National Poetry Month: April 16

Hi friends!

The sun is out, life takes a most promising turn! Last night, fellow poet Paul Scot August and I schemed up a plan to host a reading to honor National Poetry Month right here in Milwaukee:

(1) Middle Coast Poets – A National Poetry Month Reading

And if you are not a Facebook member, then the reading is on Monday, April 29th, from 7-9 p.m. Some poets who’ve confirmed are Paul Scot August, David Tomaloff, Andrea Potos, Ed Makowski, Dawn Tefft, Matt Specht, ¬†Brittany Cavallaro and me. More might be added.

The venue is Riverwest Public House, 815 Locust Street, and this event sure looks like it will be a blast! We hope to see you there.

Events, planning, spontaneity. Today I read about all these things and more. “Shore Leave” is a poem I first heard Mark Doty read at the Omega Institute, when I took a five day workshop in 2011 with Mark, Marie Howe, Patricia Smith, and Billy Collins (can you say heaven? Yes… and there were over 90 other registered poets who all thought so as well!). Mark drew a hush over the room when we read “Shore Leave,” drawing us in with his quick intro of a personal relationship with this masterful poet, Lynda Hull. Barely in print at the time of her unfortunate early death, Mark helped to champion her Collected Poems as the series editor at Graywolf Press, which I bought from the Ram Dass library on the Omega Institute campus that very day.

Today I read “Shore Leave,” by Lynda Hull. Thanks Mark, for this, and for so much more:

Robert Vaughan reads “Shore Leave” by Lynda Hull – YouTube

Do you recall a time in which you took a trip with one parent or the other, alone, just you and him or her? What are your memories? Did anything unusual happen?

About Robert Vaughan

Originally from NY, Robert leads week long National writing retreats at sites like Synergia Ranch, Cedar Valley and The Clearing. His poems and fiction are published in over 600 print and online magazines, such as Necessary Fiction, BlazeVOX, Los Angeles Weekly, Literary Orphans, and Smokelong Quarterly. He is Editor-in-Chief at Bending Genres and leads round- tables for Redoak Writing in Milwaukee. He is nine times a Pushcart Prize Nominee and his fiction and poetry have won awards, including a Micro-Fiction runner-up (2012) and twice a finalist in the Gertrude Stein Fiction Award (2013-14). His flash fiction was selected for Best Small Fictions 2016 and 2019. His books are: Microtones (Cervena Barva Press); Diptychs + Triptychs + Lipsticks + Dipshits (Deadly Chaps); Addicts & Basements (Civil Coping Mechanisms); RIFT, co-authored with Kathy Fish (Unknown Press), and FUNHOUSE (Unknown Press).
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