Work

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 from the University of Washington (2008)
  • Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS) from the University of Washington (2016)
  • 10+ years of design and illustration
  • 5+ years of event planning, marketing and management
  • 5+ years of bookselling and readers advisory

Contact me at: michaelwallenfels@gmail.com

PS - I love talking about books! Below you'll find what I've read so far this year and my favorites from the previous year. If you see something you want to talk about, let's start a conversation!

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

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. I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets! by Fletcher Hanks, ed. Paul Karasik
  9. Walkabout by James Vance Marshall
  10. A Perfect Spy by John le Carré
  11. Albina and the Dog-Men by Alejandro Jodorowsky
  12. Last Letters from Montmarte by Qiu Miaojin
  13. Songs of Kabir by Kabir, trans. by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra
  14. Tell Me How It Ends by Valeria Luiselli
  15. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
  16. A Cure for Suicide by Jesse Ball