Friday, November 22, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
All farmers, tillers of the soil, and agribusiness folks out there, stand down -- or by all means stop by if creative writing is part of your particular palette. I'll be leading a workshop next week under the auspices of Seeds, Northeastern Illinois University's literary magazine. See details, above, and thanks to the editorial staff for inviting me!
Saturday, September 07, 2013
Go here to read about its release, and congrats to Donna!
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Next week, the Brief Nudity express takes me to Berkeley, California for a reading at one of my favorite places, Moe's Books, sponsored by one of my favorite resources, Poetry Flash. I look forward to seeing comrades from the Bay Area and visiting familiar haunts from my occidental past.
Additional upcoming appearances include a return to the Ipsento Reading Series (9/14), the Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books (9/22, where I'll be coordinating two hybrid events on the poetry and music of a singer-songwriter), and a reading/panel at the Midwest Modern Language Association (11/9).
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
|Photo by Mark Robbins|
Right before my trip south, I had a blast returning to the Wit Rabbit Reading Series, joined by co-poets Jason Bredle, Tim Murray, and Lana Rakhman.
Tomorrow, I will give a talk and read from Brief Nudity as well as new works at the Summer Creative Writing Institute at Northeastern Illinois University. This is yet another return engagement, one which I am always thrilled to participate in.
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Monday, July 01, 2013
In May, the Brief Nudity reading tour kicked off with a special event in St. Louis.
No Lizard Kings was created to discourage, disparage and dispel the myth of the poet-rocker as some kind of hipster satyr. I was joined by fellow harmonic versifier Ken Kase, whose book, Seven Sonnets is available from Amazon. A month later, the event came to Chicago, again with Ken as well as local chanteuse and word warrior Snežana Žabić. This was the official book launch party for Brief Nudity, and a great time was had by everyone!
Also in May, I read from Brief Nudity at Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It was a pleasure to see many familiar faces at this event.
There are additional upcoming readings for Brief Nudity in Chicago; Murray, KY; Nashville; Berkeley, CA; Waukesha and Milwaukee, WI, with other dates TBD. Go here for your best central source.
I also recently completed my twenty week Hands on Stanzas residency at Skinner West Elementary. You may read about the various lesson plans and ideas taught throughout the year, as well as peruse student poems through the Poetry Center's Skinner blog.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Thursday, April 18, 2013
On a related note, the Spring Book Bling Reading Tour for Brief Nudity is more or less set, aside from a few potential gigs still in the works. You can always refer to the Appearances page at my official site or Brief Nudity's Facebook page for updates.
When all the tour dates for spring and summer have been finalized, I will post them here.
Hope to see you at an upcoming event!
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
For some insights into my last few Hands on Stanzas residencies at Skinner West, check out these Poetry Center blog posts, when classes focused on poems by Bernadette Mayer, Robert Frost, and Natasha Trethewey. I'm nearing the halfway point and having a terrific time!
Biggest recent news involves my trip to Boston earlier this month to attend the annual AWP Conference, for the launch of Brief Nudity. In addition to reading for my publisher, Salmon Poetry, and doing a book signing, I also participated in the Festival of Language's event, caught a few panels, wore out my shoes, and got snowed on, which is par for the AWP course. I'll be announcing further reading dates for Brief Nudity's official book tour soon.
|Reading from Brief Nudity at Salmon Poetry's book launch|
Before departing for the east coast I was also fortunate to be asked to read as part of Debra Bruce's shindig for her latest book, Survivors' Picnic; upon returning, I also once again partook in Northeastern Illinois University's faculty authors reception, honoring work published in 2012, which for me would be my e-chapbook, Basic Cable Couplets.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
|Students in Ms. Ellis' room work on their haiku variations|
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Monday, February 11, 2013
Friday, February 01, 2013
Friday, January 25, 2013
Saturday, January 12, 2013
|With 3rd, 4th and 5th graders at Solomon Elementary|
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
All four poems also appear in my next book, Brief Nudity, out in March from Salmon Poetry Ltd.
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