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Gigs 2012

Dec. 31st, 2012 | 09:22 pm

January 16 - The Poetry Forum at Rumba Cafe, Cols., OH
January 21 - The Encyclopedia Show Indianapolis, IN
June 1-2 - Rust Belt, Writers' Block Team, Cols., OH
May 19, 1:00am, and 12:30 pm, All new work done as part of the WB All Night Fundraiser
July 1 - North Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Lewis Center, OH
July 1 - The Art of Storytelling, Kings Art Center, Cols., OH
July 27 - Sheddin', Cols., OH
August 17 at 8:00pm -- T.W.A.T. at The Shrunken Head, Cols., OH

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Jul. 3rd, 2012 | 10:34 pm


Columbus can smell like anything.
Once, East Broad smelled so much like ass
you'd think we had a New York subway.
All over downtown the tar brings in the scent of pier thrust
out into the Severn river, stinking of jelly fish
and leaked gas. After a storm
the broken limbs and swamp smell
can draw a person out, to mount
a bike and go round sniffing
mold and devastation and finally
feeling, yes, this is where I grew up.


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Gigs 2011

Dec. 31st, 2011 | 10:04 am

Fri., Jan. 14 - Appearance on "Speaking of Poetry" an internet radio show to discuss WOWps 2011 See talktainmentradio.com for the podcast
Fri., Jan. 21 - 8 pm Haiku Nuku Feature at First Draft Poetry, @ Kafe Kerouac, 2250 N. High, Cols.
Tues., Jan. 25 - 7 pm at SIPS Coffeehouse in Mt. Vernon, OH
Sun., Feb. 27 - PoetryElyria, 1-3pm, Jim's Coffeehouse And Diner, 2 Kerstetter Way, Elyria, OH
Wed-Sat., March 9-12 - WOWps 2011 (Host City Chair)
June 1-25, 2011, the Language of Art, The High Road Gallery Worthington, OH, poetry reading on June 5
June 4, 4:40 pm, Columbus Arts Festival, featured reading
June 4, 8:00 pm, Columbus Arts Festival Slam, competitor
June 10-11, Rustbelt, team Writes' Block
June 17, Writers' Block fundraiser
August-ish, the Kitchen Sessions, Providence, RI Didn't happen
Oct. 20, Cliterati, Atlanta, GA

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Gigs 2010

Dec. 31st, 2010 | 11:22 am

Thurs., Feb. 25, 2010, 7:30 pm - For the LOVE of UA ART (Fundraiser for WOWps)
Sun. Feb. 28, 2010, 2:00 pm - Zanzibar Brews, Long St, Cols. Poems for Peace, a round-robin.
Wed., March 10, 2010, 6 pm - MC at the showcase slam at Capital University for Women of the World Poetry Slam
Thurs., March 11 - Sat. March 13, 9 am - Facilitator - Writing Exercises at WOWps 2010
Fri., March 12, 2010, 2:30 pm - Kirwan Institute "Transforming Race" (Conference) (OSU), Women of the World Poetry Slam: Poetry as a Medium for “Race Talk” in America (Facilitator) - [ Link ]
Fri., April 16 - Sun., April 18 - Rustbelt, East Lansing, MI
Mon., April 19, 2010 - The Poetry Forum @ Rumba, Cols., OH
Sunday, April 25, 2010, 7 pm - MC/Host - Page Meets Stage (Columbus) - Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz and Charlene Fix to feature
Tues., April 27, 2010 - SIPS Coffee House, Mount Vernon, OH
Wed., April 28, 2010 - CSCC, Take Back the Night March and Rally
Sat. May 1, 2010 - CSCC Writers' Conference (Workshop) - Getting to a Good First Draft - [ Link ]
Sun., May 23, 2010, 7 pm - Areopagitica / Peripatetic Poets (with Joanna Schroeder)
Sat., June 5, 2010, 4:20 pm, Columbus Arts Festival Poetry Corner
Sat., June 26, 2010, 6 pm - Comm Fest, Cols., OH
Mon., July 26 - Abrio's in Athens, OH
Wed., Sept. 1 - Cantab, Boston
Sun., Oct. 17 - Guest speaker at the Writer's Ink meeting
Fri., Nov. 12 - 6:30 pm - New Beginnings Cafe, 141 East Center Street, Marion, Ohio
Thurs., Nov. 18 - 7:00 pm - Decathlon slam at CSCC, competitor
Sun., Nov. 22 - Guest speaker at the Writer's Ink meeting

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Two Folders

Sep. 3rd, 2010 | 03:29 pm

I have been carrying around two folders of poems: the one of poems that have been tried out and the new poem folder. I have removed the "tried out poems" folder from my messenger bag and now it is only going to be new poem time.

