Detail, "Poorcraft" 2012, Iron Circus Comics

Detail, “Poorcraft” 2012, Iron Circus Comics

Courtesy of Iron Circus Comics

Wonder people, herein lies your infusion of whizz-bang for the week:

00:52 How a white guy from Indiana tricked his way past northwest poet Sheman Alexie, to get published in Best American Poetry 2015.

04:05 XOXO Fest welcomes C. Spike Trotman to town this weekend. Trotman is a one-woman force in indie comics, publishing the Iron Circus label, from its wonderfully weird inaugural title, “Templar, Arizona” to the successful “Smut Peddler” series of lady-friendly erotica. But it hasn’t been an easy road. Trotman tells us about carving out a place in the business, and building the business model.

13:05 A slice of heaven with dreamy, resonant sounds from Natasha Kmeto. She gives us a taste of her new release, “Inevitable,” on Sept. 18, Dropping Gems. She plays the Doug Fir Lounge Thursday Sept. 17. Watch for the full studio session next week!

16:30 Novelist Patrick DeWitt sharpened his knives on fairy tale archtypes for his new novel, “Undermajordomo Minor”. The tale of a feckless young man who enters the service of a mysterious Baron, it’s a playground for DeWitt’s propulsive narrative style and brisk dialogue. We talk with DeWitt about the book, and get an update on the upcoming film adaptation of his last novel, “The Sisters Brothers.” He reads at Powell’s Books Sept. 15.

23:28 An opbmusic session with Bed, a slo-fi trio that’s coming off well-received gigs at Treefort and PDX Pop Now.

Rehearsal for Requiem Mass: LGTB / Working Title

Rehearsal for Requiem Mass: LGTB / Working Title

Allison Frost/OPB

28:02 Listen up! Sounds from Holcombe Waller’s newest composition, a requiem commissioned by PICA for this year’s Time Based Art Festival. Waller talks with OPB’s daily talk show, Think Out Loud, about developing the work.

35:23 OPB’s arts documentary show, Oregon Art Beat, sits down with poet Primus St. John, whose elegant works have inspired  readers and students for decades.

39:44 Hats off: Lou Watson is a finalist for the Seattle Art Museum’s Betty Bowen prize! We listen to a story from June, when she was putting finishing touches on Suite Sandy Boulevard.

42:56 Hector Tobar talks about weaving the narrative of the 33 Chilean miners who spent 69 days trapped underground. Tobar is a professor of Journalism at the University of Oregon, and spends part of his year in Oregon.

Guilty pleasures? Nothing to feel guilty about here. Dig in!