Events

  • All events are held at Malvern Books, 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705.
  • All events are FREE to attend unless otherwise specified.
  • For footage and recaps of past events, check out our YouTube channel and blog.
Apr
27
Thu
Kuko Tells Tales
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening with myth-maker and storyteller William Kuko, who will share a personal narrative mixed with history and myth to create a sacred place.

William Kuko (ウィリアム・空狐) is an inhabitant of the Pacific Northwest. Most of his time is spent in the Seattle metro area; he is an hermit and recluse by nature, even in the metropolis. Often Mr. Kuko disappears into the Cascade Mountains for great lengths of time. He is a most extraordinary student of poetry, history and all things biologic. Most importantly, William Kuko is a myth-maker and a storyteller: he makes all that was old and forgotten new again.

Apr
28
Fri
I Scream Social
Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Get your cones ready for another round of Malvern Books’ FREE reading series, I SCREAM SOCIAL, hosted by Malvern’s own Annar Veröld and Schandra Madha and featuring young women writers from the Austin community. April’s I Screamers are Jenny Keto, Tiffany Mendoza, and Liz Moskowitz.

This month is extra special because in honor of National Poetry Month, Malvern Books is offering 20% OFF ALL POETRY, including large volume collections, chapbooks, poetry anthologies, and already deeply discounted $5 poetry books.

And did we mention the free cool confections from Amy’s Ice Cream & Sweet Ritual?

~7pm – Ice cream & Open Mic. Bring old stuff, new stuff, silly stuff, whatever stuff. Just read stuff to us.

~The featured reading begins after the open mic and will be followed by even more ice cream.

Can’t make it this time around? No worries. I Scream Social is every month ’til the end of time.

Apr
29
Sat
An Evening with Brad Richard, W. Joe Hoppe & Abe Louise Young
Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening with poets Brad Richard, W. Joe Hoppe, and Abe Louise Young (left to right, below).

Brad Richard chairs the creative writing program at Lusher Charter School in New Orleans. 2015 Louisiana Artist of the Year, and poetry winner in the 2002 Poets & Writers Writers Exchange competition, Brad is the author of three collections of poems, HabitationsMotion Studies (winner of the 2010 Washington Prize) and Butcher’s Sugar, and two chapbooks, The Men in the Dark and Curtain Optional. His poems and reviews have appeared in Gettysburg ReviewOkey-PankyUnlikely StoriesGuernicaAmerican Letters & Commentary, and other journals. Mr. Richard is co-director of the southeast Louisiana affiliate of the Scholastic Writing Awards and of The New Orleans New Writers Literary Festival. He is a recipient of fellowships from the Surdna Foundation, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

W. Joe Hoppe’s poems have appeared in Analecta, Borderlands, Cider Press Review, Di*Verse*Cities, Nerve Cowboy, Utter, and The Blanton Museum of Art’s Poetry Project. His poems have been anthologized in Stand Up Poetry, How to be This Man, gumballpoetry.com, and Beatest State in the Union. Joe’s one-of-a-kind poetry video, “$5200 MSTA,” has been shown at the Dallas Video Festival, San Antonio Underground Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, and VideoEx in Zurich, Switzerland. His books include a collection of short stories, Harmon Place (1991) from Primal Press, a poetry collection, Galvanized (2007), from Dalton Publishing, and a second poetry collection, Diamond Plate (2012), from Obsolete Press. Hoppe is the Poet Lariat of Austin’s intellectual variety show The Dionysium. He has hosted numerous poetry events at Austin’s Malvern Books, including interviews of local poets, a reading and discussion of Emily Dickinson, a communal performance of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl celebrating its 60th anniversary, and an annual memorial reading for the late, great Austin poet Albert Huffstickler. He is currently finishing up a four-year effort to get a customized ’51 Plymouth Cranbrook roadworthy for a trip down Route 66 in the summer of 2017. Hoppe is an Associate Professor in English and Creative Writing at Austin Community College in Austin, Texas.

