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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Monday, May 9, 2011

dig call for submissions

Dear Poets,

Christopher Shipman here. I want to let you all know immediately that I have been asked to act as poetry editor for DIG Magazine of Baton Rouge. As the name implies, DIG is devoted to uncovering, or digging up all Baton Rouge has to offer. Poetry is something that Baton Rouge has to offer its citizens in plentiful delicious helpings. I want to extend a call for submissions (SEE BELOW) to all of you and any poets you may know in the Baton Rouge area who may be interested in seeing their work published in an eclectic quality magazine close to home.

The constantly growing poetry community of Baton Rouge is full of talent and inspiration. What better way to ensure this community reaches out to other important communities in the city than providing another exciting space for voices to be heard? DIG is a space for poets to do what poets do best- say a lot while saying very little. With that said, and considering the magazine's attention to the whole of Baton Rouge, DIG offers poets the challenge of submitting poems of only six to nine lines. Are you up to it? I look forward to finding out. DIG wants to publish a poem a week, so please see full guidelines below and start submitting!

Please submit up to 5 poems (of six to 9 lines) in a single word attachment directly to me at

In the subject line of your email include "Your Name - DIG SUBMISSION"

Be sure that you include a cover letter that includes a brief note about yourself and your contact information.

I look forward to looking through your poems. Please forward this information to anyone interested!

Best wishes,
Christopher Shipman

Monday, May 2, 2011

river for the ages

river for the ages tomorrow (5/3/11):

capt. rick blackwood reads from his novel

(two t's) eric elliott "the graves we dig" chap release

and first river from poet charles garrett

Monday, April 18, 2011


fantastic sprivering tomorrow evening:

phillip zimmerle leaves
and the lovely
miss lucie monk returns!

+ open river
bring a poem or two

Monday, April 4, 2011

river resistance : rich and dustin

welcome rivervirgin dustin smith

+ old and new industrial pastorals
marginalized voices, rhyming quatrains,
slam and fantasy from soon to be dr.
rich cooper

Monday, March 28, 2011

houston post fest river--

Houston Indie Book Festival and Interstate Poetry Showdown

Celebrate the fourth annual Houston Indie Book Festival along with Word Around Town and dozens of nationally-distributed literary journals, local booksellers, publishers, small presses, literary organizations, and authors at the Menil Park on Saturday, April 2nd from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Co-sponsored by NANO Fiction and Gulf Coast, the festival showcases the efforts of writers, artists, teachers, community members, and cultural groups working to make the arts and humanities a vibrant part of the Houston community.

After the Festival come experience the first ever Interstate Poetry Showdown brought to you by Word Around Town and the River Writers Group of Baton Rouge. The show will consist of 3 poets from Houston, TX and 3 from Baton Rouge, LA in a contest of poetic skill and endurance the likes of which have never been seen! Don’t miss the Interstate Poetry Showdown Saturday, April 2nd from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. at Avant Garden.

The featured poets are Benjamin Lowenkron, Eric Elliott, and Vincent Cellucci from Baton Rouge and Stephen Gros, Teresa Juarez, and Lupe Mendez from Houston. After the showcase will be an open mic so bring your poetry. Go to for more info!

river flows to houston indie book fest

The Fourth Annual Houston Indie Book Fest Celebrates Small Presses, Magazines, and Independent Bookstores in Houston

[Houston, TX]—Celebrate the fourth annual Houston Indie Book Festival along with dozens of
nationally-distributed literary journals, local booksellers, publishers, small presses, literary
organizations, and writers at the Menil Park on Saturday, April 2nd from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Co-sponsored by NANO Fiction and Gulf Coast, the festival showcases the efforts of writers, artists, teachers, community members, and cultural groups working to make the arts and humanities a vibrant part of the Houston community.

The festival will offer readings by local authors throughout the day, including: children’s book
author Gwendolyn Zepeda; fiction writers Sophie Rosenblum, Ann Weisgarber, Amelia Gray, and
Ryan Call; as well as poet Hayan Charara. The Houston Indie Book Fest and Inprint Readings will
take place every hour from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

This year’s festival is set to correspond with the Menil Collection’s Open House event. Alongside
the book fair, visitors can enjoy outdoor art exhibits, tours of the Menil campus, art demonstrations,
live music, food trucks, and much more!

Kirby Johnson, editor of NANO Fiction and co-organizer of the festival, says, “The Houston Indie
Book festival celebrates the creative and cultural value of writing in Houston. It’s refreshing to see
the smaller, independent organizations who are working hard to sustain their vital place in our
community. The festival is a great chance to show your appreciation and support for these
bookstores, publishers, organizations, and writers.”

This event is free, and everyone in the community is invited to participate in what has become
Houston’s largest and only event of its kind. Attached is a poster listing some of the vendors that
will be present, along with a sheet that details the mission and history of the festival.
Since 2008, the Houston Indie Book Festival has steadily expanded from a small gathering of local
bookstores and artists to a full-scale regional event. To date, more than fifty exhibitors from all over
Texas and the U.S. are scheduled to participate.

More information about the Houston Indie Book Festival is available online at

The Houston Indie Book Festival is supported by the Houston Arts Alliance, The Houston
Endowment, Inc., Inprint, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Texas Commission on the
Arts, and the University of Houston’s Department of English.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

fuck poems: rw vernal equinox annual event

big weekend but everyone's got time to write a fp!
in fact live 2 write 2 and bring 'em out on tues--

open river for our annual vernal event
(interpret at will but 2 predominant interpretations:
poems about fucking, or poems about fucking hating poems)

Monday, February 21, 2011

noir river

river noir presents three fresh water riverers
all local talents:

steven babcock reading from his "poem noir"

ed tyler, a local prof from brcc reads and is rumored to play guitar

phillip zimmerle, percussive fiction first


Kim Vodicka at the Goldmine Saloon (nola)
2.24.11 8pm