December 1st, 2014

Hello friends,
do I have a treat for you.

Following this year’s Chicago Book Expo make your way over to Logan Square (and my house) to enjoy a free performance by authors from a heap-ton of great presses and organizations including: Thoughtcrime Press, Meekling Press, YesYes Bøøks, Projecttile Lit, Muzzle Magazine, Know Army, EM Press Publishing, Vox Ferus, and more!

How about this sexy list of readers:
Fatimah Asghar
Aricka Foreman
Marty McConnell
Maya Marshall
Tim Stafford
Kevin Kern
Nate Olison
Anne Yoder
John Wilmes
Chelsea Fiddyment
Ben Clark
Rob Hendler
Emilio Maldonado

The reading is free, but bring some cash monies (or credit card) to support your local authors. For every book you buy you will also receive a free shot of whiskey or can of old man beer. No lie.

Show up at 7:00. We’ll start the reading at 8.

I’m looking forward to seeing all of your smiling faces.

July 18th, 2014

Hello friends,
I’m honored and thrilled to announce that my second collection of poetry, if you turn around I will turn around, is being published by the beauties over at Thoughtcrime Press in winter 2014. Following that, our first AWP as a press, and a west coast tour (hopefully with the band Tereshkova). I’m a lucky, lucky man, and so grateful to you wonders of the human race that have supported me, welcomed me into your homes on the road, given feedback in workshops, and hugs when I seemed down. More details soon, but until then know that I’m all beard and love and smiles.

 

June 13th, 2014

Wish me luck friends. I’m off to the farm.

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May 16th, 2014

Hello friends,
it is official, I will be back in Nebraska from June 13th-30th as a resident artist at the Art Farm. This has been a goal of mine since my high school art class visited the farm. I’m looking forward to the family and friends I’m bound to see, the quiet, the open space and the sunsets, meeting the other incredibly talented and diverse resident-artists, and of course, I’m looking forward to two weeks of time to devote to poetry and sound projects. I’m a lucky, lucky beardo.

 

March 16th, 2014

Hello friends. I’m performing a new contrapuntal, written with the wonderful Laurel Foglia, at the Encyclopedia Show, and would love to see your smiling faces out in the audience, and after the show.

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February 10th, 2014

Well, well, well…a recording of me performing over at the Dollhouse. Check it out if you are so inclined. Also, shout-outs to Josh Gaines and Thoughtcrime Press for publishing that beautiful Little Bones book, and Colin Winnette for collaborating with me on the poem/poems in spotlight.

 

November 18th, 2013

Wowza! I’m the featured poet over at Muzzle Magazine. Check out the pretty, pretty write-up by the wonderful Laura Steadwell.

 

November 15th, 2013

Hello friends,

it has been too long. My apologies for moving to hermit-town. I miss your beautiful faces.

If you get a chance, check out my new poems released into the wild. One at Leveler and one at Birdfeast.

 

June 18th, 2013

Little Bones.

 

May 9th, 2013

Woot!

Dollhouse! Dollhouse! Dollhouse!

Tour! Tour! Tour!

Woot!

 

April 3rd, 2013

We’ve put together an upcoming tour page. Little Bones.

 

March 17th, 2013

Thank you from the bottom of my beard to all of you who have made our kickstarter project a success! For those of you who haven’t had a chance yet, and still want to help out, there are only six days remaining to donate to the Little Bones Tour.

So far, we have ten tentative tour dates, taking us all the way down to Houston, and back up to Chicago. I will let you know more when shows are more formalized, but rest assured we are chomping at the bit to read you beautiful people some poetry.

 

January 11th, 2013

Hello friends,

I have been reading a lot more than writing the last few months, and was asked recently for a list of poets/poems that I love. This is the list I came up with. Of course, there are numerous others, and likely better poems by the authors chosen, but nonetheless, wonderful poems by wonderful poets, with links. Enjoy.

