Monday, December 1, 2014

Book Tour Day #11––Everett, WA

I didn't have any spare time in WA to sit down and make videos, so I'll just recap with text entries.

It was extremely random for me to go to Everett, and I'd never even heard of the town beforehand so I wasn't expecting much more than a sleepy little place. But I had a blast performing at Everett Poetry Nite. In fact, it was the funnest performance experience of my entire book tour. I was the mini-feature, and the main feature was a young lady named Lauren Gilmore. I was blown away by this lady, she's only 18 years old but so incredibly talented already. Watch out for her, because she is going to do incredible things in the poetry world, I can guarantee that. Actually no, she already is doing incredible things. Track her down somehow and get her poetry chapbook titled Hometown Helium Blood. I am just now mailing out a check to her to get her other chapbooks, in addition to a letter I wrote her because we are now officially pen pals(!). If this entire book tour brought me nothing else, at least it introduced me to this lovely young poet and began the start to what I suspect will be a very long friendship. Plus, no one ever wants to write handwritten letters anymore, so the fact that she was willing is amazing to me. And not just willing, but she suggested it! She truly is a girl after my own heart. 

The host of the poetry night was a talented artist named Duane Kirby Jensen, and he was exceptionally warm and welcoming to me. I went out with the whole Everett Poetry Nite gang for a few drinks afterwards and did not get back to my hotel until late at night. I'm not sure if I've ever laughed as hard as I did that night––my cheeks were literally hurting so much I had to tell people to stop because I couldn't take any more laughter! My favorite quote of the night was when I overheard two of the guys talking amongst themselves–– 

Guy #1: "Where is that place again?"
Guy #2: "You know, it's by that bakery that we like to smell at midnight". 

All I can say is that I way underestimated Everett, and I hope sincerely that I get a chance to return one day. Additionally, it is the home to the Boeing airplane plant, and since I am a trained pilot I appreciated that fact. 


Monday, October 20, 2014

Book Tour Day #5- Oakland, CA

Crows in the Stork's Nest:

Book Tour Days #3-4, Santa Monica, CA

My friend Chaya Silberstein's (author of "The Echo of Dreams") website:

Public Works Improvisational Theater, A Voice in the Well:

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Book Tour Day #2 - Boulder, Colorado

My book: Edison's Ghost Machine

Tour Dates

Tonight's Performance:
The Lady in Red Show
Thursday, October 9, 2014 @ 7:30pm
Warszawa Restaurant
1414 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, California 90401 ($7 Donation)

Other links: Boulder Poetry Tribe

Book mentioned: "Pizzas and Mermaid" by Jonathan Montgomery.

Love Shovel Poets

More great Boulder poetry: Lunamopolis

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Book Tour Day #2

Book Tour Day #2

I wanted to make a quick video for day #2 but I'm in Santa Monica now and staying at my friend Chaya's house and it's a little on the late side to be filming, haha, so I will do a video for day 2 & 3 tomorrow. I'm so filled with excitement & meatballs & sunshine––California is a lovely place! Now the crickets are cricketing in the distance and I have a cozy place to sleep and tomorrow I may go to the beach to practice my poems for the performance. Perfect. 


Monday, October 6, 2014

Book Tour!

Hi everyone! I'm about to leave for my book tour and I'll be posting either a video or a regular text blog every day to document the whole tour. Here's the first one:

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Poetry Marathon

I'm SO excited to say that I will be participating in The Poetry Marathon next Saturday (August 23). I'll be writing a poem an hour for 12 hours straight (I opted for the half marathon, others who do the full marathon will be writing a poem an hour for 24 hours straight!). While I have no idea what to expect from this experience, I have a feeling it is going to be an incredible one. Writing poem after poem non-stop will, I think, push me to dig into my heart deeper than usual, and I can't wait to see what I pull out! There will be many other fellow poets also posting up on the website hourly, so in addition to the intensity of the time factor there will also be an incredible amount of energy from everyone involved. If you've never done a writing marathon before you should definitely try it out, you'd be shocked at what beauties these parameters and this kind of environment can magically create in your writing.  

They are still accepting applications (submit before August 20th), for all details and the application form (it's short and pretty fun to fill out!) go here: The Poetry Marathon

[The Poetry Marathon will take place from Saturday, August 23rd at 9 AM EDT until Sunday, August 24th at 9 AM EDT]

Saturday, March 22, 2014

April Writing Marathon

National poetry month (April) is coming up soon, and as usual this year I am hosting my writing marathon blog, here: A Daily Dose Of Spring Poems. Last year there were 9 of us who had pledged to write a poem a day, no matter what, and we turned out some incredible stuff. It was also an amazingly supportive little group we had––we all read each others poems, gave encouragement, and often left thoughtful comments. This year, I invited a few more writers to join the project, and I'm really excited for the month to start. I did, however, make some major changes to the format this year. I decided to open up the writing marathon to allow for fiction/non-fiction. So the parameters are as follows: a poem a day OR 500 words of prose a day. I made this change because I have started writing a novel, and really must devote my creative energies towards prose.

Here's a quote from my beloved buk, on craft: 

"I write right off the typer. I call it my "machinegun." I hit it hard, usually late at night while drinking wine and listening to classical music on the radio and smoking mangalore ganesh beedies. I revise but not much. The next day I retype the poem and automatically make a change or two, drop out a line, or make two lines into one or one line into two, that sort of thing—to make the poem have more balls, more balance. Yes, the poems come "off the top of my head," I seldom know what I’m going to write when I sit down. There isn’t much agony and sweat of the human spirit involved in doing it. The writing’s easy, it’s the living that is sometimes difficult.”

-Charles Bukowski, from an interview with the New York Quarterly, 1985

I know it is too early in the year to be reading him, he is one of my "summer poets", and during springtime I usually consume only my spring poets (e.e. cummings, wcw etc.), but I cannot help myself.