Friday, May 28, 2010

Have a Listen

The mp3 recording of May 17, Four Stories Series, Cambridge, Ma

  • Timothy Gager, author of eight books of poetry and fiction, host of the Dire Literary Series for the past nine years, and co-founder of The Somerville News Writers Festival (MP3)
  • Lauren Mackler, author of the international bestseller Solemate; co-author of the book Speaking of Success; writer with pieces in London ’s Daily Mail and Women’s Business; and regular blogger for the Huffington Post (MP3)
  • Joanna Smith Rakoff, writer with work in the New York Times, Vogue, the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, and more; and author of the novel, A Fortunate Age, a Booklist Top Ten Debut Novel of 2009, a New York Times Editors’ Pick, winner of the Elle Readers’ Prize, an IndieNext Pick, a San Francisco Chronicle Best Seller, and a selection of Barnes and Noble’s First Look Book Club (MP3)
  • Shankar Vedantam, author of The Hidden Brain; national reporter at The Washington Post; winner of the Templeton-Cambridge Fellowship on Science and Religion, the World Health Organization Journalism Fellowship, and the Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellowship; and current Nieman Fellow at Harvard University (MP3)
Steve Brykman, Lauren Mackler, and Joanna Smith Rakoff

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Reading in Pittsburgh tomorrow

I'm reading in Pittsburgh

Where: Modern Formations 4919 Penn Ave.

When: Wednesday, May 19st @ 8pm
Cover: $5 or a contribution to our potluck dinner

Also, join us for drinks at Brillobox before the show. You'll find us warming a booth and having a beer (or, usually, a Manhattan) by 6:30 p.m. on show nights.

Kirk Nesset (reader): is author of two books of fiction, Mr. Agreeable and Paradise Road, as well as The Stories of Raymond Carver (nonfiction), Saint X (poems, forthcoming), and Alphabet of the World: Selected Works by Eugenio Montejo (translations, forthcoming). He was awarded the Drue Heinz Literature Prize in 2007 and has received a Pushcart Prize and grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, Kenyon Review, Southern Review, American Poetry Review, Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner and elsewhere. He teaches at Allegheny College, and serves alternate years as writer-in-residence at the Chautauqua Writers Institute in upstate New York. Learn more about him at

Timothy Gager (reader): is the author of eight books of short fiction and poetry. His latest Treating a Sick Animal: Flash and Micro Fictions (Cervena Barva Press) features over forty stories, many previously published in various literary magazines. He hosts the Dire Literary Series in Cambridge, Massachusetts every month and is the co-founder of Somerville News Writers Festival.

Timothy is the current Fiction Editor of The Wilderness House Literary Review, the founding co-editor of The Heat City Literary Review and has edited the book, Out of the Blue Writers Unite: A Book of Poetry and Prose from the Out of the Blue Art Gallery.

A graduate of the University of Delaware, Timothy lives in Dedham, Massachusetts and is employed as a social worker.

Lori Jakiela (reader): As a native Pittsburgher, Lori Jakiela (rhymes with tequila) has a weakness for gigantic deep-fried fish sandwiches, thinks slippy is a real word, and sometimes drinks Iron City Beer for sentimental reasons.

Her hometown, Trafford, PA, is widely thought of as the birthplace of the chocolate-covered pickle.

Jakiela, who once had a great fear of flying, worked as a flight attendant at a major airline for six years. She is currently on leave from the airlines. She now spends her days on the ground, teaching at The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, where she is also director of the writing program.

Miss New York Has Everything (Warner Books) was published in January 2006. Jakiela's essays and poems have appeared in DoubleTake, River Styx, Creative Nonfiction, The Pittsburgh Post Gazette, The Chicago Review, 5 AM, Nerve Cowboy, Tears in the Fence, Chiron Review, Slipstream, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, The Regulars -- a collection of poems and essays -- was published by Liquid Paper Press and was awarded first prize in Nerve Cowboy’s 2001 chapbook contest.

Ha' Penny (music): stay tuned!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Hungover for Jury Duty published in Spoonful Journal

Stone Soup Poetry in Cambridge is a weekly poetry event in Cambridge, Massachusetts that has been around close to thirty years. Started by Jack Powers, an original beat poet, the venue has featured Lyn Lifshin, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and numerous well known and unknown poets. Stone Soup is now run by Chad Parenteau and is held every Monday night at The Out of the Blue Art Gallery. Spoonful is a journal that gathers in Blogzine form the poets of Stone Soup.

My poem "Hungover for Jury Duty" appears in this issue of Spoonful 4.0. It's a reprint of a poem that appeared in audio form at Shape of a Box.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Reading at AXION, 141 Green Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, tonight.

141 Green Street Boston, MA 02130 617-676-5904
AXIOM Presents: Readings on Art & Science The first Readings on Art and Science event at Axiom: Center for New and Experimental Media will feature three writers whose work addresses the evolving relationship between the humanities and sciences. Is there indeed a schism, in 2010, between art and science?

Featuring Timothy Gager, Daniel Hudon, and Ian Poole.

Hudon particularly invites us to "come and hear thrills, spills and death-defying acts of cosmic verbo-gymnastics as the mysteries of life and the universe are revealed in poetry and prose, primarily from my new works." After the readings there will be a question and answer session and the authors' publications will be available for purchase.

Suggested Donation $8, $6 ATNE members The Axiom Art Gallery was named Boston’s Best Gallery by the Boston Phoenix in 2009.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

From Last Night's Podcast

Here's the podcast from last night:
Notebook writer with Mike Marcello

My segment begins at 47 minutes and a few seconds. I did not talk about writing in general but I read 6 of my poems from the thirty I wrote in April and two pieces of flash from How to Treat a Sick Animal.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Live Internet Reading tonight, I'll be on at 8:45

Call and harass me

Guest writers performing their work and talking with host Mike Marcellino -

Jamie Evans, Birmingham, UK
Singer songwriter whose rock music is gaining international attention. Jamie's band, Mexicolas, after its introduction by the BBC as one of the three most promising band's in the Midlands. Four listeners will receive signed CDs of Jamie's news album, "The Minerva Suite, recorded in a studio housed in an 18th Century building in Birmingham once a pub of the same name.

Timothy Gager, Boston
Author of eight books of short fiction and poetry. His latest "Treating a Sick Animal: Flash and Micro Fictions" (Cervena Barva Press) features over forty stories, many previously published in various literary magazines. He hosts the Dire Literary Series in Cambridge, Massachusetts every month and is the co-founder of Somerville News Writers Festival.

Chris Bodor, St. Augustine, Florida
Poet and host of the popular Heart Pour Sunday Matinee a spoken word series that gathers on the last Sunday of the month at City Coffee Company in St. Augustine, Florida, America's oldest city. Chris edited and contributed to an anthology, EMPLOYEES ONLY - THE WORK BOOK (Poet Plant Press, 2009) featuring poems and images about work and the work experience.

JUD NEWBORN, Ph.D., New York City
New York-based lecturer, author and curator, is an expert on extremism, the Holocaust, and the fight for human rights worldwide. He is also a lyricist and poet.

Jud Newborn is co-author of "Sophie Scholl and the White Rose" (companion to the recent Oscar-nominated German film, "Sophie Scholl: The Final Days"). Acclaimed by such publications as Newsweek International, The New York Times and Library Journal, his book provides the definitive and compelling account of the White Rose, a group of Christian students—some former Hitler Youth leaders—who became the greatest heroes of the German anti-Nazi resistance. Dr. Newborn has also written for numerous leading newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times and The Jerusalem Post.

To catch the show call 646-595-4478 (NYC) or listen on the Internet on Blog Talk Radio (see site link on the Facebook event page). To be on the air with a question or comment you must call or register on Blog Talk Radio. The show is also Podcast and archived.

Notebook Writer is produced by Red River Radio. Joining Mike are co-host Natalie Bliss, artist/educator from Auckland, New Zealand, and assistant producer Adela Sinclair, spoken word/art curator and educator from New York City.

Notebook Writer host Mike Marcellino, a former combat correspondent and photojournalist in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War, is a poet, performance artist and freelance journalist. His blog, The Point of the Whole Thing, is one of the most popular Networked Blogs on Facebook. He is one of the most popular Folk Artists in New York City on ReverbNation music charts