Hawthorne (3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, Oregon 97214). Starts at 7:30pm and is FREE.

University of Hell Press founder Greg Gerding shares stories about the press and UHell’s authors Eirean Bradley, Stephen M. Park, Leah Noble Davidson, and Brian S. Ellis read selections from their books. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Book Release Party for “HERE.”

On Saturday, March 23rd, 2013, Lindsey Kugler and University of Hell Press will be having a book release party at the IPRC (1001 SE Division St, Portland, Oregon 97202) celebrating Lindsey’s book HERE. Show begins at 7:00pm and is FREE.

The evening will be hosted by Greg Gerding and features musical improv by Sara Renberg, tarot for tips by E.D. Hall of Backtalk, and readings by Justin Hocking, A.M. O’Malley, Johnny No Bueno, Chloe Caldwell, Liz Moyer, and Lindsey Kugler herself.

Books will be available. Get yours! For more information, CLICK HERE.

Interview with Eirean Bradley

by Johnny No Bueno

I was asked by Greg Gerding to interview Eirean Bradley for the new University of Hell Press website. I jumped at the chance, because not only do I consider Eirean Bradley to be one of my close friends, he is also one of the few people in this town whom I trust and whose viewpoints I highly respect. The first time I performed at the Portland Poetry Slam, not without my own major misgivings of slam poetry in general, Bradley complimented my work and made me feel very welcome. He was actually the only person who talked to me that night. So I kept going back to the slam and getting more and more involved in what was going on. The relationships I most cherish these days have all been fostered at the Portland Poetry Slam, and it is hard for me to separate the slam from Eirean. He is also the person closest to my age and subculture, which really helps a 30something feel comfortable in such a youth-driven culture.

Being overwhelmed as a 31-year-old man, with what being in school for the first time in 19 years can be, I dragged myself from bed and came down to Backspace, the coffeeshop in Portland, Oregon where we have the Poetry Slam, to meet Eirean for the interview maybe 30 minutes after waking up on a long overdue Saturday. When I got down here, Eirean took me outside and told me how the night prior he woke up in the middle of the night which such intense chest pains, he eventually went to the hospital with fear it was a heart attack. Come to find out he has three ulcers. And here was this champ, who is a dear friend of mine, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready for our interview.

Eirean’s stubborn bullheadedness might come off unsettling to some, but the growing number of poets in the vibrant Portland poetry community is a testament to this man’s drive and determination to create a space for everyone. He may not be appreciated by everyone, but if they come to the Portland Poetry Slam, they are taking direct benefit of what Eirean has done for this town, and for the Portland Poetry Slam, after taking it over, around two years ago. One would be amazed at our weekly, hundred-plus crowd, one of the biggest in the world, if they were told it is only two years old. Somebody is putting a lot of hours in, behind the scenes, to create such a welcoming and vibrant weekly event. Here he is:

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“the I in team” Cover Art Preview

We are very excited to unveil the cover art for Eirean Bradley‘s book the I in team published by University of Hell Press and coming out in stores soon. We will post when and where it will be available. Plus, there will be personal appearances by Eirean in celebration of its release.

Cover art by our very talented Vince Norris. The two photos that appear on the cover are from Greg Gerding’s own personal collection.

Interview with Greg Gerding

by Johnny No Bueno

The first time I ever saw Greg Gerding was on the Small Press shelf at Powell’s Bookstore. Being a frugal shopper, I was quite amazed by the immensity of his book, Loser Makes Good, 284 pages to be exact, for $10.00, whereas most books of poetry these days might cross the hundred page threshold and start normally around $15.00. As I flipped through it, testing to see if I wanted to buy his book or a used copy of Rimbaud’s Une Saison En Enfer (A Season in Hell), I was extremely impressed by the transparency of the writer. If he had a soul, which some of his prose poems put that in question, this poet had definitely exposed some of the most charred pieces of it, for each reader individually. Being the avid fan of vulnerability that I am, I decided to have ramen for dinner, and purchase both books, which was a wise choice.

When my friend Eirean Bradley, Portland Poetry Slam’s Slam Master, told me that he was opening a poetry showcase, which was also the book release party for Gerding’s latest endeavor, The Idiot Parade, it not only cemented the awesomeness of Eirean, but made me all the more interested in what Gerding was doing. Apparently, University of Hell Press, Gerding’s publishing company, made primarily to publish his own works, was going to publish a long overdue book by Bradley, the I in team.

Earlier that same month, Gerding co-featured at the Portland Poetry Slam with Denver poet protégé Ken Arkind. Gerding’s performance, however not run-of-the-mill slam material, was definitely moving. Slam poetry has a tendency to bare all and Gerding did just that. He pulled no punches, leaving himself as open as his writing already does, to the reader.

At his book release party, I had a short opportunity to chat with him, thanking him for his courageous writing, and he shared that he enjoyed the interviewer’s poetry as well. In the exchange of compliments, I mentioned that I had all but one book of his whole collection, and he generously offered me a copy of the missing title. A month later, I decided that I wanted to interview Gerding, and he graciously accepted. We met at Backspace, a Portland Chinatown coffee shop that hosts the Portland Poetry Slam. Here is that interview:

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Agitprop Reading & Bar Pink After Party Revisited – March 5, 2011

Earlier this year, on March 5th, the Agitprop space in San Diego was the location for Greg Gerding’s Book Release Party for his two latest books, Piss Artist and The Idiot Parade. There was a reading, book signing, and then an after party at Bar Pink with rock band The Stereotypes (celebrating the release for their latest record called Soundtrack).

We realize it’s a little late, but since we weren’t a website yet to help promote, we wanted to at least revisit the evening’s events through pictures and send out some acknowledgments.

First of all, a huge THANK YOU goes to The Latent Print for hosting the night. Please visit their website, like their FB page, and get a taste for the amazing promotional campaign they ran leading up to the event here. They’re doing great things for San Diego artists and they deserve your support. Special thanks to Camille Tallon, she did an amazing job organizing everything and lending her talents. Also, Sophia Pang and Chris Maroulakos. There were many others at The Latent Print we didn’t even know about, thank you too.

Next, we would like to thank the venues, Agitprop and Bar Pink. These two venues and their proprietors continue to bring amazing talent to their stages and are also deserving of your support. Without them, the art and music community in San Diego would severely suffer. To keep up with the latest events at these venues, please visit Agitprop’s website and Bar Pink’s website and like their FB Pages as well (Agitprop | Bar Pink).

Last, but not least, thanks to The Stereotypes for playing a really rocking After Party. If you think you don’t know them, you do, their music can be heard almost everywhere. Visit their website and buy their records, they’re amazing. And like their FB page too to keep up on the latest news.

Here are some photos from the evening:

To see more, click here. Thanks to everyone who came out and supported. We were glad to see you and we look forward to seeing you again.

Sharpening the Pen: Portland!

Greg Gerding, University of Hell Press founder and writer, will be facilitating a writing workshop this Sunday, October 30th starting at 6:00pm at Backspace in Portland, Oregon. Everyone is welcome, please join us. The writing exercises will focus on editing and revising, so please bring along some pieces you would like to work on. Greg will also be available for one-on-one time to discuss your writing or any writing projects you are working on.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Stick around afterwards for the Portland Poetry Slam.