News: A Gajillion April Readings (Updated)

I’m reading a whole bunch of times in April (it’s National Poetry Month!) with a whole bunch of talented people. Please come see me. Free hugs with all poetry listenings! What a deal.

April 1, 2017 ♦ 7:00 pm
White Whale Bookstore, Pittsburgh, PA
PPR Presents Reading Series

April 7, 2017 ♦ 6:00 pm
Better World Books, Goshen, IN
WordPlay Anthology Reading

April 9, 2017 ♦ 2:00 pm
Iechyd Da Brewing Company, Elkhart, IN
WordPlay Anthology Release Party

April 20, 2017 ♦ 7:30 pm
LangLab South Bend, South Bend, IN
Lit Literary Collective Poetry Bonanza!

April 22, 2017 ♦ 7:00 pm
The General Deli & Cafe, South Bend, IN
Retirement Plan 2: Pro Choice South Bend Benefit Reading

April 28, 2017 ♦ 6:00 pm
South Bend Museum of ArtSouth Bend, IN
Ekphrastic Chapbook Release Reading

AWP Readings

I’ll be reading with three magnificent journals and dozens of brilliant writers at offsite readings in DC during AWP. This is my first AWP, but I hear that these readings tend to be magnificent parties with great opportunities to meet other artists you admire, in addition to hearing them share their work. Hope to see you there!

February 8, 2017 ♦ 6:00 pm
The Greene Turtle, 601 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20004
Pittsburgh Poetry Review AWP Reception/Reading

February 9, 2017 ♦ 6:00 pm
Johnny Pistolas, 2333 18TH ST NW, Washington, DC 20009
Menacing Hedge Dinner Party Jamboree

February 10, 2017 ♦ 7:00 pm
Studio 14691469 Harvard St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Gallery Reading by Stirring and Five Oaks Press

News: Readings in South Bend, IN on April 27

I’m doing two readings this Wednesday, April 27 in South Bend. The first is a reading for Analecta, the IU South Bend student literary journal. I have 3 poems and an art piece in this year’s journal. That reading starts at 5 pm in the IUSB library atrium; I’ll be reading my pieces from the journal, and I’ll start at around 6:20.

After that, I’m headed to The Well, a not-for-profit coffeehouse in South Bend’s River Park neighborhood (just east down Mishawaka Avenue from IUSB) for an open mic that starts at 7:30. I’ll be reading at 8:00 or so and will be reading some new work that I’m really excited about!

Both readings are free and open to the public — that’s you!

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News: Reading in Griffith, Indiana

B-Story Books will be holding its second Open Mic this Sunday, November 15 from 3-5 pm Central time at Pokro Brewing in Griffith, Indiana. This time they’re featuring widely-published poet Bill Yarrow, who read at the This is Poetry Vol. II launch party last weekend and whom I really enjoyed. I’ll be reading, too. Bring something to read or play!

Here’s a poem of Bill’s that originally appeared in DIAGRAM:

SHE WHO MISUNDERSTOOD LOVE

Once in a fit of pique, she poured
vinegar on the anniversary roses
which withered in his seeing. In
retribution, he became incontinent.
That made her, she who misunder-
stood love, love him more, and him,
he who misunderstood marriage,
respect her less. Is there a recipe for
lasting happiness? Look, perhaps, to
applesauce. The apples of attraction.
The sugar of indulgence. The water of
conduction. Everything improves over
time. Everything in the world. Except
the consolidated body. Except the
orphan garden. Except ripe fruit.

News: Reading in LaPorte, IN 11/7/15 6-9pm

News! I’ll be reading at the Blue Heron Inn in LaPorte, Indiana on November 7 at the release party for Volume 2 of This Is Poetry. The party is from 6-9, involves drinking, poeming, AND some brave souls (probably including me) will be in costume. I’ll be reading some new, never-before-been-heard stuff! Huzzah! Please come support This Is Poetry and costumed drunkenness.

the poetry bash

News: Reading July 23, 2015 7:00 pm

At 7:00 pm on July 23, I’ll be reading at Classic Lines, a bookstore in Pittsburgh, PA along with brilliant poets Jen Stein and Ruth Foley. Click here for more details.

You may remember Jen from the TheThe Poetry Blog feature I posted about a couple weeks ago. Jen is a writer, an advocate, a mother and a finder of lost things. She lives in Fairfax, Virginia where she works to help find employment for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Her work has recently appeared in Nonbinary Review and Stirring, and is featured in a micro-collection in Wood Becomes Bone. Here’s an excerpt of her poem “Sepia” from Stirring:

A grimm’s fairytale, perhaps, a tale of good
versus evil. Only, now it was because

his hands were dirty, and I was cleaner than
six in the morning, than trilliums and moss.

Ruth lives in Massachusetts, where she teaches English for Wheaton College. Her work appears in numerous web and print journals, including Antiphon, The Bellingham Review, The Louisville Review, and Sou’wester. She is the author of two chapbooks, Dear Turquoise (dancing girl press) and Creature Feature (ELJ Publications), and serves as Managing Editor for Cider Press Review. A few of her poems from Creature Feature were recently up at Extract(s); this is from “Dear Maria”:

. . . this is where your
power lies, where you might have grown

from peasant girl to peasant wife, your
own children playing near the dappled edge

—but dead, your power forces men to
their knees, and then their feet; . . .

Hope to see you there!

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