Presenting W. Joe’s Poetry Corner, in which our host W. Joe Hoppe interviews a poet, who will then give a reading and answer questions from audience members. This month, Joe will play host to François Pointeau, author of the chapbook Beer Songs for the Lonely.
François Pointeau was born in Brittany, France, and moved to the US with his family at the age of ten. He started writing poems in San Francisco when he first began learning English. He has always written in English, at first to help him learn the language, later to try and figure out what was going on in his brain, and then finally to communicate small, intense narratives with the world. He first self-published Beer Songs for the Lonely in 2006. It was the bestselling book of poems at Book People for two years straight. He completely rewrote the collection in 2013-2014, and republished it in October 2014. He works as a bartender and wine dude at Whip-In in South Austin, and is the producer and host of KOOP Radio’s Writing on the Air every Wednesday from 6-7pm at 91.7FM. Pointeau lives in Austin, Texas with his dog Brutus.