Maddow On Warren; Poetry Readings & Reviews
You can always count on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow to tell it like it is, and this 10 minutes on Rick Warren really sums it up. In this report, she mentions that Warren's Saddleback Church website has a message that says homosexuals are not welcome. Not surprisingly, that little piece of bigotry has been removed now that Warren will be giving the invocation at Obama's inauguration. Sickening. If Obama really wants to be presidential, he should step up and say I made a mistake and we're not going to give this hatemonger an international platform.
I'll be heading back to SoCal in April to read with Brendan Constantine and Cecilia Woloch at Tebot Bach's reading series at Golden West College. Brendan has a new book out in early 2009 and I'm excited to be reading with two of my favorite poets! I'll also be heading back to the Saints & Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans in May as a featured writer along with Megan Volpert, Theresa Davis and Amy King. We'll be presenting a panel on new media (blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, YouTube, listserves, etc.) and how poets and writers can use them to find an audience and network. We'll be giving a reading, too! 2009 is already shaping up to be a busy year.
The Private Press, which published the two David Lynch-themed chapbooks, A Slice of Cherry Pie and We Don't Stop Here, is still looking for poems for the next installment centered on Lynch's Blue Velvet. The deadline is Dec. 31. We Don't Stop Here sold out its initial run, but is now available again for purchase! Check out The Private Press website to submit poems and purchase these gorgeous limited edition chapbook anthologies.
An edited version of David Herrle's review of After the Poison is now posted on The Compulsive Reader website. Thanks to David and the site!