Thursday, December 9, 2010

Kidnap returns in January!

Please don't come to it before then!



Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tuesday, November 30th: Drew Swenhaugen, Marshall Walker Lee, with musical guest Guidance Counselor

Lordy, we are thankful for these sounds! Listen, lovers: The Poor Claudia boys are here to read to you poetry and fiction, Guidance Counselor is here to sing you songs, and, as always, you will bring the atmosphere. Check this out:

Guidance Counselor's total diy approach to making music is straight punk rock, but the dance jams they pump out would have any disco jumping. And it's much more than just slammin' beats; the songs are written with the type of care rarely shown in western dance music. In a genre littered with throw-away lyrics, Ian can spend weeks penning a song.

Drew and Marshall's lives appear to be about making, reading, writing, and loving. Their reading will find these truths to be self-evident.

Doors open at 7:30. Music starts at 8. Please drop by if you want to be insanely thankful. Don't forget to bring a dollar or two to donate for the drinks and talent! If you are shy, I will do my best to make you forget that and feel welcomed.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Tuesday, October 26th: Ethan Saul Bull, Paul Maziar, and music by Jessie Aron

Kidnap returns, 60% more Autumn that last time!


Ethan Saul Bull lives and, thankfully, works in Portland, Oregon. He has graduated from college a couple of times--most recently from Arizona. His first book, entitled Inside Narratives, came out from BlazeVOX Books in 2010 and his work has appeared in several journals including Exquisite Corpse, EOAGH, Octopus Magazine, The Benefactor, and others. He feels close to the sea at the moment and has been said to love love, though he's not entirely sure what that means.


Paul G. Maziar is a writer & poet, and works as a bell-hop. Born in the desert of Southern Nevada, he lived in Los Angeles, New York New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, and has found his new home in Portland OR. His first book was published in 2008, titled WHAT IT IS: WHAT IT IS. It is a collaborative work, consisting of experimental prose and the typographic & photographic treatments of his friend, the artist Matt Maust. Paul self-published his first chapbook of poems, Last Light of Day, which sold quickly and is now being put out as a full-length collection, by Publication Studio in Portland Or. He's been curating a monthly reading series in Portland, and is currently involved in an ongoing workshop taught by poet Hoa Nguyen. He writes and edits a poetry blog called Don’t Fog the Feelers.


Jessie Aron goes to culinary school, and that's the main thing. She also plays music and sings in Ocean Age, which is, like, electronic chamber music with natural sounds. And then sometimes she plays quiet girlish folk music by herself or with other girls.


As always, doors open at 7:30, performances begin just past 8. Please bring food or drink to share, a dollar or two for our donation jar, a tenner for buying stuff from the various book/art/CD offerings, flyers for upcoming events and readings, and any person you think is a cool person. Also, don’t be shy! Our event is the kind of event that only attracts nice people!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tuesday September 28th: Jeramiah Gould, A Minetta Gould, and Debrah Morkun!

Folks, get ready to swoon. We have three poets from across the nation who will lull you into imagination. Jeramiah Gould, his long lost sister A Minetta Gould, and Debrah Morkun.

Since the day he was born, J. Schaffer Gould has been getting bigger. He has a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire and is Editorial Assistant for Rope-A-Dope Press in South Boston (watch out, they make beautiful things!). He is currently filling out his entire shape in Exeter, NH.

A. Minetta Gould was raised in the mittens by a beautician. She's since transplanted herself to the West where she worries herself with rust, the epic, and pagination. A. is the Associate Editor for Black Ocean & edits the online journal Lonesome Fowl.

Debrah Morkun's first book of poetry, Projection Machine, was published in April 2010 by BlazeVox Books. She lives in Philadelphia, where she writes and curates events for the wonderful poetry community with The New Philadelphia Poets ( You can visit Debrah at .

Doors open at 7:30. Please drop by if you want to be insanely happy, or even moderately delighted by words. Don't forget to bring a dollar or two to donate for the drinks and talent! If you are shy, I will do my best to make you forget that and feel welcomed.

