Come See Me Get MORTIFIED!

First off, a HUGE thank you to This Much Is True for asking me to be a part of last night’s show.  Awesome time and a cool company of writers to be in.  You all should go check them out even if I’m not in the line up. 🙂


Up NEXT, I’ll be sharing some, um, oh-so-innocent high school journal entries as part of MORTIFIED Friday night, March 18, 2011 @ 7:30.  At the Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont, Chicago. 21+.  Order advanced tix by clicking HERE.  RSVP at the Facebook page HERE.  Doors open at 7.

I know some of the others in the line up and am looking forward to meeting the rest.  Should be a blast!  Putting together my stuff has been fun and cringe worthy for sure.  See you there!

My “This Much Is True” Debut & Other Updates

Hello Friends! March is here.  Isn’t that awesome?  Treated yesterday, the 1st, as a sort of mini New Year’s re-boot.  Feeling good, though I still need to make that massage appointment.

I’d like to first add another thank you to Story Lab Chicago for an amazing night back in January!  I’m still basking in the afterglow of that packed, standing room only night at the Black Rock.  I debuted a new piece, More Than Words, which combined best friends, Mom, and rock star dreams all in one.  Cheers to the cast and the audience!

Story Lab’s mother ship, This Much Is True recently invited me to be a part of their summer line up, but as things go with producing sometimes, they needed help this month.  So I’ll be making my TMIT debut Tuesday March 8, 2011 at 7:30 at the Hopleaf Bar, 5148 N. Clark St. Chicago. And it’s free and they have good beer there.  I’d love to see you there!  I have a pretty good idea of what I’ll be doing that evening….

~ Mortified: The following week, on Friday night, March 18, I’ll be sharing select high school journals with Mortified Chicago at the Beat Kitchen.  Not sure what this is all about?  Click HERE. And get your tickets HERE.  Should be a brilliant time!!

~ Twitter: Yes, I finally got sucked into Twitter.  For businessy writerly things.  For the most part.  Follow me @mvankerckhove.  The feed also appears on this here site. Groovy.

~ YouTube: And while I’m at building my web domination, I’ve also launched a YouTube channel.  Eventually, performance clips may be added.  But until then, you can check out the rapid fire photo videos I made at Pummelvision.com. This one is from an unfinished “365” Flickr project from late 2008-early 2009, living in South Bend.

~ NewTown Writers: Solo Homo 9 is in the works…. Stay tuned!  Also, check out the call for submissions to the next Off the Rocks!

Thanks for checking everything out.  Much more in my brain I hope to be able to share down the road….

Cheers!

Story Lab Chicago Launches & Other Updates!

Hello Friends! So, like Happy New Year!  Boy, is this site due for an update.  October seems so far away now.  And I’ve finally posted all my photos on Flickr of my amazing California trip. To follow up on the previous post, Story Club was an awesome time, if a little mellow due to the cold November rain that evening–which has beauty in itself of course.  Hoping to get back next month to maybe snag an open mic slot.  I have a Valentines Day themed piece that could be good….

In the mean time, I have a storytelling gig coming up on Wednesday January 19, 2011 at 7:30 pm at the Black Rock Pub on Damen and Addison in Chicago. Story Lab Chicago is a new venture by the fine folks at This Much Is True.  SLC features new and new-ish writers/storytellers.  Check us out!  And visit the web site and become a fan on the Facebook.  I’ll be debuting a new story, which is still coming together, but getting there. 🙂  If you see me in Caribou this week, you’ll know what I’m doing.

Other writerly goings on these days….

~ Coffee Boy, the movie, wrapped production at the end of August and was officially released on October 15, 2010.  World wide distribution and domination is pending film festival slots and other goings on.  In the meantime, check out the film’s page on direct0r-adapter-friend Erwan Ripoll’s site HERE.  Also with this project, I have my own IMDb page. I want to think that makes me cooler than before, but I guess not really. 🙂  Still, exciting.  There isn’t much on it, though I submitted the link to this site to be included.  So, visit it and up my “Star Meter”!  (Though I think I’d have to pay for that first….)

~ Battles With Boys took another step closer to reality thanks to a handful of friends and a class room at DePaul University where I was able to share an official first draft of the show as a full length entity comprising of various short pieces.  A discussion proceeded and there is much to think about.  The next step will hopefully reach a wider audience.  More to come….

~ Mining My Life: This past year has been in part focused on organizing all that I Have. Loose pages of high school and college poetry, 7th & 8th grade assignments, ETC, are all in one handy folder in order which works for the chaos of it all.  My 19 handwritten journals plus my private cyber journal are getting the personal indexing treatment (getting there….) so that I can quickly look up things instead of spending hours trying to find it.  My journals have been particularly helpful for my CNF work–and along the way I’ve gotten inspiration for my fiction as well.  Journal #1 will come in handy for an upcoming project landing this Spring (TBA…!)  This all helps my brain process the fact that I’ve reached the age where the past is just as overwhelming as the future.

~ NewTown Writers: Leg work to be done soonly on Solo Homo 9.  Stay tuned….

