About Subtext

The Subtext reading series is a collaborative effort by Seattle-area writers and readers interested in new writing. Earlier readings by writers of "experimental" writing, under the name Subtext (in 1994 and 1995) were produced by Ezra Mark, editor of Vortext Press, and Nico Vassilakis, co-editor of Sub Rosa Press. Several of the series coordinators first got together through a reading group that began in 1992, focusing on "language poetry" and other "experimental" writing.

Since 1995, Subtext has co-ordinated a new writing reading series first at the Speakeasy cafe and now at the Richard Hugo House. The purpose of the series is to put established and emerging experimental writers in front of a Seattle audience.

The contact address for subtext is subtext@speakeasy.org

Advisory Board

Jeanne Heuving
Jeanne Heuving has recently completed a work of experimental prose, SNOWBALL, a collage of assorted revelations. She has a chapbook, Offering (bcc press), and has work published in several journals including Common Knowledge, Clear-Cut, and Talisman. In addition to her critical book on Marianne Moore, Omissions Are Not Accidents (Wayne St U Press), she has published critical articles on several innovative women poets. She teaches in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences program at the University of Washington, Bothell and in the English Graduate program at the University of Washington, Seattle. She is a member of the Subtext Collective.
Ezra Mark
Ezra Mark has cultivated certain typographical errors during his 11 years in Seattle. His work includes Narthex, Tenet, and untitled; magazine publications include American Book Review,Point No Point,and Talisman.
Bryant Mason
Bryant Mason is a long time member of the Subtext collective. His work has been described variously as "lightheartedly paranormal" and "born of an almost religious fervor."
Robert Mittenthal
Robert Mittenthal is a Seattle-based poet and critic. He is author of Martyr Economy (Sprang Texts) and Ready Terms (Tsunami Editions). His poems have appeared in a variety of publications including: Aerial; The Kootenay School of Writing's Anthology: Writing Class; Mirage (a periodical); Rhizome; Alterra; and Talisman. He is a curator of the Subtext reading series at Hugo House.
C.E. Putnam
C.E. Putnam has recently returned to Seattle after years in the Nation's Capitol. He is author of Go-Go Topless Mini-Poem Poetry and co-author of the renga project Communal Bebop Canto. Recent work has appeared in Situation, Skanky Possum, Bird Dog, Monkey Puzzle, Ixnay, Pavement Saw, and PomPom.
Nico Vassilakis
Nico Vassilakis is working on "Nothing". He collects shoehorns and enjoys colanders. His most recent book is Orange: A Manual. He is a member of the Subtext Collective.
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