Thanks! J & D

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tuesday August 31st: Kaia Sand, Margaret Malone, and Musicial guest Karen Wood Hepner

Come visit, listen, drink, and prosper at If Not For Kidnap this month! We have three local artists: one poet, one fiction writer, and one musician. These are three sweet, beautiful, talented, and dark-haired women, and you're going to want to see them.

Margaret Malone’s writing has appeared in The Missouri Review, Swink, The Wordstock Ten Anthology, and elsewhere, and in January she was awarded an Oregon Literary Fellowship in Fiction from Literary Arts. She is currently at work on a memoir co-written with her husband, and a collection of stories.

Kaia Sand's book, Remember to Wave, was just released by Tinfish Press. This collection investigates political geography in Portland, Oregon, which takes the form of a poetry walk. She is also the author of a poetry collection, interval (Edge Books 2004), and co-author with Jules Boykoff of Landscapes of Dissent: Guerrilla Poetry and Public Space (Palm Press 2008). Sand has created several chapbooks through the Dusie Kollektiv, which also published her wee book, lotto. Her poems comprise the text of two books in Jim Dine's Hot Dreams series (Steidl Editions 2008). Supported by a Regional Arts and Culture Council project grant, she is currently working on Shell Games, a multi-media poetry project investigating foreclosures and the uneven distribution of shelter.

Karen Wood Hepner plays music. And sometimes she writes the music she plays. Sometimes she ropes her kids into these antics. It's a nice break from the headiness of poetry. She has an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College and you may remember her reading poems at the inaugural INFK.

It'll be an evening of sirens. Doors open at 7:30. Please drop by if you have the chance. Don't forget to bring a dollar or two to donate for the drinks and talent!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Tuesday July 27th: RODNEY KOENEKE, and ERIK FLORES, with musician DAVE BOW and artist CHEYENNE GLASGOW

July brings you a pretty sweet line up, Kidnap lovers. Poet Rodney Koeneke and fictioneer Erik Flores. You will also be serenaded by Dave Bow, who I happen to think is a pretty skilled musician (not to mention his superb writing skills). There will also be photographs up by Cheyenne Glasgow. Come hear! Come see!

RODNEY KOENEKE is author of the poetry collections Musee Mechanique and Rouge State. Rules for Drinking Forties, a chapbook, appeared from Cy Press last year; another, Names of the Hits (of Diane Warren), appears from OMG Press this year. His work has been anthologized in Bay Poetics and in Flarf: An Anthology of Flarf, forthcoming this fall. He's read and performed at The Poetry Center, the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church, the de Young Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Small Press Traffic, the Pacific Film Archive, The Smell, and the Bowery Poetry Club, among others. He lives in Portland, OR where he helps curate the Tangent Reading Series and blogs about poetry at Modern Americans:

Erik Flores was born in San Francisco, California. He earned his MFA at the Queens College Writers Workshop and resides in Portland, Oregon with his wife and daughter. His new book, From the Neck Up, recently came out on Eldrecko Press. He also performs weddings.

Take a sneak peek at Cheyennes stuff here:

Please drop by if you have the chance. Don't forget to bring a dollar or two to donate for the drinks and talent!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Tuesday June 29th: Joe Hall, and Rauan Klassnik, with musical guest Sewblue

Two poets from out of town, both with books out on Black Ocean! These two guys are personal favorites of mine. This is the true way to begin summer! Don't regret not beginning summer. Read on:

Joe Hall is the founder of the Washington, DC reading series Cheryl’s Gone. A 2007-2008 George Mason University Thesis Fellow, his work has appeared in Versal, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Handsome, Cimmaron Review, among others, and his reviews appear frequently in Phoebe and The Celadon Review. Joe lives with his partner Cheryl wherever they go. Check out his new book on Black Ocean

Rauan Klassnik book "Holy Land" was released from Black Ocean in April 2008. He spends most of his time in Mexico.

Sewblue was a singer-songwriter project for many years until 2009 when it developed into a quartet with strings and marimba and the occasional drumbeat. It maintains a playful and lyrical focus on the bittersweet, covering a range of sub-genres in the indie/folk/pop realm. Chelsea likes to call it gypsy jazz but she's unsure of the actual implication in saying such things.

