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Tonight at Osondu Booksellers

Tonight, April 28, 7-9pm
The Traveling Bonfires & Osondu Booksellers present
Matthew Mulder, Margaret Osondu, Pasckie Pascua, and guest poets.

Osondu Booksellers, Waynesville, NC.

FREE.
For info, (828) 456 8062 or (828) 505-0476.

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Vanessa boyd & the Yes Men Hunger CD release party


FROM VANESSA BOYD :
You’re hopefully feeling as optimistic and enthusiastic about a new spring and summer as I am – I’ve just been able to get the bike out again here in NYC… I’m excited to be coming down to TN for a week of shows celebrating the release of a new album made with the Yes Men last summer. Hope to see you!

may 1st : café mojoe, 813 andrew johnson hwy, greeneville, tn : 7pm : short intimate, word of mouth set of mostly new material
may 3rd : wdvx blue plate special, one vision plaza, 301 gay st, knoxville, tn : noon : live broadcast performance
may 4th : ireson’s pub, 11 7th st, bristol, tn : 8pm – all night : hunger cd release party & g’vegas extravaganza!
may 5th : capitol theatre, 104 s main st, greeneville, tn : 7:30pm : opening for blue moon rising Vanessa boyd & the yes men hunger cd release party & g’vegas extravaganza!

"This is no chopped liver" --Host Kim Clark, WNCW (Mar 06 Studio B Live Recording)

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Photos from April's Flood Fine Arts Gallery poetry reading

April 15, 2007,
Flood Fine Arts Gallery monthly poetry reading.



Lucy Tobin


Gary Copeland Lilley


Mara Leigh


Tim Earley

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on the radio : a poem sketch

Rest my head in
hand near the table
where a small black
radio plays an
instrumental I
have never heard but
know it... know its
emotional
audio content.

Notes plucked
from guitar strings
weave and release
a story that
resonates deep
within my soul
and makes me want
to cry and hope.

The announcer
says his name is
Ottmar Liebert
but does not share
the name... the name
of the song that
makes me want to cry.

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There's a book I'm in need of...

... but I can't think of the title nor recall the author. Every happen to you?

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Vanessa Boyd : Hunger : Digipack Design


Copies finally arrived. Actually, they arrived more than a week ago, but I've been rather busy and I am just getting around to posting about its arrival.

The Hunger CD design was completed months ago. The design process was completed via teleconference (Vanessa Boyd living in New York City) and digital transfer (i.e. emailing art/corrections/finals via high-speed internet). It's nice to see the final manufactured product. Click on the image to see the inside and back of the package design on my Flickr photostream.

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Press Release : Flood Fine Arts Gallery

On April 15, 2007, Flood Fine Arts Gallery will host its monthly poetry reading at 2:00p.m., featuring the following poets:

Tim Earley is the author of the poetry collection, Boondoggle. Twice a writing fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center, his poems have appeared in Chicago Review, jubilat, Hotel Amerika, Conduit, La Petite Zine, Southern Humanities Review and Fascicle. Earley graduated from the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing at the University of Alabama. He teaches at Catawba Valley Community College.

Lucy Tobin is currently enrolled in the MFA program in poetry at Warren Wilson College. She has been a featured poet in the Fresh Air and Velcro reading series. Tobin's writing has appeared in the Asheville/Brooklyn based publication Red Line Blues.

Mara Leigh teaches Creative Writing at A-B Tech Community College. Her work has appeared in Chain, Glottis: New Writing, Poetry Now, One Less: Art on the Range, Nerve Lantern and For Immediate Release. She holds an MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics where she studied with poet, Anne Waldman.

Gary Copeland Lilley is a professor in the WWC Undergraduate Creative Writing Department. He has been a poet-in-residence for WritersCorps, Young Chicago Authors, and The Poetry Center of Chicago. His publications include two full-length collections of poetry, The Subsequent Blues and Alpha Zulu, as well as two chapbooks, The Reprehensibles and Black Poem.

Flood Gallery Fine Arts Center is located at 109 Roberts Street in the River Arts District of Asheville North Carolina. For more information, please contact Mark Prudowsky at info@floodgallery.org or call 828-776-8438.

