Monday, April 20, 2015

New Poem in Defenestration

I have a new poem in the latest edition of Defenestration, "a literary magazine dedicated to humor." Check it out, and thanks to the Def crew for including me!

Saturday, December 06, 2014


The fall semester is all but done, and the usual tumult accompanying it has resulted in some quiet here. Come January, I will be continuing with my Hands on Stanzas residency at Skinner West, and also returning to Indiana University Northwest to teach some higher ed classes. In all, academically the spring semester looks to be quite busy!

In other news, my label, Zenith Beast, is currently in the process of delving into its back catalogue, with the result being a series of archival releases. The first, including albums from 1986-1993, resumes December 9th. These albums are digital-only releases, available from iTunes, Amazon, and other e-tailers. ZB's next wave of releases may comprise a deeper dig into the archives, going back to the early '80s, or it may entail brand new music -- check out the redesigned ZB homepage for details, and/or follow the label on Twitter.

Finally, the end of the year signals the arrival of the annual Alex Chilton Birthday Bash! The Injured Parties are pleased to play for the tenth year straight, and this lineup looks to be especially good.

Happy holidays, all!

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Private Reading Series

On October 26th, I'll be reading for the Private Reading Series, along with Hannah Gamble and Christine Kirouac. Here's the scoop:

The dates, times and location of each reading series are secret until announced on the group's page. Members may invite guests to join, but they must be approved by a moderator. The Private Series is a special reading series where writers of all stripes, poets and other language artists may read more sensitive material not ready for the public, test-flight work, work that is too experimental for a publisher or that simply could benefit from an environment of other artists and writers. We seek to foster a seedbed of encouragement for risky writing in a respectful context.

So please ask to join the group to be a part of this unique event! See you there, wherever "there" is!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

New Poem in The East Bay Review

I'm happy to announce that I have a new poem in the latest issue of The East Bay Review, just out now.

The very apt drawing accompanying it is by Christopher Coffey.


Saturday, September 06, 2014

Recent Work

I'm happy to announce that I have poems in recent issues of East Jasmine Review and OVS Magazine

Get your copies today, and thanks for the support of my work, as well as the efforts of my fellow contributors!

Friday, August 01, 2014

Excited Utterance

Next weekend marks the third outing for my quarterly reading series in-the-round, Excited Utterance! We have a new venue, and two terrific readers joining me: Richard Fox and Donna Vorreyer. This event is free and Dollop offers delicious coffee drinks as well as selected foodstuffs.

Read biographical information on the authors as well as all about the series on our home and Facebook pages (as well as the event page).

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Language Lessons: Volume 1

Today is the day. As of July 22nd, Third Man Books is taking pre-orders for Language Lessons: Volume I. The official street date is August 5th.

At long last Third Man Records and Third Man Books are very proud to present our first commercially available book, Language Lessons: Volume I. Though the term book, in this case, may actually be a bit limiting considering what this whole package actually contains… Want to hear more? Read on. 

Language Lessons is a 321 page hardbound book, co-edited by Chet Weise and Third Man’s own Ben Swank, full of contemporary poetry and prose including over 20 award winning and/or nominated contemporary poets and authors such as Dale Ray Phillips, a Pulitzer Prize nominee in fiction, C.D. Wright, a National Book Award finalist and National Book Critics Circle winner in poetry, and Adrian Matejka, a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist in poetry. Language Lessons is two vinyl LPs of jazz, psychedelic-punk, poetry, blues and pop from artists such as William Tyler, Destruction Unit, Ken Vandermark, Sampson Starkweather, and more. Language Lessons is five pieces of frameable broadsides of poems by C.D. Wright, Frank Stanford, Brian Barker, Jake Adam York and Chet Weise with original art from former Big Boys guitartist Tim Kerr, one-time Hate illustrator Jim Blanchard, intertwangle-ist folk artist Butch Anthony, and more. That’s a lot of bang for your buck… and it all comes housed in a hard-case clothbound sleeve. Has any other record label ever created such a thing?

As previously mentioned, LL:VI will be Third Man Books' first commercially available tome and signifies a strong intent for Third Man entering the universe of publishing. Third Man Books, like Language Lessons, will be fearless, imaginative, and eclectic. We hope to be a welcome addition to what is already a very compelling and thrilling independent American literary landscape.

Language Lessons: Volume I is now available for pre-sale direct from the Third Man Store and will be available in discerning book and record stores the world over from August 5th.

I am proud to have two of my poems included in LL:VI, even though I am considerably out-classed. Get your copy today!

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