February 18 F-Bomb: Hosted by Tameca Coleman, Featuring Cooper Braun & O’Brian Gunn

Join us for our 7th Anniversary reading on February 18 at The Mercury Cafe! (2199 California St., Denver, CO). 4-minute open mic spots sign-up begins at 7, the reading begins around 7:30.
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Cooper Braun was raised by granola eating coyotes in Boulder, Colorado. He started his performance career as an actor (what do you do with a BA in Theater?) and in 2013 rekindled his childhood love for live storytelling. Cooper’s stories remind adults that folk and fairy tales are not just for children.
 
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A world weaver and word wrangler, O’Brian Gunn’s work has been published on Fiction on the Web, Cherry Magazine, Georgia Voice, and The Society of Misfit Stories. His writing sirens often lull him to the expansive shores of the speculative, the supernatural, and the superhuman. His first novel, FURIES: Thus Spoke, is currently available from Spaceboy Books.
 
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Tameca L Coleman is a singer, multi-genre writer, massage therapist, itinerant nerd and point and shoot art dabbler. They recently finished an MFA in fiction and poetry from Regis University’s Mile-High MFA. They have published or have forthcoming work at Heavy Feather Review, Colorado Independent, Denver Westword, Full Stop Reviews, pulpmouth, Inverted Syntax, Lambda Literary, and Rigorous Magazine.

F-Bomb 2020 Dates & Hosts

The F-Bomb Reading Series returns in 2020 for its seventh year at the Mercury Café. Please join us every third Tuesday at 7:30 for our rotating hosts and featured readers, as well as for the open mic—4-minute slots are available to all who are interested in reading their own flash fiction. Join us if you can, and check out this website for updates on our features and hosts!

F-Bomb 2020 Dates/Hosts

JAN 21: Ahja Fox

FEB 18: Tameca Coleman/ 7th Year Anniversary!

MAR 17: Zack Kopp

APR 21: Shelby Yaffe

MAY 19: Leah Rogin-Roper & Kona Morris

JUNE 16: Hillary Leftwich

JULY 21: Carol Covington

AUG 18: Nancy Stohlman

SEP 15: Roseanna Frechette

OCT 20: David Atkinson

NOV 17: Jonathan Montgomery

 

November 19: Last F-Bomb of the Year!

Nov 19: Host Nick Morris and featuring Hillary Leftwich and Mary Harpin!

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NICK MORRIS is a writer, musician, and teacher in Denver, CO. He has been involved with the F-Bomb Reading Series since the beginning. His work has appeared in Cliterature, Connotation Press, Danse Macabre Online, Nebo, and elsewhere. He also serves as the Dungeon Master for the podcast We Slay Things. He teaches Humanities, Literature, and English and the Community College of Denver, and lives with his partner Alyssa in the lovely Mile High City.

Hillary Leftwich

HILLARY LEFTWICH is the poetry and prose editor for Heavy Feather Review and runs At the Inkwell Denver, a monthly reading series. Currently, she freelances as a writer, editor, and writing workshop instructor. In her day job, she works in a cancer research lab. Her writing can be found or is forthcoming print and online in The Rumpus, Entropy, The Missouri Review, Hobart, Smokelong Quarterly, and others. She will be a featured visiting writer at Western Illinois University in 2020. She lives in Colorado with her partner, her son, and their cat, Larry. Find more of her writing at http://www.hillaryleftwich.com

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Mary Harpin

MARY HARPIN is a poet, an intuitive medium and a content strategist for a medical device company. She moonlights as an instructor for the Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop, and her debut poetry book Shadowrise was published by Dos Madres Press. You can find her work in Terrain, Crab Creek Review, Tinderbox and others. Mary lives in Denver with her family.

October 15: Punketry at the Fbomb! With host Sarah Rodriquez and featuring Kenny White and Black Market Translation!

All shows begin at 7:30 at The Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St, Denver.
70962185_437746803530301_4985205228077842432_nHost Sarah Rodriquez! Sarah Rodriguez is a poet, educator, stage-practiced liar, bubblegum enthusiast, wine-led wanderer, failed manic pixie dream girl, Atlantic Ocean runaway, and the editor-in-chief of Punch Drunk Press. She organizes, hosts, and performs at arts events all over the Front Range, including Punketry. Her most recent publications include Spit Poet Zine and Stain’d Magazine.
19095500_1426459867419629_4351625244798012105_oFeaturing Black Market Translation! Black Market Translation was born from dirt protesting songs written at the Second Wave Council of Punklandia in 1577 fully formed with electric instruments for hands, lighters as eyeballs, and a head of firewood for brains. They immediately walked off stage and had bad band practices hidden under the bursting bombs of minor revolutions misunderstanding banned ideas for several centuries before finally being apprehended by the Boulder Police Department and sued for breach of contract by God. Here, as part of the terms and commandments of their sacred indentured servitude, they have been tasked with providing a concert for which they have Prepared Nothing. Please boo Black Market Translation until they are motivated enough to fuck off in your drink, and remember, you are equally free to dance or leave or piss or slam and scream at any time.
About Punketry: Local and traveling poets read their work alongside Black Market Translation, Denver’s finest improv psych punk. Punketry happens on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at Mutiny Information Cafe. Organized by Sarah Rodriguez of Punch Drunk Press and Matt Clifford of Black Market Translation, Punketry celebrated its second anniversary in June 2019 and has featured over 100 poets.
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Sept 17: Host Shelby Yaffe and featuring Renuka Ranuka Raghavan and Brice Mauirro!

