I haven’t made a mix tape since 6th grade, and even then I don’t think I really got it. I would record songs I liked off the radio so I didn’t have to buy the CDs. They never had themes and were not made with other people in mind. You’re supposed to make mix tapes for people you like, right? It’s a courting ritual or something. To be entirely saccharine, on April 3rd, nine readers made a mixtape for the love of literature in the form of a reading at Seattle’s Cairo Gallery as part of the second annual Small Press Festival hosted by Pilot Books.
The event was organized by new-to-Seattle writer Tara Atkinson and included Ben Blum, myself, Tom De Beauchamp, Brandon Scott Gorrell, Pilot Books owner/founder Summer Robinson and others.
Last Sunday’s track list and photos after the jump!
Track 1: THE BODY, THE BURNING, THE BREATH AND THE STARS- Ben Blum
Track 2: STRANGER DANGER- Frances Dinger
Track 3: TENDER MORSELS- Jamey Braden
Track 4: THE PARTY- Summer Robinson
Track 5: TO A FAMOUS ANIMAL- William “Willie” Fitzgerald
Track 6: DIFFERENT TYPES OF JOBS YOU CAN HAVE- Brandon Scott Gorrell
Track 7: BEDTIME STORY FOR THE GREAT GRANDSON OF JOHNNY APPLESEED/BEDTIME STORY FOR ALARM CLOCKS- Tara Atkinson
Track 8: THIS IS NOT A STORY- Matt Nelson
Track 9: GOAT STORY- Tom De Beauchamp
This was just the first of a series. More mix tape readings and zines to come.