July 17: Host Roseanna Frechette and featuring Carolyn Reed and Jamey Trotter!

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

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Host Roseanna Frechette! Roseanna Frechette is a longtime member of Denver’s thriving bohemian underground. Her dynamic approach to the art of living blends inspiration of primal nature with deep respect for urban culture, including activism to save the character of this town she loves. She founded Denver Artists for Rent Control in 2016 and that same year was named one of Westword’s “100 Colorado Creatives.” Roseanna is in love with words: Written, spoken, published or not… It’s all about words on page and energy on stage. Her fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared on the pages of many a small press publication. Featured in a range of venues including rock shows, public TV, art & poetry festivals, she has great passion for the beauty of spoken word delivered… live.

 

carolynFeaturing Carolyn Reed! Carolyn Reed was a founding member of the Denver Union of Street Poets back in 1980 and at that time helped initiate poetry readings at the Mercury Café. In 1983 she appeared in an award-winning, nationally-aired video, Street Poets by Stone River Productions, and in 1987 she published a book of poems, Maze Bright, by Bread and Butter Press. She has since read and been featured at numerous readings in Denver. Carolyn is the mother of three brilliant adult children and a grandma. She has degrees in English and Journalism.

 

 

jameyFeaturing Jamey Trotter! 

“Come watch Jamey Trotter run from his demons, or maybe he’ll just invite them on the stage for the show. Either way, at least this place has beer.”

 

 

 

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June 19: Host Nick Morris and featuring Kona Morris!

All shows start at 7:30 at the Mercury Cafe, Denver, 2199 California Street.

Nick MHost Nick Morris! Nick Morris has been to so many F-bomb readings that he is the Official Unofficial Sound Guy for these events. He infrequently publishes his writing, but some of it has appeared relatively recently on the Prose podcast, and you can buy his first collection of stories Tapeworm directly from him or on Amazon. He is slowly working on a new collection of stories, mostly because he spends so much time talking about Batman under the guise of mythology as a Humanities professor at the Community College of Denver. You can hear him perform his stories every month thbomb.

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Featuring Kona Morris! Kona Morris received her moral guidance from Kermit the Frog. She is from the foggy redwood hub of Humboldt County, Northern California, and she has since lived everywhere from Boston to a remote village in northern Alaska. She was co-founder and editor of Fast Forward Press,
as well as the founder and writer of a satirical comic book company
called Godless Comics. She has been featured as a writer and editor at
literary events and conferences across the country, and her stories have appeared in a variety of publications. Kona teaches letter regurgitation to college students in Denver.  Websites:
konamorris.com, godlesscomics.com

 

 

 

May 15: Host Leah Rogin-Roper and featuring Annette Schiebout!

All shows begin at 7:30 at the Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St, Denver.

*Annette will be performing from D-Bag: The Musical and stories themed around music in some way are welcomed!

leahHost Leah Rogin-Roper! Leah Rogin-Roper’s essay, “Honk if You Love Real Snow,” was featured in Mountain Gazette’s Best of the West, along with western literary icons like Charles Bowden. Her flash fiction has been performed by Stories on Stage and The Buntport Theater Group. Fiction and nonfiction pieces have been recently published in The Denver Post, Serenity Magazine, Cliterature, and Deep South Review. She is currently cheating on flash fiction to focus on her fourth novel. Please keep her infidelity a secret.

Featuring Annette Schiebout! IMG_5088Annette Schiebout is a consultant, freelance writer and project manager who has worked in secondary and higher ed classrooms teaching writing for over 15 years. She is the founder and CEO of Bella Luna Studios at the Wolf House – an artist residency and performance venue. She has participated in literary and musical performances throughout the Twin Cities and Los Angeles, including TIC, Saint Paul Almanac, Poetry Circus – LA, Cracked Walnut, My Ocean, iNMigration, Goth Mom, Prairie Fire Lady Choir, and Lock and Dames. Annette is the recipient of the Loft Literary Center Creative Non-Fiction Mentor Program 2014-15, and an Intermedia Arts SASE Mentee.

She has received residencies at Sirenland, Mont Blanc, and Squaw Valley Community of Writers. She is published in rps, Honeypot Literati, F’Jords Review, Ó Bhéal and others. Her poetry film A Short History of My Addictions won Audience Choice Award at the Co-Kisser Poetry and Film Festival. Annette received an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Hamline University. She calls Minneapolis, MN home.

April 17: Host Claire Ibarra and featuring Brian Dickson and Trent Hudley!

All shows start at 7:30 at the Mercury Cafe, Denver, 2199 California Street.

Headshot 2Host Claire Ibarra! Claire Ibarra received her MFA in creative writing from Florida International University. Most recently, her poetry and fiction have appeared in Origins, Eleven ElevenThe Tishman Review, Flash Frontier, and Boston Accent Lit. Claire’s poetry chapbook is Vortex of Our Affections (Finishing Line Press, 2017). She lives and teaches in Denver, Colorado.

 

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Featuring Brian Dickson! Brian Dickson was born in the land of Pancho’s and Chico’s Tacos where it took years to shed the nickname Flaco until he discovered smothered burritos and shifted from crispy tacos, and tortilla hamburgers. He is in constant search of smothered burritos with better chile than the Christmas mix in New Mexico.

