Anklebiters Publishing, a local DIY self-publishing press, is celebrating the release of its next literary and arts journal with their fifth annual Shitfaced Poetry Night at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 20 at The Houston Foundry (1712 Burnett St.). Part creative workshop, part performance, part art show, Shitfaced Poetry Night is a gathering in which the poets, writers, and artists who were published in the journal get together early in the day and conceive performances and create art, all while getting miserably trashed. The performers and artists show and perform their work later that night to the public.
During the workshop, random topics are chosen and the performers and artists are encouraged to create work around these topics. In the past, there have been improvised musical performances, live cervix exams, a laundry list of cheersing aimed at getting the audience trashed, art installations and performance art that made use of the venue, ceramic pieces, art mapping, and most plentifully, lots of illegible poems. In 2017, Shitfaced functioned as a drink-a-thon to raise funds for the recent destruction wreaked by Harvey.
Shitfaced Poetry Night occurs each time Anklebiters releases their annual literary and arts journal, which goes by a different name each year. Knell is the fourth collection published by Anklebiters. It features over 40 contributors and includes poetry, visual art, fiction, comics, music, videos, and notably, an interview with Lydia Lunch performed by Crass Lips Records’ head CamBam Boom. Knell will be available for purchase as a 156-page, full-color, perfect-bound book, and for free online to house the digital content.
As a bookmaking studio and home print shop, Anklebiters Publishing does everything themselves, including the book design, interior and cover printing, scoring, lamination, cutting, binding, promoting, distribution, and hosting of events for publication releases. They started Shitfaced Poetry Night as a decadent way to celebrate and reward their contributors, give them a communal space to create and share new work, and a stage to sloshedly share it with the world.
Shitfaced is a test of endurance, self-control, and ironically, moderation. The workshop starts privately at 1 p.m. and goes until the show goes public at 8 p.m., at which point participants will have their work ready to perform or present to friends and guests. Anklebiters has a strict policy against belligerence, creepiness, harassment, bigotry, and destructiveness. Conviction, honesty, consent in all realms, wait-I-love-y’all interjections, toasting, build ups, weirdness, and beer puns are encouraged.
This year’s Shitfaced Poetry Night will be held at The Houston Foundry (1712 Burnett St.) on Saturday, April 20 at 8 p.m. There will be free booze, pay-what-you-can entry, and food provided by the Food Music Life truck. Ubering and designated drivers come highly recommended!