Weekend Update

It's been a fairly busy weekend, more so than I wanted it to be. Yesterday (and continuing today) I worked on a final report for the last Poetry Atlanta grant. I put it off far too long, then got sidetracked by tonsillitis, and now I'm right up against the deadline, which is tomorrow. Sigh. Budgets, demographics, blah, blah, blah. Not how I wanted to spend my weekend.

  Last night, I slipped over to Wordsmiths Books in Decatur for the launch of Megan Volpert's new poetry collection from BlazeVOX Books, the desense of nonfense. There was a good crowd and lots of familiar faces such as Cleo Creech, Rupert Fike, Dustin Brookshire, Jessica Hand, Chelsea Rathburn and Bridgitte Byrd. Laurel Snyder and JS van Buskirk gave excellent support as the "opening acts" for Megan's reading.

  Before I went to bed last night, I watched the latest Coen Brothers film, Burn After Reading. Oooh, boy. Not that good. Glad I didn't pay full price at the cinema. It had a few moments of hilarity, but it seemed really slapdash and not very well thought out despite the stellar cast. Frances McDormand stole all her scenes, but that ain't saying much.

I'll be reading Wednesday night at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta as part of a tribute to the late poet, Dr. John Stone. It starts at 8:15 p.m. Come by if you can and celebrate the life of this remarkable man. 


christine said…
It's good to read all this news. If I can get to Callenwolde I will. Lately I've been taking my son to Atlanta Rocks on Weds....

I started watching Burn After Reading, but George Clooney's character bugged the hell out of me, and I went to bed.

Good luck with the grant.

I wish I had gone to Megan's reading. I love her poem in the Java monkey collection.Plus I want to meet Dustin. I know of him from facebook.
Rachel Mallino said…
So many people said they didn't like Burn After Reading, but I liked it. I thought it was very Coen Brothers - over the top funny with that touch of darkness. I thought Brad was funny as all hell and played the role well. Hmmm. It was disjointed, but I tend to think that was on purpose. Now you have me thinking....
Anonymous said…
Looks like someone is getting ready for American Idol!

CK- It was good seeing you as always. I only wish I hadn't been "under the weather." You know... we need to have a margarita some time!
jaxx said…
the crazy-ass busy weekend you had last week is like the crazy-ass busy weekend i had this week. submitted a guest post to darren rouse (fingers & toes both all crossed up), applied for another online writing job, half-finished setting up a new poetz companion blog (you know you'll be hearing more about that from me soon, collin!) and a day of recording a fabulous spoken word artist from jersey. i'm getting better and better in the studio, babe, you better plan another NYC trip soon so we can get started on your next CD. i'll send you some samples as soon as they're all polished and shiny.

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