Thursday, July 28, 2011


Last Spring, about the time I was working up the syllabus for the seminar I was to offer at the University of Kansas, Steve Tills got in touch with me about doing a chapbook of my poetry. I've always admired Steve and his "chappers" and so was happy to agree to the project.

BUT THEN . . . turns out the chapbook is being produced in Lawrence, Kansas, the very week I am to arrive in town.

In an earlier post I noted my first meeting with poet Jim McCrary. Jim not only contributed the blurb for the chapbook and saw it through press, he arranged for a publication reading in the series at THE TAPROOM downtown. The event started out with an open reading -- Due to unusual tech problems, I don't have a full recording of the event and so don't have the names of all the readers, though Kara Bollinger and Mary Dockery, both participants in the seminar, both read new work.

The other featured reader was Crystal Boson, who, according to Pank magazine, is fascinated by both bacon and roller derby, and whose poetry has appeared in Callaloo. Her own chapbook is The Icarus Series (she did seem to be flying perilously close to the sun that day).

Lots of old and new friends in the room - I couldn't have asked for a better way to celebrate the new chapbook.

The new book is from Hank's Loose Gravel Press.
To inquire about getting copies, contact or

1 comment:

tyrone said...

really like Mantic Semantic--kicks off with a bang and doesn't let up!

Long live JB