Abe Louise Young is an independent writer, educator and social justice activist. Her work has won a Grolier Poetry Prize, the Hawai’i Review’s Nell Altizer Award, a Narrative Magazine Story Prize, and the Academy of American Poets Prize. Her writing is forthcoming or has appeared in The Nation, WITNESS, New Letters, Feminist Wire and many other journals. She’s the author of two chapbooks of poetry, Heaven to Me (Headmistress Press) and Ammonite (Magnolia Press Collective). A lifelong social justice advocate, she’s also the author/editor of numerous guides, including Queer Youth Advice for Educators: How to Respect and Protect Your LGBTQ Students; Hip Deep: Opinion, Essays, and Vision from American Teenagers; and an archive of oral histories with Hurricane Katrina survivors, Alive in Truth: The New Orleans Disaster Oral History Project. Young earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a James Michener Fellow, and holds a BA from Smith College.

Apr
30
Sun
Poets Resist: The First 100 Days
Apr 30 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

After 100 days the poets of Austin stand up and resist unjust practices and policies. The format will be fast, as we’d love to hear from many perspectives in this safe place reading. Outlaw Poet Justin Booth will host some of Austin’s best including W. Joe Hoppe, Joe Brundidge, Richard Acevado, Favian Harper, David Julian, Nikki Bruns, Rebecca Raphael, Stephany Morrissey, Brett Reeves, and Lyman Grant.

An Afternoon with Steve McCaffery & Karen Mac Cormack
Apr 30 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us for a reading from acclaimed poets Steve McCaffery and Karen Mac Cormack. Steve will read from Dark Ladies, an explosive meditation on death and laughter cast as both a Menippean masque and a user’s guide to the tragi-comic. Karen will read from various works, including Implexures.

Dark Ladies and Implexures

Steve McCaffery has been twice nominated for the Governor General’s Award and is twice recipient of the Gertrude Stein Prize for Innovative Writing. He is the author of over 40 books and chapbooks of poetry and criticism. An ample selection of his poetic explorations in numerous forms can be savoured in the two volumes of Seven Pages Missing (Coach House Press). As well as Panotpicon, Tatterdemalion (Veer Books UK), Alice in Plunderland (Book Thug), Revanches (Xexoxial), and Parsival (Rook). His book-object-concept A Little Manual of Treason was commissioned for the 2011 Shajah Biennale in the United Arab Emirates. A founding member of the sound poetry ensemble Four Horsmen, TRG (Toronto Research Group) and the College of Canadian Pataphysics and long-time resident of Toronto, he is now David Gray Professor of Poetry and Letters at the University at Buffalo.

Karen Mac Cormack (born Luanshya, Zambia, 1956) is a contemporary experimental poet. She holds dual British/Canadian citizenship, and lived for many years in Toronto; more recently, she moved to Buffalo, New York, when her husband, the poet Steve McCaffery, was hired by SUNY-Buffalo for the David Gray Chair. Mac Cormack is the author of Straw Cupid (1987), Quirks & Quillets (1991), Marine Snow (1995), The Tongue Moves Talk (1997), At Issue (2001), Vanity Release (2003) and Implexures (part one, 2003; full-length publication, 2009), as well as a collaboration with the British poet Alan Halsey, Fit to Print (2003). Though she was not directly part of the Language movement, her work shows many affinities with it, in its use of disjunctiveness at a within-sentence and between-sentence level, and in her interest in the interrogation of cultural norms and ideologies through the skeptical reworking of “found” materials and genres. In Fit to Print, for instance, the poems mimic and distort the format and themes of a typical daily newspaper, while in At Issue the poems are quarried from the pages of women’s fashion and beauty magazines. The prose pieces in the recent project Implexures are somewhat atypical in their use of biographical and autobiographical materials, especially a series of letters written from a variety of Mediterranean locations by an unnamed female traveller (possibly to be identified with the author, possibly not).

