Saturday, October 16, 1999

Kevin Sampsell

Kevin Sampsell is the force behind Future Tense Press of Portland, which received an Oregon Literary Arts grant in 1998. Future Tense is dedicated to publishing work by people often thought of as weirdoes or outsiders. As part of his promotion effort, Kevin organized the Future Tense Reading Series at Umbra Penumbra and produced a series of readings in bookstores and cafes that mixed the spoken word with music. Debuting this month, Kevin curated and hosted The Kamikaze Reading Series at the snazzy little theater and café called Raindog in North Portland.

Kevin’s own books include How To Lose Your Mind With The Lights On, The Patricia Letters, Children’s Book, Haiku You, and Invisible Radios: re-mixes, statistics, jokes, etc. A new short story collection, Stuck, is due out from Incommunicado Press in early 2000. His poems, collages and stories have appeared in many zines and journals.

Kevin is also a part-time book critic and writes reviews and articles for Plazm, Snipehunt, Anodyne, Willamette Week, Resonance, Besmirched, and Carbon 14. Plus, he works at the famed Powell’s City of Books in Portland where he schedules author appearances.

He has a four-year-old son Zach and is married to Ritah Parrish.

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