Thursday, December 16, 2010

river mates: Vowell & Whitesides will be premiering their new short film “SCANNED.”

Please join us in NOLA.


Join local directors Jason Vowell & Wylie Whitesides for night of independent short films Friday December 17th, 2010 at the Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

Vowell & Whitesides will be premiering their new short film “SCANNED.”(trailer here)


David Jensen (Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons, The Mist) and Clay Chamberlin (I Love You Phillip Morris) star in this airport security sci-fi drama from New Orleans directors Jason Vowell and Wylie Whitesides.

Computer Engineer Peter Norton (Chamberlin) is on a routine business trip to Cleveland when he is randomly selected by the TSA for a terrorist screening. Things soon begin to spiral out of control as he is interrogated by an inspector (Jensen) intent on proving he is a threat to homeland security,

This timely short film deals with the issues faced by all of us in todays world. How far will the government go to protect us from the threat of terrorism?

*Also screening:

“WHITE OTHER.” Starring Tom Felton (Harry Potter) and Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake). Directed by Dan Hartley.

“The Price of Flowers” Directed by local filmmaker Ashley Charbonnet. Starring Lance Nichols and Justin Scalise.

“THE SHED” Directed by Jason Vowell. Starring Chris Welcker and Jason Vowell.

“Cell Phone Psycho” Directed by David S. White. Starring Billy Slaughter and the Noisician Coalition. Winner of the 2010 New Orleans Film Festival. Official Selection of the 2010 Big Easy International Film Festival.

A special sneak peak at the New Orleans Documentary “Murder Through the Eyes of a Child.” Directed by John Richie.

New locally shot and produced music videos from Ben Labat and the Happy Devil, Lovey Dovies, and The Generationals.

Many of the directors and actors will be in attendance.

*These films will be followed by a TSA themed Burlesque act by members of the FLUER DE TEASE burlesque troop.

Monday, November 29, 2010


we cordially invite you to join the group that river'd it all:

Vincent A. Cellucci

Eric Elliott

Ben Lowenkron

Christopher Shipman

Sunday, November 7, 2010


outta oct.--enormous novemberivers

returning, the river requested :

alison barker

and 2 first rivers from local writers:

joey carbo


kim vodicka

Monday, October 25, 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010

highland river combo thursday (10.21)

Oct. 21 7pm at Highland Coffees (3350 Highland Road)
Highland Reading Series and River Writers Combo Reading
readings by:

Cara Blue Adams (Managing Editor of The Southern Review)
Mel Coyle (LSU MFA)
Ava Haymon (local poet published by LSU Press)

(volume on videos low; turn way up)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

augustus river

insisting the river exudes youth and vital in the midst of violence

highland reading series guest
readers and freestylists:

ben cockfield

robert frank

layth sihan

Friday, October 8, 2010

Red Stick Writers Tell 100 Stories

A few dozen Red Stick Writers read sudden fiction, narrative poems, brief memoirs, excerpts...and it all adds up to exactly 100 stories. Generously hosted by the Southern Review.

Friday, October 8 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Old President's House, LSU (at Highland and Raphael Semmes)

Monday, September 27, 2010

river is yours


benjamin haas
(finally a full river performance)

sam oliver
(a reading from baton rouge's most omnipresent literature supporter and aficionado)

angus woodward
(br writer whose collection is titled "down at the end of the river")

Monday, September 20, 2010

Two nights of Creole Arabesque & Transylvanian-Moldavian Fascination
Wednesday, September 22, 8:00 p.m.

featuring guest writers & poets Ruxandra Cesereanu, Lucian Dan Teodorovici, Bogdan Odagescu, Marius Conkan, Bill Lavender, R. Moose Jackson, James Nolan and DeWitt Brinson

EVENT PROLOGUE: Sheherezade, the medieval storyteller, told stories for 1001 nights in order to save her life from the cruel sultan Sharyar, who married a virgin every night and had her killed next morning. Only Sheherezade’s stories could stop him from his murderous insanity. The 1001 Nights Storytelling Festival and its participants are out to prove that the 21st century is the new Oral Century. They believe that New Orleans and Transylvania are the places where Sheherezade 2 is going to offer a new model for survival through storytelling. The events will center entirely on the human voice and imagination.

The Transylvanians will unveil sequels to the 1001 Nights in English translation, some of them interpreted by New Orleans actors, surprise musicians and dancers, while the New Orleanians will unveil accounts of unmerciful fabulosity.

Also featured in this festival — A meeting of Two-Continent Imaginations: Corin Braga, founder of The Center For Imagination Studies from Cluj, Transylvania, and Confessor Emeritus of Abomination and founder of The New Orleans School for the Imagination Dave Brinks joined by collaborateurs Andrei Codrescu and Bill Lavender.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

embarking on 3 yearivers

the river returns for another annual series in br
with two new riverers and one from the beginning
diving first on 9.14.10:

My Nguyen
Chris Tusa
Afton Wilky

lagniappe and preview readings from benjamin hass & ben cockfield:

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Friday, August 13, 2010

some old river press & new river news

forgot to post this spring

followed the river south for summer and back for fall--

stay tuned for up coming events; the river returns

Monday, June 21, 2010

ever river

special river tomorrow night
(briefly breaking for eddies of summer)

river immortalizes two of it's most inspired river dwellers
(as they follow the current may they be ever river):

Debangana Banerjee

Jordan Soyka

Monday, June 14, 2010

thoughtcrime readings (houston)

New Monthly Spoken Word Showcase In Midtown/Montrose
Houston, TX 06/17/2010

June 17th Performances by

Micheal Hoerman, a visiting scholar from southwest Missouri
John Gray, poignant poet, hilarious comedian
Ken Jones, creative writing teacher at AIH
Salvador Macias, an alarmingly talented poet in the shade of Denis Johnson
Noel Johnson, host at the Taft Street Coffee open mic

ThoughtCrime, a monthly poetry showcase and Q&A session with Houston’s top poets

Khon’s Bar
A relaxed, hip, Midtown/Montrose wine bar.
2808 Milam Street
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 523-7775

Thursday, June 17th, 2010 9pm – 11pm
Performances will start promptly at 9pm.
ThoughtCrime will proceed monthly on the third Thursday of every month.

