Green Street, notnostrums, Ponies, Armantrout

Tomorrow (Wednesday, April 14) Christy Crutchfield & Anne Cecelia Holmes will read at the Green Street Cafe at 7:30pm. They are ready to dazzle. I’ll be there and I hope you will too.

Ready for immediate consumption: Issue #4 of notnostrums featuring Jensen Beach, Carson Cistulli, Michael Comstock, Gabe Durham, Jessica Fjeld, Brian Foley, Matt Hart, James Haug, Emily Kendal Frey, Daniel Khalastchi, Dorothea Lasky, Brian Mihok, Blueberry Elizabeth Morningsnow, Alex Phillips, Boomer Pinches, Marc Rahe, Matthew Rohrer, Jen Tynes, Rosanne Wasserman, Mike Young , & art by Ben Estes AND Issue #10 of GlitterPony featuring Garth Graeper, JenMarie Davis, Jordan Soyka, Julie Doxsee, Laura F. Walton, Lori Shine, Mike Young, Nate Pritts, Paige Taggart, Peter Gizzi, & Ted Powers. Phew!

Finally, big shout out to homegirl Rae Armantrout who won the Pulitzer Prize for Versed! Here’s a poem (previously published in jubilat #11):


The thing that makes us human,
monkey-see, monkey-do speed-up,
a “call to mimesis,”
now comes from everywhere at once.

The cumulus
and the white flash
from under
the mocking-bird’s wing
make what?

Repeat wake measurement.
“Check to see”
“Check to see,”
birds say,
“that enough time
has passed.”


Anticipating AWP, Part 3

All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go. I had to make sure that there would be enough room in my luggage for all of these books and broadsides that I’m hoping to pick up at the fair:


Chapbooks Selected Adult Lessons by Amy McDaniel & Book of Numbers/Book of Letters by Phil Cordelli; Broadside by Hailey Higdon


The French Exit by Elisa Gabbert & The Trees Around by Chris Tonelli


Coinsides by Jessica Bozek, Mark Leidner, Emily Kendal Frey, Zachary Schomburg, & etc.


Jessica Fjeld’s chapbook The Tide


Joshua Marie Wilkinson’s Selenography & Sandy Florian’s On Wonderland & Waste


Dorothea Lasky’s Black Life

In the meantime I’ve started reading Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, which I imagine will make excellent airplane reading. Denver (and Seth Landman’s sofa) here I come!

Jellyfish 2.0

The latest issue of Jellyfish Magazine, edited by Gale Thompson, is hot like lava! Anne Cecelia Holmes and I hope you enjoy a couple of our  “Natural Wonder” collaborations.

Other featured poets are Carolina Cabrera, Luke Bloomfield, Seth Landman, Zachary Schomburg, Hilary Plum, Zach Savich, Miranda Dennis, Chad Abushanab, Philip Muller, Jade Ramsey, Jessica Dylan Miele, Kristen A. Evans, Samantha Nataro, P. Edward Cunningham, Andy Stallings, Kyle Crawford & Francesca Chabrier.

Anticipating AWP, Part 2

And now for the hard part — the off-sight readings & events. There are at least four on each night that sound amazing but if you want to feel like a normal person who isn’t trying to be everywhere at once, you can usually only go to one or two. Therefore, you *might* see me at one of these:


7:00 – 10:00PM, Ahsahta/Omnidawn Reading
The Magnolia Hotel Ballroom, 17th & Stout
Christopher Arigo, Susan Briante, Dan Beachy-Quick, Maxine Chernoff & Paul Hoover, Gillian Conoley, Ben Doller, Lisa Fishman, Noah Eli Gordon, Richard Greenfield, Janet Holmes, Hank Lazer, Laura Moriarty, Rusty Morrison, G.E. Patterson, Craig Santos Perez, Bin Ramke, Don Revell, Elizabeth Robinson, Heather Sellers, Heidi Lynn Staples, & Michelle Taransky.


2:00 – 4:00PM Dewclaw Reading
Stella’s Coffeehaus, 1476 S. Pearl Street
Claire Becker, Blake Butler, Amina Cain, Claire Donato, Jac Jemc, Dorothea Lasky, Dylan Nice, Matt Salesses, Matthew Simmons, Jen Tynes, & Mike Young.

5:30 – 7:30PM Colorado Writers Reading
Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street
Eleni Sikelianos, Noah Eli Gordon, Julie Carr, Michael Friedman, Maureen Owen, John-Michael Rivera, Tim Roberts, Sara Veglahn, Eric Baus, Steve Katz, Arda Collins, & others.

Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street
Birds, LLC; Brave Men Press; Harp & Altar; Immaculate Disciples Press; Mississippi Review Poetry Series; and New Issues Press. Poets include: Julia Cohen, Brian Foley, Elisa Gabbert, Kate Greenstreet, Dan Magers, Justin Marks, Linnea Ogden, Christopher Salerno, Kim Gek Lin Short, Sam Starkweather, Janaka Stucky, & Chris Tonelli.


5:00 – 7:00PM Black Warrior Review / Blue Hour Press Reading
Mario’s Double Daughter’s Salotto, 1632 Market Street
Christopher Cheney, Miriam Cohen, Shanna Compton, Nick Courtright, John Gallaher, James Grinwis, Emily Kendal Frey, Brian Kubarycz, Sabrina Orah Mark, & Alexis Orgera.

7:30 – 11:30 PM Black Lawrence Press Reading
Lola, 1575 Boulder Street, Denver
Book release for The Giving of Pears by Abayomi Animashaun. Free drinks and readings by Animashaun, Hayden Saunier, Paul Kilgore, & Michele Battiste

7:30 PM Switchback Books, Artifice Magazine, Coconut Books, & Tarpaulin Sky Press
Delaney’s Bar/Celtic Tavern, 1801 Blake St.
Kimiko Hahn, Simone Muench, Monica de la Torre, Kathleen Rooney, Gina Myers, Davis Schneiderman, Marisa Crawford, Kim Gek Lin Short, Andrew Farkas, Shelly Taylor, David Welch, Tim Jones-Yelvington, Amber Nelson, & Jen Tynes.


5:00 – 7:00PM Fence & 1913: Off-Site Salon
Mario’s Double Daughter’s Salotto, 1632 Market Street
Macgregor Card, Bruce Covey, Ben Doller, Brandon Downing, Adrian Kien, Aaron Kunin, Richard Meier, Sara Mumolo, Josie Sigler, Edwin Torres, Catherine Wagner, & Lynn Xu.

6:00PM Reading and Book Party for the Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama’s First 100 Days Anthology
Paris on the Platte Cafe, 1553 Platte Street
Matthew Rohrer, Sarah Vap, Cole Swenson,  Catherine Wagner,  Joshua Marie Wilkinson, John Gallaher, Laynie Browne, Matthew Zapruder, Sasha Steensen, Michael Dumanis, Martha Collins, Craig Morgan Teicher,  Erika Meitner, Allison Joseph, Erin Belieu, Rachel Zucker, Patricia Smith, Jenny Browne, Lesléa Newman, Katy Lederer, Lindsey Wallace, Dara Wier, Carmen Gimenez Smith, Pimone Triplett, Robin Beth Schaer, Tony Trigilio, Catherine Barnett, Patrick Culliton, Patricia Spears Jones, Nicole Cooley, Cate Marvin, Michael Morse, Prageeta Sharma, & Mark Bibbins.

7:ooPM Action Books, Apostrophe Books, Black Ocean Press, Slope Editions, & Tarpaulin Sky Press
Plus Gallery, 2501 Larimer Street
Johannes Göransson, Zachary Schomburg, Catherine Meng, Joe Hall, Paul Foster Johnson, Julie Doxsee, & others.

Anticipating AWP, Part 1

It’s hard to believe that AWP Denver is just around the corner. I’m very excited about seeing old friends and meeting some new ones. The conference, book fair, and off-sight readings often feel overwhelming so I’ve decided to be very zen-like about the whole thing and just go with the flow.

That said, there are some on-sight panels & readings that I’m very excited about:


9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m. R122. The Networked Poetry Classroom. (Chris Hosea, Eric Baus, Dorothea Lasky, Mathias Svalina, Michelle Taransky)

10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. R138. Ahsahta Press 35th Anniversary Reading. (Sandra Doller, Brigitte Byrd, Kate Greenstreet, Brenda Iijima, Susan Tichy, Lance Phillips, Rachel Loden)


10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. F140. National Book Critics Circle: The Practice and Purpose of Poetry Reviewing. (Kevin Prufer, Matthew Zapruder, Craig Morgan Teicher, Nickole Brown, Timothy Donnelly)

Noon.-1:15 p.m. F169. Gurlesque Poetry: A Reading. (Lara Glenum, Cathy Wagner, Dorthea Lasky, Danielle Pafunda, Cathy Park Hong, Elizabeth Treadwell)


10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. S138. jubilat 10th Anniversary Reading. (Robert Casper, Dara Wier, Lisa Olstein, Jen Bervin, Peter Gizzi, Cathy Park Hong)

3:00 p.m.-4:15 p.m. S198. A Chorus of Hauntings: Giving Breath to Ghosts. (Deborah Poe, Cole Swensen, Jake Adam York, Brandon Shimoda, Selah Saterstrom, Claudia Smith)

Stay tuned for Parts 2 & 3 when I delve into the off-sight readings and discuss what books and broadsides I’m hoping to buy at the fair.