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40 (ish) Poets:Richard Siken
-you are jeff, scheherazade, and saying your names
http://yupnet.org/siken/Gregory Orr
-gathering the bones together
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/181536Frank Stanford
-the light the dead see
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/237644
-freedom, revolt, and love
http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/16181Annie Finch
-elegy for my father
http://www.fishousepoems.org/archives/annie_finch/elegy_for_my_father_.shtmlBrigit Pegeen Kelly
-song
http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15238Zachary Schomburg
-scary, no scary
http://howapoemhappens.blogspot.com/2010/07/zachary-schomburg-was-born-in-1977.html
-the fire cycle
http://www.alicebluereview.org/seven/poetry/schomburg.html
-from 1977-2050
http://www.versedaily.org/2009/1977-2050.shtmlRoger Bonair-Agard
-defense-1988, 1987
http://unionstationmag.com/2010/11/poems-roger-bonair-agard/Jack Gilbert
-michiko dead
http://www.vqronline.org/articles/1994/spring/gilbert-michiko-dead/
-tear it down
http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/19356Stevie Edwards
-what I mean by ruin is
http://www.rattle.com/poetry/2011/12/what-i-mean-by-ruin-is-by-stevie-edwards/
-goodbye to the poetics of restlessness
http://www.amethystarsenic.com/issues/3-1/stevie-edwards.phpTerrence Hayes
-at pegasus
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/181755-lighthead’s guide to the galaxy
http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/21366Yusuf Komanyaka
-facing it
http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15830
-please
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/177457Kathleen Rooney
-robinson’s telephone rings
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/245090Marie Howe
-what the living do
http://www.mariehowe.com/poem_living_whatthelivingdo.html
-apology
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/browse/147/5#!/20600620
-practicing
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/242166Arda Collins
-the news
http://www.everyday-genius.com/2011/08/arda-collins.html
-spring
http://www.aprweb.org/poem/springAnder Monson
-burn burn
http://www.webdelsol.com/Perihelion/monson.htm
-before vandalism
http://howapoemhappens.blogspot.com/2010/12/ander-monson.htmlJamaal May
-ask what I’ve been
http://www.blackbird.vcu.edu/v10n2/poetry/may_j/ask_page.shtml
-Athazagoraphobia: Fear of Being Ignored
http://www.jamaalmay.com/published-poems/athazagoraphobia-fear-of-being-ignored/
-pomegranate means grenade
http://www.jamaalmay.com/published-poems/pomegranate-means-grenade/James Wright
-a blessing
http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/16944Simone Muench
-wolf cento
http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/22115Ross Gay
-how to fall in love with your father
http://www.fishousepoems.org/archives/ross_gay/how_to_fall_in_love_with_your_father.shtml
-man tries to commit suicide with a crossbow
http://www.fishousepoems.org/archives/ross_gay/man_tries_to_commit_suicide_with_a_crossbow.shtmlAracelis Girmay
-kingdom animalia
http://www.fishousepoems.org/archives/aracelis_girmay/kingdom_animalia.shtml
-elegy
https://www.boaeditions.org/bookstore/kingdom-animalia.htmlIlya Kaminsky
-we lived happily during the war
http://www.fishousepoems.org/archives/ilya_kaminsky/we_lived_happily_during_the_war.shtmlJericho Brown
-prayer of the backhanded
http://www.fishousepoems.org/archives/jericho_brown/prayer_of_the_backhanded.shtml
-lion
http://www.fishousepoems.org/archives/jericho_brown/lion.shtmlJohn Murillo
-practicing fadeaways
http://www.fishousepoems.org/archives/john_murillo/practicing_fadeaways.shtmlMatthea Harvey
-implications for modern life
http://www.fishousepoems.org/archives/matthea_harvey/implications_for_modern_life.shtml
-setting the table
http://www.fishousepoems.org/archives/matthea_harvey/setting_the_table.shtml

Reginald Harris
-what my fathers taught me
http://www.fishousepoems.org/archives/reginald_harris/what_my_fathers_taught_me.shtml

Robin Ekiss
-world without birds
http://www.fishousepoems.org/archives/robin_ekiss/world_without_birds.shtml
-portrait of houdini with wife
http://www.fishousepoems.org/archives/robin_ekiss/portrait_of_houdini_with_wife.shtml

Rusty Morrison
-please advise stop (3 poems)
http://www.coconutpoetry.org/morrison1.htm

Li-Young Lee
-the gift
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/171752
-from blossoms
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/171754

C.K. Williams
-I hate
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poem/182624

