DaveByQuade.jpgWTSM_lg.jpgDAVE AWL:
Dave Awl is a writer and performer based in Chicago. He currently hosts a cabaret variety show called //The Partly Dave Show//. In 2002, Hope and Nonthings published his first book, //What the Sea Means: Poems, Stories & Monologues 1987-2002//. He is a ten-year veteran of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind and The Neo-Futurists theater company. Back in the mid-90s, he founded the Pansy Kings performance series. He has appeared on the NPR show **//This American Life//**. He's also an occasional New Wave DJ who spent a couple of years spinning records on Sunday nights at Club Foot in Wicker Park. You can find Dave's blog at Ocelopotamus.com.

What the Sea Means gathers a decade and a half of Dave Awl's writing. Its contents include a chapbook of new poems; a collection of stories and monologues from The Pansy Kings' Cotillion, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, Talking to Myselfand other shows; the 1997 online chapbookNight Diaries; and a selection of early poems going back to the late 80s.

THE FIRST BOOK COLLECTION of work by writer, performer and "surrealist insomniac mystic" Dave Awl takes us on a tour of erotic, metaphysical and deeply strange obsessions — from the nightclubs, diners and laundromats of Chicago and San Francisco to the ancient stone circles of Britain and Ireland. The poems, monologues and stories in What the Sea Means find him discussing xenophobia and millennial anxiety with Cookie Monster; penning elegies and odes to Carl Jung, Zeppo Marx, Laughing Sal and the Buddha; falling in love with a stranger's cologne on a trip to San Francisco; getting crank calls from The Sea after midnight; wandering the city streets at night, scribbling in a notebook; and explicating the animal nature of macaroons, x-rays and isosceles triangles.