Lots of news to update over the past year…..
5.24.16–For those of you interested in viewing clips from the This is My Brave benefit, check it out below!
5.9.16–Oh my! What a tribute from my colleagues! Such fabulous people! If you don’t know, I voluntarily stepped away from my chair role to begin (along with another colleague) a succession planning process for dept. chairs at the college.
- This is My Brave is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to ending the stigma of mental illness. They are coming to Denver and they recently held auditions for their show. The good people selected my piece, and I will be performing with others at The Oriental Theater in northwest Denver on May 19th. Cheers to them and what they do! Click here for the Facebook invite and they have posted a bio of me for the show as well.
- The writing group I am part of, The Visceral Realists, is having our next reading on May 13th at our usual haunt, The Deer Pile above City O’City, in Denver. Click here for the Facebook invite. We are very excited to have our full crew for this one! Don’t forget we fail to be real with our visceralism.
The latest reading! When I moved to the front range region 12 years ago, I knew of some of the happenings around the area from the Beat Generation, The Fiction Collective group and Linda Hogan. Now, there is no doubt the area has a vibrant scene with The F Bomb Series, The Bouldering Poetry Tribe, the various slam venues like the Mercury Cafe and Cafe Nuba and the numerous readings at the surrounding universities. The latest iteration is of the Inkwell Reading Series, which I am so honored to be part of the first round this year. Click on Monique’s name to read her interview with the Huff Post!
- At the Inkwell Reading Series, hosted by Monique Lewis, at the Syntax Physic Opera, with Rebecca Snow, Andrea Rexilius and Michael Annis, March 2016.
- In other news, This is My Brave is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to ending the stigma of mental illness. They are coming to Denver and they recently held auditions for their show. The good people selected my piece, and I will be performing with others at The Oriental Theater in northwest Denver on May 19th. Cheers to them and what they do!
- My latest publication is a flash piece on the website Boned: A Collection of Skeletal Fiction. The piece is titled “The Second Seven Days Found on a Meteor Fragment.” Yeah! Thanks, Nate Ragolia!
The last bit of news is related to the play below. Sadly, our play was not selected for the national competition. Regardless, again, it was a fabulous ride to work with such knowledgeable students and the director of CCD’s theater program Nick Taylor!
Before the KCTF dates (Fed. 12-13) below, we have two more public performances at Voodoo Comedy Lounge in downtown Denver. The warm up shows are there to plunder your gold you bring onto the ship! 🙂
Cheap tickets are below. Eight bucks total (including the service charge). Yippee!
Happy New Year!
After taking a few weeks off to visit in-laws in Texas, I’m happy to announce that CCD’s latest play, The Sea is a Restless Whore, a low-brow comedy about pirates wrestling with their own identities, has been accepted into the Kennedy Center regional festival in 2016. Denver will be hosting Region VII and the event takes place Feb. 15-19. The schedule will not be posted until February 1st. If you miss the naughty pirates, no matter, come see the other outstanding performances from across region!
I am ecstatic. For one, I acted in it as Scrawny Pete. Theater is a passion of mine, and I try to attend as many possible, but I also acted a little bit in high school before sports took precedence. Several years ago my colleague John O’Leary and I began co-teaching a composition/literature class. From the start, we took a risk by introducing a theater unit (acting, etc.). In that unit John taught improv games (He has done improv in Denver and on the east coast) to loosen up the students and me. Needless to say, it did wonders not only for me, but for the majority of our students. John aided me in overcoming my fears to audition for The Sea is Restless Whore. The more important reason for my joy was seeing the CCD students behind the scenes. They are extremely funny folks, but serious when it’s time to get down to business. I was impressed to say the least. Take one more bow you guys!
The six weeks of rehearsals and two-week run was a fabulous experience. I cannot thank the CCD theater troupe enough for sweeping me into their world without missing a beat. Special thanks goes to Nick Taylor, director of CCD Theater, for cultivating the perfect environment for students to thrive.
A few weeks ago I received a phone call from a photographer that does some work for the Community College of Denver’s Star Journal of Excellence, the college’s journal, edited by Kristi Strother, the chair of Journalism at CCD. The photographer asked if I had some time for a shoot and I said sure, whatever you need. He said, “You know you are the feature, right?” My response: “Uh, no.”
Now, the latest edition has come to fruition, and, indeed, there I am. Much props goes to Zane Johnson (a former student) for his reportage and the entire staff of the journal for a gorgeous online edition. There are a hundred or so print copies arriving, but at the moment I have no idea how to get a hold of them. It’s a secret!
Check out the article at the link below!
First, the latest letterpress project is complete! Thank you to Jenny Morse for allowing me to print some poems from her manuscript Topographia. If you are interested in purchasing this project, click on the Paypal link below. Cost is $10, shipping included in the price.
In other news……
Hi! Review of my chapbook Maybe This is How Tides Work from Charlotte Howley in the current issue of Bombay Gin. Thank you so much! Get your copy of my chapbook from Amazon at the link above or order directly from my website here.
I finally have a chance to comment on the Euphony/Cacophony event in Boulder on February 28. As a group we decided to make the event as interactive as possible with the audience roaming to each station as they please and interacting as they please. No protocol per se, but dive in whenever you can. In Nate’s corner you could sit in a Victorianesque chair and read his book or ask him to read while music played and a groovy dude acted as the God-like voice over of the event. Other miscellaneous items included all our poems cut up and the audience could glue the lines on construction paper, create their own poems. Nothing new to Surrealists and other folk, but take a word while they lay about. Ellie Swensson took those poems to read in the middle of the event. Let’s say feeding her words was the main event. Get her to read, and lose yourself if you didn’t already.
My area was meant for people to print their own postcard of the event as a souvenir, then write their own TIDES acrostic poem to be read themselves or fed to the Ellie beast. Sadly, my Kelsey press’s pressure kept screwing with me, so the postcards went to the cacophonous swirl. Without that, well, I abandoned even reading or handing acrostic opportunities around, and joined the party. There’s the adjusting below of the Kelsey. Sigh. But check out that forearm action with the screwdriver!
Regardless, the event was a blast! The front range snow treated us well as did the generous hospitality of Buchanan’s Pub and Coffee. Below is another piece of footage from another performer at the event. I’m sorry I don’t remember his name as the collaboration swept through the joint. The photo is grainy, and at this point he (as I remember) performed throughout the evening in the trash bin. Let’s do this again!