Friday, November 4, 2016

Riversgiving (11.10.16) - Nov. River Writers

River celebrating Randolph Thomas' recent two contest-winning book publications and the literary stylings of Jessica Rogers and Dylan Krieger.

Dylan Krieger is a pile of false eyelashes growing algae in south Louisiana. She lives in a little cottage with a catfish and her demons and sunlights as a trade mag editor. Her first book, Giving Godhead, is forthcoming in 2017 from Delete Press. Her other poetry projects include a collaborative satire of big-budget action movies, a collage of automatic captions from alien abduction documentaries, and (mostly recently) an irreverent reimagining of philosophical thought experiments.

After recently graduating from LSU in Creative writing, Jessica decided she would just do whats sensible and for unemployment. She then tried to get a job at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, because they have an excellent corporate structure and they... *they* give *you* the tools to be your own boss. After a month of wearing pantsuits and learning what the word 'compact' means, she now knows the value of a hard-earned dollar and if you've fallen from drinking too much tequila, Enterprise will most definitely not pick you up. You can find her short fiction piece "One, two, three" in Delta Journal 58 and other stories on her blog
Randolph Thomas is the author of two prize-winning books: Dispensations, a short story collection and winner of the 2014 Many Voices Project Award from New Rivers Press, won a Bronze Medal in the national short fiction category of the Independent Publishing Awards (IPPY), and was named a finalist for Forward Reviews' INDIEFAB Book of the Year. The Deepest Rooms, a collection of poetry and winner of the Gerald Cable Award, was published by Silverfish Review Press in 2015. He teaches at LSU.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

brickyard riverback book release (10.20.16)

riverback in a brand new location, the brickyard south (171 south blvd.)
celebrating new reading manager, taylor gorman and the prose stylings of mary b. sellers
as well as unlikely book's kingpin, jonathan penton's book release of standards of sadiddy 

Taylor Gorman's work has appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Cutbank, Passages North, and The New Orleans Review. He received his MFA from Wichita State University and currently lives in Baton Rouge, LA.

Mary B. Sellers is pursuing her MFA in fiction at Louisiana State University. Originally from Jackson, MS, she now lives in Baton Rouge with her dog, Daisy Buchanan. She tries to teach freshmen English Composition, but most of the time feels like a failed, stand-up comedian. She's also the social media and blog editor over at New Delta Review. Important activities include: drinking wine and eating tacos on a regular basis. She has pieces published or forthcoming in Permafrost (Pushcart nomination, '15), Maudlin House, Queen Mob's Teahouse, and Literary Orphans. She wants to be a mermaid when she grows up​.

In 1998, Jonathan Penton founded Since then, he has lent editorial and management assistance to a number of literary and artistic ventures, such as MadHat, Inc. and Big Bridge. He has organized literary performances, and performed himself, in places like Arkansas, California, Chihuahua, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Washington, state and DC. His poetry books are Last Chap (Vergin’ Press, 2004), Blood and Salsa and Painting Rust (Unlikely Books, 2006), Prosthetic Gods (New Sins Press/Winged City Chapbooks, 2008), and Standards of Sadiddy (Lit Fest Press, 2016).

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Elevator Projects & River Writers Resurgence Read (10.1.16)

Between shootings and floods, it's been a hellish summer in BR. The literary arts scene of the city remains persistent if not thriving, and we want to support two vital voices of our community: Donney and Leslie D. Rose. 

Elevator Projects literary programing combines with River Writers to offer a reading in support of Baton Rouge's only Donney Rose's upcoming trip to the 2016 Individual World Poetry Slam. He will be joined by his amazingly talented wife Leslie. Hosted by WHYR 96.9 FM, this reading will go down in their record shop at their Main St. location in the heart of Mid City. Come out and support Donney representing BR on the national stage as well as your own community radio! Come hear what's right about BR.  

Donney will have his hot-off-the-press chapbook "New Definitions" ($10) for sale and there will be vinyl to flip through and purchase for all you music lovers.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Tonight #ArtistsforAlton

Please see the below information about a very important event that my friend Donney is helping coordinate tomorrow. It is taking place at the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. As we are attempting to return to some normalcy in the wake of the flood, I urge you all to remember that a large portion of our community are still dealing with the effects of Alton Sterling being slain by Baton Rouge law enforcement who have not to date been held accountable for their actions. This event is on behalf of the children he left behind. Please share this info with your network.
On Tuesday, July 5th the children of Alton Sterling lost their father by way of a world-publicized state sanctioned murder. Alton Sterling, known to residents of the Fairfields community as the CD Man, was out selling CDs to provide for his family. He is no longer here to be able to do so, therefore it is up to his community to truly be a village for the children he left behind.
To that end, the #Artists4Alton show is the first in a series of initiatives geared toward helping take care of the Sterling children. This event has been approved by Alton's primary guardian, his aunt Ms. Veda. ALL PROCEEDS from this event will be put into a Liberty Banks savings account per the request of his aunt.
This show consists of an all-star line up of some of the city's most celebrated artists in the genre of spoken word poetry, hip hop and inspirational music. Featuring the talents of
+ A special presentation by National Lawyers Guild Treasurer, ADA GOODLY and LSU Law Professor CHRIS TYSON
$10 COVER.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

new venue new poets same river (11.3.15)