May
2
Tue
Echo Literary Magazine Launch
May 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us in celebrating the launch of a new issue of Echo Literary Magazine.

Echo Literary Magazine is a publication of the University of Texas at Austin’s Liberal Arts Honors Program. It showcases the work of UT undergraduates from all majors and programs. Echo accepts submissions of poetry, prose, and visual art, including photography.

May
3
Wed
ACC Creative Writing Literary Release Party
May 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us in celebrating the release of the Spring 2017 edition of Austin Community College’s journal, The Rio Review, which showcases poetry, prose, and artworks by students. During the event, students featured in this issue will share their fiction, nonfiction, and poetry with us.

May
4
Thu
Fantastical Fictions Presents: Book Discussion with Rebecca Schwarz
May 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Please join us at Malvern Books for Fantastical Fictions, an odd-monthly event focusing on the literary fantastic across genres and cultures. This month host Rebecca Schwarz will discuss the novel FARDWOR, RUSSIA! by Russian journalist and activist Oleg Kashin.

Worth noting: if you buy FARDWOR, RUSSIA! for the discussion, you’ll get 10% off the list price!

The forces of science, human error, and power run amok collide in this wildly inventive, funny, and razor-sharp political satire about Putin’s Russia, from one of the country’s most fearless journalists.

When a scientist experimenting on humans in a sanatorium near Moscow gives a growth serum to a dwarf oil mogul, the newly heightened businessman runs off with the experimenter’s wife, and a series of mysterious deaths and crimes commences. Wonderfully strange and ringing with the echoes of real-life events, this political parable fused with science fiction has an uncanny resonance with today’s Russia under Putin.

In 2010, two months after he’d delivered the manuscript of this book to his publishers, Oleg Kashin was beaten to within an inch of his life in an attack with ties to the highest levels of government. While absurdly funny on its face, FARDWOR, RUSSIA! A Fantastical Tale of Life Under Putin is deadly serious in its implications. Kashin’s experience exemplifies why so few authors dare to criticize the state—and his book is a testament of the power of literature to break the bonds of power, corruption, and enforced silence.

May
5
Fri
Pterodáctilo Presents: Poetry & Ptamale Party
May 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for a celebration hosted by Pterodáctilo, the bilingual journal and blog run by graduate students in UT Austin’s department of Spanish and Portuguese. This bilingual event will feature poetry readings… and tamales!

May
6
Sat
An Evening with Charles Alexander, Ash Smith & Ken Jacobs
May 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for a reading from poets Charles Alexander (Director of Chax Press), Ash Smith, and Ken Jacobs (left to right, below).

Artist: Poet, Bookmaker, founder/director of Chax Press. Author of 5 full-length books of poetry and 11 brief chapbooks of poetry, editor of one critical work on the state of the book arts in America, author of multiple essays, articles, and reviews. Most recent books of poetry are Pushing Water, published by Cuneiform Press, and the chapbooks Some Sentences Look for Some Periods, a chapbook, and Two Pushing Waters, both from Little Red Leaves Textile Series. Has taught literature and writing at Naropa University, University of Arizona, and elsewhere, and currently is Poet & Designer in Residence at the University of Houston-Victoria, where he directs the MFA Creative Writing Program and manages the UHV Center for the Arts. He is a past recipient of the Arizona Arts Award, and has participated in the TAMAAS Poetry Translation Project in Paris. In January 2016 served as a faculty member for US Poets in Mexico. He lives in Victoria, Texas, with his partner, the painter Cynthia Miller.

Ash Smith is the author of the chapbooks Water Shed (Dos Press), Come Such Frequency (Dusie), and various other publications and ephemera. She was, until recently, a managing editor for the small press and journal Little Red Leaves. She is working on a collection called Pigeon of Tears and tumbles about politics of sound and pop cultural depictions of decapitation at Opened By Customs.

