Vouching for Indy

March 21, 2013 8:00 am | Tags: , , | No Comments

This Saturday, March 23rd, I’ll be reading from Strategies Against Extinction at Indy Reads Books. It’s a long Midwestern weekend for me. On Friday, I’m visiting my friend Ryan Stone’s class at Danville Community College in Illinois to talk short fiction and maybe get in a good knock-knock joke or two. Sadly, this is not open to the public.

But Saturday night is open to the public! You should attend! The Facebook event is here. And if you don’t feel like clicking the link, Indy Reads Books is located at 911 Massachusetts Ave in Indianapolis and our event is from 7 to 9 pm. We’ll read a bit, answer some questions, and then play foosball with all attendees. Or something.

The reading Saturday night is hosted by Vouched Books, who were super wonderful in Atlanta and will be equally terrific in Indianapolis. I’m reading with my friend Andrew Scott, the author of Naked Summer, editor at Engine Books, and though he’s a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, we still get along.

Come join us! I’d love to see you there.

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Vouching For Atlanta

November 9, 2012 7:00 am | Tags: , , , , | No Comments

Atlanta! I’m here! I’ve never been to Atlanta but thanks to my friends Laura Straub and Matt Sailor, I’m here now. Get at me!

Tonight at 8 pm (November 9th, 2012 if you’re checking the calendar) I’ll be at The Goat Farm Art Center‘s Warhorse Coffeeshop. Hosted by Vouched ATL in collaboration with New South, the literary journal of Georgia State University, I’m one of five readers in a night that should be a blast. I’ll also be reading with:

Carrie Murphy, whose first collection of poems, PRETTY TILT, was released by Keyhole Press in 2012.

Kate Sweeney, who runs Atlanta’s True Story reading series and whose first book, AMERICAN AFTERLIFE, is out on UGA Press in 2014.

Jamie Iredell is the author of, most recently, The Book of Freaks. In 2013, Future Tense Books will release a collection of essays.

Amber Sparks, whose debut collection, MAY WE SHED THESE HUMAN BODIES, is just out from Curbside Splendor. You can find her most days @ambernoelle on Twitter or www.ambernoellesparks.com

Come join us! I’d love to see you there.

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Vouching For Poetry

October 17, 2012 11:08 am | Tags: , , | No Comments

In my latest post for Vouched Books, I briefly discuss poet Rachel Patterson’s chapbook IF I AM BURNING, which is available through Main Street Rag, a publishing company based in Charlotte. You can read the whole post here. Read it! (please?) It’s not that long. Encouraging people to read books, and specific books that I love and admire, should be really easy, and in discussion it is, but when writing out the Why is actually fairly challenging for me. I start thinking about the cohesion of my sentences, word choices, paragraphs, the What Am I Trying To Say that is a challenge in academic and creative writing, regardless of one’s experience.

I’ll keep it simple: read Rachel’s book. You won’t be disappointed.

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On Public Readings

October 16, 2012 12:13 pm | Tags: , , | No Comments

This month I’m blogging at Vouched Books, an organization whose sole purpose is to promote small press literature. I recently wrote a post about the first two public readings I gave from Strategies Against Extinction. The first reading was before an academic audience at DePaul University in Chicago. The second was at Orr Street Studios, here in Columbia where I live, as part of the Hearing Voices/Seeing Visions series.

The full post is here at Vouched Books. While there, check out the other terrific works and Vouchin’s that Laura, Christopher, and Tyler have been doing!

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