Monday, February 28, 2011

Spring Fictions: Mary Miller & Louise Krug

Please join us:

Saturday, March 5, 5pm
Wonder Fair Gallery / Shoppe / Studio
(803 1/2 Massachusetts Street)
FREE (donations, make them)

Mary Miller's story collection, Big World, is in its second printing. Her fiction has recently appeared inMcSweeney's QuarterlyAmerican Short FictionNinth Letter, and Fiction, among others. She is a Michener Fellow at the University of Texas. 

The Rumpus just posted an interview with Mary.

Louise Krug is a Creative PhD candidate at the University of Kansas. She has had short stories published in elimaeEveryday Genius, and Glossolalia.  Her first book, a memoir, will be released by Black Balloon Publishing. 

Here is a recent piece by Louise on Metazen.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

November 2: Novemberween

Jam-packed ass-kicking November continues for 
An Actual Kansas Reading Series

as we welcome poets 
Corrine Fitzpatrick & Adam Robinson

@ Wonder Fair Art Gallery 
(803 1/2 Massachusetts Street)
Friday, November 19, 7PM
$0 but you can make donations for the poets' travels, thank you.

Adam Robinson lives in Baltimore, where he runs Publishing Genius Press and plays guitar in Sweatpants, a rock band. His two books, Adam Robison and Other Poems and Say, Poem both came out this year. He is a contributor to HTMLGIANT, and other recent work appears in Lit and Small Doggies and in Triple Quick Fiction, a Featherproof iPhone app. 

Corrine Fitzpatrick is the author of two chapbooks (On Melody Dispatch and Zamboangueña, both 2007) and has more recent writing in various print and online places. She is the former Program Coordinator of the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church in NYC, and recently finished the MFA program at Bard College in upstate New York. She lives in Brooklyn.

To download a copy of The Equalizer 1.5, which features poems by Corrine, click here, or click here to view in Google Docs.

Friday, October 22, 2010

What's Up, November?

Two dudes, that's what.

will read from their faces into a room that should include your faces, too.
Friday, November 5, 7pm

Justin Runge currently lives in Lawrence, where he works as a graphic designer and edits Blue Hour Press. His own poetry can be found at DIAGRAM, Linebreak, SOFTBLOW, and elsewhere.

All things Justin Runge can be found via his website.

Phil Estes is the author of the chapbooks Gem City/Fountain City (Rabbit Catastrophe, 2009) and the forthcoming Tommy Glorious and the Girls of Wichita (Mitzvah).  His poems have appeared in Harpur Palate, Hayden's Ferry Review, Jellyfish, Lamination Colony, NOO Journal, Willow Springs, and others.  He lives in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  

Here's Phil in PANKHere's him in The Lifted Brow.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

It's Actually October, Kansas


Dana Ward is the author of Typing 'Wild Speech' from Summer BF Press, as well as several other short books that have come out over the past few years. He lives in Cincinnati where he edits books and hosts readings under the Cy Press banner, and works as an advocate for adult literacy at the Over the Rhine Learning Center.

Buy his chapbook with famous photo of Ian Curtis on the cover here.

Dana reading at many venues, from many texts (PennSound).

Stephanie Young lives and works in Oakland, California. She's written some books of poetry, of which Picture Palace is the most recently published. Editorial projects include Bay Poetics, Deep Oakland, and the forthcoming A Megaphone, which collects responses about feminism, writing and working conditions from writers around the globe, along with essays and enactments she and Spahr performed together between 2005-07.

Here is the interactive website for the Deep Oakland project that Stephanie co-edits. (It is pretty fucking intense, baffling, so generous, beautiful, fun, my adjectives don't mean anything, just look at it, every-city-needs-Stephanie-Young-and-her-co-editors-is-she-for-hire-for-your-town-?).

Buy Bay Poetics from Faux Press.

"Older poems" by Stephanie, also in Shampoo.

Stephanie and Dana are friends, OMG they have so much in common, here is Stephanie reading at many venues, from many texts (PennSound).

Thursday, April 15, 2010

An Actual April Reading @ The Raven

DIANE GLANCY is professor emeritus at Macalester College. She was the 2008-09 Visiting Richard Thomas Professor of Creative Writing at Kenyon College. Her most recent books are The Reasons for Crows, A Novel of Kateri Tekakwitha (SUNY) and Pushing the Bear: After the Trail of Tears (University of Oklahoma Press). Forthcoming books are The Dream of a Broken Field, essays (University of Nebraska Press), and Stories of the Driven World (Mammoth Press, Lawrence, KS). She currently is working on an independent film, The Dome of Heaven, with Through a Glass, also in Lawrence. More information about the film is on her website, She lives in Prairie Village, Kansas.

