Monday, December 12, 2011

No Kidnap December

See you Friday, January 20th for a special Kidnap Party. 2012: Let's take it to the limit?

D & J

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tuesday, November 29th: Diana Salier, Amy Temple Harper, and Wolf in the Dreamcatcher

Come down off your food binge with Amy and Diana! Forget about your hideous relatives with Wolf in the Dreamcatcher! Finally: the perfect proof that allows you to exist in the fine balance of relaxation and stimulation. Bring drinks, food, etc., etc., etc.. Doors are open... at 7:30, everyone is welcome.

Please note! If you like chapbooks--and who doesn't like chapbooks?--two brand-new, just-released, sure-to-be-classic chapbooks will be available for purchase from Amy & Diana.

Amy Temple Harper was born in S. Korea and found on the street. She was brought to an orphanage in Seoul and adopted to the United States. She substitute teaches grades K-12 for the Portland Public School District. She is also a chef and a mother. She writes poetry, fiction, and is currently working on a memoir. Her first publication is titled “Cramped Uptown,” due for release in November, 2011.

Diana Salier is a musician and person who writes. Her first chapbook WIKIPEDIA SAYS IT WILL PASS was released on Deadly Chaps Press in September 2011. She's a graduate of NYU's creative writing program, and her work has appeared or is forthoming in Every Day Genius, Nap Magazine, Red Lightbulbs, 3:AM Magazine, Housefire, and Kill Author, among other places. She's currently working on a full-length collection called Letters From Robots. She grew up in a house in Los Angeles and now lives in an apartment in San Francisco. She is wearing striped pajamas.

Stan Gentle, the man behind Wolf in the Dreamcatcher, claims to be the failed commercial copywriter who got tired of trying to make a difference. He now busies himself composing one-minute songs about the mysterious abduction of poop, lost to the ages Elvis movies, and what he calls The Vegan Betrayal. The songs are at once anthem and corrosive to the synapses, a mix of mostly English words and a pretty convincing synthesizer. Recently, WITDC has garnered critical acclaim on websites like Friendster and publications like Light Metal Age. Live shows have been called “gamey and raw”, prompting tastemakers like Norma Lyon to give a nod. “It’s more a new trope than a gimmick. It might even be a meme. Anyway, it doesn’t suck.”

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Tuesday October 25th: Robert Alan Wendeborn, Karen Wood Hepner, and musical guest Special Head!

Beat-boxing (!), throat singing (!), rad short poems (!), Lord of the Rings (!). Doors open at 7:30, music starts at 8, and plenty of deliverance:

Robert Alan Wendeborn is the editor of Extended Play, a short magazine of long literature and writes for Uncanny Valley, a literature and pop-culture blog/magazine/press. He has had poems and reviews published in PANK, > kill author, and The Collagist. Most recently, he has been featured in the Portland Mercury blog for his Lord of the Rings themed haiku, "Legolas, rub me/on my soft Baggins with your/long Bombadildo." If you want to know more about him, or his writing, you should give him a thorough googling.

Karen Wood Hepner writes songs, poems, and marketing blurbs. Mostly her poems are very short because she is always short on time. But it turns out short poems are the raddest kind! She is also raising teenage boys and has that marketing blurb job. She's a pretty busy lady.

Special Head is a one man band from Tucson Arizona. Special Head performs live looping of throat singing, beat boxing, bass, xylophone, pan flute. Then he sings or raps comedic lyrics over the beats and melodies he has created. Some of his songs are serious and tackle issues of global consciousness. Others are simply hilarious.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Tuesday September 27th: Maryrose Larkin, Amanda Huckins, and musical guest Animal Eyes

Two poets and a band. That's right: we give you continuity, structure, and (most importantly) heuristicality. Within this format you will get two women of discrete topology, and a band in temporal flux. Come on--let's compare our own exciting lives with the exciting life we all create at Kidnap at 7:30.