Tyehimba Jess
-leadbelly vs. lomax
http://www.fishousepoems.org/archives/tyehimba_jess/leadbelly_vs_lomax_at_the_modern_language_association_conference_1934.shtml

John Paul Davis
-winter compline
http://denversyntax.com/issue4/issue4/poems/davis/winter.html
-myself, with the night on my face
http://asitoughttobe.com/2012/07/14/saturday-poetry-series-presents-john-paul-davis/

Sherman Alexie
-defending walt whitman
http://rinabeana.com/poemoftheday/index.php/category/sherman-alexie/
-grief calls us to the things of this earth
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/237622

Mark Doty
-the embrace
http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15634

Rebecca Elliott
-experiment # 18, experiment #23
http://thediagram.com/11_1/elliott.html
-a selection of numerous others
http://www.ucityreview.com/3_Elliott_Rebecca.html#thewallsarepaintedwhite

Dean Young
-poem without forgiveness
http://www.theparisreview.org/poetry/5681/five-poems-dean-young

Kevin Young
-ode to the midwest
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poem/179814
-the mission
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poem/237722

Nick Flynn
-cartoon physics, part 1
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/185627
-my mother contemplating her gun
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/182172

Patricia Smith
-shoulda been jimi savannah
http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/22867
-katrina
http://blueflowerarts.com/patricia-smith

Anne Carson
-from VI: ideas
http://www.oysterboyreview.org/archived/09/carson.html

Carl Phillips
-in this light, since you ask
http://www.theparisamerican.com/carl-phillips-poetry.html

October 23rd, 2012

Hello friends,

sorry for the absence, but sometimes a poet has to also be a hermit. I promise to be out and about more often. Let’s play. Give me a call if you like. Here is a quick update on the last few months. Colin and my collection of poems Kate Jury Denton Texas has been doing pretty well publication-wise with poems in Barnstorm, Right Hand Pointing, Hobart, A cappella Zoo, Split Lip, Brusque, and Atticus Review among others. Recently KJDT was named as a finalist (though not the winner) for the Subito Press book prize, which is fantastic but also a little bittersweet. Oh, and I’m listed in the Poets and Writers author directory. Woot.

In other news, Vox Ferus is still the best workshop in town, and Marty McConnell one of the most dynamic individuals I have ever met. She has a new book out (woot woot) called Wine for a Shotgun, and a book release here in Chicago on November 1st. Go to it here. I was also introduced to an incredible monthly reading series in Lincoln Square called the Dollhouse Reading Series. Nice people, great words, and an audience to die for.

Outside of all the writing business, I have to say I miss all of you a great deal…in Australia, Nebraska, Chicago, San Francisco, New York, Ithaca, Denton, Seattle, and those of you scattered elsewhere across the country. Hopefully I can find a way to save up a little cash and visit each of you soon, and buy you a drink, and give you a hug, and share a few laughs.

 

June 24th, 2012

New author photo with Colin Winnette

 

April 5th, 2012

I’m honored to have been asked to return to Nebraska for a performance alongside three of my former Hastings College professors at this year’s Elinor Bartholomew Fine Arts Festival. Please join me! I would love to see you at the reading and after.

More information:

Poetry reading featuring: Dwight Marsh, Ben Clark, and Darrel Lloyd

with music by Jim Fritzler on the Cathedral organ!

Wine and cheese reception following.

St. Mark’s Pro-Cathedral
422 North Burlington
Hastings, NE 68901
April 28th, 2012
7 p.m.

 

March 11th, 2012

Hello friends. I’m the featured poet in the fantastic journal Radius right now, with a poem of my own and selected poems  from two wonderful friends and poets: Colin Winnette and Marty McConnell. Check it out if you have some time!

Also, Colin and I will be performing at the Joan Flasch Artist’s Book Collection (5th floor of 37 Wabash) tomorrow from 12-1 p.m. If you happen to be downtown, stop by for some poetry, pizza, and flowers.

 

January 23rd, 2012

What a fantastic time in Denton. Thanks to Colin, Regine, Courtney, Conor, Sam, Darin, Walker, Zach, and all the rest of you beautiful, beautiful people. I miss you already.

