Monday, December 21, 2009


all dear,

other advent calendarivers included:

DeWitt Brinson

Carrie Causey

Eric Elliott

"downer party"

"Sop's Fibs"
Sam Oliver

"early december"
Jordan Soyka

"Remix & Christmas Island"


river sincerely apologies
for river's camera unexpectedly died
but merry River to all and to all a good River
's very optimistic about 2010
we'll be back JAN 19

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Advent Calenderiver

last river in preparation for the coming new year and holidays--

lady of the barge will play xmas covers starting @ 9:30
then hosting a successive river (24 poems & one corpse) @ 10
one seasonal poem/person [(sign up there; 1st come 1st serve) bring 2 jic]
will be recording and posting each poem daily on the blog as an advent calenderiver--

Monday, November 16, 2009

river merge

testing the waters with collab poems written by:

Colleen H. Fava
& Vincent Cellucci

as well as

Chris Shipman
& DeWitt Brinson

Count your rivers playing kiss chase
Trollop. The grass is high.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Ampersand Books Reading

*river burst*
in conjunction with egsa (thanks to susan kirby-smith & dave for hooking up venue)

note: reading's at chelsea's (small bar) at 9pm (11.10)

Ampersand Books' editor Jason Cook is in town
up from the New Orleans Book Fair and requested a river--

locals Penelope Dane, Ben Lowenkron, & Bobbi Parry joining him

Monday, November 2, 2009


huge month for river
three back to back readings--

this river:

boz, river returnee pathogen free
ben, back with the surreal
amanda, a new river to welcome
and j.t. , bold river regular

evening corpse:

weekend saw shippy drinking wind
big scissors can’t cut drunk roadrunner
he put his hand on my fruit and cried “help!”
the ants
in my car taste like plastic
better than rotten coffee glued to my favorite mug
science experiment in dirty dishes
no, seriously, what fuck are we supposed
to do with this shit?
for the love of what the fuck next
I stand with no memory
sicken chicken wing
show me a ninja switch around our knuckles
because knuckles buckle, I munch glass
wind bottles my signature blown out of my ass
times amount you bang your head against the wall
before you realize the wall exits for you
there is fog in the room. there is no room.
I meant foyer and I meant zoom and I meant rain
yesterday I forgot to turn off the raindrops. I want you to say so.
I’m siiiinggging in the spriinkkleerrr!
wwwater on my fingers
fishing in lemonade
in the trees, dripping like honey, your face on a coin
I fingered that coin till I memorized the amnesia
and quiet takes me out of the conversation
bow my head and contemplate
never thoughts drinking out of the lines

Friday, October 30, 2009

dia de los muertos

all dear,

tonight at red star is hunter's 4th annual day of the dead party
art music and even a surprise river-- (music starts at 10pm)
fun with mescal, tequila, and skeletons

p.s. river writers exploding this month with three straight readings...more after halloween weekend

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

triverck or trivereat tonight


tonight we have some trivercks ands some trivereats

back to back beautiful fiction readings from

boz bowles (boz rescheduled)
randolph thomas

and special apparition readings from

emily dickinson
dorothy parker

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Bringing together poets from Alabama, Houston, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Mobile.

Houston event is at Rudyard's British Pub (8pm). 5 dollar cover.

Baton Rouge event is Wednesday Oct. 7 at Teddy’s Juke Joint (8pm). 5 dollar cover. For a massive reading party and throw down with a live band, The Sharecroppers, and a kitchen stocked with catfish, hot wings, gumbo, and the infamous pork chop sandwiches.

Loyola University Readings and Goldmine Readings the next day (Oct. 8) in New Orleans. Loyola Reading will be in Mercy Hall at 2pm and Goldmine, Dave Brink's establishment starts at 8pm and consists of featured readers Bill Berkson and Simon Pettet with open mic to follow.

Mobile events are downtown at the ArtWalk (6pm) and Serda's coffee shop (9pm until).

Interested readers contact Vincent at

Monday, September 28, 2009

river now delivers

river romps with:

Maureen Foley, who received her MFA from Naropa, holla!!