Ken Jacobs is a poet and software developer. He has poems in a number of online and print journals including Sentence and Everyday Genius. He has published two chapbooks, Sooner (Phylum Press,  2009) and Unmet (Primary Writing, 2015). Relegy, a software project he developed for providing a compositional and collaborative tool for ‘writing’ poems, was used to produce content for a performance at the G Street Gallery in Washington DC and is available online at www.deegeep.com.

May
7
Sun
Analecta 43 Release Party
May 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Come celebrate the release of Analecta 43! We’ll be distributing copies of the journal, chatting about literature and art, eating snacks, and listening to some of the contributors read their work.

Hothouse Literary Journal Release Party
May 7 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Join Hothouse Literary Journal for a reading from its spring publication. There will be copies of the free journal to pick up, a reading from some of the published writers, light refreshments, and conversation. Bring your friends! All are welcome.

Hothouse Literary Journal is the official journal for the UT English Department. They publish poetry, nonfiction, and fiction stories from multiple genres every year.

May
9
Tue
An Evening with Novelists Natalia Sylvester, David Hicks & Charlotte Gullick
May 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for a reading from novelists Natalia Sylvester, David Hicks, and Charlotte Gullick (left to right, below). We’ll be celebrating the launch of David’s debut novel, White Plains.

Natalia Sylvester was born in Lima, Peru, and came to the U.S. at age four. She studied Creative Writing at the University of Miami and is a faculty member of the Mile-High MFA program at Regis University. Her articles have appeared in Latina Magazine, Writer’s Digest, The Austin American-Statesman, and NBCLatino. Her debut novel, Chasing the Sun, was named the Best Debut Book of 2014 by Latinidad, and was chosen as a Book of the Month by the National Latino Book Club. Her second novel, Everyone Knows You Go Home, is forthcoming from Little A in 2018.

David Hicks grew up in New York, moved to Colorado in his thirties, and is now a professor at Regis University in Denver, where he co-directs the Mile-High MFA in Creative Writing. He and his wife Cynthia enjoy hiking in the mountains with their dog Rosie and meeting the children, Stephen and Caitlin, for a big breakfast afterwards. David has published many stories in such fine journals as Glimmer Train, Colorado Review, and Saranac Review. White Plains is his first novel, and this is his first-ever visit to Austin.

Charlotte Gullick is a novelist, essayist, editor, educator and Chair of the Creative Writing Department at Austin Community College. She graduated with a MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the Institute of American Indian Arts in May 2016. Charlotte’s first novel, By Way of Water, was chosen by Jayne Anne Phillips as the Grand Prize winner of the Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards Program. Her other awards include a Christopher Isherwood Fellowship for Fiction, a Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship for Poetry, a MacDowell Colony Residency, a Ragdale Residency, Faculty of Year from College of the Redwoods as well as the Evergreen State College 2012 Teacher Excellence Award.

May
11
Thu
Novel Night with Glen Pourciau & Greg Levin
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for another installment of Novel Night, a monthly celebration of all things prose! Here’s how it works: two published authors will read from their books and there’ll be an audience Q & A. And we’ll also have “Book Talk,” in which an intrepid Malvern staff member will introduce you to one of our favorite prose titles. Also worth noting: we’re offering 20% OFF ALL FICTION TITLES during Novel Night (from 6pm till closing).

Novel Night This month we have readings from Glen Pourciau and Greg Levin. Glen will be reading from his newly released short story collection, View, and Greg will be sharing excerpts from two of his previous novels, The Exit Man and Sick to Death.

Glen Pourciau’s previous collection, Invite, was published by University of Iowa Press in 2008 and won the Iowa Short Fiction Award. Pourciau lives in Plano, Texas.