Karl Gartung was born in Liberal, Kansas. In 1976 he was hired to run a small press bookstore (Boox, Inc.) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He says this was the beginning of his serious apprenticeship to contemporary literature. In 1979 he co-founded Woodland Pattern Book Center with Karl Young and Anne Kingsbury. At Woodland Pattern, where he retains the title of Artistic Director, he has been involved in the planning and presentation of hundreds of poetry readings, music performances, and art and book exhibits. He has always felt that such activities are as centrally artistic as writing or publishing could have be. These events were (and are) his education. In order to provide the income necessary to see the Book Center through inevitable funding droughts, he took a day job as a truck driver at what has become UPS Cartage Services. He calls this his deal with the devil. After several layoffs, Gartung helped organize his workplace into the Teamsters Union in 1993, and has served as a union steward from the ratification of the first contract to the present. Representing others on the job became a new and satisfying field of work, leading inevitably to more material for writing. He is a reader and writer with deep ethical commitment, vision, and a particular enthusiasm for poetry and visual work in outside traditions. His own work was changed irretrievably by Paul Metcalf, Dick Higgins, Karl Young, and Jerome Rothenberg. Karl’s work has appeared in 26, Five Fingers Review, Convergence, Croton Bug, Convoy Dispatch, and was featured along with Karl Young and Morgan Gibson in a special issue of Gam: Roots of Experimental Writing in Milwaukee. His first full length book of poetry, Now That Memory Has Become So Important, was published in 2008 by Midwestern Writers Publishing House.

Sunday, March 21, 2010


Please come to what promises to be an exciting reading by two of our favorite younger writers Kari Freitag and Alex Savage on Friday, March 26, at 7 PM at LOVE GARDEN RECORDS the Wonder Fair Gallery 803 1/2, Massachusetts Street, Lawrence.
You can find Kari Freitag sitting on her windowsill overlooking Division Ave. in Chicago. She draws pictures and writes poems. She also sings songs to her cat, Squirrel. Instead of creating a new song she inserts his name into Peter Frampton's 1974 hit song, Baby, I love Your Way. Then it sounds like, "Ooh Squirrel I love your way, everyday." She has been working on a collection of writings and drawings titled, If I Leave You Alone, Will You Still Be Mad at Me? She will trade almost anything for almost anything and loves almost everyone.
Alex Savage grew up as a baby in Tennessee and was close to the Smoky Mountains and drove an old car around sometimes when he was legally certified to drive a vehicle (Class D? C?). He currently has written his first book, and it is called THE FLESH IS LIKE A KIND OF MUPPET CAPER and that will be out on Hey Tiger! 2010, and if it isn't out for the reading it will be out very soon. Alex is a practicing visual artist and writer. His visual work includes text and pikachus (think about if Joe Brainard lived now and had a lot of screens to look at). He also maintains an internet presence in his work and life, as he is involved with various internet gangs (please visit his website at and click links to see his work). Alex's recent endeavors include
making MIDI Mixes of songs for his performances as DJ BASKETBALL.

* please note this reading will be at the venerable LOVE GARDEN RECORDS, not wonderfair as usual.  PLEASE NOTE. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Hello Everyone!

We are very happy to bring Rod Smith and Mel Nichols to read to Lawrence & environs.  A

The time is 7pm on Friday 2/26.  It will be at the same location, essentially, as our other readings, something like 803 Massachusetts Street, Wonder Fair above/below the old Casbah (the above part is a minor variation).

Rod Smith is the author of Deed, Music or Honesty, Poèmes de l'araignée (France), The Good House, Protective Immediacy, and In Memory of My Theories. A CD of his readings, Fear the Sky, came out
from Narrow House Recordings in 2005.  Smith's work has appeared in a whole bunch of  magazines and anthologies including American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry, Anthology of New (American) Poets, TheBaffler, Critical Quarterly, The Gertrude Stein Awards, Java, New American Writing, Open City, Poésie, Poetics Journal, Shenandoah, and The Washington Review.

He is editor and publisher of Edge Books, which has established an international reputation for publishing the finest in innovative writing.

Smith is also editing, with Peter Baker and Kaplan Harris, The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley, for the University of California Press. Smith is currently a Visiting Professor in Poetry at The Iowa Writers' Workshop.

I really like this article Joshua Clover wrote about Rod Smith in The Nation.

I am very much a fan, also, of these two works:  Ted's Head  and Moist Feelings.


 Mel Nichols wrote this poem for Poetry Magazine, I Google Myself. 

Mel’s most recent books are Catalytic Exteriorization Phenomenon (Edge Books, 2009) and Bicycle Day (Slack Buddha, 2008). She teaches at George Mason University.

You can listen to this poem:  "You Should be Nice to Call Center Workers." 

And you should join us!  Rod & Mel are awesome! It will be a good time!

your humble hosts,
Anne & Robert