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).