Thursday, December 19, 2013

come back river, chapbook publication

two river writers, debangana banerjee and vincent a. cellucci,
have a chapbook, come back river, forthcoming from finishing line press. 

for more info, please read the press release.

this chapbook is probably one of the riverest results of river writers.

please pre-order, as your river will determine the print run.

the release and shipping date is march 7th.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

raise river madhat

river gets raised for two lafayette poets and an international traveling poet, and we are merging with delta journal's highland reading series to add local poets: karah mitchell, samantha bares, and seth leblanc

Born in Hong Kong during the height of the Cultural Revolution, Marc Vincenz has spent most of his life on the road. He has lived in England, Switzerland, Spain, Hong Kong, China, the United States, and has traveled far and wide to such remote locations such as central Siberia, the Amazon Rainforest, Tibet, India’s Thar Desert, and China’s Kun Lun Mountains. After many years of business and travel in the Far East, he finally settled in Shanghai in the 90s.

His work has appeared in many journals both online and in print, including Washington Square  Review, Fourteen Hills, The Canary, The Bitter Oleander, Superstition Review, Crab Creek Review, The Battersea Review, St. Petersburg Review, Tears in the Fence, Pirene’s Fountain, Exquisite  Corpse, The Potomac, Poetry Salzburg Review, Spillway, Stirring, MiPOesias and Guernica. His work has been translated into German, Russian and Romanian. He has been awarded several grants from the Swiss Arts Council for his translations. 

His recent books include The Propaganda Factory, or Speaking of Trees (2011); Gods of a Ransacked Century (Unlikely Books, 2013), Mao's Mole (Neopoiesis Press, 2013) and forthcoming, Beautiful Rush (Unlikely Books, 2014) and a meta-novel, Behind the Wall at the Sugar Works (Spuyten Duyvil, 2014). A new English- German bi-lingual collection, Additional Breathing Exercises is forthcoming from Wolfbach Verlag, Zurich (2014). He is also completing a spoken-word album to be released by Neuroshell Records, New York. He is Publisher and Executive Editor of MadHat (Mad Hatters’ Review) and MadHat Press and Coeditor-in-Chief of Fulcrum: an annual of poetry and aesthetics.

3:AM Interview

In 1998, Jonathan Penton founded the literary electronic magazine Unlikely Stories. Since then, has grown into a contemporary multimedia journal of sociopolitical and cultural essays, reviews, interviews, criticism, poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction, movies, visual art, music, cross-media work, and first-hand tales of political and cultural activism, now known as Unlikely Stories: Episode IV. It has spawned a print and e-book subsidiary, Unlikely Books, which has published, among other things, the 418-page anthology, Unlikely Stories of the Third Kind. Jonathan has participated in, organized, and promoted literary and arts events throughout north America, in places like New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Denver, Atlanta, New Orleans, El Paso and Juarez, Mexico. His own poetry chapbooks are Last Chap (Vergin’ Books, 2004), Painting Rust and Blood and Salsa (bound together by Unlikely Books, 2006) and Prosthetic Gods (Winged City Chapbooks, 2008). He has worked as an editor and webmaster for a number of arts organizations.

Jonathan currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of Unlikely Stories: Episode IV and Unlikely Books, Managing Editor for both Fulcrum and MadHat Press, and a co-ordinator for Acadiana Wordlab, a weekly literary drafting workshop in Lafayette, Louisiana. He is starting a new imprint of translation, Coeur Publishing.

Clare L. Martin’s debut collection of poetry, Eating the Heart First, was published fall 2012 by Press 53 as a Tom Lombardo Selection. Her poetry has appeared in Avatar Review, Blue Fifth Review, Melusine, Poets and Artists and Louisiana Literature, among others. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Dzanc Books’ Best of the Web, for Best New Poets and Sundress Publication’s Best of the Net. Her poems have been included in the anthologies The Red Room: Writings from Press 1, Best of Farmhouse Magazine Vol. 1, Beyond Katrina, and the 2011 Press 53 Spotlight.

Clare is the Poetry Editor for MadHat Annual and the Editor of the MadHat blog, MadHat Lit. She founded and directs the Voices Seasonal Reading Series in Lafayette, Louisiana which features new and established writers, and now serves as coordinator for Acadiana Wordlab, a weekly literary drafting workshop in Lafayette. She is a lifelong resident of Louisiana, a graduate of University of Louisiana at Lafayette, a member of the Festival of Words Cultural Arts Collective and a Teaching Artist through the Acadiana Center for the Arts.