I had only one poem in the tried out poem folder that I will kind of miss not using again (except for a good reason) because it was pretty darn new ("Letter to Myself"). But! That is the point. And I read it at the Cantab so I'm cool with letting it slide. Of course, now as I write this I'm feeling the vibe of that one -- but no! -- be strong. New poems only.

I haven't been posting poems here much lately anyway. I've got a creepy one I'm saving for the Halloween show. Hahahahhahahha. And I've practiced that laugh! I am off paper with that laugh! Hhahahahahahah. Aw, I've over used the laugh, into the old poem file. Dang it.

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Cantab Feature Set List

Sep. 3rd, 2010 | 03:13 pm

I had 30 - 50 poems picked out as possibilities for the Cantab feature last Wednesday. (I always have 30 - 50 poems picked out ahead of time for a feature.) But I waited till I got there to narrow it down. This is what I ended up performing and I'm sure this is the right order and it seemed to work pretty well that way. Simone said early funny, sexy poems gave permission to laugh at later poems that take a second (Past Lycra).

Morning Sex
I <3 You
About Not Being My Mother
Letter to Myself
Mary Magdalene
Last Thought
Locust Pods
Past Lycra
Show of Hands
These Are My Pants
The Beauty of Being Adopted

That looks like a lot but many of those are one and two minute poems and it was to be a 30 minute feature, so the number of poems adds up.

It went very well if I do say so myself. I should have made a new chapbook, but I'm sort of not going to read most of these again without good cause.

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Facebook Test

Sep. 1st, 2010 | 05:08 am

Testing. 1. 2. 3.

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This Week

Mar. 10th, 2010 | 08:04 am

I had a tuna fish sandwich for lunch yesterday. It had roasted red peppers, a pickle, and not too much dressing. And I'm reading a great book, City of Thieves David Benioff.

OMG! What the hell am I talking about? Tuna? A good book? Where's the haiku about my clean socks? That's not what THIS week is about.

This week is Women of the World Poetry Slam 2010 and HOT DAMN it's going to be awesome. The venues are hot and the poets hotter. THe organizers are not so bad themselves! It's going to be one big high of great art, great people, great-good-God this is Columbus at its best.

All of which is to say YOU need to come. If you're nearby, you need to be a part of this. You will make it happen because that's how it gets into your life.

Full schedule at www.wow.poetryslam.com. Bouts start tomorrow night.

And just so you know, I'll be emcee at the showcase slam at Capital University, 6 pm in Bexley, at One College and Main (yes that is the freaking address). (Did it help that I have a Faculty/Staff parking pass -- the world may never know.)

WOWps is going to hot action start to finish. You're going to feel so good about the world, it'll change the axis of your life. Days will seem like they are longer this time.

I'm also doing the early morning writing exercises. If you know anything about me -- anything -- you'll know I know how to pull a great first draft out of the air. You and me, we could sit down for an hour and get a fantastic poem. We're always 15 minutes away from genius. Ask and you shall receive -- but you have to ask. That's at 9 am on Thurs. and Fri. beginning at the Hampton in the Short North area of Columbus.

Enough plugging me. Bouts start at 7 pm tomorrow night. Be there!

(You know that tuna sandwich was pretty good and the book is great.)

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CANCELLED: Feature at Rumba Cafe

Feb. 15th, 2010 | 02:54 pm

The weather has done us in.

Tonight, DO NOT come out and see if I put my sweater on backwards! I assure you I did put it on backwards. AND just so you know my eyebrow hairs are all pointing up!

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Feature tonight at Rumba Cafe, 7 pm, 2507 Summit St.

Feb. 15th, 2010 | 08:03 am

Tonight, come out and see if I put my sweater on backwards! Tonight, come out and see if all my eyebrow hairs are pointing up! Tonight, come out and see if I am going to read that poem, you know, the one with the thing at the beginning? Tonight, come out and see if my face cleared up! Tonight, come out and see me pour out my heart and soul -- yes, this is going to be the feature where you will see me calm down, and gear up, and switch on, and power forward, and point guard and give it all I've got. And I've got a plan, o, yes, and it is a good one, nay, great.

I'm talking about my poetry feature tonight at the Poetry Forum @ Rumba Cafe.

Monday, Feb. 15, 7 pm
@ the Rumba Cafe
2507 Summit St., Cols., OH.
Open mic and features every week

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