Friday, June 20, 2008

An Actual Kansas Chapbook Release Reading, Feat. Chuck Stebelton and Anne Boyer

This is a special edition of An Actual Kansas Reading Series. Both readers have chapbooks (the first two) on the newly minted Mitzvah Chaps.

Chuck Stebelton is Literary Program Manager at Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee, WI, and a friend of mine. Before that, he spent some time in Chicago curating the Myopic Poetry Series. His first full-length book of poetry, Circulation Flowers, was released by Tougher Disguises in 2005. Other chapbooks include Flags and Banners (Bronze Skull Press) and Precious (Answer Tag Home Press). Chuck enjoys good beer, please bring some to the reading to share with him.

Here is something from Tim Yu discussing Chuck's work and the 'controversial' Prairie School of Poetry.

Here is a video of Chuck reading poems:

And another one of him eating penne with a fake moustache for 'unknown' reasons:

Untitled from Chuck Stebelton on Vimeo.

Anne Boyer lives in a suburban Kansas hellscape with a charming cat, an artist prodigy daughter, and a lot of books. She is also a friend of mine, in my top 10 favorite 'writers', and my co-curator of An Actual Kansas Readings Series. Her first full length poetry book, The Romance of Happy Workers, was released this year by Coffee House Press. Other chapbooks include Anne Boyer's Good Apocalypse (Effing Press) and Selected Dreams (Abraham Lincoln).

Here is a review of The Romance of Happy Workers.

Here is a video Anne made that is funny:

Sunday, June 29, 2008, 7pm

6 Gallery, Lawrence, KS (716 1/2 Massachusetts Street)

Free but you can spend money on books.

'Substantial' 'snacks' will be 'provided'.

For to order the new chapbooks ahead of time, or anytime thereafter, visit If you live in Lawrence, I will 'hand deliver' them. If you live other places and plan to come to the reading, you 'might as well' wait, because they won't arrive in time. You can buy both chapbooks at the reading for 'only' $10, which is a 'deal'.