Monday, September 16, 2013

highland reading this thursday (9.19) @ 7pm

I'll be reading at Highland Coffee's on the 19th at 7pm. This will be the second reading of the delta literary journal's Fall 2013 Highland Reading Series.  The readers include Emily Provosty, Kat de Vay, and Vincent Cellucci.

delta is a literary journal associated with LSU's English department, though they are left to fend for themselves in terms of funding, readers, etc. delta publishes a new volume of undergrad writing every year, but they're probably most recognized as the coordinators of the Highland Series.

Monday, September 9, 2013

nola adult poetry workshop

my alma mater has me teaching a poetry workshop in nola autumn!!
nola please sign up or holla to friends about courses if you know someone that may be interested in pre-funking friday nights with some word sorcery uptown (details below)

deceptions in eight weeks covering: ego, mana, incantations, evocation, animism and hexes, invisibility, "i"llusion, and ceremony.

it will be haunting--


Loyola Writing Institute

The Loyola Writing Institute is pleased to offer fall writing courses for the community!

Writing Well-Crafted Fiction
Taught by Stephen Rea • Tuesdays from 7 – 9 p.m. • Starts Sept. 17 for eight weeks
Whether your goal is to perfect your short stories or get your literary novel onto bookstore shelves, or you simply enjoy writing for yourself and want to master the basics, this course will improve your fiction writing.

The Soul of Wit: Flash Fiction Writing
Taught by Tom Andes • Wednesdays from 7 – 9 p.m. • Starts Sept. 18 for eight weeks
This class will examine the short, short stories of celebrated writers and will help students write fiction pieces under 2,000 words through workshops and tutorials.

Writing the Essay as Story: Creative Nonfiction
Taught by Peyton Burgess • Thursdays from 7 – 9 p.m. • Starts Sept. 19 for eight weeks
Students will workshop one creative essay that utilizes research and a strong personal voice in order to not only entertain the reader, but also to make the reader feel smarter.

Your Magic Words: Crafting Poetry
Taught by Vince Cellucci • Fridays from 6 – 8 p.m. • Starts Sept. 20 for eight weeks
This workshop will help students understand the language of poetic magic and the crafting of poetry. Classes will focus on reading and analysing poems, and writing and work-shopping students' poems.

Where: Loyola campus, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday Bobet Hall, Rm 341. Thursday, Marquette Hall, Rm 406.
Cost: $250.00  

Open to: Adults (21+) and is not for Loyola credit. Participants must not be currently enrolled as full-time students.
Sign up: Send your check to Walker Percy Center, 6363 St. Charles Avenue, Box 157, New Orleans, LA 70118. Please include your email address or phone number and indicate which course you are signing up for.
For further information: e-mail or call 504-931-9902.


Teacher biographies

Tom Andes was born and raised in New Hampshire, and has lived on both coasts and in New Orleans. His work has appeared in numerous periodicals and in the Best American Mystery Stories series, and he has taught writing privately and at San Francisco State University and the ADVANCE Program for Young Scholars in Natchitoches, LA.

Patricia Brady came to New Orleans in 1961 and never went away. A former director of publications at the Historic New Orleans Collection, she has published several biographies, including those of Martha Washington and Julien Hudson.

Peyton Burgess was born in Richmond, Virginia and received an MFA in fiction from New York University, where he taught undergraduate creative writing and worked as fiction editor for Washington Square Review. He is currently the fiction editor for New Orleans Review and his writing has appeared in Salon, Exquisite Corpse, The Faster Times, La Fovea, and Otis Nebula.

Vincent A. Cellucci wrote An Easy Place / To Die (City Lit, 2012). He also edited and contributed to both The Katrina Decameron (audiobook available through iTunes) and Fuck Poems an exceptional anthology (Lavender Ink, 2013). He teaches communication in the LSU College of Art + Design.

AnnGisleson has been published in The Mississippi Review, the New Orleans Review,ConstanceMuse MediaGambit Weekly and the Great American Poetry Show Anthology. She has participated in residencies at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and the New York Institute for Writers and has also received a Louisiana Division of the Arts grant and a Surdna Arts Teacher's Fellowship.

Stephen Rea is originally from Northern Ireland but has lived in New Orleans since 2004. A former national newspaper journalist in the UK, he is the author of the book Finn McCool's Football Club, a tale set against Hurricane Katrina centered around the Irish pub in Mid-City.

three of my favs @ underpass tomorrow

Fiction and Poetry by Min Kang, Dylan Krieger and Emily Nemens!

