>Pecha Kucha recap

>I’d hoped to have a picture or two to go with this post, but haven’t received any yet. If and when I get some, I’ll add them in. So… I couldn’t stay for the entire event last night, so I missed about half the presenters. To be fair to all the presenters, then, I won’t be giving an account of the other presentations. Rather, I’ll be focusing more on what I presented. The them of the night was “Love,” and while I kept that in mind while selecting stories to read, our authors aren’t typically writing the kind of stuff you’d see in Valentine’s Day cards. So my first criterion in selecting pieces was how strongly they opened. Since the format provides for only 20 seconds of reading of each piece, I wanted to ensure that every piece I read had some sort of hook to pull the reader (or in this case, the listener) in pretty quickly. I selected one piece from each of our first 18 issues. I also made the list without repeating any authors. Because we haven’t done artwork to wallpaper size (or even for every single piece in the early issues), I enlisted Ellen Parker’s help in creating artwork for each of these. For writers interested in studying strong openers or for attendees of last night’s event who’d like to read the pieces in their entirety, here’s the list (in the order they were read, from issue 1 through 18):

1: Neighborhood Watch, Nance Knauer
2: Must Sign for Delivery, Jade Walker
3: Metallic, Ellen Parker
4: Remembering Elizabeth, Bob Arter
5: Gilda, Patricia Parkinson
6: 201 Feet, Andrew Tibbetts
7: All Over Again, Tom Jackson
8: He Wrote Sixteen Pencils Empty, Daphne Buter
9: Irvin Hammers a Cat House, Mike Young
10: Five Fat Men in a Hot Tub, Jeff Landon
11: A Blind Dog Named Killer and a Colony of Bees, Mary Miller
12: Ally’s First Step, Paul Silverman
13: Daffodil, Kathy Fish
14: Vandals, Jennifer A. Howard
15: Copenhagen, Fred Spears
16: Heaven by the Highwayside, Mike Amato
17: My First Two-Headed Boy, Veronica Thorn
18: Display, Davin Malasarn

I had a great time once again, this time presenting first, rather than last. This meant that the audience was much larger, but also considerably more sober. For more information on Pecha Kucha, check out the official website. Special thanks to Ellen especially for her artwork, Ana Pinto da Silva for organizing the whole shebang, and Jamie Drzayich for picking up the flying pages. Can’t wait to do it all again some time.


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1 Response to >Pecha Kucha recap

  1. >Oh how interesting! I was wondering which stories you’d choose! Very nice selection.

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