All shows begin at 7:30 at The Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street

Sept 17: Host Shelby Yaffe and featuring Renuka Raghavan and Brice Mauirro!

shelbyShelby Yaffe is a queer author, poet, and singer-songwriter living in Denver. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Suspect Press, South Broadway Ghost Society, and OutFront Magazine. She will always read third at events and she will write a poem for your girlfriend (if you pay her). Find her at shelbyyaffe.com.

image 4Brice Maiurro is a poet and writer from Denver, Colorado. He is the author of Hero Victim Villain (Stubborn Mule Press) and Stupid Flowers (Punch Drunk Press). He is the Poetry Editor for Suspect Press, the Editor-In-Chief of South Broadway Ghost Society and the Founding Editor of Punch Drunk Press. His writing has been featured by The Denver Post, Boulder Weekly, Birdy Magazine, Pussy Magic and Poets Reading the News. He is the co-founder of Punketry! and was recognized by Denver Westword as a Colorado Creative. He believes that artists should focus more on self-discovery than self-destruction. He has so many things that he is grateful for.

RenukaRenuka Raghavan is the author of Out of the Blue, (Big Table Publishing, 2017) a debut collection of short fiction and poetry.  She has been published in literary journals across the country, with most recent work featured in Mom Egg Review and Gravel Literary Magazine. Renuka serves as the fiction book reviewer at Červená Barva Press, and is a poetry reader for Indolent Books and the Lily Poetry Review. She is also a co-founder of the Poetry Sisters Collective. Her second poetry collection is forthcoming from Nixes Mate Press.

 

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Aug 13: Host Kathy Fish and featuring Randall Brown!

*NOTE: This Fbomb is on the 2nd Tuesday instead of the usual 3rd

All shows begin at 7:30 at The Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street, Denver

fullsizeoutput_555Host Kathy Fish! Kathy Fish has published five collections of short fiction, most recently Wild Life: Collected Works from 2003-2018, from Matter Press. Her award-winning short stories, prose poems, and flash fictions have been published in Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review, Electric Literature, Guernica, and elsewhere. Her poem/flash fiction hybrid piece, “Collective Nouns for Humans in the Wild,” will appear in an upcoming edition of The Norton Reader. Additionally, this piece was selected for Best American Nonrequired Reading 2018 by Sheila Heti and by Aimee Bender for Best Small Fictions 2018. Fish’s work is also featured in the 2017 and 2016 editions of Best Small Fictions. She is a core faculty member for the Mile High MFA at Regis University in Denver, Colorado, and teaches her own intensive online flash workshop, Fast Flash©.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFeaturing Randall Brown! Randall Brown is the author of the award-winning collection MAD TO LIVE, his essay on (very) short fiction appears in THE ROSE METAL PRESS FIELD GUIDE TO WRITING FLASH FICTION, and he appears in BEST SMALL FICTIONS 2015 & 2017 & 2019 and The Norton Anthology NEW MICRO: EXCEPTIONALLY SHORT FICTION & The Norton Anthology HINT FICTION. He founded and directs FlashFiction.Net and has been published and anthologized widely, both online and in print. Recent books include the prose poetry collection I MIGHT NEVER LEARN (2018), the novella HOW LONG IS FOREVER (2018), and the flash fiction collection THIS IS HOW HE LEARNED TO LOVE (2019).  He is also the founder and managing editor of Matter Press and its Journal of Compressed Creative Arts. He received his MFA in Fiction from Vermont College.

July 16: Host David S. Atkinson and featuring Karen Stefano!

All shows begin at 7:30 at The Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street, Denver

Memory, Prophecy, and Fantasy

Clive Barker introduces his novel Everville with the lines “Memory, prophecy, and fantasy—the past, the future, and the dreaming moment between—are all in one country, living one immortal day. To know that is Wisdom. To use it is the Art.” Fbomb is like that in a way, given that every event is a collection of our writing thinking its way into the future informed by the past events of the series. David S. Atkinson first came to the Fbomb in August of 2015 when Karen Stefano was one of the featured readers and this month has an opportunity to bring that all full circle by inviting Karen back to share from her new book, What A Body Remembers: A Memoir of Sexual Assault and Its Aftermath. We also invite all of you to join us Tuesday July 16 at the Mercury Café to listen and/or share your own works of memory, prophecy, and fantasy.

IMG_0599Host David S. Atkinson! David S. Atkinson is the author of books such as “Roses are Red, Violets are Stealing Loose Change from my Pockets While I Sleep,” “Apocalypse All the Time,” and the Nebraska book award winning “Not Quite so Stories.” He is a Prose Assistant Editor for “Digging Through The Fat” and his writing appears in “Spelk,” “Jellyfish Review,” “Thrice Fiction,” “Literary Orphans,” and more. His writing website is http://davidsatkinsonwriting.com/

 

KarenStefanoFeaturing Karen Stefano! Karen Stefano is the author of “What a Body Remembers: A Memoir of Sexual Assault And Its Aftermath” (Rare Bird Books, June 11, 2019), the short story collection “The Secret Games of Words” (1GlimpsePress, 2015), and the how-to business writing guide “Before Hitting Send” (Dearborn 2011). Her work has appeared in Ms. Magazine, California Lawyer, Psychology Today, The Rumpus, The South Carolina Review, Tampa Review, Epiphany, and elsewhere. She is also a JD/MBA with more than 20 years of complex litigation experience. To learn more about Karen Stefano and her writing, please visit http://stefanokaren.com/.