My final semester at SAIC begins this week, and I would be hard-pressed to say that I don’t feel a little sadness at leaving. It has been a fantastic last year and a half, and I owe each of my friends met at school a big, long hug.

This weekend I will be performing at three events, and in honor of my fantastic friends I will be selling my book for the

SEXY FRIEND DISCOUNT of $8!

I hope to see you at one of these great shows:

Pressed for Cash at the Westside School for the Desperate on the 28th at 8 p.m.

Fix Our Shit Fundraiser at Ashley Brand’s House on the 28th at 9:30 p.m.

Vox Ferus Night at the Green Mill on the 29th at 7 p.m

 

January 10th, 2012

Hello friends,

I leave tomorrow for my second round of touring with Colin Winnette. I am incredibly excited to be traveling through the wonderful state of Texas with this talented fellow. Please check our tour blog or my own tour page for updates.

Also, I’m honored to be performing on January 29th at the legendary Green Mill in the first ever Vox Ferus takeover show with featured performances by Kristiana Colon, Emily Rose, Maya Marshall and Robertha Medina.

I will be competing later in the evening in a 3-person slam tournament with Reggie Eldridge and Abigail Vic. Woot. Only $7!

 

December 7th, 2011

Hello all,

it has been too long and I apologize for the absence. School has been challenging as you would expect, but I feel really good about the new work I am making, and the numerous friends and writers I have met here. As far as upcoming shows go, Colin Winnette and I will be touring Texas and Arizona in January in support of his fantastic new book Revelation, and I of course will continue to support Reasons to Leave the Slaughter. I will let you know the details very soon, but until then have a wonderful holiday season and keep writing!

 

September 15th, 2011

Hello friends,

I will be featuring at the wonderful West Side School for the Desperate this Saturday. I would love it if you would join me. Cheap drinks, an incredible open mike, and me!

Here is the information:

3608 W. Wrightwood

Sign-up at 8PM, show at 8:30. 18+ ID at the door.

$5 suggested donation, reasonable drinks. Please do not B your own B and support your favorite DIY arts space!

 

ps–Thanks again to all of the performers and artists who contributed to the book release. It was a really magical night that I could not have imagined happening in a better way. I am really blessed to know all of you, and am deeply humbled by the depth, honesty, and skill that you put into everything that happened on that stage. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

And thanks to those of you who came out to support the release of my book and the Chicago arts. I owe each of you many hugs.

 

August 31st, 2011

 

August 28th, 2011

School at the Art Institute essentially begins in a few days, and I have ants in my pants to return. I miss all of my friends. I miss writing and work-shopping. I miss my super-duper cheap U-Pass.

And to top all of this off, on September 9th at 7 p.m. I am lucky enough to be celebrating my official book release at the Art Institute’s ballroom. Instead of reading from my own text I have invited a variety of my favorite writers and artists to “cover” one of my poems however they like, along with opportunity to perform original work of their own. Along with the performances we will have tables set up with books/chapbooks for purchase and information on a variety of Chicago literary organizations. We will have food. We will have drinks. It is going to be beautiful madness, and I hope to see you there. Oh, and here is a tentative list of performers and artists:

Colin Winnette

Roger Bonair-Agard and J.W. Basilo

Nate Olison and Kevin Kern

Marty McConnell

John Rich

Emily Rose

Laura Yes Yes

Sherry Antonini

Janet Desaulniers

Erin Obradovich

Kate Jury

Jen Gerken

Lesley Dixon

Matt Mongelia

Patrick Welsch

Ted Lowitz

Debra Kayes

Shannon Bourne

Gwynne Johnson

Joshua Cotter

Todd Brown

Kristin Nason

 

What an amazing, blessed life I am living right now.

 

August 21st, 2011

Hello all. If I haven’t seen you in the last few weeks I am back in Chicago. It is good to be home, though the tour was wonderful, and taught me only to believe more and more in the kindness and generosity of my friends, family, and the many new artists and writers that we met on the road. I have Nick Flynn’s newest and Terrence Hayes’ first book of poetry sitting close by as I write this. Apple Juice cats around in the other room. I am listening to Luke Temple’s newest album, and have two fans pointed in my direction. Since Colin and I’ve been back we have performed at Ipsento Coffee with Adam Jameson, and featured at a packed Mental Graffiti. On Thursday we leave for New York (my first time) and Boston (also my first) with a reading scheduled at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art on the 27th.

