Furor scribendi means passion for writing. Madness for writing.
It means words relentlessly pursued with safety off.
It means raunchy respect for language & idea.
It means a full-on awkward dance with the Bitch Muse.
LYDIA SWARTZ* BIO
Lydia Swartz is a flaneur, pornographer, poet, novelist, & spoken word performer. By day, she is a propaganda minister for a health insurance provider. She lives with her wife of 13 years & a fucking menagerie. She has recently been published by Metazen, [hb] hard brackets, Gutter Eloquence, and Up the Staircase. Lydia is a practicing Buddhist, but her religion is flanerie.
* Lydia Swartz is also known as Kate Robinson or Bart Magma.
Sunday, May 19 @ 7 pm
Babel/Salvage Fundraiser featuring Bryan Edelfield, Kris hall, Graham Isaac, Ryan A Johnson, Amber Nelson, Evan J Peterson, Jeremy Springsteed, & Lydia Swartz @ Vermillion, 1508 11th Ave. Also music by Algebra of Need & Meredith Myre & performances by Molly Mac & Baniszewski & LeBlanc. Is that enough for ya? Event is free, but you need to get buzzed & give beaucoup money via pop-up shop, raffle, & general begging. You know you want to.
THESE WERE TOO FUN. I CANNOT BRING MYSELF TO REMOVE THEM.
Friday, September 7 @ 7 pm
Book Launch Party for Evan J Peterson's Skin Job + Official Debut of Minor Arcana Press @ Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave. Poet Evan Peterson performs poems from his debut chapbook, “Skin Job” + special guest performances by Okanomodé, Morris Stegosaurus, & Lydia Swartz & guest Vincent Kovar of Gay City Anthologies. Music by Fiddleback. Emcee Elissa Ball. Cocktail hour begins at 7. Performances at 8.
Thursday, October 4
Gallery 110 opening (110 3rd Ave S) with poets reading pieces in response to the art.
Thursday, October 18
Litquake Lit Crawl. I'm not famous enough to be mentioned by name, but I'll be in Phase I.
Friday, October 19
Fifth Wall Tour, "a look into Seattle's queer history; an exploration of the narratives of those who came before us & a view of places where history was made, both past & present. The Fifth Wall tour will take 4groups of eager "tourists" on a heart wrenching & exciting look into both the unspoken history & inevitable glamour of Queer life in Seattle."
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Couth Buzzard 3rd anniversary party with multiple readers, musicians, & performers @ 8310 Greenwood Ave N. Free, but you should enjoy some yummy food & drinks (adult & not so adult).
Tuesday, January 15 @ 7 pm
Third Tuesday Reading featuring wordsmiths Ericka Michael, Edwina Finefrock, Lydia Swartz, & Robert Lashley, singer/ songwriter Sara Louise Depp @ Seattle Mobile Espresso, 13000 Meridian Ave N. Free! SME serves great hot drinks & food!
Wednesday, January 23 @ 7 pm
Poetrybridge Pomes & Tails features Lydia Swartz & Moreah Vestan @ C&P Coffee, 5612 California Ave SW. Followed by an always dynamite OPEN MIC!
Thursday, February 14 @ 8:30 pm
Seattle Spit Valentine's Day Smut by Lydia Swartz @ Wildrose Bar, 1021 E Pike. Free! Beer & wine! Plus OPEN MIC!
April 5 & 6 @ 7:30 pm, April 7 @ 5 pm
Phrasings in Word + Dance, a collaboration between Bellingham Repertory Dance with works curated by Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater (including one of mine) @ Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave, Bellingham. Featuring pieces choreographed by company dancers, as well as guest choreographers Fiona Vigdor, who danced professionally in New York City with Alan Goode (formerly of Merce Cunningham Dance Company); Mandy Pidgeon of LocalMotion Dance; & Ian Bivins, longtime New York based physical theater artist. Tickets $15 general $12 students & seniors via Brown Paper Tickets, Community Food Coop (Forest St.), Village Books, & at door.
Saturday, April 20 @ 7-11 pm
Five Four Five Greenwood Lit Crawl @ 4 venues in Greenwood.
7 pm @ Ampersand Pantry & Cafe (424 N 85th, Suite A, 85th & Dayton): Steve Potter, Laura Neuman, Robert Kaye.
8 pm @ Neptune Coffee, 8415 Greenwood Ave N: Raul Sanchez, Corinne Manning, Janie Miller.
9 pm @ Yard Cafe, 8313 Greenwood Ave N: Roberto Ascalon, Chris Gusta, Lydia Swartz.
10 pm @ Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave N: Greg Bem, Rauan Klassnik, Laura Wachs, Thomas Gray.
Saturday, April 27 @ 7ish
Couth Buzzard Appreciation Day @ Couth Buzzard, 8310 Greenwood Ave N. There will be poetry & live jazz jamming. Details to come!
I want to be one of the usual suspects.
I want to be raptured into raw brilliance I don't have to work for.
I want words to tumble out of my gut without a rolling stop at "why" or "what else."
I want to be such a fast chameleon imitators get better at what I do than I am, but I won't
I want a bobblehead doll to horrify my not-so-many fans.
I want to get huffy when I am accused of popularity: Accessible this, motherfuckers.
I want to rape those too polite or drunk to leave—with rhyme & iambic pentameter.
I want a legendary aptitude for intoxication.
I want all my fights to be with other people & in public.
I want everyone to know when the piece is done without saying END & nobody claps too soon.
I want all my suicide attempts to fail.
I want to be incarcerated in a women-in-prison film shot in Germany, maybe, or Thailand.
I want a virgin to choose me as her first; I want to turn her down, but not gently.
I want my legend to be something I don't have to write myself, alone in a too hot room.
I want pain that is not so fucking boring.
I want to be taller than birds can fly, no matter what it takes. I will outlive all of you if I have to.
(c) 2013 Lydia Swartz
Seattle Spoken Word Calendar includes as many open mics as I can verify, events of interest to lovers of spoken word, & selected calls for submission.
1001 Nights, a 60,000-word novel, tells about what happens to Shar after her partner, Dana, who is disabled by MS, asks Shar to collect erotic adventures, then come home and tell Dana the stories. It's loosely based on the classic Arabian Nights. In this case, however, Shar breaks out of her role as a shy techie. She becomes known as a talented dominant and notorious as a street artist. Everything goes well—until somebody else decides to take credit for Shar's increasingly powerful and well known art. 1001 Nights was a finalist in the 2008 Suspect Thoughts novel contest.
HōM3 2.R. is a 22-part tour of every home I have lived in. (Go to the page to read excerpts.)
BIG NATURE: a theme & 7 variations, including epithalamium & elegy, rant & Oulipo, glossary & translation.
Man's Best Friend, a novel in progress, is the hero's journey of Drake Doolittle, a trans man with a magic vestigial tail, and his nemesis muse, Godiva. After Drake loses his job, an extended period of unemployment leads to posting his dog Tiresias's blog, and from there to a new career: celebrity shamanism.
10 Year YES is an anniversary love-rant for my partner of, yes, 10 years.
Not Angry (link to MP3) is slam poetry about slam poetry. Oooh, meta.
Exemption (link to MP3) is a slightly different kind of breakup poem.
Email Lydia Swartz.