Maryrose Larkin lives in Portland, Ore. where she works as a donor researcher. She is the author of Inverse (nine muses books, 2006), Whimsy Daybook 2007 (FLASH+CARD, 2006), The Book of Ocean (i.e. press, 2007), DARC (FLASH+CARD, 2009), The Name of this Intersection is Frost (Shearsman Books, 2010), and Marrowing (Airfoil, 2011).
Maryrose is one of the organizers of Spare Room, a Portland-based writing collective, and is co-editor, with Sarah Mangold, of FLASH+CARD, a chapbook and ephemera poetry press. She is currently working on "Twenty Questions for Five Masters" a play for Language Master and voice.

Amanda Huckins is a poet who lives partially plunged into the ground of Portland, Oregon. Another poet said of her: "I feel like [Amanda is] the Hubble telescope and some, like, space rock flew into [her] f*cking up all [her] sensors but uhh, [she is] still collecting data and the data is damaged in such a way that it is actually much more interesting and uhh you know, useful than the previous data but it's also difficult to read/understand". It may sound like she’s mentally incapacitated, but she most likely is not. Either way, she letterpressed and sewed together a chapbook called Contorted Stone, and she regularly engages in passive and/or immediate collaborations using Google Docs.

Animal Eyes is a Portland, Oregon band. They’re in the process of recording their first album. There are songs about what it’s like to be leaving home at the beginning of a new century, only a few years before the world is supposed to end, about growing older and realizing how important it is to learn from our collective past, to have a collective past, to have family, and about living in cycles with the earth; to be born, to live, and to rest in the ground when we’re done.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tuesday August 30th: Anis Mojgani, Riley Michael Parker, and musical guest Curious Hands

Happy August everyone! This Tuesday is your chance to get your idea of language messed up and all hot and bothered. This is good for you. The alpha state of your brain will thank you the next day while trying to brainstorm at work. Plus, it's proven that entering this state induces relaxation and healing. Sound good? Good. Because, Anis Mojgani and Riley Michael Parker are ready to do this for you.
Come at 7:30 to mingle and pitch in to the drink fund if you would like to partake!

A former resident of Portland’s Writers-In-The-Schools program, Anis Mojgani is both a two-time national poetry slam and an international poetry slam champion. He is the author of two poetry collections: Over the Anvil We Stretch, and The Feather Room, which was recently nominated for the National Book Award. His work has appeared in Rattle, The Legendary, Radius, as well as on HBO and NPR. Originally from New Orleans, Anis currently lives with his wife in a small house on the Eastside of Austin TX.

Riley Michael Parker is the head editor at HOUSEFIRE, publisher of NOUNS OF ASSEMBLAGE. He wrote OUR BELOVED 26TH, with a new novel out October called A PLAGUE OF WOLVES AND WOMEN, dresses all in black white and red, self-proclamating "fucks like a champ", owns a cat, directed JUNIOR PROM (short film), lived in Las Vegas, lived in Oklahoma, never went to college, owns a coffin, has never been to Mexico.

music! music! music!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Kidnap Especial: Monday, August 15th in Director Park: Emily Kendal Frey, Ethan Saul Bull, & James Gendron

If Not For Kidnap, in coordination with Director Park and Multnomah Arts Center Literary Arts Program, presents an out-of-doors performance of poesy, exactly perfect for your summer inclinations.

PLEASE NOTE: This does not take place at Kidnap House. Rather, at Director Park downtown!

This next MONDAY, we have for you:

Ethan Saul Bull - Author of Inside Narratives, revolutionary, and master of the human heart.

Emily Kendal Frey - Author of The Grief Performance, Frances, The New Planet, & Airport, shaman, and all-around word reciter exciter.

James Gendron - Author of Money Poems, kickboxing champion, and regular boxing champion.

The event is free, and afterwards you may play in the fountain.

It may be chilly, because this is summer in Portland.

[Special props go to David Abel, who coordinates the DPR series, Alicia and Spencer at Director Park, and Michael Walsh at MAC, for making the readings possible]

[Also, the following Monday (8/22) same time same place, hear Robert Mittenthal from Seattle, Donato Mancini from Vancouver BC, and Louis Cabri from Ottawa.]

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Tuesday, July 26th: Lindsay Hill, Paul Longo, and musical guest Gratillium

If you show up at 7:30 Tuesday night to If Not For Kidnap you will hear BEAUTIFUL MUSIC, BEAUTIFUL POETRY, and see BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE. Plus, FEEL BEAUTIFUL by being part of aural illustration.