Trent HudleyFeaturing Trent Hudley! Trent Hudley is the author of the book One of These Days, a collection of short stories. He teaches in the Creative Writing M.A. Program at Regis University; he also teaches at Metropolitan State University, and the Community College of Denver. He earned his B.A. from Metropolitan State University and his M.F.A. from the University of Texas at El Paso. He was raised in Denver, Colorado and before he entered the world of academia he held a multitude of positions including working in the Denver Post Sports Room, janitor, kitchen manager, painter, cashier and a multitude of other similar jobs. He still lives in Denver in the company of his friends, family.

Featuring musical guests Tribesmen!

*Can’t last a whole month without Fbomb? Come see the Fbomb contingent of Nancy Stohlman, Carol Covington, Matt Clifford, Brian Dickson and Trent Hudley at the 30th Annual Podeo (Poetry Rodea) on April 14th! Details TBA

March 20: Host Hillary Leftwich and featuring Erika T. Wurth and Jay Halsey!

All shows start at 7:30 at the Mercury Cafe, Denver, 2199 California Street.

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hillaryHost Hillary Leftwich! Hillary Leftwich grew up in Colorado Springs where Focus on the Family reigns supreme and Ted Haggard is currently hiding in his closet. Still. She survived Christian school where brainwashed fanatical classmates failed to save her soul and forced her to play Satan in the school play. Her English teacher accused her of practicing witchcraft (true) and playing Dungeons and Dragons during lunch when really all she was doing was listening to The Melvins and writing strange stories that made her classmates feel “weird.” She later won the Colorado Young Writers Award and felt vindicated. She is co-host for At the Inkwell Denver and recently graduated with her MFA from Regis University. Her first book is forthcoming from Civil Coping Mechanisms (CCM) in 2019.

Erika T WurthFeaturing Erika T. Wurth! Erika T. Wurth’s publications include a novel, Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend, two collections of poetry and a collection of short stories, Buckskin Cocaine. Her novel You Who Enter Here is forthcoming from SUNY. A writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, she teaches creative writing at Western Illinois University and has been a guest writer at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals including Boulevard, Drunken Boat, The Writer’s Chronicle, Waxwing and The Kenyon Review. She is represented by Peter Steinberg. She is Apache/Chickasaw/Cherokee and was raised outside of Denver.

Jay HalseyFeaturing Jay Halsey! Jay Halsey’s poems and photos have been published online and in print. He has held three featured art openings along the Front Range and his performances include reading for Don’t Yell at Me, At the Inkwell Denver, Punketry, and The Wilder Variety Hour. His photography has been used as covers for three poetry collections and featured in fundraising campaigns for the Rocky Mountain Land Library in Fairplay, Colorado. At 19 years old he flipped his junker Camaro into a crowded gas station after crossing into oncoming traffic, climbed out unscathed, then went home and climbed into bed. Since then he’s worked as a champion for those worse off than he, explored and recorded desolate places absent of people, and written of times bad and good and everything in between.

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Feb 20: Host Stina French and featuring Brice Maiurro!

All shows begin at 7:30 at The Mercury Cafe, Denver.

stinaHost Stina French! Stina French hails from North Carolina, and if you look closely, you can still see the welts from the Bible Belt. After a stint in San Francisco, she joined the faculty of Red Rocks Community College in the Denver area. She is working on a mystery novel, Mistress Immaculate’s Murder Most Mildew, a magic-realist memoir-as-revision of the Biblical Flood story, and has a finished hybrid/experimental collection of pieces called Hope You Like Dick: An Erotic, Creative, Choose-An-Adventure Flash Memoir. She has featured at the Podeo, F-Bomb, At The Inkwell, The Running of the Gays, and Punketry.  Her work has appeared in Punch Drunk Press. She squeals like a pig and she means it. Find her on Facebook at Stina French, Ink or at Voicing the Body: Mistress Immaculate’s Blog.

briceFeaturing Brice Maiurro!  Brice Maiurro is a Denver poet and organizer of events on the Front Range. Through his publishing company, Punch Drunk Press, he hosts several events around the city including Punketry! (in association with ALOC Media and Black Market Translation) and Punch Drunk Showcase, both of which operate out of Mutiny Info Café. His newest series, Beet Poetry, premiered this October at the Corner Beet in Cap Hill. Brice’s first collection of poems, Stupid Flowers, was released in June of 2017. He is currently working on his follow-up collection as well as a collection of short stories. He has performed widely at venues throughout the state of Colorado, including features at The Fox Theater, The Laughing Goat, Bouldering Poets, and Don’t Yell at Me. His writing has been featured by Birdy Magazine, The Lune, The Denver Post, The Denver Poetry Map and many other literary outlets. He has worked closely with local activist groups such as Denver Artists for Rent Control and the Denver Micro Suites. He hates the awkward silence while waiting for a debit card to process.

Jan 16: Host Sally Reno and featuring Jonathan Cardew!

All shows start at 7:30 at the Mercury Cafe, Denver, 2199 California Street.

 

January 16, 2018:

SallylHost Sally Reno! Sally Reno’s fiction has been anthologized in more than 20 print
collections and has been among the winners of National Public Radio’s
3-Minute Fiction Contest and Dr. T. J. Eckleburg Review’s Prosetry
Contest and has been nominated for Best Small Fictions and several
Pushcarts. