My name is Sara. I live in Portland, Oregon.
I'm a poet and a musician. I have a record, THE TALL CALM, coming out June 2014 on Antiquated Future.
I like: non-fiction, poetry, indie rock (whatever that means), quotes by artists I admire about their creative process and their work, talking about my own creative process, public art, talking about what it means to make art as a non-straight non-male artist, trying.
4/26 11:30pm GRRL Front Festival @ Tonic Lounge
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REMINDER: I am playing a show this very evening at Ford (SE 11th/Division) at 8pm. Lucia Fasano and Litto Fox are also playing sets!
REMINDER: my dad died 11 years ago today. I scheduled the show without realizing it and then later when I was telling someone the date, I said, “Oh shit. Shit. Shit. Oh well. Um. It’ll be okay.” And it is okay! Kind of. The first five years of this day I was not okay. I couldn’t function. I would skip class or take the day off of work and shut myself up in my room and cry. All day! Around year six or so, it started getting easier.
I (obviously) still miss my dad a lot. I loved him very much and he was a pretty great dad. We did butt heads a lot, as we were very similar-type-people. He liked to make dumb jokes and he liked to call up every single one of his ten siblings and tell them the same story and he loved throwing parties. We used to take “golf naps” together, which is where you watch golf and also fall asleep. He couldn’t sing, but would say the lyrics out loud before they happened. He loved history. When he graduated from high school he went into the Navy, and sent part of his paycheck home to my grandparents every month. He met my mom and they had my sister and moved back to Michigan. He worked at the phone company. Eventually, he got a teaching degree, and after many many years of trying to find a teaching position, he became a teacher at a Catholic school 45 minutes away. I feel lucky to have witnessed my father finding joy in his work. I never had the chance to come out to my dad, since my realization didn’t happen until afterwards. I don’t know how that would have affected our relationship. He was very proud of me then and I hope he would be proud of the person I have become. I regret that we only got 18 years together. We used to play this game before dinner, called CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE WORLD. It was the best game.
1:54 pm • 28 March 2014 • 3 notes
The Toast: Deep Space Nine: The Gayest Star Trek
John Wenz makes a solid case for Deep Space Nine as the very gayest Star Trek.
You guys have no idea how long I’ve been waiting to share this with you.
OH MY GOD COULD THIS BE MY FAVORITE THING
12:07 pm • 28 March 2014 • 69 notes
“Eventually you can’t help but figure out that, while gender is a construct, so is a traffic light, and if you ignore either of them, you get hit by cars. Which, also, are constructs.”
— Imogen Binnie, Nevada (via askaqueerchick)
4:24 pm • 21 February 2014 • 33 notes
I try not to ask a lot from the universe but it’d be nice if my future girlfriend were over 5’4” so that someone could change the damn lightbulbs in my house.
11:27 am • 19 February 2014 • 6 notes
Happy Valentine’s Day! Maybe you, like me, are single. Mostly I am great about being single. Being a serially single person gives you the opportunity to experience love on a totally different part of the spectrum, in a way that leaves you feeling softer and more open, and also like you’ve found the coziest of hoodies.
My experience with romantic love thus far has been pretty complicated. I don’t regret it but I also have no idea how to reconcile it with reality. (“The Reconciliation of Realities” is my number one creative preoccupation. Am I a writer/musician or am I just a specialized accountant?) I suspect most people have had some experience with love that defies sense-making, even if they’ve presently managed to find romantic love in a healthy and sustainable way.
So, if you need a little space today to lean into some contradictory feelings, maybe this song could give that to you.
12:22 pm • 14 February 2014 • 4 notes
I have three poems up on Phenome this week!
(I already told you that I am reading on 2/9 at the Waypost at 6 p.m.)
I’m playing a solo show at Ford (SE 11th/Division) on 3/28 at 8p.m.! Rad people Lucia Fasano and Litto Fox are also playing sets.
My first record, The Tall Calm, will be out this June on Antiquated Future! There will be a limited edition cassette release and a non-limited forever-edition online release. Expect more info about this as the day grows nearer.
4:02 pm • 6 February 2014 • 4 notes
Hi Portlanders! I’m reading at the Waypost on Sunday and it should be a great time. Here’s the official scoop:
"Martha Grover and A.M. O’Malley are opening their collaborative mixed media art show at The Waypost, but that’s not all!
There will be an accompanying lightning round reading from The Thank You Writers, including new members Noland Bo Chaliha, Zosia Wiatr, Molly Schaeffer and Amy Lauren Botula as well as the veteran members Thomas Mowe, Sara Renberg, Joshua James and A.M. O’Malley. Guest reading by Martha Grover (a former TYW member).
There will be art for sale, zines for sale and love for free. Come and support out winter efforts, keep us warm.
(Martha will be donating a portion of her sales to the Portland Zine Symposium!)”
5:41 pm • 4 February 2014 • 1 note
GUIDE TO SELF PROMOTION BY AN INTROVERTED MIDWESTERNER
homeopathic anxiety remedies (note: you may need to move to the west coast before this sounds like a good idea)
remind yourself how much you love doing the work
acknowledge that part of the work is sharing it with other people
repeat: “I am emailing this person because it is literally their job to book acts / review records / preview shows. I am not being annoying, unless I email them 300,000 times.”
7:34 pm • 16 January 2014 • 7 notes
“You’re a UX Designer? No way. The startup I work for is looking for a UX Designer. Or, I should say, a “UX Grenadier.” Someone who can “drop crazy bombs down the hatch of traditional user analytics.” That’s actually a quote from our job ad. Pretty wacky, huh? Well, that’s only the beginning. Let me tell you just how quirky and unique the startup I work for really is.”
oh my god (via katherinestasaph)
they’re not kidding about the startup office exposed brick thing, guys
2:02 pm • 16 January 2014 • 12 notes
Y’all know I’m a big Jicks fan, and I think Cinnamon and Lesbians is one of the best tracks on the new record, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have complicated feelings about a Cinnamon and Lesbians ice cream flavor.
6:39 pm • 13 January 2014 • 2 notes