There is a donation jar to help the readers out, and provide you with delicious things. The donation jar also accepts delicious things. All are welcome--come and say "hi"!

Lindsay Hill was born in San Francisco and is a graduate of Bard College. His most recently published books are: The Empty Quarter and Contango (both from Singing Horse Press, San Diego). Recent work has appeared in Peaches & Bats, New American Writing, and Peep/Show poetry online: Lindsay lives in
Portland with his wife, the painter Nita Hill.

Paul Longo lives in Portland, where he’s learning to say “I got it all in the world,” and to keep plants alive. At work he develops medical devices that stop lethal bleeding. After work he and his friends are collaborating on the perfect compliment. He has degrees in poetry and engineering, and was once co-editor of the Sonora Review. His poems have appeared in Best New Poets and a few other places.

Gratitillium was formed in 2008 by Portland folk artist Nick Caceres. After recording makeshift songs on just his macbook with a built in mic, Caceres released this 'creation' as a full length debut under the name Gratitillium Vol 1, on local indie favorite Tender Loving Empire records. A band was etched around the initial album, and after a series of local shows at venues from the Green House to the Doug Fir and everything in between, Gratitillium was ready to hit the road in 2010 on a west coast tour, after releasing the EP/middle album, of full band versions of six songs off of the initial full length. The album was titled Wild Alive, Vol 1.5 and was a self release, with a release show held at the Holocene with guests Pancake Breakfast and Tiger House in april 2010.
Gratitillium then toured the west coast in early fall, 2010, playing with bands/friends such as:
The Hosannas
Yeah Great Fine
Jared Mees and the Grown Children
The Walkmen
Fa Fa Fa
and many more talented acts...

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Tuesday, June28th: Matthew Klane, Lisa Ciccarello, and Drew Grow

Time again for KIDNAP!

Hello! Come 'round 'round 7:33 this next Tuesday for an all-new all-nude review! Poet Matthew Klane is visiting our lovely city, and we have Lisa Ciccarello, Drew Grow, and you all to welcome him! Please wear clothes!

Will you bring some beer to share or some cash for the donation jar? Want to buy a book by someone in the room? Want to hawk yours? Please make sure to introduce yourselves to people until you're sure we've all met!


Matthew Klane is editor and co-founder of Flim Forum Press. His book is B_____ Meditations (Stockport Flats, 2008). Recent work can be found in Taiga, muthafucka, Harp & Altar, and Word For/Word. He currently lives and writes in Iowa City.


Lisa Ciccarello is the author of two chapbooks: At night (Scantily Clad Press, 2009) & At night, the dead (Blood Pudding Press, 2009). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Glitterpony, elimae, Anti-, Poor Claudia, Saltgrass, H_NGM_N & Corduroy Mtn., among others. Her [stunning] photography can be found at like been hounding me how you can't imagine and her blog Punching Little Birds in the Face has recently been updated with a early summer mixtape.


Across the globe, there are hundreds of young men and women who have taken up acoustic guitars, inspired by the grand folk and country tradition, and set about put their sleeve-worn hearts into musical form. But the result is often feather light and wispy and all too easily forgotten amid the din of the modern age.

Not so with the music of Drew Grow and the Pastors Wives.

The music on the band's self-titled LP (released on their own Amigo/Amiga label) shares the influence of many current indie artists, but carries with much more meat and gristle to chew on. It feels like it was molded after a long life of ups and downs, all set a soundtrack of the curlicued songwriting of Bob Dylan, the drowsy despair of Bill Callahan/Smog, and a thick stack of dusty Motown and Stax 45s.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Tuesday, May 31st: Matty Byloos, Carrie Seitzinger, & tunes by Timmy Straw

Kidnap in the Spring (forreal!!)

Please join us around 7:30 pm on May 31st for delight.

Portland culture warriors Matty Byloos and Carrie Seitzinger team up with Timmy Straw (whose music would give Mazzy Star the chills) to bring you this delight.

As always, everyone is welcome! We'll have some beer on hand, but we rely on y'all to help keep people hydrated through the end of the evening. Donations of cash, beer, wine, food, etc. are fantastic, and please bring things to sell, promote, or proselytize.