Chelsea's at 8! (Facebook event)

Min Kang is a failed chemistry major. She is a third-year poet at LSU. Her writing has been featured in Asia Literary Review, Santa Clara Review, and LSU's own New Delta Review. She co-coordinated the 5th Annual Delta Mouth Literary Festival with Jackie Kari and invited writers from the contiguous United States and Canada to read and perform in Baton Rouge.

Dylan Krieger frets and fucks in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she is currently earning her MFA in poetry and co-coordinating the Delta Mouth Literary Festival at Louisiana State University. Her heart and warm jackets, however, still reside in the Catholic stronghold of South Bend, Indiana, where she was born, baptized thrice, and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 2012. As a Latin minor, she can attest she was indeed the highest there.

Emily Nemens is a third year fiction MFA and the newly appointed prose editor at The Southern Review, which means she'll probably be a third year for a while. Her fiction is in the current issue of The Gettysburg Review and on esquire dot com, and her political watercolors, including a new series, "Let's talk about sext," are on view at women of the 112th dot tumblr dot com.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

author sarah car_july_14_br gallery sundays @ 4

Please join the Baton Rouge Gallery for a presentation and booksigning with reporter Sarah Carr featuring her new book, HOPE AGAINST HOPE, a moving portrait of school reform in New Orleans told through the eyes of a family, a teacher and a principal.
"It's work like this that makes journalism truly matter, that makes clear that reportage is not merely about fact and argument and theory, but about human lives in the balance. In Hope Against Hope, Sarah Carr has taken an open mind and a careful eye to the delicate, complicated issue of public education and the fading American commitment to equality of opportunity. She does so not by embracing ideological cant or political banter, but by following people through the schools of New Orleans, a city that is trying desperately to reconstitute and better itself after a near-death experience. Don't embarrass yourself by speaking further on American education without first reading this."—David Simon, creator ofThe Wire and Treme
“Of the many dreams and schemes for upgrading New Orleans after Katrina, the controversial, convulsive overhaul of the city’s public schools is the one that really happened. Sarah Carr offers readers a ringside seat on an attempted revolution. No one who cares about public education in America can afford to ignore this balanced and vivid account.”—Jed Horne, author of Breach of Faith: Hurricane Katrina and the Near Death of a Great American City 
In September 2005, just days after Katrina, the New Orleans school board placed its thousands of employees on unpaid leave. Three months later it effectively voted to fire them. And in November, the state legislature removed most of the city’s public schools from the control of the locally elected board and placed them in the Recovery School District, with key officials intending to turn them over to charter operators. They had plenty of evidence to support their case: the failure of nearly two thirds of the schools to meet the state’s minimum criteria for academic performance; the school district’s impending financial ruin; nearly $70 million in federal money not accounted for properly; the FBI investigators who moved into the school system offices to probe financial irregularities, crumbling facilities where hallways smelled of urine; the near complete abandonment of the public schools by the city’s middle and upper classes and the shocking disinvestment of those with power and money that ensued; the frustration and anger of many of those left behind; and the undervalued children who, taking stock of it all, not infrequently gave up.

Some call the education overhaul a clean slate and fresh start for one of the country’s worst school systems. Others describe it as disaster capitalism at its most flagrant and destructive. But regardless, the reinvention of New Orleans schools after Katrina became the nation’s most comprehensive test case for a school reform agenda favored by a diverse coalition including President Obama, hedge fund billionaires, and young idealists.

In HOPE AGAINST HOPE: Three Schools, One City, and the Struggle to Educate America’s Children, education reporter Sarah Carr tells the story of this reinvention through the varying perspectives and experiences of the people living it.

Over the course of a year, Carr immersed herself in the lives of veteran principal Mary Laurie, new teacher Aidan Kelly, and fourteen-year-old Geraldlynn Stewart and her family. She observed hundreds of classes, visited colleges with students, sat in on professional retreats and staff meetings, and shadowed her subjects late into the night.

The debate over urban education in America, crystallized in New Orleans, speaks to broad, deeply rooted tensions in our country over what the civil rights movement should look like in the 21st century, and who should lead it. It speaks to fundamental disagreements over how the push for racial equality should proceed, at a time when the end goal remains as elusive as ever. And it speaks to a nationwide loss of trust — in our public institutions, each other and ourselves. At its heart, HOPE AGAINST HOPE is the story of our community’s painful struggle — in the wake of one of the most tragic disasters in our history — to rebuild that trust.