Anna Hurst happy to have for her first river

Ben Pelhan, firstyear's chinese water torture in the river

Kristin Sanders, an essential rivergoer

Thursday, September 10, 2009

realva please

celebrating with the founders:

Vincent A. Cellucci
Eric Elliott
Ben Lowenkron
Rebecca Gammons
Chris Shipman

reminder about call for submissions: see august post

Monday, August 31, 2009


all dear,

introducing carrie

dr. cooper droppin

james with some fiction

and of course the lovely jenn

if u have
to ask
u'll never
know/ S O M E


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

call for submissions

all dear,

river writers is officially calling for submissions
for digital broadsides for the unveiling of it's
Taaka Tranny Translations Series.

what do we meant as digital broadsides?
take a moment to scroll down to the Exceptionalist Manifestos
or like our readers' posters, except with poems.

these digital broadsides will be uploaded to our site
& released to the author for personal posting & use.

Single poems will be published. Send a batch of your best.
No filibusters.

any kind of personal artwork or images that the poet
would like paired with the piece, send as attachments

send all materials as email attachments (doc and jpeg) to:

Monday, August 17, 2009

How the River was Won

we're officially starting at 10pm
not that we really started before
then previously. 3 of the river's fav poets
this week as we build up for k5--
a week before katrina anniversary
(the extra year is for those of us who were here)

Monday, August 3, 2009

River Back

river's back for hottest month of the year
with two lovely nola friendys and writers that happen to be in love

David Parker and Sunday Angleton

also we are celebrating the Release of Sentient Studios' Apogenesis with readings from:

Jason Breaux
Jonathan Simoneaux
Nik Mitchell
Benjamin Brown

for more info read here:

Thursday, June 18, 2009


last week may have been the best river yet;
RIVER WRITERS is on sabbatical til Aug

Monday, June 15, 2009

Everyone Gets the Last Words (until Aug)

all dear,

Carolyn's not going to make it up and while I was considering how we could bow variably out until aug it occurred to me that everyone gets the last words in the river--

bring a couple poems out, river them...
off to other rivers this july (i.e., Tiber, the Avon, Ax, Brue, Parrel, Yow, Cale, Chew, Tone, Frome, and Ivel)--

for those that enjoy being told what to do
and b/c of the recent unveiling of "The Tao de Towel"
the River's issuing a bawl for Fuck Poems--

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

fecund fiction fracas

river me this--
river me that--

this week we have a special fiction friendy and co-creator of the 1718 New Orleans Reading Series coming up to river with us:

K.J. Kelsch

fellow fictionaire: Boz Bowles returns for his second river

accompanying him for her second ring around the river is Brigitte McCray

and jumping in the river first is Taylor Gorman

Monday, May 25, 2009

what's your best line about the river?

hard one to beat:

"The Missippi
didn't kill
Li Po
so fuck it" Jordan Soyka

A river horse trampled
A river man

(my best line about the river before i knew about the river or lines)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

sum sum rivers

we have two returnees and two newbies...river your summer off right to:

Ben Cockfield
Layth Sihan
Susan Kirby-Smith
Jennifer Tamayo

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

obama's river

May 12, 2009, 6:00 am
Set the Dial for AM 1600
By Rachel L. Swarns

On tap at the White House on Tuesday night? A poetry jam — with smooth jazz, cool verses and spoken word. The literary and musical event in the East Room will include the actor James Earl Jones, the writers Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman (who are husband and wife), the jazz singer and bassist Esperanza Spalding and the pianist Eric Lewis. Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote and starred in “In the Heights,” the Broadway musical that won a Tony last year, will also perform. It is part of an effort by the Obamas to open up the White House and celebrate the country’s diverse art scenes. The event, which is scheduled to begin at 7:45 p.m., will be shown live at

Thursday, April 30, 2009

arriba readings

This week continue your Cinco de Mayo celebrations after Mexican din din to the readings of:

