I am beyond thrilled to share that my new essay, "I Lose My Grandfather in a Class on Scent," has been accepted by Black Warrior Review for publication in their next issue. I am especially grateful to Nabila Lovelace and her cohort of editors for their support of this work. I am honored and moved that this piece resonated with them, and I look forward to sharing more news as publication grows closer.
I've put together a benefit concert for the IRC and Northwest Immigrant Right Project at the end of this month. Here's your invitation! Come on by Fremont Abbey on Tues. Feb. 28 at 7:30 for a concert benefitting the International Rescue Committee in Seattle and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project! This will be an unplugged show in a "round" format, featuring: Shaudi Bianca Vahdat: www.shaudibiancavahdat.com Ellen Adams: www.ellenadams.net Young-Chhaylee Khat All (cash please!) donations will go directly to IRC and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. Enjoy some acoustic tunes in ( . . . )
My essay, "After the Coup," is now in print in the latest issue of Crazyhorse, and I'm happy to share that this new work is also featured on their site. It's an honor to be included in the pages of Crazyhorse, and I'm grateful to editor Bret Lott for his support of this essay. Check out the link above for a PDF of the work and details on subscriptions, and keep an eye out at your favorite local bookstore for a hardcopy. I wrote this essay at the small table of an island yurt in a few eerie acres of forest. I'd been living in Seattle almost a year, and decided to take an unplugged weekend to ( . . . )
I'm excited to share that an essay of mine has been accepted for publication later this fall at one of my favorite reviews. I look forward to sharing more details, and this new work, soon.
After a long life season of writing and recording new material, I've finally started playing out in Seattle. I've noticed a tremendous shift in how I approach the process of sharing my songs. I've been playing shows for nearly fifteen years now; each time I looked at how long I'd lived in this new Seattle chapter without a single gig, I wondered what the hay had I gotten stuck in my gears. I've played regularly anywhere else I've lived. What was with this whole hermit business? Was this a slow creep of giving up? I don't think I realized the value of this break until the other side of ( . . . )
I'm happy to share that my short story "Quit Your Hiding" was named a recipient of the McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Fiction. Since 1998, the McGinnis-Ritchie Award has been given annually to the best works of fiction and nonfiction published during the previous year in The Southwest Review. You can read more about the prize here.
Written and home-recorded in Seattle in 2014, this is a song for the times when advice feels as irrational as impulse. You can download a zero-dollar mp3 [HERE] and you can find the audio on my [SOUNDCLOUD]. Feel free to share! SHOULD I. Should tells me please don’t call my baby, that maybe I shouldn’t care at all 'bout my baby, that maybe I could tear or fall away from the one who made my day. II. Hey you, listen up —off the record— I love you and I’m stubborn. Hey you, listen up —off the record— I love you and I got ( . . . )
Hi, y'all. Long time, no update. I've been out in the shed making something I'd never fully made before: a novel. In Chiang Mai in June, I finished the first draft. I am not one for romanticizing the writing process, but this book came to me in a way I could not have expected and tried not to question. I wrote it by hand in tiny, lined notebooks from the 7-11. There was a numerical side to the romantic: ten pages a day, five days a week, two shots of caffeine, each quantity the minimum. I typed up the notebooks only after the story wrote itself out. I then rushed to print the whole thing ( . . . )
Below you will find four videos--one for each of the four elements--and a few photos from recent performances at Pongnoi Community Art Space during the Zodiac in the House of Element exhibition here in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I hope you enjoy the tunes--Johnny Cash makes a cameo, too! Many thanks to Toon for the video and to the Pongnoi community for the photos! Ellen Adams - Across the Atlantic (Water) Ellen Adams - Madrid (Air) Ellen Adams - Flower Press (Earth) Ellen Adams - Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash cover--Fire, of course!) And a few photos! Playing an acoustic ( . . . )
สวัสดีเจ้าเชียงใหม่! Hi ka, Chiang Mai! This Tuesday, March 11, I will play a last-minute mini-concert at Pongnoi Community Art Space for the opening of the Zodiac in the House of Element exhibition. I'll perform some of my folkier tunes about the four elements. The opening starts at 6. Swing on by and we can Earth, Air, Water and Fire it up! You'll find the poster for the exhibition, as well as a map to Pongnoi Community Art Space, in the photos below.
Written and recorded in February 2014 in Chiang Mai, here is a new electronic-based song "Secrets Worth Keeping." In this track, I'm trying to capture the dreaminess of a love that just can't be held onto. This song samples [Erin McKeown] and [Emiliana Torrini]. You can download a free mp3 [HERE] and you can find the audio on my [SOUNDCLOUD]. Feel free to share! SECRETS WORTH KEEPING When you write me I feel like a million When you write me I don’t feel so old Here I want freedom There you want children But then you write me That we could grow old We could grow ( . . . )
Recorded in February 2014 in Chiang Mai, this is a more electronic-based song about a love-turned-disappearing-act. You can download a free mp3 [HERE] and you can find the audio on my [SOUNDCLOUD]. Feel free to share! I KNOW WHAT THE FLOWERS DID Where did you go? I had my suitcase packed Stood the announced train track Where did you go? Thinking about calling it quits, are you? Let me know and I'll cash out on my last stack of chips Where did you go? Where is she now, The girl who gave you cold feet, Keeping you from my arms and sleep? Are you leaving me now? Are ( . . . )
Thai contemporary artist Torlarp Larpjaroensook, art historian Sébastien Tayac and I were recently interviewed by ART BANK magazine in China for a feature on Thai contemporary art. So strange to see our words in Chinese characters! Many thanks to journalist Chien Chien for a lovely afternoon discussing contemporary art in Thailand. More information on ART BANK can be found here: http://www.wallpost.cn/artbank/
This evening I was getting a bit frustrated with the vocals for a new, electronic-based song that I've been working on for weeks. I gave the computer a rest, picked up the guitar, and this song came out. This recording is the first and only take I did after I finished composing. It is by all means a more lo-fi song than the electronic one I'd been wrestling with; it also features the frogs in the pond outside my studio. This recording has plenty of little human errors--no rehearsals, no editing--but it also captures the moment and mood that brought out the song in the first place. Can you ( . . . )