~ Open Books:  One of my goals for the end of 2010 and into the new year was to do a little volunteer work.  Thanks to the fine folks at Open Books (Chicago’s leading literacy non-profit), I’ve been able to work a couple sessions of the Adventures in Creative Writing Field trip program.  So far, I’ve worked with high school girls on prose, and 3rd graders on poetry.  The little ones were more into it.  I have a couple more sessions this month as well.  If you’re so inclined, you should check out all the volunteer section at the site.  Shown below is a cool photo someone snapped of me and my 3rd graders who make you fall in love with them, then they leave and break your heart just a little.

Well, that does it for now. If I’ve forgotten anything (it happens), I’ll shoot another post.  Cool things abound in 2011.  Can’t wait!  Cheers.

Smith Mag Love

Last week, I found out by flipping through my Facebook home page, that one of my Six Word Memoirs was chosen as the Memoir of the Day by the fine folks at Smith Mag.  So I thought I’d archive the love (screen shots from the Smith Mag site, which you should totally visit.  Click them to enlarge!). Funny thing is, I posted this almost two years ago!  So things WILL catch someone’s eye eventually.  Put the work out there and be patient. 🙂

As for the memoir itself, this has always been my inner response whenever I’d hear the now culturally entrenched “You’re a poet and didn’t know it!” phrase.  While my actual poetry writing days are behind me, I’d like to think I’ve carried on the poetic torch into my playwriting and prose.

THEN, I discovered this round-up page just the other day.  This is pretty awesome too.  I’ve won a handful of things in my life, but being named  “Most Poetically Meta” is one I’m particularly proud of.

So, Thank you, Smith Mag!

By the way, Next up for me: I’ll be a featured reader at next month’s Story Club on November 4.  ‘Twill be way cool!

Solo Homo 8-Photo

L-R: Me, Joe, Archy, Mike, Tim, Sissy, and Cookie

While I’m hiding in my air conditioned apartment, going through journals, working on my full length solo show, and other writerly and readerly activities, I thought I’d also post this way cool photo of the fabulous Solo Homo 8 cast!   This was taken before our performance at the Milwaukee Gay Arts Center on July 9.  The one where the road was torn up THAT DAY.  Despite the low turn out, we had a fun road trip and made plans to make plans with the MGAC peeps for future endeavors.

We had a solid run in Chicago during Pride Week.  Again, despite the outside force of tornadoes, we had a nice little turn out on our final Wednesday performance.  It was a joy working with everyone on their stories, and I thank everyone for their feedback on my Dance of the Ring piece.

I’m hoping to post (soonish) a snippet of the video that was made of our Monday night performance.  Guess that means I might have to get a YouTube account or something.

Happy Rest of July, everyone!

NewTown Writers Presents: Solo Homo 8

Hey Everyone!  Join me and NewTown Writers for the 8th installment of our FABULOUS performance series, Solo Homo.  I’ll be debuting a brand new piece, Dance of the Ring.  Visiting Newtownwriters.org will give you a bunch more info as well as a link to the fabulous Brown Paper Tickets for online ticket purchasing.  One of my favorite things about BPT?  They generate a press release using all the info you give them about your event.  How cool is that?!  Anyway.

If you’re on Facebook, visit the Official Facebook Event Page and RSVP!  Thanks, ‘preciate it, and see you there! 🙂

Thanks, Story Club!

Last night, in my continuing Chicago reading series exploration, I finally hit up Story Club. The series lands once a month on a Thursday at Uncommon Ground  on Clark, and features a couple of featured writers and five open mic slots.

Friends Ben & Shea joined me early for dinner.  I wanted to guarantee a seat–and hopefully a slot.  Since I was on it, I snagged the second slot.  The first went to a Club regular, which was fine by me.  I’ll take second.  Partly due to time restrictions, I read my Cub Scout piece, The PB Club, originally performed in Solo Homo 4 (2006) with NewTown Writers.  AND, soon to be published in the next issue of Off The Rocks–more to come on that!  While not solidly memorized this time, the piece is pretty much lodged in my brain.  This helped for sure.  While I’ve been doing the solo shows for a while, these reading series are fairly new to me, so each time I deal with a new space, a new music stand, microphone, etc. the better it gets.  People laughed and seemed to enjoy it.  Yay. 🙂

I had the chance to chat with a few of the other readers–Kevin (whose fable of a boy living in a box reminded me of an old play of mine from once upon a time) and Jen, who has recently trademarked the concept of the Darth Vader boyfriend.  And Dana, the Club’s host and founder–thanks again!  Photos were taken, so I’m guessing they’ll be up on the Club site soonishly.  I’ll link so you all can check out this month’s “cast.”

I hope to hit up more Club dates in the future…! 🙂

Thanks, Essay Fiesta!

ESSAY FIESTA last night was a wonderful time!  Getting “Playing Guns” out there in the world has gotten the gears going as to where the story will go next….

Thanks to Keith and Alyson for having me.  Cheers to the other readers: Andy, Randy, Paul, and Suzanne.

And thanks to all who joined us in the audience!  If any of you have found this here WordPress site of mine, here’s a photo of my Grandfather with his pigeons.

Since this is also linking to my Facebook Notes, you all get to see it too.

Cheers! 🙂