Yearly Archives: 2008
Both originally from the Rochester area, W&B billed their July 24, 2007 readings as “Coming Home.” Randall, who now resides in Colorado Springs, CO, began the evening reading from her 2007 collection A Day in Boyland (Ghost Road Press). The cover of this book is rather Rod Serling–an extreme close-up of the made-up face of a haunting doll. Randall’s poems elicited chuckles and smiles from the audience which consisted largely of both poets’ friends and families. Most memorable are the titles of her poems, especially the title poem of a small self-published group collection “The Underpants of Gloom” The chapbook includes over-sized sewn paper underpants in an envelope on the inside back cover. Check out http://www.ghostroadpress.com/ for more info on Randall.
Fagan, whose original inspiration in poetry was Edgar Allan Poe, couldn’t be more different from Randall. Fagan’s work is admittedly dark incorporating violent and graphic imagery. He read from his collection Garage (Salt Publishing, 2007). “Scatology” was inspired by Maxine Kumin’s “The Excrement Poem.” What begins with a somewhat lighthearted account of the simultaneous profusion of an elephant’s liquid and solid waste elimination ends with the image of Christ on the cross. Fagan’s juxtaposition of such seemingly unrelated images is the fresh edge of a poet worth reading. To learn more about Fagan, including a video introduction, visit http://www.saltpublishing.com/.
Join me at Barnes & Noble Pittsford Thursday at 7pm for the July 2008 Just Poets Reading Series and Open Mic. Leah Zazulyer will be the featured reader. You’ll find us upstairs in the Community Room. Bring your own work to read at the open mic!
Join me this Thursday, June 12 for the Just Poets Reading Series at Barnes & Noble Pittsford. Poet, actor, playright, director and retired teacher Ed Scutt will be the featured reader. The event starts at 7pm in the Community Room. An open mic will follow.
The first Le Mot Juste 2008 (Just Poets anthology) reading will be Sunday, June 1 at 1:00pm at Lift Bridge Books in Brockport, NY. If you’re in the area, stop by. www.justpoets.org.
I am pleased to have my poem “That Year” published in the 2008 issue of Red Wheelbarrow Literary Magazine. Just Poets members Ron Bailey and Donna Marbach as well as Kim Addonizio also have poems appearing in this nationally distributed journal. Edited by Randolph Splitter, Red Wheelbarrow is published by De Anza College. For more information visit: http://faculty.deanza.edu/splitterrandolph/stories/storyReader$209
Please join us for the Just Poets Reading Series at Barnes & Noble Pittsford Thursday, May 8 at 7:00 pm. The featured readers will be Donna Marbach, Tricia Asklar and Tom Holmes. An open mic will follow.
The 20th. anniversary edition of the Briar Cliff Review is now available. My poem “Stakes” appears in this 2008 volume. The Briar Cliff Review is published by Briar Cliff University. For more information visit http://www.briarcliff.edu/campus_info/bcu_review/home_bcu_review.asp.
Please join me at 7:00 pm on Thursday, April 10 at Barnes & Noble Pittsford for the monthly Just Poets Reading Series and open mic. Adam Wilcox will be the featured reader. An open mic follows.
I will be reading as part of the Eastman School of Music’s Women in Music Festival at noon on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 in the Miller Center Atrium. My poems will be read prior to the performances of various musical selections. Poets M.J. Iuppa, Wynne McClure, Patricia Roth Schwartz, and Karla Linn Merrifield will also be performing on other days and in other locations that week. If you happen to find yourself in downtown Rochester, please stop by to listen! For more information visit http://www.esm.rochester.edu/wmf/.
To receive the back issue of ByLine Magazine in which my article “Five Essential Books Every Poet Must Have,” contact the editors through their website: http://www.bylinemag.com/.