I'm presently the Marketing Manager for ArtsWest and Art Director for the Bushwick Book Club Seattle. My education and experience also includes:

  • BA in Design Studies | University of Washington (2008)

  • Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS) | University of Washington (2016)

  • 10+ years of design and illustration

  • 5+ years of communication and events

Contact me at: michaelwallenfels@gmail.com

PS - I love talking about books! I keep my reading list below, and you can connect with me on LibraryThing.

2018 Reading List - in progress

  1. The Rise of Liberal Religion: Book Culture and American Spirituality in the Twentieth Century by Matthew S. Hedstrom

  2. Geek Love by Katherine Dunn (re-read)

  3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

  4. Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

  5. The Expendable Man by Dorothy B. Hughes

  6. Blues for Mister Charlie by James Baldwin

  7. Last Look by Charles Burns (re-read)

  8. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

  9. The Trickster: A Study in American Indian Mythology by Paul Radin

  10. When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Cullors and asha bandele

  11. Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat

  12. Darkest America: Black Minstrelsy from Slavery to Hip-Hop by Jake Austen and Yuval Taylor

  13. Myths to Live By by Joseph Campbell

  14. The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman by Angela Carter

  15. You Shall Die by Your Own Evil Creation! by Fletcher Hanks, ed. Paul Karasik

  16. Rising Strong by Brené Brown

  17. Young Frances by Hartley Lin

  18. The Heart by Maylis de Kerangal

  19. Poochytown by Jim Woodring

  20. Green Girl by Kate Zambreno

  21. Gnani Yoga by Yogi Ramacharaka

  22. In the First Circle by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

  23. Negroland by Margo Jefferson

  24. The Answers by Catherine Lacey

  25. White Teeth by Zadie Smith

  26. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

  27. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather

  28. Ms. Marvel (Books 1 & 2) by G. Willow Wilson

  29. The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt

  30. Coyote Doggirl by Lisa Hanawalt

  31. Dreams, Illusion and Other Realities by Wendy Doniger

  32. Your Black Friend and Other Strangers by Ben Passmore

  33. The Sundial by Shirley Jackson

  34. To the Is-Land by Janet Frame

  35. The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

  36. What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah

  37. Some Trick by Helen DeWitt

  38. The Hundred Headless Woman by Max Ernst

2017 Reading list - favorites

  1. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass

  2. Inter Ice Age 4 by Kōbō Abe

  3. Band for Life by Anya Davidson

  4. Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West

  5. In the Great Green Room by Amy Gary

  6. Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson

  7. Black Movie by Danez Smith

  8. Walkabout by James Vance Marshall

  9. A Perfect Spy by John le Carré

  10. Albina and the Dog-Men by Alejandro Jodorowsky

  11. Last Letters from Montmarte by Qiu Miaojin

  12. Songs of Kabir by Kabir, trans. by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

  13. Tell Me How It Ends by Valeria Luiselli

  14. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.

  15. A Cure for Suicide by Jesse Ball