Last month I read a poem at Quiet Lightning. They are a pretty awesome literary organization that puts on tremendous shows. The best part is, if you win their submissions contest, not only do you get to read at their shows, you get published in their books of prose and poetry. The show was packed, and for some weird reason I was super nervous that night, I have no idea why. Here is a video of me reading my poem Keep Water in Jars.
Alright my lovelies, two weeks ago Amanda Palmer wrote a poem for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, titled A Poem For Dzhokhar, then published it on her blog, you can read it here
The internet freaked out, as it does, and said, wow, not only is that way “too soon” but it is a terrible poem. Then she was like, No its not, its a great poem, I’m Amanda Palmer! Then some actual poets spoke up and said actually its “a really really bad poem.” So the incredible Daphne Gottlied(actual poet) decided to bring some of us together and had each take a line from said terrible poem, to write a poem of our own, reacting to either Miss Palmer, the poem, the Boston Tragedy, or what happens when celebrities try to push themselves into a national tragedy.
SO WE DID IT!, 23 poems by 23 real poets all in one book titled POEMS FOR AMANDA
HERE’S HOW YOU GET A COPY:
Donate some money to the people who were harmed by the tragedy that happened when the fertilizer plant exploded in Texas, shoot me an e-mail with your proof of donation to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you a PDF of the book! (we poets like to save trees) This is a great collection!! I love the pieces, and you get to read my poem! AAAAAaaaand If you’re wondering why a poetry book based on the Boston/Amanda Palmer tragedy is looking for donations for Texas? That’s easy–Boston is rolling in donations and the people who were harmed by the fertilizer plant that exploded on April 18 still need help. So donate today here
and get your copy of Poems for Amanda!
Which includes poetry by
GEOFF KAGAN TRENCHARD
SEAN PATRICK MULROY
ERIN NICHOLE HANDY
BRIAN S. ELLIS
STEVEN SCHWARTZ and JACKIE SIMMONS
My poem is titled Amanda and Dzhokhar or Bunny World From Drowning. Cupcakes. and I can’t wait for you guys to read it.
Peace and Pancakes.
The My First Love Poetry Festival and Open Mic was I gotta say went incredibly well! When James J. Siegel from GuyWriters and I got together to talk about projects we wanted to work on, we never knew that so many people would show up, that so many people were going to enjoy it, and that we’d be able to put together such an incredible line up of writers with almost absolutely no budget. We did three shows, one at Books Inc, I did not know so many people could fit into that little bookstore. The second one at the Gay and Lesbian Center at the San Francisco Public Library, which was also packed.
These are pictures from the last show we did at Martuni’s, which was one of the best venues, the staff at the martini bar was so welcoming and so happy that we were there, it was like heaven for organizers. I am super proud of all the shows, all the writers and very thankful for James J. Siegel and the folks from GuyWriters. I am also super thankful for Blythe Baldwin from the Queer Open Mic for being at very show and being a huge support. We had people come to all three shows, and a lot of them said comments that were like music to my ears “that was the best poetry show I’ve ever been to.” were a lot of the comments I heard.
Here are the pictures from the last show. ENJOY! Maybe we will do it next year.
Alex Crumbsnatcher came and signed up on the Open Mic and read an incredibly hilarious piece.
Justin Bagnall also signed up for the Open Mic and read a lovely poem that the audience loved.
Sam Sax was one of the featured readers at the Library show, but he is so awesome that he came and read at the Martuni’s show as well.
Christ Soto was the first featured reader of the evening.
then Cam Awkward Rich graced our little stage.
Blythe Baldwin was incredible, the audience LOVED her.
Then James J Siegel read, the folks at Martuni’s loved him, especially his poem dedicated to Jerri Blank.
then it was my turn, woo.
then the incredible Ben McCoy showed us How A Lady Writes a Poem.
and then last but definitely not least, the Legendary Regie Cabico came and caused some trouble. He was fantastic.
HERE IS EVERYONE!!