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They Will Sew The Blue Sail

They Will Sew the Blue Sail


I have a new poem up at The Volta’s They Will Sew the Blue Sail.  August 2013 Issue.  In great company with Christopher Cokinos and Soham Patel.

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Into Orbit at SIX x ATE



Casey Droege.  What can I say?  She’s the crush that keeps on giving.  In addition to being a gifted artist, she contributes greatly to the artistic community here in Pittsburgh.  SIX x ATE is a great example of this.  6 artists + 1 chef = all good.  On Saturday, August 17th, Casey took this show on the road and brought three Pittsburgh artists + three Cleveland artists together for another installment.  The theme: symbiotic (each participant discusses his or her art making process in relation to the event theme).  Casey’s invitation was a real blessing because it allowed me to “dig deeper” into my recent sound experiments in poetry.  My residency at The Rose O’Neill Literary House (where I failed miserably, I might add) really prepared me for this event.  So thank you (again) to the Rose O’Neill folks.  Anyway, SIX x ATE gave me the opportunity to move from text to sound in a way that felt much more organic and “right.”  You’ll have to read on to hear what I made. (more…)

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Cyberpunk Apocalypse 5th Year Anniversary

CyperPunkApocIn 2008, a kind of punk house appeared in Pittsburgh, PA based around literature instead of politics or music. Since then the Cyberpunk Apocalypse writers’ project has housed 36 writers from across the US and Canada, been the place of completion for 7 books, countless comics, zines, poems essays and articles. It has acted as home base for six reading tours and has hosted events ranging from book clubs and show-and-tells, to the Heinz funded Writers’ Showcase series: advancing reading as performance. (more…)

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The Next Big Thing: Amaud Jamaul Johnson

Yona Harvey tagged me to do this self-interview. 
Amaud Jamaul Johnson is the author of Darktown Follies (forthcoming, Tupelo 2013) and Red Summer (Tupelo 2006), winner of the Dorset Prize. Born and raised in Compton, CA, his honors include a Wallace Stegner fellowship at Stanford, a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference fellowship, and Cave Canem. His poetry appears in Narrative Magazine, Harvard Review, Anti-, Eleven Eleven, Gulf Coast, Crazyhorse, Indiana Review and elsewhere. He teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. (more…)
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The Next Big Thing

COVERhtw02Many thanks to Tara Betts, for tagging me for the Next Big Thing.  Tara is the author of  the poetry collection Hue & Arc, and is currently working on a new book called BREAK THE HABIT.  Apparently, Tara has no idea how terrible I am at projects like The Next Big Thing.  Please don’t tell her.  But do visit her blog and read her poems if you haven’t already.  She’s a poetry soldier.  Looking forward to her next book. (more…)

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