I have entered my book Flit in many contests, one of which is the “Lammys” sponsored by Lambda Literary. This year there are thirty-seven entries in the gay poetry category. I decided to challenge myself by purchasing and reading each and every one of them.
What an amazing experience. Thirty-seven gay men have written thirty-seven wildly different collections of poetry. Seven books stand out to me personally.
The Opposite of People by Patrick Ryan Frank
Otter by Ben Ladoceur
Rebels by Jeff Mann
Jesse Garon Writes A Love Letter by Robby Nadler
Brimstone by Will Stockton
What the Night Numbered by Bradford Tice
Supplication: Selected Poems of John Wieners
Had a wonderful experience yesterday at Beyond Baroque in Venice, CA. I read five poems from FLIT and mashed up three new poems from Catcher in the Rye with the crowd. This venue is a wonderful gift to poets and poetry lovers. I highly recommend.
Queen Mob’s Teahouse offered me weekly space to publish a series of essays about my career in theatre. Today they launched the first one. I am calling this adventure 30 YEARS A DRESSER –40-50 fun, wacky essays of the shows I worked on backstage.
Queen Mob’s Teahouse
My short stories “A Place for Dad” and “Eric in Your Bed” were published in Jonathan Magazine. They are my twelfth and thirteenth short stories to find a publisher in 2015.
FLIT has a little corner in the January/February issue of Poet & Writer’s Magazine. Pretty cool, huh?
“I like getting flowers. My fellow actors knew I was getting a bouquet from a mysterious fan named Steve before each performance. Roses, daisies, and colorful mixes out of season from a man who never showed his face at the theatre.”
My 500 word short story FLOWERS FROM STEVE was published today at Spelk Fiction.
I will be going to New Orleans in April for Saints & Sinners Literary Festival. Just confirmed a guest spot to do a reading from FLIT and perhaps be a part of the poetry panel discussion.
I attended this festival in 2013 and had a fabulous time.
Saints and Sinners Literary Festival
I’m going to be a guest artist and do a reading from FLIT in Los Angeles at Beyond Baroque on Saturday, January 16, at 4pm.
With a chunk of my Kickstarter money, I hired my friend Robert Lawson and his award winning company Bus #8 to shoot a 2 minute film for me to use to pitch author events in other cities. The movie was shot at the FLIT launch at University Bookstore a month ago.
Had a great evening at Ophelia Books. Read some poems from Flit and we mashed up two poems from Catcher in the Rye. JD Salinger is probably rolling in his grave.