Monday, July 28, 2014


Troy’s Work Table Publishing is now an official independent publisher of chapbooks.

The first two books scheduled for publication in Fall 2014 include reissues of My Two Melvilles  (originally published in 2010) and All the Heroes Are Dead and Buried (originally published in 2011), both by Troy Kehm-Goins. The first new work scheduled for publication in Fall 2014 is a collection of new poems by Troy Kehm-Goins, This: Black Psalms.


As the "About" section states:

Troy’s Work Table Publishing is an independent publisher of chapbooks.

It all began in 2006, here, with the original Troy’s Work Table blog, which was started as a way for Troy to write review and thoughts about books, art, and beer.

The next step toward Troy’s Work Table Publishing was a private writing workshop, Writing House, in the summer of 2008. Troy and the other eight writers decided to continue on together once the workshop ended, forming a writing collective, Les sardines, and self-publishing their own literary journal Les Sar’zine, as a way to get their writing released into the world.

In addition to being actively involved in the publication of the first five issues of Les Sar’zine, Troy participated in more than one year of National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo), was published in the Read Write Poem NaPoWriMo Anthology, read poems at various literary events and open mics throughout the Puget Sound region, self-published poems for National Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day, and produced two chapbooks of his own poetry (My Two Melvilles and All the Heroes Are Dead and Buried).

Now, Troy prepares to publish chapbooks of his own poetry, as well as that of other writers.

Friday, July 25, 2014


"Sea Stack (after Chihuly)" by Troy's Work Table . Frost Park Chalk Off 7:17. Friday 25 July 2014.


This is sidewalk chalk art modeled after one of the glass pieces in Dale Chihuly’s Venetian Wall, 2002, at the Bridge of Glass in Tacoma, Washington. The original is one glass octopus upon another, with the bottom octopus clinging to a glass orb. TWT substituted a skull modeled after the recently viewed skull of Leon Trotsky at Pacific Science Center’s SPY: The Secret World of Espionage exhibit, as well as added another octopus because the scene seemed a bit more humorous that way.

You can view more pictures of "Sea Stack" HERE.

Monday, July 07, 2014


Glass clouds float over the Museum of Glass main plaza. Sunday 06 July 2014.

Sunday, July 06, 2014


"Behind the Glass" by Troy's Work Table. Museum of Glass 12th Birthday Celebration. Sunday 06 July 2014.


Tacoma's Museum of Glass celebrated it's twelfth anniversary in many ways, one being an invitation for the community to come down and chalk on the MoG's main plaza. So, TWT, The Wife, The Child, The Sister, and The Niece headed down to draw in the sun and heat.


It was time to draw another Giant Pacific Octopus.

Friday, July 04, 2014


Detail of "I Hear America Singing" by Troy's Work Table . Frost Park Chalk Off 7:14. Friday 04 July 2014.


TWT wanted to chalk patriotic for Independence Day, so he did.


The "purple mountain majesty" of Mount Rainier turns to forest and then to the "fruited plains." Above the mountain, the night sky is filled with firework stars, which becomes the striped sky and sun (and the rest of the flag). Below the wall is Tacoma and Puget Sound, including a signature octopus and the White Whale.


The title was borrowed from Walt Whitman's poem of the same name, even there are no people pictured in the chalk art. Instead the landscape was allowed to sing its "strong melodious songs."


You can view more pictures of Frost Park Chalk Off 7:14, including a picture of the full "I Hear America Singing," HERE.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014


Cursive camp begins.


It seems that cursive handwriting is no longer taught in the schools. And yet there is so much to be gained by learning this skill, so The Child started "Cursive Camp" under the tutelage of Troy's Work Table.

The first lesson was "drawing" lower-case letters with fingers in a pie tin filled with cornmeal. Tactile memory is important.

The second lesson was drawing the lower-case letters, each a few times, until they were comfortable to draw. Repetition is likewise important.

 The third "lesson" was chosen by The Child and was additional repetition of each lower-case letter, without any prompting from the powers-that-be.

Cursive seems to be coming rather naturally to The Child, which makes teaching it all the easier.