The majority of poetry shows in Houston are either open mic oriented or are focused around an occasion or event. Houston needs a monthly performance where the best poets of our city are showcased in a manner that allows them to gain greater national exposure.

15 minute featured spoken word performances with host-lead question and answer sessions after each performance. Audience participation will be encouraged throughout. Some performances will be recorded and posted on the web. Also photo coverage is encouraged.

For additional information including performer bios or promotional materials, Contact:
Stephen Gros

Monday, June 7, 2010


river endures sweat
vigilant of hippopotamus

verbums from:

boz bowles

amanda mertz, flash

ryan monica

Monday, May 10, 2010

dramariver + mel & jenn

this river:

barbie survives
a nine minute play by susan kirby-smith

+ poems from

mel & jenn
coyle & nunes

Monday, April 26, 2010


in between international fest
and jazz fest
river's river:

Vincent A. Cellucci
Eric Elliott
Ben Lowenkron
Christopher Shipman

+ Hiram (special idaho/danish guest)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

literary la,

beaucoup readings and drama (the good kind) coming up in accord with all art (mfa exhibitions), music (festival international and jazz fest), spring and semester-end activities:

all city 2010 slam
grand slam finals 4.25 @ 4-9
1415 main street, br

4.21 @ 7:30, 4.25 @ 2:30
the double life of dr. dapertutto
adapted and directed by ruth laurion bowman
lsu blackbox -- 137 coates hall

4.22 @ 8
rodger kamenetz retires reading
mel coyle
jenn nunes
christopher shipman
+ music from polly pry
goldmine saloon-nola

4.23 @ 6:30
david kirby
ol' president's house

4.24 @ 11
alison barker
james claffey
susan kirby-smith
david newman
jordan soyka
rachel van sickle

4.24 @ 12
mfa alumni reading
for lsu day
jamey hatley
chris shipman
emilie staat
ronlyn domingue
vincent cellucci
claire dixon
kristin sanders
ben lowenkron
102 allen hall

4.27 @ 10
river writers
founders' river
vincent a. cellucci
eric elliott
ben lowenkrown
christopher shipman
boudreaux & thibodeaux

Sunday, April 11, 2010

river decadents

rivers overflowing after awp:

returnee Taylor Gorman
and genial Lucie Monk

plus river presents
the american decadents
and anti-decadents

Jordan Soyka
and DeWitt Brinson

Monday, March 29, 2010

fuck poems

annual vernal river:


open to all interpretations
celebrate spring
with a fuck poem or 2

fuck corpse

I learned an important analogy for my own sexual escapades:
love bugs stick together
whew they fuck, kill
them & they die together
in coitus
word, word. balls up
from behind from the front feed me your seed
we take from what we cannot need
tao of bite the bullet, roll the dice, bite the lip, fuck it…let it void
whoever wrote number two fucked up my poem
it was me. ididit. I fucked your poem. fucked it real good.
the police, the government, the prostitute, the child, the man the woman, yeah fuck you
a poem a stink a grating gorge a quality
in the kitchen?
on the island by the blender
fuck you and your emotions because you failed at fucking me the way I deserve to be fucked
forever fucked your distance spread that along
bones of the dinosaur that had sat mostly buried in my lover’s backyard
sprouting yellow flowers you pick to give
is there anything
other than fuck?

Monday, March 15, 2010

liffey river

hadn't had enough
after saturday

please join us for:

andrew b. plague passed provokes

james claffey and maureen foley
together for liffey

"Irresponsibility is part of the pleasure of all art;
it is the part the schools cannot recognize." Joyce

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


recovered from carnival with stories to tell
this river-fiction featuring:

Andrew Banecker
Al Dixon
John David Harding

*thanks to Debangana for providing background for flier

Thursday, February 11, 2010

1st digital broadside

river writers proudly presents our first digital broadside:

"Bone River Hymnal"
Ben Lowenkron

river call for submissions:

digital broadsides will be uploaded to our site,
printed and sold at river readings
& high quality file 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:

Friday, January 29, 2010

mass masked reading + parade to river

bring your masks
bring your poems

only one chaotic river
this month of carnival

wide mouth opens for puddles
and any extravagance greasy or tall

p.s. this month:
p.p.s. first taaka tranny translation series will be posted this month

elios ghost & felicia

Thursday, January 14, 2010

happy new river -- OUR SINGLETENNIAL

with all first time riverers

Alison Barker

Lindy Dentinger

Tyler Smith

one of his student's "Worst Poem Ever":

Sunday, January 3, 2010

LADY of barge show + upcoming river

Come out to Al and Kara's Sound House at 1150 Park on January 8th at 9pm to hear Baton Rouge's own Lady of the Barge open for Nighty Night, a folk indie rock band from Carbondale, IL touring the south!

river's met the sea and is down in the keys til mid january
19 the river returns with 2010 readings tba