Sarah Carr has written about education for the last twelve years, reporting on the growth in online learning in higher education, the battle over vouchers and charter schools in urban districts, and the struggle to educate China’s massive population of migrant children. Her work has been honored with numerous national awards and fellowships, most recently a Spencer Education Journalist Fellowship at Columbia University. She lives in New Orleans, where she covered schools for the Times-Picayune. Hope Against Hope is her first book.

Monday, June 10, 2013

tonelli digital broadside

in order to commemorate his bday poetry trip to nola
(and in collaboration with his son Miles' painting)
river writers releases its fifth digital broadside:
Chris Tonelli "Three Masks One River" from The Trees Around

($10/print + s/h) email for submissions or orders
designed by vincent a. cellucci

first digital broadside: Ben Lowenkron "Bone River Hymnal"
second digital broadside: Eric Elliott "The Graves We Dig"
third digital broadside: Christopher Shipman "Three Rivers"
fourth digital broadside: Christopher Shipman "Three Tragic Death Scenes"

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

chris tonelli visits nola

Poet Chris Tonelli reads twice this week in NOLA.  Please come out and support this traveling talent. This Gemini promises Gravitron poems and new work--

6/6/13         8PM
1501 St. Roch Ave

a poetry reading at the open art salon at 1501 St. Roch Ave. featuring Brad Richard, Chris Tonelli (bio below) and Megan Burns followed by an open mic. 

6/8/13         7PM


Cold Cuts reading series
Tonelli reading with performer Erin Miley and fellow poet Vincent A. Cellucci

Chris Tonelli is one of the founding editors of Birds, LLC, an independent poetry press. He also founded and curates the So and So Series and edits the So and So Magazine. He is the author of four chapbooks, most recently No Theater (Brave Men Press) and For People Who Like Gravity and Other People (Rope-A-Dope Press), and his first full-length collection is The Trees Around (Birds, LLC). New work can be found in or is forthcoming from jubilat, Fou, La Fovea, and Leveler. He works at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their two kids, Miles and Vera.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

river weezy poem by megan burns--

a great poem written by river friend megan burns
(she's writing a weezy poem daily for national  poetry month)
after the "last" river

riverupdates to blog coming soon. . .

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

river run to houston indie bookfest

just when you thought the river was dead; it jumps to Houston!

post bookfest reading (the Third Annual Interstate Poetry Showdown) between TX (Word Around Town) and LA poets and feat. Fuck Poems contributors from both states
@ Dean's 6::30 pm - 9pm


The Sixth Annual Houston Indie Book Fest Celebrates Small Presses, Magazines,
and Independent Bookstores in Houston, Austin, and beyond

[Houston, TX] – Celebrate the sixth annual Houston Indie Book Festival along with
dozens of locally- and nationally-distributed literary journals, local booksellers,
publishers, small presses, literary organizations, and writers at Menil Park on
Saturday, April 20th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Founded through collaboration between NANO Fiction and Gulf Coast in 2008, this
year’s festival is sponsored by Gulf Coast and The Menil Community Arts Festival.
The event functions as a spotlight on the writers, artists, journals, presses,
independent bookstores, and organizations that are committed to preserving and
promoting the arts and humanities within Houston, Austin, Louisiana, and the
entire Gulf Coast region.

The festival is free and open to the public, and is scheduled to correspond with the
Menil Community Arts Festival, allowing visitors to enjoy a wide variety of panels,
workshops, outdoor art exhibits, tours of the Menil, live music, food trucks, and
more. In addition, Inprint and Gulf Coast will host a reading every hour from 1 p.m.
to 4 p.m., featuring University of Houston students Sophie Klahr, Adam Peterson,
and Austin Tremblay; nationally-recognized Houston writer and graphic novelist
Mat Johnson; Austin-based poets Derrick Brown and Jason Bayani; and a special
performance by BooTown Theater.

Since its inception, the festival has grown from a small gathering of local
bookstores and journals to a full-scale regional event. In 2012, over seventy
vendors from all over the Gulf Coast area exhibited to over 2,500 people
throughout the course of the day.

