23 September 2016

Starry-eyed at the Sky Stage

The September 22nd reading at Frederick's brand-new Sky Stage was an amazingly fun evening. A crew of present and past Chestertonians came out:




My reading-mate Rae Bryant was an incredible host who made me feel like family as soon as I arrived. I feel very fortunate now to call her a friend.


I read a fairly large batch of work: some fairy tale girl poems, some Silence of the Lambs poems, and even a few Alien poems. I was happy to discover some fellow horror movie fans in the intimate audience. 



My best partner-in-poetry snapped these photos of me in action (thank you, Emma!) and she took video snippets of my reading: 


And because my copy arrived on Tuesday, I showed off the brand-new Autumn 2016 issue of Faerie Magazine (based out of nearby Baltimore) and read my fairy tale girl poems published there. Really, if you don't subscribe to this gorgeous full-color magazine, you should.


Rae gave a fantastic reading of her short stories. Her collection The Indefinite State of Imaginary Morals is also well worth buying when your next payday rolls around. Each of our readings were punctuated by some perfectly moody, live bass guitar by musician Jake Warrenfeltz. And then the stage was opened up to the audience and we had a lively open mic session with friends, and new friends, to round out the evening. 

But the most fabulous and magical part of the night was the Sky Stage itself: 





And then after having a magnificent time, just before leaving Frederick for the drive home, we found this last little message from the universe: 

(look closely at the license plate)

I'm taking this as a sign. Thank you to Rae, Frederick Arts Council, and the Sky Stage Reading Series for such hospitality and fellowship. I can't wait to see you all again!


P.S.
Because it was also the first day of fall, Rae heroically read the McSweeney's classic "It's Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers" during the open mic. It was, unironically, the best thing ever: 






11 September 2016

On fall readings and future print

And just like that, the summer has passed and September is here again. (Thank Godbring on sweater weather!) Although they came very slowly, I did manage to get two more Alien poems written before Labor Day. And I'm once again wading through submissions for Cherry Tree, but this time for our third issue! This fall I will also be participating in two poetry reading events. Here are the details:

Reading #1:
Featuring Rae Bryant & Lindsay Lusby 
Thursday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Sky Stage, 59 S. Carroll St., Frederick, MD 



Reading #2: 
Featuring James Arthur, James Allen Hall, Leslie Harrison, dawn lonsinger, Lindsay Lusby, Dora Malech, and Jason Schneiderman
Tuesday, October 18 at 4:30 p.m. 
Rose O'Neill Literary House, 407 Washington Ave., Chestertown, MD



And speaking of readings, during our first Cherry Tree Young Writers' Conference at the Lit House in July, I read some of my Silence of the Lambs poems as part of the Intern & Staff Reading. Here is a video of me reading two of those poems: 


My last bit of news is that all five of my "Girl with Cloven Feet" poems have now found print homes! Back in June, I told you that "Girl with Cloven Feet," "Trade," and "Trigger" were accepted by Faerie Magazine for their Autumn 2016 issue. That issue should be hitting magazine stands very soon! And then this week, the last two poems "Trespass" and "Tremble" were snagged by Porkbelly Press for their upcoming anthology bramble&thorn. They will also be reprinting "Trade" here. I can't wait to see all of the pieces that end up in this anthology whose fierce-fairy-tale-women premise is all of the things that I love.


Happy fall, everyone! May you have your fill of cooler days and cozier nights, and all of the creature comforts that go along with them.