You can find out more about this show here.

ps-If you didn’t get a chance to follow along with our tour while it was happening, check out Colin and I’s tour blog.

pps-I have been obsessing over my friend Rebecca Elliott’s work lately. Check her out here and of course here.

 

July 17th, 2011

Well. We are here everyone. Colin and I will be leaving Monday the 18th for Indianapolis, and then on to the rest of the Midwest. Thanks again to all of you who came out to the Lillstreet Art Center for our going-away show. I feel absolutely blessed to have all of you in my life. Check out our fancy new tour blog for updates from the road.

 

July 5th, 2011

The TARANTULAS IN THE HAYSTACK TOUR kicks off in TEN days. Eep! Check the tour page for shows in your city, and for those of you in Chicago, please join us for the kick-off show on the roof of the Lillstreet Art Center. It is going to be a blast!

 

May 20th, 2011

Friends, the book is here! Thank you for your support over the last year. I love all of you very much. Check out my store for another view of the cover. You can now buy copies of the book at Write Bloody. Please do. Tell your friends. Tell your local library, your local book store. Tell your mom. Your mom would love my book. Of course if you happen to be in Chicago right now, contact me and I will hand-deliver a copy of the book to you. Really. I will drive to your home, and deliver the book along with one free hug.

In other news, the fantastic Colin Winnette and I will be touring the mid-west from late-July into early-August. We are still in the process of putting together our dates, but I promise I will let you know when any shows are finalized.

 

April 30th, 2011

Friends,

the book has been sent to the printers. I should be receiving tour copies in the next few weeks. Thank you for all of your endless kindness and support. In thanks, here are two new author photos with requisite beard sway:

 

 

 

Oh yes…and the cover of my book.


 

 

April 4th, 2011

Hello all. Just a brief update and invitation for all of you. Reasons To Leave The Slaughter, my upcoming book from Write Bloody Press, has been sent to the copy editor, and will then be sent to the wonderful Debra Kayes for layout business, and then to the printers. So close.

One a side note, I was chosen as one of the representatives of SAIC in a joint reading with UIC this Friday. You should stop by. Pretty words. Pretty faces.

INVITATION TO THE THIRD ANNUAL UIC/SAIC JOINT READING

Date:  Friday, April 8, 2011

Time:  Refreshments served at 6:30pm & Reading begins at 7:00pm

Place:
Institute for the Humanities (MC 206), 701 South Morgan, Lower Level, Stevenson Hall, Chicago, IL

Readers:
James Tadd Adcox (UIC), Maggie Anderson (UIC), Ben Clark (SAIC), Rebecca Elliott (SAIC), Austin Gilmour (UIC), Brenna Kischuk (SAIC), Virginia Konchan (UIC), Tyler Miles (UIC), Patty Petelin (SAIC), Roxanne Pilat (UIC), Jordan Scrivner (SAIC), Colin Winnette (SAIC)

 

March 8th, 2011

The cover for my book, Reasons To Leave The Slaughter, has been finalized. Woot. I am extremely happy with the image ( a photo by Todd Brown), with the design work and layout (all done by Debra Kayes), and the final choice made by Captain Derrick Brown of Write Bloody Press. I feel blessed and honored to be working with all of these fantastic people. I cannot start showing off this cover quite yet, but please check out Todd’s wonderful photography and the endless beautiful covers already in the Write Bloody store, and then imagine the two together singing songs and drinking Sunshine Wheat until last call.

Along with the cover being chosen, I can say that all edits have been completed (except for D.B.), the poems have been placed into an order, and my spatial issues (“five” contrapuntal poems) solved with a bit of elbow grease and the proper font choice. We are close people! Close!

February 14th, 2011

I am very lucky to have the fantastic Joshua Cotter illustrating my upcoming collection of poetry on Write Bloody Press. For a sneak peak head over to his website, and look at the bottom of the page here: Josh Cotter Illustrations. The last nine images (and two more on their way) will be in the book. Also, of course, buy one of his fantastic books here: Josh Cotter Store.