More information about the Houston Indie Book Festival may be found

The Houston Indie Book Festival is supported by New Leaf Real Estate, the Sicardi
Gallery, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and Texas Tea.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013


ongoing reading series across la to attend (note others in lynx):
_work-in-progress_will update
during this bout of  onchocerciasis,
the river refers you to:

baton rouge 

highland reading series

highland coffees
thursday 7pm

readers & writers
contact: brannon costello

soul'd out sundays
gallery bohemia 
sunday 7pm
contact: donney rose

the underpass
chelsea's cafe
contacts: emily nemens and julie carey

grand coteau

casa azul gifts
thursday 7pm
contact: patrice melnick

new orleans

bayou readings
contacts: uno

cold cuts
contacts: jenn nunes and mel coyle

the diane tapes
maple street books
contacts: ben kopel and anne marie rooney

maple leaf poetry series
maple leaf bar
sundays 3pm

the poetry brothel
contact: jordan soyka

poetry buffet
milton h. latter public library
contact: gina ferrara

17 poets!
gold mine saloon
contacts: dave brinks and megan burns

1718 and walker percy readings
columns hotel


gaines center reading series
contact: marthe reed

hothouse (laf-br)

I also recently found this great blog about NOLA literary events and releases: Press Street

dam(n) that river

dam that river
au revoir river:
this tuesday (4.9.13) we damming the river
with a monster la book release: burns and evans

river writers wasn't ever a regular reading series

and it will continue to never be--
this dam(n) diverts the river into other la distributaries

when the river swelled, it was needed; now 

la has an almost daily storm of strong reading series     

the river temporarily reverses her flow

searching for a more direct route to the gulf



*I want to express extreme gratitude for all riverers, riverttendees,

and stewards, especially john david harding and christopher shipman;
boudreaux & thibodeaux's bartenders, brennan bayham, and ms. karen thank you too
there is more fun to be had but we've had more than our river share--

Featuring Poet Brett Evans reading and signing his new collection from Trembling Pillow Press: I Love This American Life as well as Megan Burns reading and signing her new collection from Lavender Ink: Sound and Basin. Also River Writers series instigator Vincent Cellucci will read and wax nostalgic about the life of the River Writers Series. 

Brett Evans’ work has been featured in the anthologies The Gertrude Stein Awards in Innovative American Poetry, Another South: Experimental Writing in the South, and Poets for Living Waters. Other books of the author include Slosh Models, Ready-to-Eat Individual (with Frank Sherlock), and AfterSchool Session, as well as the chapbooks Ways to Use Lance and Pisa Can. He is a founding member of the carnival microkrewe ‘tit-R∂x, New Orleans’ only shoebox parade, for which his “schwa solution” extracted the krewe from legal wrangles with Rex, the king of carnival. He lives on the lee of the Bayou St. John levee in New Orleans, LA.

Megan Burns is the publisher at
Trembling Pillow Press and edits the poetry magazine, Solid Quarter. She has two books Memorial + Sight Lines (2008) and Sound and Basin (2013) published by Lavender Ink. She has two recent chapbooks: irrational knowledge (Fell Swoop press, 2012) and a city/ bottle boned (Dancing Girl Press, 2012). Her chapbook Dollbaby is forthcoming from Horseless Press. She lives in New Orleans where she and poet Dave Brinks, run the weekly 17 Poets! Literary and Performance Series. ( 

Vincent A. Cellucci wrote An Easy Place / To Die (CityLit, Baltimore) and he is the founder of River Writers, a downtown Baton Rouge reading series. He recently edited Fuck Poems an exceptional anthology published by Lavender Ink (2013). 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Ear to the Wall: Causey / Gorman / Grammer 3.26.13

Join us to celebrate the work of three local poets & the release of Carrie Causey's chapbook Ear to the Wall, released by Ampersand Books.

Carrie Causey is the author of the chapbook, Ear to the Wall, newly released from Ampersand Books. She has appeared in Plume, Ploughshares, and Sycamore Review and was named First Runner-Up for the 2011 Wabash Prize for Poetry. She is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she teaches Literature, Composition, and Humanities at Baton Rouge Community College. Currently, she is working on a full-length collection.

Taylor Gorman is an alumnus of LSU’s Creative Writing program and now works for the Baton Rouge library as a troubadour, where he drives to daycares and plays guitar for children and reads them books. He is an also award winning brewer of beer. However, he is most famously known for having written the original lyrics to John Cage’s 4’33, was Time Magazine’s Person of the Year in 2006, is Manti Teo’s current girlfriend, and from 1998 to 2013 was Banksy. Currently he just got accepted into the MFA program at Wichita., which is pretty exciting. Minus maybe "living in Wichita" think but he'll get over it.