New Write Stuff contribution

One thing I have noticed about modern writers is their long blocks of boring prose. Although, this is not exclusive to our modern era. (James Fenimore Cooper wrote volumes of boring prose.) I suspect modern writers are enamored with the nice arrangement of text provided by computer software or blog software. It "looks" publishable or published and therefore must be good. Hah! Typists can not be writers. Bloggers can not be writers. But writers may be typists and/or bloggers. But I digress.

A novel writing professor once told me that less is more. So, I drafted a poem based on the idea of luck, fate, destiny--posted here. It started out as a 12-line poem. Now it is four lines. It is a novel in four lines. What do you think?

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Blogger Roundtable afterthoughts

It has been over seven years since I last entered a radio studio. But earlier today I joined Gordan (of Scrutiny Hooligans), Jason Bugg (ubiquitous Mtn X commenteer) and Sam (reporter and occasional blogger) at AM 570’s The Matt Cave for a Blogger Roundtable discussion. Photos here »

Recalling what I did for show prep in the past, I emailed the host a couple weeks ago inquiring about what to bring to the show. He suggested bringing three topics recently discussed on this blog. I came over-prepared and left switching the car’s radio station from AM 570 back to WNCW.

The discussion was lively and fast paced. The thing that struck me as I was driving home is that I didn't realize how much I missed doing radio until this evening.

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Blogger Roundtable on AM 570

The Blogger Round Table is now available at The Matt Cave podcast archives. However, I am experiencing "server" difficulty in downloading the mp3. Look for:
4/04/07, Hr 3, Round table discussion with local bloggers!!! Listen live weekdays 3pm-6pm at mattcave.us
I prepped for the show, as requested by the host, by bringing three topics recently posted on this blog and tuned into AM 570.

I'll post more comments and photos later.

Right now I've got to actually get back to work and eat some supper.

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Coffeehouse Junkie on the radio

Almost forgot to announce this. Screwy Hoolie announced that local talk radio superstar, Matt Mittan will host a blogger roundtable on his radio program. Local blogophiles will be present to discuss life, the universe, and everything. According to BlogAsheville:
Mountain Radio... is hosting the first ever 'Bloggers' Roundtable' on... Take A Stand,....

Talk Line (828) 240-WWNC(9962)
Toll Free Talk Line (800) 570-WWNC(9962)

I've been asked to bring three topics to discuss. Hm, what should I offer.


UPDATE: I just called the Executive Producer who said the Blogger Roundtable will be from 5 to 6 PM on AM 570 WWNC's Take A Stand radio program.

How to Promote National Poetry Month

Since April is National Poetry Month, I signed up with a couple organizations to receive my daily dose of poetry. Actually, maybe it would be considered an overdose of poetry (I already subscribe to The Writer's Almanac.). The Academy of American Poets offers a Poem-a-day (sign up here) and Random House's Knopf Poetry offers a daily poem (subscribe up here) as well as downloadable broadsides.

This is all nice and well. But will this really help promote poetry? The average reader of poetry already knows where to look for poetry outlets. But what of the average reader? That's when a bit of serendipity intersected my opening of an email from Knopf Poetry--a True web ad displayed to the right. Brilliant, I thought. "Waiting for You..." [insert the following] "The Best in American Poetry." Why not promote National Poetry Month with appearances by Andi McDowell, Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Sean Connery, Sarah Mclaughlin, Lawrence Fishburne or add [your celebrity/starlet here]. I know, I know, that sounds so like a consumerist. What, you say, promote poetry like a movie!?! Promote poetry with flashy, sexy people?!? Yeah. The Academy is and offers a Gala featuring Glen Close, Ethan Hawke and others. Christie Brinkley, Kathy Ireland, Elle Macpherson, Stephanie Seymour will not be in attendance to my knowledge. But I'm sure if The Academy included them as features of the Gala event, they would draw a crowd of people suddenly interested in poetry.

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Write Stuff : National Poetry Month

Here's a link to this week's Write Stuff column/post: National Poetry Month.

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