My friend Emily Rose took some snazzy videos of me reading at my book release. :)
I'm teaming up with my good friend singer/songwriter John Vournakis to flood the southlands with good (slightly depressing) music and poems. If anybody wants to see our super rad duo in the South/South East region (I don't think we're planning on going farther west than Texas this time, unless you ask us really nicely) from May 15-June 15 send me an email!
I miss your face and think you should come to my book release party on Friday night, so I can hug you. The first party for my first book, Good Grief, will be at Elastic Arts in Logan Square, Chicago (2830 N. Milwaukee, 2nd Floor) on Friday, March 23rd. Doors open at 8, show at 8:30. The event is FREE and BYOB (for those of drinking age).
The night includes readings from a gaggle of my esteemed and pretty poetry friends: Laura Yes Yes (host), J.W. Basilo, Emily Rose, Benjamin Clark, Shanny Jean Maney, and probably one or two mysterious others. It will also include me reading some of the poems from the book.
On a more sentimental note, although I am now officially a resident of Central New York, I still consider Chicago my poetry home. A good chunk of this book is comprised of poems that were workshopped and/or drafted at Vox Ferus After Dark (a workshop series run by the fabulous Marty McConnell). In many ways, this book is the story of me trying to figure out how I fit into the beautiful and complicated cityscape of Chicago as a young adult.
I think this is going to be a really fantastic and celebratory night: good poems, good people, etc. I am so, so delighted that the first event for this book gets to be in Chicago, amongst so many wonderful friends and poets.
I should probably also mention that copies of Good Grief will be available for $15. Chapbooks for $5. FREE HUGS. If you bring baked goods, you get extra free hugs.
A friend of mine who is a singer/songwriter recently asked me to recommend a few poets to him because he was struggling with some writer's block. This is what I came up with:
1) Erika Meitner. Here's a couple poems by her:
2) Jericho Brown
3) Marcus Wicker
4) Lynda Hull
5) Li-Young Lee
6) Nick Flynn
7) Richard Siken
8) Aracelis Girmay
9) Philip Levine
10) Terrance Hayes
Also, along these lines, I'm going to try to post a link to a poem a day that has inspired me to write. I will be doing this for an indefinite period of time. Maybe I'll turn it into a full-fledged project wit