Archive for May, 2013

I initially mistyped that as The Bling Assassin

Ducklings, I’m sorry. I’ve been busy enjoying my life and editing our upcoming titles, and have fallen behind on posting contributor news, so I’ma write this long-ass post and hope y’all will click through every one of these delicious links.


But first! If you live in Nashville, a couplethree events you should know about:

We’re having two readings this coming Saturday June 1st for Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days, at 11 am at the downtown library (Conference Center, Main Library First Floor, 615 Church Street, Nashville, TN; FB; NPL; Nashville Scene) and at 2 pm at East Side Story (1108 Woodland Street, Unit B, Nashville, TN; FB). Join Chet Weise, Tessa Mellas and Maggie Smith for readings from the end of days! Maggie Smith is the author of Lamp of the Body, Nesting Dolls and The List of Dangers. Trapeze aficionado Tessa Mellas is a lecturer at the Ohio State University. Chet Weise, the force behind the local Poetry Sucks! A Night of Poetry, Music, and All Sorts of Bad Language reading series, was once banned from Canada for playing rock-n-roll without a permit.

And speaking of Poetry Sucks!… I will be reading at their open mic night on Thursday, June 6th at Dino’s Bar and Grill (411 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206; FB; Nashville Scene listing). They begin at 8 pm and end at 10 pm. Dino’s is very smoky so people with allergies may find it hard to take, but they have to-die-for cheeseburgers and fries and Poetry Sucks! is always a ridiculous good time with a great crowd. My portion will be 5-8 minutes long and I won’t know where I am in the line-up til that night. They turn off the grill when the readings start so you’ll want to arrive by 7 pm if you want to eat.


News for Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days contributors:



And for 140 And Counting contributors:

27 May 2013

I’ve found that anything and everything–from book reviewing to doing a prison workshop to editing and interviewing–has a positive effect on my own work, gives me new ideas, and makes me feel less isolated as a writer.

Intermittent Visitors: Wendy Vardaman and Christine Klocek-Lim, both interviewed by Joanne Merriam.

19 May 2013

In the midst of this hyperbolic fun, Apocalypse Now is a startlingly serious contribution. Six sections encompass 98 stories and poems, which are fairly evenly across the breadth of the book in tone and topic. Lured in by the promise of big names like Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Atwood and Paolo Bacigalupi, I fell in love with the sheer variety in this book. Covering more than traditional apocalypse scenarios, it’s a collection of absolute endings.

Missed this when it came out: Apocalypse Now: Revisiting the Daydream, a review by Sarah Dunn for the Nelson Mail.

6 May 2013

sound is of critical importance in poetry

Intermittent Visitors: Daniel McGinn interviewed by Joanne Merriam.

6 May 2013

Lyn Lifshin

Lyn Lifshin is one of the most widely published poets in the world. She has published over 90 collections of poetry and her work has appeared in countless magazines, including American Poetry Review, Abraxas, Chelsea, Ms. Magazine, New York Quarterly, Ohio Review, Ploughshares, and Rolling Stone, and anthologies, including Ghosts of the Holocaust: An Anthology of Poetry by the Second Generation, Lyrotica: An Anthology of Erotic Poetry and Prose, and Lipsmack!: A Sampler Platter of Poets from NightBallet Press. Her awards include the Hart Crane Memorial Award, the Jack Kerouac Award for Kiss The Skin Off, the Paterson Poetry Award for Before It’s Light, and the Texas Review Award for The Licorice Daughter: My Year with Ruffian. She is also the subject of Mary Ann Lynch’s 1989 documentary film, Not Made Of Glass. For more information, see her web site:


Books for Upper Rubber Boot:

Marilyn Monroe: Poems: released on 30 November 2013.

  • ISBN 978-1-937794-30-9 (epub) is available for iPad, Nook, etc. at Barnes & Noble (USA & UK).
  • ISBN 978-1-937794-28-6 (mobi) is available for Kindle on Amazon (AU, BR, CA, DE, ES, FR, IN, IT, JP, MX, UK, USA).
  • ISBN 978-1-937794-29-3 (pdf) is available at Smashwords.

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