Monday, December 12, 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

adieupreview river

cold descends the river banks
dramatic monologue preview from zack godshall
and river bids regular susan kirby-smith adieu

Sunday, November 13, 2011


river finally swayed to get gibbs (ryan) :

plus visual currents from riverover ben cockfield

and another first time river from chris prudhomme!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

LA BOOKFEST, river PARTY AND literary PUB CRAWL (10.29)

1st Annual Crawl to the Ball
October 29, 2011

LA BOOKFEST Saturday, October 29 · 9 am - 5pm
701 North 4th St.
Baton Rouge, LA

10:00am - 11:00am
capitol view room LA state capitol
Katrina Poetry Reading featuring:
Vincent Cellucci, Kelly Harris, Laura Mullen, Alison Pelegrin, and Brad Richard

Literary Pub Crawl:

5pm Meet at the steps of the State Capitol building! Follow your guide to local food trucks and the first stop on the crawl.

5:15 Balcony Bar of Boudreaux and Thibodeaux (free)
Official, Unofficial After Party for LA Book Festival
Baton Rouge and Delta Journal throwdown reading
6pm Zack Godshall Lord Byron screening
7pm River Writers and LA Bookfest Guests throwdown reading 
(bring several poems if you wish to participate)

8pm Red Star ($5 in drag, $7 in normative dress)
Underpass Reading
Drag Ball at Red Star (benefiting New Delta Review)

Monday, October 17, 2011

riverober (10.18)

firstriver from Aimee Davis
plus riverregular John David Harding
guide us thru to LA Book Fest(10.29) and rest of ween and riverober!

bring a devil mask if you wanna read some poetry afterwards
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Monday, October 3, 2011


fantastic local riveregulars from:

jesus avila
joey carbo
and first official river from:
emily  nemens,
reading a bit from her book, scrub, which is very loosely based on the
Jewish New Year. (Mostly, it's about astronauts.)

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Monday, September 19, 2011


two poet riversmiths 
own the river
tomorrow evening
returning back to red stick:

tyler smith
accompanied by
dustin smith

Friday, September 2, 2011


post-tropical depression post-laboriver
featuring significant riverers:

taylor jacob pate
blake lee stephens

Monday, August 22, 2011

seniorivers: get in

senioriver's got a shiny new lunch box:

kim vodicka
afton wilky

+ intro river
...if this is your first river bring a 2-3 min piece and introduce your river

Friday, August 19, 2011

fuck poems invitation for submissions

fuck poems official facebook page

: an exceptional anthology

eds: Vincent A. Cellucci
Bill Lavender

publisher: Lavender Ink 2012 (

deadline for submissions: OCTOBER 1, 2011 **DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
dirty details: send up to six poems and brief bio in Word or .pdf format

dear irrepressible poets,

it’s 2011 and who gives a fuck about poems?
the poetry scene has long loosened limbs
violated virgins beat their breasts
but after all where has poetry gotten us
that tearing off our garments hasn’t?

our whole poetic tradition is inseminated
from promiscuous sappho and catallus
(coming: poetry’s severities)
to River Writers annual celebration of the vernal equinox
an exceptional anthology is born!

extending an umbilical invitation
for national fuck poem progeny

grope voluptuous venus
adonis in bondage!



stimulate the double entendre :
hatred of/or poesy ‘s self-hatred
we ain’t looking for anti-workshop wit
we wants to fuck: lewd and lascivious
historical translations of past fuckers
but as with fucking we are open to all
interpretations variants of your original penned positions
that pull our rags down to our ankles

if anyone gets to say fuck poems it’s us!

vincent a. cellucci

p.s., publication requires more than cringeworthy titillation and sexual description, but it also mandates them as well! 

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Monday, August 8, 2011

strip river

fantastic river tomorrow:
baton rouge's talented chris lott rivers for first time
past river regular up from nola
jenn nunes strip[s] river
with her new e-chap release from PANK!!

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Monday, July 11, 2011

river renders

only remedy for july heat: RIVER

Maria Brocato, student leader for BRCC's emerging creative writing scene!


Zayne Turner, who returns to the river rouge from UVA!!!

[+ open river]

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Monday, June 27, 2011


river performances include video poems from river goddess: sarah jackson soon-to-be shipman
and interactive floetry from beep beep, bad feet, & the bass bohemoth
(please bring poems to sacrifice to the stage for their improvisational material)


Bath Tub Concerto

Meat Performance



"when i was smarter i didn't have to do this"

" current events are just a shield"




full vid (part 1)

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

2nd digital riverside

river writers proudly presents our second digital riverside:

"The Graves We Dig"
Eric Elliott

full chapbook available from Ampersand Books

first digital riverside: Ben Lowenkron's "Bone River Hymnal"

Friday, June 10, 2011


river lettin the levees be seen again!
welcoming back to la mr. kopel!

full rivers from:

james blanchard

charles garrett

ben kopel






Monday, May 30, 2011

river crests

river's been busy this month
but thanks to morganza spillway
sacrifice of rural la residents
(sincere acknowledgement deserved: thank you)
and the opening of the bonnet carre
the river crested. br and nola rest easier--

but the river never rests even after it crests
summer surge begins with the convergence of:

The Liver Delivers, a one act play written especially for the river by regular
Susan Kirby-Smith


rivering in from Grand Coteau, LA
Patrice Melnick!

Patrice Melnick’s memoir, Turning Up the Volume (Xavier Press) was published in 2005 and she has a forthcoming collection of essays in Fall, 2011 (Catalyst Book Press.) Her essays and poems have appeared in a number of literary journals including Grain, The Xavier Review, Buffalo Bones and Prism International.

Patrice Melnick taught at Xavier University in New Orleans for 13 years where she founded one of the first creative writing programs at a Historically Black University. She teaches a Literary Nonfiction Workshop in the low-residency MFA program at the University of New Orleans.

Following Hurricane Katrina, Melnick opened up an international gift shop and started a literary reading and open mic series. In 2010 she established the nonprofit organization the Festival of Words Cultural Arts Collective Inc.

Melnick holds a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.





and special lagniappe reading from: james blanchard
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