Greg Levin is an award-winning author of dark comedic fiction. His first novel… meh, nobody but Greg really cares about his first novel. His second novel, The Exit Man, was optioned by HBO for development into a TV series and won a 2015 Independent Publishers Award (a.k.a., an “IPPY”), earning a silver medal for Best Adult Fiction Ebook. Greg’s third novel, Sick to Death, came out in September 2016 and has been hailed by critics everywhere as one of the top three books he has ever written. Author Craig Clevenger (The Contortionist’s Handbook and Dermaphoria) says, “Sick to Death is a tour de force dark comedy.” Greg recently completed a 10-week writing workshop in Portland, Oregon, led by the great Chuck Palahniuk, during which Greg received high praise for his upcoming novel, In Wolf’s Clothing. Some of the praise even came from Chuck himself. Greg resides with his wife, daughter and two cats in Austin, Texas. He is currently wanted by local authorities for refusing to say “y’all” or do the two-step.

May
12
Fri
Chen Chen Book Launch with Jennifer Whalen, Tomás Morin & Katelin Kelly
May 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for the launch of Chen Chen’s debut poetry collection, When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. With readings from Chen Chen, Jennifer Whalen, Tomás Morin, and Katelin Kelly.

What does Millennial poetry look like? One answer might be this wild debut from Chen Chen. He seems to run at the mouth, free-associating wildly, switching between lingo and ‘higher’ forms of diction. Nothing’s out of bounds or off limits, no culture too ‘pop’ to find its place in poetry . . . nor anything too silly to point the way toward serious aims. And yet this is a deeply serious and moving book about Chinese-American experience, young love, poetry, family, and the family one makes amongst friends. —NPR Books


Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and out now from BOA Editions. His work has appeared in two chapbooks and in publications such as Poetry, The New York Times Magazine, and The Best American Poetry. He has been featured on the PBS Newshour and Out.com. A Kundiman and Lambda Literary fellow, he is currently pursuing a PhD in English and Creative Writing at Texas Tech University.


Tomás Q. Morín is the author of Patient Zero and A Larger Country. He translated Pablo Neruda’s The Heights of Macchu Picchu and with Mari L’Esperance co-edited Coming Close: Forty Essays on Philip Levine. He teaches at Texas State University and in the low residency MFA program of Vermont College of Fine Arts.

May
14
Sun
Mother’s Day Reading with Revolution Writing Workshop
May 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This all-women reading features writers from the Revolution Writing Workshop led by Abe Louise Young. Join us for poetry and prose about mothering, queer and straight parenting, being mothered and unmothered, sex, Mother Earth, river otters and more!

Mothers Day

Austin Writers Roulette
May 14 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Austin Writers Roulette is an uncensored, theme-inspired spoken word and storytelling event. It features a different monthly theme and line up of artists who perform their original written works such as poetry, essays, spoken word, singer-songwriting, or excerpts from novels for 5-8 minutes (1200 words or fewer). Interested artists who would like to perform for an upcoming event can email their submission to mathdreads@yahoo.com. Or you can show up during the day of the event and sign up for the open mic after all the featured artists perform. And of course, performance art lovers are always welcome!

This month’s theme is “Othering & Mothering.” Visit the Austin Writers Roulette website for more information.

AWR

May
19
Fri
An Evening with Chloe Honum, Sasha West & Jennifer S. Cheng
May 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for a reading from poets Chloe Honum, Sasha West, and Jennifer S. Cheng. We’ll be celebrating the launch of Chloe’s new chapbook, Then Winter.

Chloe Honum’s first book, The Tulip-Flame (2014), was named a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award and won the Foreword Poetry Book of the Year Award, the Eric Hoffer Award, and a Texas Institute of Letters Award. Her poems have appeared in publications such as The Paris Review, Poetry, Best New Poets, and Pushcart Prize XL. She was raised in Auckland, New Zealand, and is currently an assistant professor of creative writing at Baylor University.


Sasha West’s first book, Failure and I Bury the Body, won the National Poetry Series and the Texas Institute of Letters First Book of Poetry Award. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Kenyon Review Online, West Branch, The Southern Review, Copper Nickel, and elsewhere. Her awards include a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Fellowship, Rice University’s Parks Fellowship, and a Houston Arts Alliance grant. She is on the creative writing faculty at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX.


