I just got an email from the fine folks at Melville House inviting me and my “colleagues” to this event and since I work for myself I guess that means you people. You can nominate trailers here. (Formal attire!)
1. And so we mark the success of Slash Pine Poetry Festival No. 2: The Year of the Laundromats. Lots of poems about laundry and laundromats.
I don’t really know how many hours it was. 40 readers at 10 minutes per over the course of the weekend. Then there were the overages (you can’t keep all 40 poets in line, can you?), the undergrad reading, the dinners and bars and making new friends, etc. etc.
Joseph P. Wood puts together a real shindig. There were art galleries, blues singers, bars, bands, poets of all shapes and sizes—and even some fictioners and essayists, though I think they crashed the party. Seats were packed for every venue despite the tornado warnings and thunder so loud I thought I could hear it inside my head.
On a maybe more important note, Joseph took Myron Michael and I to Archibald’s Bar-B-Q (see above) in Tuscaloosa, and I ate a plate of the tastiest ribs I have ever had. The sauce on these things was magical.
2. New issue of Sixth Finch:
From Chief Agriculturist Jeremy Schmall:
It’s been a year in the making, but the new issue is finally here! After all the letterpressing, stamping, stickering, and in some cases fingerprinting (you’ll see), the only thing we want now is to show it to you! That’s why there’s no better place to be than the wonderful KGB Bar this Monday night, as part of The Monday Night Poetry Series. Always at 7:30. Always FREE. The reading will feature Mark Bibbins, the author of The Dance of No Hard Feelings (Copper Canyon Press, 2009) and the Lambda Award-winning Sky Lounge; and Douglas Crase, author of The Revisionist, Both: A Portrait in Two Parts, and editor of The Library of America editions of Emerson’s Essays: First and Second Series.
Facebook invite is here. Jeremy and I will be hosting, and we’d love to see you there.