Wednesday, April 18, 2012

River Writers Presents: Lavender/Vodicka/Munsterman/RIVER

Well, you prayed to the river to bring three wonderful poets together like three tributaries flowing together to flood the river to your doorstep. Guess what. Yet again the river has answered your wild call with a wild night of amazing verse coming your way! Join us on Tuesday April 24th at 8pm for three poets hailing from two parts southern Louisiana, one part Arkansas, and 1000 parts unknown. Bill Lavender, Arkansas-grown poet, tamer of the winged beast of memory and man behind Lavender Ink in New Orleans, will be joined with Kim Vodicka, spinner of memorized souls she eats for a late breakfast 50, 000 nights a year, and Geoff Munsterman, a river-born poet from the smoky depths whose unemployment tasks him with the best job of all, bringing poetry to your door!
More about our wonderful poets:     

Bill Lavender's most recent book of poetry is Memory Wing, published in 2011 by Black Widow Press.  transfixion appeared in 2009 from Trembling Pillow and Garret County Presses. Poems have appeared in print in YAWP, Fell Swoop, and Prairie Schooner. Books also include I of the Storm (Trembling Pillow 2006), While Sleeping (Chax Press 2004), look the universe is dreaming (Potes and Poets 2002), and Guest Chain (Lavender Ink 1999). He has been a guest editor at Exquisite Corpse and Big Bridge, and has edited an anthology, Another South: Experimental Writing in the South, from University of Alabama Press (2003). His poetry and essays have appeared in numerous print magazines including Praire Schooner, Jubilat, New Orleans Review, Gulf Coast Review, Skanky Possum, YAWP, and Fell Swoop, and web publications including Exquisite Corpse, E•ratio , CanWeHaveOurBallBack, Moria, Big Bridge, and Nolafugees. He has published scholarship in Poetics Today and Contemporary Literature. More about Bill and his work can be found at and

Kim Vodicka grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana and received her B.A. in English from UL Lafayette in 2010. She is currently working on her M.F.A. in Poetry at LSU, where she is also a Graduate Teaching Assistant and Co-Coordinator of Delta Mouth Literary Festival 2012. Kim is an avid lover of music, hosts a psychedelic rock show, "Shangri-La-La Land," on KLSU, and is involved in musical-poetic projects. She believes that poems are songs and can recite most of her work from memory. Her artwork has been published in Tenderloin, and her poems have been published in ShampooEkleksographia, and Dig. Her first book, Aesthesia Balderdash, is forthcoming in June from Trembling Pillow Press.

Geoff Munsterman is a poet hailing from Plaquemines Parish. He's managed to trick websites like Steel Toe Review, story|south, and Poets for Living Waters into publishing his works. You can also find his work in old copies of YAWP, Margie, The Plaquemines Parish Literary Journal and The Georgia Review. As an editor, Geoff has worked for The Kenyon Review, The New Laurel Review, The Levee Review, and worked as poetry editor for Leaning House Press, which specialized in imaginary poets. Currently, he is the editor-in-chief of EntrepĂ´t, a monthly New Orleans periodical of cultural archeology and a lowly minion for Trembling Pillow Press. In other words, he's unemployed.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

river writers at houston indie book festival

After-fest reading with Word Around Town Series
Dean's Downtown.
312 Main St. April 14th: 7-10pm 

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

The Houston Indie Book Festival is hosted by NANO Fiction and Gulf Coast through a collaboration with The Menil Collection, and the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses at Menil Park (view map).
The 2012 festival will be on Saturday, April 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. The event  is completely free and open to the public and remains the only one of its kind in the Houston and Austin areas, featuring a variety of nationally-distributed literary journals and small-press books alongside local booksellers, book and magazine publishers, small presses, literary organizations, and writers.

Exhibiting Authors

Jason Poland, Austin Bedell, Victoria J. Hyla, Gabrielle Faust, Kerry Sparks, DJ Werx, KC Williams, Chris Sweet, Bob Doerr, Missy Jane, Lester Morris, Kathy Culver, Diana Oliver, Bill Megenhardt (lllustrator), Fara Walker, Ana Maria Rodriguez, & Ryan Dilbert.


Brown Book Shop, Kaboom Books, Domy Books, Light of Islam Bookstore, Good Books in the Woods, Becker’s Books, Brazos Bookstore, & Book Haven.


NANO Fiction, Gulf Coast, American Short Fiction, The Cupboard, Tifferet, Little Red Leaves Textile Series, Bat City Review, GIGANTIC SEQUINS, The Aletheia Literary & Arts Journal, CALLALOO, Film Monitor, Unstuck, Glass Mountain, OH NO Magazine, & NAP.


Slough Press, Blue Cubicle Press, Arte Publico Press, Haymarket Books, Bright Sky Press, Triscelle Publishing, Blessed Butterfly Productions, Kaleidoscope in Black Arts & Entertainment, Doodles Ave., Imagine Nation, Sociosights Press, CBAY Books, Dos Gatos Press, UHV Publishing Center, Javelina Books, The Minted Mouse, haha, Radical Books, Mutabilis Press, Host Publications, & The Underground Forest.

Other Organizations

CLMP, InPrint Houston, Zine Fest Houston, Texas Authors of Romance Fiction, WiVLA, Writers in the Schools, Writer’s Revisions, River Writers Reading Series, Houston Public Library, Poison Girl Bar / Poison Pen Reading Series, Literacy Advance of Houston, BOOTOWN, Reaching Out, Texas Authors and Poets, Write by Night, Houston Poets,  & FotoFest.