HUMP Day Esalen

Hello friends!

What a great night we had on Monday at Burnhearts Bar in Bay View, Wisconsin. It was the second installment of the Middle Coast Poets series, hosted by Paul Scot August. The readers were Laurel Landis, Michael Seidel, Sean Bishop, Kara Candito, Matthew Guenette and me. Three poets from Milwaukee, three from Madison! The bar was relatively crowded, which took care of what is often the most anxiety producing factor for Paul and I, as we plan these events, and envision their hopeful importance, and relevance to our friends, extended families and general public. So, thanks for coming and joining our festive word exchange. Our next Middle Coast Poet event will be toward the end of October, and hosted in Riverwest. Specific details forthcoming soon. We hope to see you there!

Here are the ten links to happenings around the web:

Interview with Peter Tieryas Liu up at Read my blog, please:

Brilliant article On Making the Poetry Manuscript by Jeffrey Levine:

At Her Kind, writer Melissa Buckheit’s “To the Water: Speaking of the Interior (self):

Nate Tower gets gritty at New Graffiti, Timothy Gager’s fun blog:

Nigel Beale of Literary Tourist interviews Stephen Motika of Poet’s House in NYC: (I have a little confession here- I was so jazzed to see Microtones, my poetry chapbook from Cervena Barva Press, listed in the Poet’s House library on their website. I’m official!)

Matheiu Cailler’s story “Over The Bridge” won the 2012 Short Story America Prize for Short Fiction: – features/

At Poem-A-Day, Meghan O’Rourke’s “Demeter in Paris” is stellar:–Demeter-in-Paris-by-Meghan-O-Rourke.html?soid=1110705357409&aid=Pyv3U_fWKz0

This week on A Cups, Ann and Angela interview Gabby Bess (Gabby Gabby) about her recently published Alone With Other People (Civil Coping Mechnisms) and so much more:

Always thrilled for a new Len Kuntz story, “Devil’s Elbow” up at Orion headless:

NPR’s Krista Tippet and poet extra-ordinaire Marie Howe get down on In The Room: – at=1945

Last summer, I had the great fortune of spending the week with Marie Howe, Ellen Bass and Dorianne Laux at Carter Hall in Virginia for the Truth and Beauty Workshop. A week in bliss, with three incredible masters and teachers of poetry. Aaahhh.

This Friday I embark on my 2013 journey to San Francisco and points south, to study for another week, in paradise. My teachers this year are Ellen Bass and Dorianne Laux, and Joe Millar. I am nervous, but more excited than anything else. I will see some dear friends, and spend time in a city I revere, and with a little grace, and help from friends, and the bowl of nirvana enveloping us, some writing will emerge. Happy week to you all, and HUMP it up!


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