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Poets in dive bars

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Well where else?

Marlowe was surely at home in bars, pubs, those places where the masks fall and truths are shouted, argued, disputed, where you might fall in love for half a minute or half a night; or half a lifetime.

It was so much fun getting Drunk On Words at Abick's in Detroit, with guest performers Laura Bailey and Justin Alesna, and a crowd who understood what words are for: serious play.

[Photos courtesy Rick Lieder, Diane Cheklich, and Kit Lindamood ]

Where the Funhole really came from

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

THE CIPHER always, always brings the question from readers: Where did you get the idea for the Funhole? There's never an answer--no one really knows where any ideas come from, we only know where they hit, like the mark a meteor leaves--but there are occasional artifacts along the way.


Like this, recently unearthed in a carton: a bridging ms between the SF stories I was writing, then, and the story THE CIPHER became. Hello, Nicholas! Buckle up, things are about to get extremely weird.

He makes friends everywhere he goes

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

CHRISTOPHER WILD's readers are smitten with Kit:

Passionate? You can feel the heat rise from the pages. Christopher Wild is Koja's most ambitious novel to date. Buy a copy. Read it. Read it again.       C WILD This is the book equivalent of super rich chocolate . . . Also be prepared to develop a crush on Christopher Marlowe. Just saying.   CM signature     Marlowe is a man of intense passions -- a character who never willingly stops for anyone or anything is conveyed to us in language that also never stops.     I can’t wait to re-read this 😀

WILD nights, WILD reviews

Monday, August 14th, 2017
KGB C Wild Levy3Christopher Wild is an imaginative historical novel, a menacing dystopia, and a grimy city tale in one. KGB C Wild Levy 4 KGB C Wild Levy 2 With each incarnation of Kit Marlowe, the entourage and ensemble of his first life follow him to work out their karmic destiny—to betray, bear witness, or save him.   KGB C Wild Cardamone KGB C Wild Levy 1 Koja gives us an intensely romantic vision -- one that is entirely appropriate for Christopher Marlowe, the man turned legend due to his words . . .   Marlowe in Chicago He’s a London guy, but he’s been around the block, he knows a lot of people and a lot of people know him. C WILD swag CHRISTOPHER WILD is available in NYC, Chicago, Detroit, Amazon,, and limited print edition right this minute, because now it's time to go WILD.

All the senses all the time

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017
At Shared Worlds, on a humid dewy morning in July, I led the student writers on a sense walk, a moment past all words: under green trees and into splashing water, through a thicket of booming percussion, and into a sweet little sacrament of Jolly Ranchers to mark our walk's end. The students let themselves be opened, and came back to their classrooms sweetened, spangled with blossoms and damp from the breeze. 20414052_10155021510939195_3809048550661253228_o   We're made to have the world this way, through our eyes, our mouths and ears and fingertips, our palates, our lungs: we suck it in, we refract it, we add our particles to its panorama, we become part of it--but then, we always have been. Sfumato_SirenSong145-600x600 CHRISTOPHER WILD is infused and slippery with the senses--  -- and the body breathes in and out, one with the breathing world, rapt and glorying in even the smallest things--the feel of the breeze on bare skin, the vagrant scent of smoke, pink glitter of rain on a neon sign, the humble heat of bodies massed together on the train -- -- and for GLITTER KING, the bespoke scent creators Sfumato will be concocting a fierce, sexy, punky palette of smells for our patrons, and us, to savor . . . Our senses know that we're alive, that we're raw and delicious and warm. [Sfumato photo courtesy Sfumato. Shared Worlds photo courtesy Jeff VanderMeer.]

Drenched in it

Sunday, July 16th, 2017
Christopher Wild buttons The CHRISTOPHER WILD events will be so much more than static, standard readings. To befit a night with a man like Marlowe, it's all about the senses: the restless electric urban hum, the smell and splash of booze and coffee, the bouquet of a lady's lipstick, the passionate music of the words, the novel's and his own . . . Wear black (p)leather, a fedora, an Elizabethan ruff, dress to impress yourself. And do take one of the specially-created buttons, to declare your own favorite Marlovian aspect. Do you resonate with the Atheist . . . NightSchool Slide2 Poet and playwright . . . massacre-at-paris-foul-print Spy . . . Deptford   Or rebel . . . 418px-Jacob_Wrestling_with_the_Angel_by_Leon_Bonnat Just weeks away now from the first event at KGB. So ready to have this fun!