Notes From Last Night's Reading
Top row, l-r, Outwrite owner Philip Rafshoon, Dustin Brookshire, Collin Kelley and Laure-Anne Bosselaar. Bottom row, l-r, Genevieve Lyons, Stacie Boschma and Lisa Allender
The photos above are from the Limp Wrist launch reading at Outwrite Books held in February. Better late than never. Photographer Greg Gimpelevich took some really fantastic photos of us, so hats off to him. Check out his portfolio blog here. There are more photos at Limp Wrist editor Dustin Brookshire's blog. And if you haven't perused the debut issue of Limp Wrist click here and enjoy.
I read again last night at Outwrite to mark National Poetry Month with Franklin Abbott, Robin Kemp and Reginald Jackson. It wasn't one of my better readings. The audience was, for the most part, unresponsive. Robin did an excellent set sprinkled with both national and personal politics, including her great poem "New Breast," which is featured in the anthology Letters From The World. I read work from After the Poison and trotted out "The Sound of Drums," which is the name of the poem I wrote for the Atlanta Pride program. Reginald also did a fantastic set, reading from his Lammy-nominated collection, Hejira, and eventually got the audience to laugh a little. Maybe it was just me, but it seemed like a "tough room." I am frazzled from all the projects I've been juggling, plus the day job, so it was probably just me.
Ivy Alvarez posted on The Private Press website that the first print run of the David Lynch/Mulholland Drive-inspired anthology, We Don't Stop Here, is now sold out! A second printing is expected by this summer. Thanks to everyone who purchased a copy!