WE’RE BACK – IN A NEW VENUE!
This month only, join us at THE BLOCKHOUSE
Next month we move to Bear’s Place
Featured readers: Tony Brewer, Joan Hawkins, Ian Uriel Girdley, with musical guests The PaperBack Riot
plus an open mic
JOAN HAWKINS works in poetry, prose, creative nonfiction, and spoken word performance. Her work appears in the Ryder, 3 a.m., Sand and The Performing Arts Journal. She co-organized three major arts festivals in Bloomington: The Burroughs Century, Wounded Galaxies, and Wounded Galaxies 1968; and currently chairs The Writers Guild at Bloomington. She is the co-editor of a major anthology on William S. Burroughs, Cutting Up the Century, which is forthcoming from Indiana University Press. And she is collaborating with Kalynn Brower on an anthology about rape escapes. When she is not writing poetry, she teaches Cinema and Media Studies in The Media School at IU Bloomington, and has written extensively on horror, punk cinema and the avant-garde.
TONY BREWER is a poet, event producer, voice actor, and live sound effects artist from Bloomington, Indiana. He is executive director of the Spoken Word Stage at the 4th Street Arts Festival and his books include: The Great American Scapegoat, Little Glove in a Big Hand, Hot Type Cold, and coming this spring: Homunculus, from Dos Madres Press. He co-founded the first poetry slam in Indiana in 2001 and competed, coached, and toured with a team until 2006; and has been offering Poetry On Demand at coffeehouses, museums, churches, bars, and art and music festivals for over 10 years. Tony is one-third of the poetry performance group Reservoir Dogwoods.
IAN URIEL GIRDLEY explores hope, love, lust, loss, and loneliness against a backdrop of whiskey-colored Southern Indiana daydreams. His voice, sometimes lyrical, sometimes baudy, probes the secret tender areas and unhealed wounds of some romance won and lost. At times brash, Ian’s poems unapologetically embrace the grit and ache of sex while retaining at their core enough humility to be, essentially, love poems.
THE PAPERBACK RIOT is the conceptual love child of Captain Beefheart, Fugazi, Buddy Wakefield, Henry Rollins, mewithoutYou, & Charles Bukowski — a cacophonous riot muscled in the vein of rock and poetry. Featuring Matthew Jackson’s mouth, Jarrett Noel on guitar, Zach White on bass, and drummer Ben Calabrese. Their EP Kiss Kiss Apocalypse is available for download on your favorite flavor of music service.