As always, everyone is welcome. Start time is 7:30. We will start on time! Some beer provided, but please bring really anything to share--drinks, food, fliers, business cards, etc., money for our donation, etc.--and don't be shy about introducing yourself.

Thanks for your support, and see you soon.

J & D

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Tuesday, May 25th: W. Vandoren Wheeler, Jamondria Harris, and Jacob Levine, with music by Brownish Black

You guys! Hey you guys, come see poets and a band!

For free!

Because seriously: it's going to be fantastic!

When: Tuesday, May 25th at 7:30 (though we won't start until just after eight)
Where: 3968 SE Mall St., upper floors
As always, bring anyone you like and if you're up to it, bring something to share! Like beer, food, fliers, money, whatever, I think polaroids would be cool... And don't be shy about saying hi to people you don't know!


W. Vandoren Wheeler
was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico. His poems have appeared in Swink, H_ngM_n, Forklift, and Bat City Review, among others. He earned an MFA from Warren Wilson, and served for two years as the editor of Marylhurst University’s M Review. He teaches composition, creative writing, and literature at Portland Community College.


Jamondria Harris is a poet living in portland oregon. She is interested in fluidity, bliss and following lines of flight into poetry.Her work has appeared in The Nightbomb Review #1 and 2 and she will have a chapbook out from Nightbomb Press later this year.


Jake Levine got an MFA in poetry at the University of Arizona, where he got some cash for a Warnock Fellowship, Hattie Locket Prize, Intro Awards, and Foundation Award for his poesy. He is also an instructor of poetry and composition at the University of Arizona and won the Johnnie Raye Harper teaching award, which he also got funds from. He said he’d use the funds for writing and then spent them on some other shit, shit that either detracted or distracted from writing. He is Editor-In-Chief of Sonora Review, on the board of directors at POG (poetry in action), on the Tucson Festival Of Books Poetry Committee, is the founder and curator of The Aural Pleasure Party and Poetry Fuckfest reading series, and is an editor at SPORK. He lives and loves Tucson, AZ. His poetry has appeared in Stretching Panties, forthcoming in Retort and EOAGH, has a current / being printed chapbook The Threshold of Erasure from Sporkpress, which they took before they invited him to edit / bind shit. He stabs himself with binding needles often. He does not give a fuck, or he does give a fuck. Depends on sweat. Sweat depends on heat. He does not wear Depends. He is only just young. He is not just.


Portland based quartet Brownish Black draws heavily from 60's, 70's soul and rock music blended with modern garage sounds. With their offerings to the generations, this versatile mix of musicians find comfort in any form of venue, from big stages to living rooms.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Tuesday, April 27th: Donald Dunbar, Jamalieh Haley, and musical guest Paschal Coeur

Happy Anniversary, If Not For Kidnap Audience!

This Tuesday we will be celebrating 1 year of a series of fantastic readers accompanied by fantastic listeners.

We hope you will join us Tuesday for a reading by Donald Dunbar and Jamalieh Haley, with music by Paschal Coeur, and perhaps even a surprise spawn/guest from our first reading ever!

Donald Dunbar lives in the house you will be coming to. He published a bunch of poems last year. He has figured out the easy way to make poems.

Jamalieh writes poems, lectures, maps, and grading comments. She does this with keyboard, pen, wire, soldering iron, or wax. She is very interested in you, but very shy. So make the first move.

Paschal Coeur will have a special treat for us. The treat will definitely be music. Like this: free tracks: If I know my French, their name has something to do with the heart. And probably their music, too!

As always, everyone is welcome. Start time is 7:30, which means be there by 8! You don't want to miss this one. Some beer provided, but please bring really anything to share--drinks, food (I'm bringing brownies!), fliers, business cards, etc., money for our donation, etc.--and don't be shy about introducing yourself.

Thanks for your support, and see you soon.

J & D

Monday, March 15, 2010

Tuesday, March 30th: David Abel, Dean Gorman, and Narwal Creative Music Ensemble

Oh my god! Check it out! INFK once again! All-local, all-organic!