Jennifer S. Cheng writes at the intersections of poetry and essay. She is the author of HOUSE A, selected by Claudia Rankine as winner of the Omnidawn Poetry Book Prize, and Invocation: An Essay (New Michigan Press), an image-text chapbook. Her writing appears in Tin House, AGNI, Mid-American Review, DIAGRAM, The Offing, Entropy, and elsewhere. She received an MFA in Nonfiction from the University of Iowa, MFA in Poetry from San Francisco State University, and fellowships and awards from the U.S. Fulbright program, Kundiman, Bread Loaf, and the Academy of American Poets. Having grown up in Texas, Hong Kong, and Connecticut, she currently lives and teaches in San Francisco.

May
20
Sat
Borderlands: Issue 46 Launch Party
May 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us for a reading to celebrate the launch of the latest issue of Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review! This issue’s featured artist is Stephanie Rubiano, whose work is pictured below. The featured poet is Cindy St. John, and Cindy will be joined by Ken Fontenot, Lisa L. Moore, and Travis Tate.

May
21
Sun
Christia Madacsi Hoffman Book Launch
May 21 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us in celebrating the launch of Intent (published by Hedgehog & Fox, an imprint of Warner Literary Group), the debut poetry collection from Austin-based actor and writer Christia Madacsi Hoffman. With readings from Christia, Erica Parfit, Joe Brundidge, and Margaret Burns.

Inspired by a friend’s daily photography series, Christia Madacsi Hoffman set an intention to write a minimum of two lines of verse per day for 365 days. Four years and thousands of lines later, the result is her debut collection of poetry, Intent. Throughout, Hoffman reveals an accessible and insightful poetic voice as she explores the universal themes of place, beauty, youth and family. Her moving reflections remind us there is depth in our everyday experiences and significance in our intentions.

Christia Madacsi Hoffman grew up along the banks of the Mystic River in Mystic, Connecticut. A longtime Austin, Texas resident, Hoffman’s work has appeared in the Texas Observer and the annual anthology of the Austin International Poetry Festival. Through her company, CenterLight Media, Hoffman works as a marketing and editorial writer, graphic designer and actor. Her early career adventures included antique furniture restoration and leading treks in the high Himalaya.


As the daughter of a travel writer, Erica Parfit learned to love the way words fit together. With the loss of her mother at a young age, she also came to understand the importance of self-expression through writing and music. Following a hiatus in which she became a mom to two boys, Erica returned to the written word as a songwriter, poet, and memoirist. She credits writing with allowing her to maintain a sense of humor and perspective in this wild and wonderful world.


Joe Brundidge is an author, host, and public speaker living in Austin, Texas. He has hosted a number of open mic events for almost 20 years, including Spoken & Heard at Kick Butt Coffee, an event he curates. He also served as the Director of the Austin International Poetry Festival for three years, from 2012-2015.


Margaret Burns has an MA in Creative Writing from UT and has been writing short fiction and rapping about her life to unsuspecting children and audiences for a while now. Margaret is a midwife, a yoga teacher, and a mother. Her life mission includes queso.

May
27
Sat
Jessica Reisman Book Launch
May 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us in celebrating the launch of Jessica Reisman’s new novel, Substrate Phantoms.

Substrate Phantoms presents immemorial human acts in variations as strange as any 21st-century reader could imagine, but always in contexts emotionally resonant. I think it an out-and-out breakthrough, with mystical and sociological roots trailing back to Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End and Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness. Indeed, true aficionados of humane hard SF will applaud Ms. Reisman for bequeathing them this beautiful tale of a heretofore uncreated tomorrow. —Michael Bishop, author of A Funeral for the Eyes of Fire

Jessica Reisman’s stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, among them the World Fantasy Award-nominated Cross Plains Universe. Her story “Threads” won the South East Science Fiction Achievement award. Her far future science fiction adventure SUBSTRATE PHANTOMS, from Resurrection House Books, is out in May 2017 and her story “Bourbon, Sugar, Grace” will appear on Tor.com in June 2017.