Colleen H. Fava
Ryan Monica
Jenn Nunes
Matt Strahan

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Exceptionalist Womanifesto

Exceptionalist Womanifesto
Vincent A. Cellucci

Exceptionalist Manifesto

Exceptionalist Manifesto
Vincent A. Cellucci

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

realva writers *4.21.09*not to be missed

reading cycle returns with the realva...(our original cast including Ben Low:Preacha, Easy, Shippy and the First Mate, and I'm sure Chin will make an appearance.)

i know i have some new additions to the group that have yet to read but i lost all your contact info--there is now an official mailing list so email me to get on it-- i'll hook you up with a river spot

if you wanna see what we are all about or
if you're looking for something Exceptional, River--

Monday, March 23, 2009

river mainline

we keep on bringing it
please introduce yourself to us
spread your words; ya heard?

lucky Randolph Reading; Claire's pulling out the poesy; Dread's already busted some mad shit from memory but he's officially on the bill; and Shelby's gonna make ya sick; she promised.

the river's the mainline to spring--
(damn these left justified posts)

Monday, March 16, 2009

pile up the corpses

in remembrance

—for a corpse

don’t forget

6 o’clock floor over May
corpus take us
to where we need
the promised exploding applause
fail the river without drowning

to where we need to
look into
bottoms of glasses and recognize
we are their fathers

farther away than the river
we weren’t afraid until hope
broke open on the concrete bank
and in the distance
only main street
and a new shopping center

tattooed utterances
spelled out our name’s pretty guts

when they put them back in they said
you should be more careful with those
try it now
we think now
we have had enough

we want out
always remember
do not savor
milestones mill steel river roll
ever sweltered knees
kneel to violent pussies
and opium breasted nurses
black will be your verses

or not do whatever you want

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

pile up the corpses

so in the interest of getting things started as far as posting some collaborations and bringing a little life to these posts--can't bear the word blog. here's a record of Exceptionalism's Flag Day.

this birth of our shitty flag

this brahman beats his wife
a bro-man beat this bitch
after all this andrei’s on this dash
this intersection
dangerous if you don’t look
look at this we fit in the fridge
never use this word: “network”
in a puddle
bob dylan or sting write
songs with their bare hands
never have made this fist
won’t kill them just beat them
with this rusty sword

at least this napkin’s gettin wet
one for drying one for wetting
us for those of this old
fifteen years ago smoke stacks
cooled baton rouge
summer’s almost here
this solution to global warming
is pollution or confusion
spies saluting
that’s a good fucking line
where my motherfuckers
when I need them smoking
on the fire escape

blinking lure snags this throat
ships in waters this bad juke box song
encourages all night wrongs
foot left brain
looks like an elephant head or horse balls
a time machine just leapt
up this nose grows
back to stone
pick my boogers, baby
or I’ll stab myself with this straw
where you are drawing our flag

not a caricature of some asian guy
who hugged my first mate
and played terrible songs

so tell central quit playing songs
and start fishing puddles
once this awhile

dirty birds fish worms
out of a sea this familiar
sailing on forfeited fares
pirating this mind
already entertained
taking them to this place
already conquered

I got this flu
don’t want to hear your ewww
shit this getting terrible now
better bring this river to my door
before I drown like vince
this always paying tolls
just get this ass across
quit telling this what to do
this isn’t this so quit yelling

Monday, March 9, 2009


with the age of fog.

our escorts: DeWitt Brinson, Mel Coyle, Kristen Sanders, and Layth Sihan.

take your ides early--

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


In celebration and reverence for LA carnival, we are only having one super reading this month.

In addition to these fine poets, Rich Cooper, WOMP innovator, will be reading. I apologize to Rich for not getting him on the poster; I think I may have been in parade mode when he accepted his River fate.



Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Second Coming

This will be our second coming. Come.

There will be a single poem, six slot open mix preceding the readings.

We are fortunate to have Dave Brinks, a New Orleans Poet headlining.

Our Grand Reading

This was the first reading to kick off the series. Kristen Foster Unfortunately could not make it and fellow river Christopher Shipman got down on this zebradangle instead. We celebrate love down by the river.