January 18th, 2011

I am fortunate enough to open for the fantastic Jalan Crossland’s Band at the Listening Room this Friday. I will be reading poems from my upcoming book that will be published this year by Write Bloody Press. I will very likely also have chapbooks and felt beards/mustaches to sell if you so desire. This is my first show as a “touring” poet. Please join me.

Friday, January 21 · 7:30pm – 10:00pm
(Doors open at 6:30)

The Listening Room (in the Knights of Pythias Club)
106 N. Denver
Hastings, NE

Purchase tickets online here with credit card:
http://www.thelisteningroom.org/www.thelisteningroom.org

or at the door with cash money.

January 3rd, 2011

Rather than babbling on about some sort of resolution I may or may not follow through on in the upcoming months, I would like to instead begin the year by thanking some of those individuals who have made this last year so special to me:

My family. Debra and Apple Juice. Tom, Whitney, and Jen. Gwynne and William. Shannon and Jeremy. Todd and Cody. Joelle and Michelle. Brian, Jordan, Dr. Wood, Marnie, Kate, Martha, Dan, Jeff and Faith, Rachel, Ted, Lee, Joko, Michael S., Erin O., Erin K. and Dan, Jill, Alexis, Rebecca and Nick, Tona, Patty, Patty, Storm, Derrick B., Nika, Tim, Sarah Q M., Stevie, Kurt, Kim, Kerry, Roger, John, Baz, Amy, Molly, Marty, Tristan, Laura, Eboni, Emily, Stacy, Robbie, Greg, Michael M., Sherry A., Calvin F., Sara L., Amber D., Mary C., Ruth M. Everyone at Fleet Feet. Everyone in my Oblique Angles, Literary Animal, and Singular Voice classes. Anyone who has taken the time to give his/her opinion of my work. Everyone who has made me laugh. Everyone who has introduced themselves. Everyone who continues to consider themselves my friend even when I give them much less than they deserve. All of you friends I forgot while making this list, who will still be my friend when I see you next. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Ben

ps–If you are in Hastings, Nebraska on the 21st of this month I will be the opening act at the Listening Room. Go here for more details: http://www.thelisteningroom.org/www.thelisteningroom.org/Home.html . I will be selling little chapbooks and felt beards and mustaches. Woot.

October 26th, 2010

Man oh man…it has been too long. I apologize to those of you who happen to to browse these pages on a regular schedule. School has been fantastic: loads of super-talented people just wandering around…waiting to blow my mind with any number of creations, a dynamic faculty completely devoted to helping us students along, and numerous off-campus perks (like access to the back rooms at the field museum! What!) to keep me busy. The manuscript is moving along nicely, and is getting attention from a wonderful combination of friends and faculty. I hope to begin serious work with my illustrator next week ironing out the details as far as what I am looking for, and what he is interested in drawing. I have my first feature coming up in November, a show in January back in Nebraska opening for a band at the Listening Room, and will start booking shows at that point for my summer tours. Gulp. I am excited/nervous/honored to even have this as a possibility for my life. Touring the country. Who would have thought? Thanks again to all of you who have put up with me over the last few months, and thanks to all of you who continue to support me as an artist, and as a friend. I love all of you very much.

August 30th, 2010

Orientation is tomorrow at SAIC, the Encyclopedia Show (The Periodic Table) is on Wednesday, and my first class is on Friday. I am going to be one busy bearded bee this week!

August 8th, 2010

Things to be excited about right now if your name is Ben:

1. This fantastic new website (thanks DK)
2. August 2011 publication date for my first full-length book of poetry on Write Bloody Press
3. MFA classes beginning at the Art Institute in September
4. All of the fantastic, beautiful people I have met here in Chicago
5. All of the fantastic, beautiful people elsewhere with couches, floors, beds, that I will stay with while touring next summer (pretty please…)
6. A well-made mix cd
7. Apple Juice (the cat, not the drink)
8. Manuscript editing at the Real Talk Table.
9. Authors who have crushed me this summer: Haruki Muraki, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Ander Monson, Ross Gay, Roger Bonair-Agard, John Paul Davis, Li-Young Lee, Nick Flynn, Nate Powell, Sarah Q. Morgan