May
28
Sun
Naomi Buck Palagi Book Launch
May 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join us in celebrating the launch of Naomi Buck Palagi’s first poetry collection, Stone. With readings from Naomi Buck Palagi, Jean Sotos, and Elizabeth Mason.

Naomi Buck Palagi’s first book, Stone, reads as a series of glorious poetic projections, in which the boundaries between self and world are subtly called into question. . . . Buck Palagi deftly weaves landscape into dreamscape, the natural world revealing innumerable facets of the speaker’s inner life, all the while beckoning us “as if we should greet it.” This is a memorable debut from a gifted poet. —Kristina Marie Darling, author of Dark Horse

Naomi Buck Palagi grew up in the woods of central Kentucky, and has lived throughout the South and Midwest. Her published poetry ranges from traditional to highly experimental, reflecting a wide range of interests and experiences. Her poems have appeared in Spoon River Poetry Review, BlazeVOX, Masque and Spectacle, Otoliths, Eleven Eleven, and others. She has two chapbooks, silver roof tantrum (dancing girl press) and Darkness in the Tent (Dusie Kollectiv.) Her first book, Stone, is just out from BlazeVOX Books.

Although Jean Sotos can’t remember a time when she didn’t write to make sense of the world, submitting work is a newer endeavor. She has had acceptances in several online and print zines, and attends many poetry readings in her beloved Chicago—mostly as voyeur.  She is currently working on a chapbook of travel themed poems. This is also an excuse to make monthly trips for the hell of it, which is the best reason of all.

Jun
2
Fri
Reading for S. Kirk Walsh’s Workshop of Fiction Writers
Jun 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Please join us for a celebratory reading by the writers of S. Kirk Walsh’s nine-month fiction workshop (Sept-June). Short excerpts from novels and short stories will be read.

Participating writers include Dena Afrasiabi, Nicole Beckley, Candace Buford, Elena Carey, Matt Clements, Megan Coxe, Jack Kaulfus, Matt Holmes, Katherine Moore, Alejandro Puyana, Victoria Rossi, Karen Valby, Julie Wernersbach, James Young, and Stefani Zellmer. This talented group of writers features published fiction and nonfiction writers, book critics, and MFA graduates. For the past nine months, they have participated in an intensive fiction workshop, drafting and revising novels and short stories throughout the year. Please join us in celebrating  their inspiring work and distinctive voices with this end-of-the-workshop reading. Refreshments and sweets will be served.

Jun
30
Fri
Joe Giordano Book Launch with Joe Giordano & Walt Gragg
Jun 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us in celebrating the launch of Joe Giordano’s second novel, Appointment with ISIL, An Anthony Provati Thriller. Joe will be joined by author Walt Gragg, who will be reading from his recently released novel The Red Line.

Joe Giordano was born in Brooklyn. He and his wife, Jane, have lived in Greece, Brazil, Belgium and the Netherlands. They now live in Texas with their shih tzu, Sophia. Joe’s stories have appeared in more than one-hundred magazines including The Monarch Review, The Saturday Evening Post, decomP, The Summerset Review, and Shenandoah. His novel, Birds of Passage, An Italian Immigrant Coming of Age Story, was published by Harvard Square Editions in October 2015. His second novel, Appointment with ISIL, An Anthony Provati Thriller, will be published by HSE on June 15, 2017.

Walt Gragg lives in the Austin, Texas area with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He is a retired attorney. Prior to law school, he spent a number of years in the military. His time with the Army involved many interesting assignments including three years in the middle of the Cold War at United States European Command Headquarters in Germany where the idea for The Red Line took shape. In this assignment he was privy to many of the elements of the actual American plan in place at the time for the conduct of the defense of Germany. While there, he also participated in a number of war games that became the basis for many of the novel’s events.