Dan Grammer writes fiction about rootlessness, restlessness, and the squaring of personal debts. His poetry deals with language as a translation - an agent of constant miscommunication. Published locally in Dig Magazine, smoking glue gun, and delta, his work is forthcoming in if&when and Plain China.

This event is FREE and open to public. The reading begins at 8 PM at Boudreaux & Thibodeaux's bar, 214 3rd St. in Baton Rouge, LA.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Medina/Harris/Avila River 03.12.13

 Special time: 7 PM
Poet Tony Medina has been hailed as “one of the top ten writers to watch in the new millennium,” and his dynamic energy on-and-off the page has garnered him internat
ional attention. New Orleans-based poet Kelly Harris and LSU MFA candidate, Jesus “Chuy” Avila. This event is free and open to the public.

Tony Medina is the award-winning author and editor of over seventeen books for adults and young readers, including I and I, Bob Marley and My Old Man Was Always on the Lam. His poetry, fiction and essays are featured in over forty anthologies. Professor of Creative Writing at Howard University, he is a two-time winner of the Paterson Prize. Medina’s latest books include Broke on Ice, An Onion of Wars and The President Looks Like Me.

Kelly Harris earned an MFA from Lesley University. She is a fellow of Cave Canem, the Fine Arts Work Center and is a winner of Cleveland’s Wendy L. Moore Emerging Artists Award. Her poems have appeared in: Say It Loud: Poems for James Brown, Caduceus, PMS, The Southern Women's Review, PLUCK and DrumVoices Revue. Kelly created Poems & Pink Ribbons, a breast-cancer-themed poetry workshop and is completing her poetry manuscript, Revival.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

fuck poems wet brunch reading @ awp 2013, boston

March 9th

Lir  11:30am – 2:30pm EST
903 Boylston St, Boston, Massachusetts 02115   QR code on pg. 3.
*Top Floor*
Please share this event with friends for fellowship.

No cover: there’s an international soccer match downstairs they are charging one for so tell bouncer you with reading upstairs.
cash bar and food available
listed on the site and everyTHANG

facebook event details

Thursday, February 14, 2013

FUCK poems and John Sinclair at 17 Poets! Reading Series in New Orleans

Dear Hepcats,

An indomitable feast of WORD & Song awaits your dear company! Thursday, February 14 @ 7:30 p.m. will be 17 Poets! Literary & Performance Series' inaugural show for the 2013 season at Gold Mine Saloon, celebrating 10 years (2003-2013) of experimental, hardcore reverie & l'amour fou via Poetry, Music, Theater and Art in New Orleans! Anniversary for 17 Poets! Literary & Performance Series' New Orleans cultural arts. Party & performance is free admission. I extend my chest-deep gratitude to everyone in honor of ten years of fierce poetic spirit and amazing support!

Peace, Strength & Truth thru Poetry, Always
Dave Brinks

when: Thursday, February 14, 2013 @ 7:30 p.m.
where: Gold Mine Saloon, 701 Dauphine Street, French Quarter
contact: New Orleans, 504.586.0745,

Please join us February 14th, for the return of 17 Poets! celebrating 10 years of hosting poetry in the French Quarter. Our spring 2013 season begins with an anthology reading from Lavender Ink's new collection, FUCK poems, edited by Vincent Cellucci. Also, John Sinclair will perform his annual post-Mardi Gras show. As always, the open mic awaits and is our main attraction. So join us and read with us, Gold Mine Saloon, 701 Dauphine St.

Fuck Poems informs the carnal and vulgate with the poetic and creative agency they were born from, insisting that the art is as vital as procreation. In the tradition of Sappho and Catullus, Henry Miller and Anais Nin, yet relentlessly contemporary, this collection will titillate and infuriate, arouse and denounce, appropriating the inappropriate until the normal dissipates. Edited by Vincent Cellucci, readings by Megan Burns, Mel Coyle, Jenn Marie Nunes, Christopher Shipman, and Jordan Soyka. 

Plus special guest: poet, dancer, songwriter & vocalist KATARINA BOUDREAUX.

John Sinclair performs his annual post-Mardi Gras show at 17 Poets! His latest collection Song of Praise Homage to John Coltrane is out from Trembling Pillow Press. Visit his blog: to follow his busy schedule.