After a little rest and the search for a new home, River Writers teams up with Elevator Projects to offer poetry readings in a beautiful art space downtown--(Facebook event page)

Six Unlikely authors from south Louisiana are joining with Larissa Shmailo of New York City, Wendy Taylor Carlisle of Eureka Springs, AR, and Michael Harold of Shreveport, LA for a three-event series of literature and sound decisions in the week leading up to Grand Coteau, LA's Festival of Words! In Baton Rouge, come hear from:

Xander Bilyk
Wendy Taylor Carlisle
Michael Harold

Alexandra Johnson
Dylan Krieger
and Larissa Shmailo - Poetry and Prose

Unlikely Saints is conduced with the support of Unlikely Books, Lyrically Inclined, and The Festival of Words Cultural Arts Collective

See you in the River!

Also, see the New Orleans event and our Lafayette event

Saturday, April 18, 2015

2 exceptional readings this week

river proudly promotes two exceptional reads occurring this week:

1) collaborative poetry duos tomorrow 4.19 @ the baton rouge gallery's sundays @ 4 (pm) series (fb event)

up from New Orleans, Chris and co-auther Brett Evans read from T. Rex Parade, a book about the tit'Rex mardi gras art parade ( Lavender Ink / Diálogos, 2015) 

and Christopher Shipman and Cellucci, his other co-author, will read Battleship verse from _A Ship on the Line (Unlikely Books, 2014)

2)  river writers in collaboration with ALSCW, LSU Comp. Lit & MFA Program present a reading by Noah Warren, Santiago Vizcaíno, and translator Alexis Levitin. see flier below for details and full bios below:

Alexis Levitin, SUNY Distinguished Professor, has translated over thirty books of Portuguese poetry and prose into English. His works include Clarice Lispector’s Soulstorm (short prose) and Eugénio de Andrade’s Forbidden Words (poetry), both published by New Directions. His most recent book is Salgado Maranhão’s Blood of the Sun (Milkweed Editions). He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Commission, the Witter Bynner Foundation, the Gulbenkian Foundation, and Columbia University’s Translation Center, which awarded him the Fernando Pessoa Prize. As a translator, he has benefitted from residencies at the Banff International Translation Centre in Canada, the European Translators Collegium in Germany, and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Study and Conference Center at Bellagio, Italy. He has given readings and lectures on translation at well over one hundred colleges and universities in the USA, as well as institutions in Brazil, Portugal, Ecuador, the Czech Republic and France.     

Santiago Vizcaíno has a degree in Communications and Literature from the Catholic Pontifical University of Ecuador. He has worked as an editor at the newspaper Hoy, at Superbrands Ecuador, and at the Office of Publications in Ecuador’s Benjamín Carrión Casa de la Cultura. At present, he is the editor of the magazine Nuestro Patrimonio, published by the Ministry for the Coordination of the Patrimony, and of various other publications, including those of the Organization of Historical Centers of Latin American and the Caribbean. His work has appeared in several magazines, including Letras del Ecuador, Rocinante, Retrovisor and Casa de las Américas. His first book of poetry, Destruction in the Afternoon, won the Premio Proyectos Literarios Nacionales award from the Ecuadorian Ministry of Culture in 2008. His second book, In the Twilight, won second prize in the Pichincha Poetry Prize competition in 2010. His work has appeared in Bitter Oleander, Chattahoochee Review, Connotation Press, Dirty Goat, Eleven/Eleven, eXchanges, Ezra, Lake Effect, Moon City Review, Osiris, Per Contra, Rowboat, Saranac Review, and Words Without Borders. The translations of all forty poems that comprise the text of Destruction in the Afternoon have been published in literary magazines in the United States. He was awarded a one-year fellowship to Malaga, Spain, in 2011. 

Noah Warren was born in Nova Scotia in 1989 and grew up in New England. He received his BA from Yale, which awarded him the valuable Fredrick M. Clapp Fellowship for 2011-12 on the strength of his poetry. After a stint teaching English at Phillips Academy Andover he moved to New Orleans in 2013. His first book, The Destroyer in the Glass, was chosen by Carl Phillips for the Yale Series of Younger Poets in 2015, and will be published by Yale University Press in April 2016. He is the recent recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, and will begin his tenure at Stanford in the fall. His poems appear in Poetry, The Southern Review, AGNI, Yale Review, and The Missouri Review, among other journals.