Matty Byloos's first collection of short stories, Don't Smell the Floss, was published in 2009 by Write Bloody Books. His work has been published on or in: We Who Are About to Die, The Nervous Breakdown, The Fanzine, Orion Magazine, Pop Serial, Sparkle and Blink, The Portland Review, Everyday Genius, Housefire, among others. He is the editor and publisher of Smalldoggies Magazine, and co-hosts (along with Carrie Seitzinger) the Smalldoggies Reading Series in Portland, OR, where he lives and works.


Carrie Seitzinger has been featured at poetry venues since 2003. Her first book of poetry, The Dots Don’t Connect, was self-published in 2004. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is the Poetry Editor for Smalldoggies Magazine and co-hosts the Smalldoggies Reading Series PDX, a monthly reading series featuring both writers and musicians. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poor Claudia,Housefire, Smalldoggies Magazine, Sparkle and Blink, The Portland Review, Mosaic, Cobalt Poets, and have been recorded for podcasts.


Timmy Straw lived for a long time in East Los Angeles, was born in Oregon, and was brought up by the music of Bela Bartok, Doc Watson, Frederic Chopin, Nirvana, Goodie Mob, Biggie Smalls, church hymns, Sam Cooke, Nine Inch Nails and Lil Wayne. She’s toured around America and Europe with Emily Wells, Carla Bozulich, and most recently with The Nite Kite Revival (Buddy Wakefield, Derrick Brown and Anis Mojgani). Learn more about Timmy Straw and sample music on MySpace Music now.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Tuesday April 26th: Literary Mixtape Two Year Anniversary, with musical guest Damon Boucher!

Welcome to our grand night of INFK’s TWO-YEAR ANNIVERSARY celebration!

Tuesday night we’ll be DJing the literary cannon for you. Both Donald and Jamalieh have composed astonishing fragments of literary genius from far to near, old to new. So come and sit on our chairs, lie on our couches, languish in the greatest stories ever told. Our musical guest, Damon Boucher, will join us in the usual two-part fashion (impromptu dance post-party always welcome). Remember to bring whatever you want to eat or drink. Celebration.

Just in case you don't know: Donald and Jamalieh co-founded If Not For Kidnap poetry series. They are both professors of English. Also, each of their first manuscripts are "almost finished".

Donald Dunbar vive en la casa a donde vasa venir. El es muy alto y rubio y muy poderoso. Escucha a sus palabras tranquilas para estar comodo. Puedes tocar al espalda de el, pero cuesta diez dolares. El no sabe como hablar en espanol, pero tu sabes tambien. Esta es una mentira. Si, el sabe como hablar en espanol. No, esta es una mentira.

Jamalieh Haley has been reading, and, thus, accumulating a mix of literature to read to you since she was three. She also reads professionally to people through a microphone, pre-amp, and channeled through various compressors. Through this medium she is the voice of several champion cheer-leading teams, including the California All Stars, for which she says ridiculous phrases like “Are you ready? Well buckle up. This will be the ride of a lifetime” and “You better duck—these bullets are flying high”. She can also train your horse while reciting Yeates.

Damon Boucher says, "Fuck it. You'll love my music. That said, I just finished my first LP, Superfag. You'll listen to it and from then on your wet dreams will be haunted with me. That's what you need to know about me."

There you have it, folks. All are welcome. We are very friendly. Please bring a few dollars to contribute to the donation jar to help cover our costs of beverages. Thanks!

J & D

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Tuesday, March 29th: A. Minetta Gould & Amber Nelson, w/music by The Tumblers Acoustic

New study: Kidnap helps you forget Winter.
This just in: Kidnap is happening in March.
Video: Kidnap lies to you about video.

Please join us Tuesday, March 29th at 7:30 pm for the perfect evening! Poets Amber Nelson (Seattle) and A. Minetta Gould (Boise) stop by on their West Coast Adventure to read to us their excellent words, and local faves The Tumblers loan out two of their number to serenade us with dulcet tones.

As always, everyone is welcome. Please bring friends, drinks to share, flyers to hand out, books and ephemera to sell, and/or cash for the donation jar. Or just bring your face, because we all like looking at it!