Abel is a poet, interdisciplinary artist, bookdealer, and freelance editor. He is one of the founding organizers of the Spare Room reading series, and copublisher (with Sam Lohmann) of airfoil chapbooks. He moved to Portland in 1997, after tenures in New York and New Mexico. His recent publications include the chapbook Commonly (airfoil) and the artist's book While You Were In (with Anna and Leo Daedalus; disposable books); last month he performed at the Gerding Armory Theater as part of Blum Blum Shub Sound Poetry Coincidence, interpreting the 72-foot-long graphic score "The Metaphysics of Notation" by Mark Applebaum (video excerpt online at


Dean lives in Portland, Oregon, where he plays in the bands Sweet William's Ghost and The Tumblers. His poems have appeared in Forklift; Ohio, among other places. He is co-founder and former co-editor of Pilot Books and Magazine.

here are some links for fun


Narwal Creative Music Ensemble

New music, improvised music. Cracked pencil lead on score paper mixes with spontaneous composition to present sounds organized in unfamiliar ways. Narwal values the bizarre, under appreciated, the experimental and the esoteric. We find inspiration in the new (Terry Riley, Ruth Crawford Seeger, George Crumb), the hip (Henry Threadgill, John Zorn, William Basinski), and the crusty (Gregorian chant, Bach). What you hear now is a freeze frame of forward movement- a single image from our picture show. We're not quite sure how the picture show ends. Also, if anybody can explain the Drake or Lady Gaga music videos to us, that would be swell.


Everyone is welcome. We "begin" at 7:30 which means that's about when you want to be showing up, but we know you, you're late to everything! Some beer provided, but please bring really anything to share--drinks, food, fliers, business cards, etc., money for our donation jar, etc.--and don't be shy about introducing yourself.

See you then--

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tuesday, February 23rd at 7:30, Zach Schomburg and Emily Frey collaboration, Karyna McGlynn, with musical guest Oh!

WHAT THE HECK! We have an amazing line up for you guys this month:


Emily Kendal Frey and Zachary Schomburg will be reading from their new collaboration
Team Sad.
Zachary Schomburg is the author of
Scary, No Scary (Black Ocean 2009) and The Man Suit (Black Ocean 2007) and several chapbooks including, most recently, collaborative work with Emily Kendal Frey which includes Team Sad (Ciematheque Press 2010). A DVD collection of his poem films, Little Blind Thing, was just released by Poor Claudia. He co-edits Octopus Books and Octopus Magazine. He teaches at Portland Community College and Portland State University.

Emily Kendal Frey is the author of AIRPORT (Blue Hour, 2009) and THE NEW PLANET (Mindshare, forthcoming). Collaborative work with Zachary Schomburg includes TEAM SAD (Cinematheque 2010), FEELINGS USING WOLVES (Small Fires, forthcoming) and OK, GOODNIGHT (Future Tense Publishing, forthcoming). She teaches at Portland Community College.


Karyna McGlynn’s first book, I Have to Go Back to 1994 and Kill a Girl, won the 2008 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry from Sarabande Books. She is the author of several chapbooks including Alabama Steve and the forthcoming collaboration Small Shrines (Cinematheque Press, 2010). Her poems have appeared in Fence, Octopus, Denver Quarterly, Columbia Poetry Review, Copper Nickel, Lumberyard and Forklift, Ohio. Karyna was recently the Claridge Writer-in-Residence at Illinois College. She currently teaches at Concordia University and edits L4: The Journal of the New American Epigram with Adam Theriault in Austin, TX. Read more at her mildly outdated website:

3. Musical guest Oh is FANTASTIC. Not only is she a delight to look at, but her music is hauntingly charming. OH is currently finishing up a demo and going on a short tour to New York and Europe. Her music has been described as “pop rocks in slow motion”, a description we like very much. She plays a drum machine, a couple toy keyboards and sings. Watch kick ass videos and then come see for yourself: and

When: Tuesday, February 23th at 7:30
Where: 3968 SE Mall St., Upper Floors

As always, everyone is welcome. You'll find friendly listeners with bottles of wine. If you like, bring something to eat, drink, and share; any donations accepted! Bring something to put on the merchandise table.

See you Tuesday!

J &D

Monday, January 18, 2010


INFK: Giving you all time to get over your seasonal affective disorder