I spent the better part of July driving nearly 2000 miles for a string of shows in the South with readings in Nashville, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. I’m so grateful I got to visit so many friends, eat mountains of crawfish, and share poems with so many new people. Thank you to my friends at Open Mouth for helping to make my summer tour happen! If ever you have an opportunity to visit them in Fayetteville, please go. The tomato sandwiches are reason enough, but the commitment to poetry there is truly something special. Also, thanks to The Free Nashville Poetry Library, Molly Bess Rector, Kimberly Ann Southwick, Mark Cugini, Layne Ransom, and Malvern Books for being my guiding lights along the way. I’m so lucky to know so many sweet, passionate people through poetry, and even luckier they’ll give me somewhere to crash when I’m in town.
I have some more local (to me) shows coming up this month that I want to make sure I mention here. I’ll be reading from a falling knife has no handle with Brandon Amico during the Northeastern tour for his new book, Disappearing, Inc. at Trident in Boston on Sunday, 9/15. Afterwards, we’re going to interview each other about craft, process, and our personal poetic obsessions. The event starts at 7 PM and both books will be for sale through Trident. More information on the location of the event can be found here. I’ll also be visiting Portland, ME that week, for a reading for Port Veritas at Bull Feeney’s on Tuesday, 9/17. The show starts at 8 PM and there’s an open mic if you also have work you’d like to share. If you’re in New England, I hope I’ll see you soon. And if you’re elsewhere, I’m planning more tour dates for winter and maybe we’ll both be lucky enough to meet in your city soon.
One more thing! If you’ve yet to pick up a copy of the reissue of my chapbook You Can’t Pick Your Genre, never fear: Big Lucks ordered a second printing and more books are available now. Get yours through their website, and while you’re there, you might as well pick up a few more titles from their sale. I recently bought copies of Sasha Fletcher’s and Carrie Murphy’s full length poetry collections to read for August’s Sealey Challenge, and besides being gorgeous books, the poems are vibrant, funny, and insistent. Happy reading!