AMBER NELSON lives in Seattle where she spends copious amounts of time watching Kung Fu. She is the co-founder and poetry editor of alice blue. Her second chapbook, Diary of When Being With Friends Feels Like Watching TV, is available from Slash Pine Press.


A. MINETTA GOULD was raised in the mittens by a beautician. She edits the online journal Lonesome Fowl and is the Associate Editor for Black Ocean. She has recent work published in Columbia Poetry Review, Unsaid, and New Orleans Review. Another chapbook, Dutch Baby Combo and The Boys are Talking about Restless at Five Points, will be available from Spooky Girlfriend Press.


TYLER GASTON and DEAN GORMAN are 2/5 of The Tumblers, Portland's infamous and beloved country outfit. They are the band's primary songwriters and are looking forward to their first-ever acoustic show. Tyler promises to dress appropriately this time...

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Tuesday February 22nd: Zachary Scott Hamilton, David Cooke, and musical guest Siren and the Sea

Like always, If Not For Kidnap is here for you with two new poets you probably will want to get to know, and music that will get to know you. (Isn't that what everybody wants?) Bring drink to share, or maybe throw some money in for beer. Bring extra cash you've got laying around in case anyone's hawking anything. Bring something to hawk. Or just show up with your lovely self.

Zachary Scott Hamilton is the author of Fourteen Zines, including HAIR LAND which won the Zine of the month award on He lives in a condemned house on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon with his Cat, Spekter who he writes poems to.
Zachary has published work in these places: Sein und werden (being and becoming), Karawane (or the temporary death of the brutist), Otiliths (a journal of many e-things) Ignavia Press (issue 4.1), And The batShat E-zine) (issue 1// pg 8.)

DAVID COOKE was raised Catholic in Oakland, California, and now lives in Portland, Oregon. His debut poem Edges won the Ruth Stone Poetry Prize and was nominated for a 2010 Pushcart Prize. His work appears in Flatmancrooked, Hunger Mountain, A River & Sound Review, Heavy Hands Ink and in performances at the Blackbird Wine Shop, The Press Club, Show and Tell Gallery, Stonehenge Studio, and KBOO’s Talking Earth. He is also known as The Lawn Guy throughout Portland and Lake Oswego for his lawn maintenance business. Much of his current work is included in his forthcoming chapbook, Discretion.

Siren and the Sea is an ensemble that currently consists of three musicians—Manny Stewart on accordion, Cristina Cano vocals, guitar and keyboard, and Scott Belleri on violin. Their influences are diverse, including klezmer, show tunes, indie and folk. They are BEAUTIFUL!

See you at 7:30!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Tuesday January 25th: Sam Lohmann, Allison Cobb, and musician Jeff Diteman

Yes! we are still intending to kidnap you and feed you beautiful, fresh, organic, and local word/sound cuisine. The menu? So glad you asked (do not expect the reading to be as ridiculous as this intro to your invite):

Sam Freaking Lohmann. Allison Freaking Cobb. Experimental/linguistical/classical cellist Jeff Freaking Diteman.

Sam Lohmann lives in Portland, edits the poetry fanzine "Peaches and Bats," co-edits Airfoil Chapbooks with David Abel, and is one of the organizers of the Spare Room reading series. His most recent chapbook is "Onlooking."
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Allison Cobb is the author of Born2 (Chax Press, 2004) about her hometown of Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Green-Wood (Factory School, 2010) about a famous nineteenth-century cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. Her work combines history, personal narrative, and poetry to address issues of landscape, politics, and ecology. She was a 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow and received a 2011 Individual Artist Fellowship award from the Oregon Arts Commission. She worked for many years for the Environmental Defense Fund in New York City. She now works for an energy conservation nonprofit in Portland, Oregon.

Jeff Diteman is an armchair linguist, a lackadaisical polymath and a closeted bumpkin. When he is not playing the cello, he paints in oils, does technical translations and goes swimming.

Please come and sit on our couches and drink our wine and breathe our air! Share and share alike, bring some beer to share or other things. It's delicious. We want you. Come at 7:30! We will introduce ourselves!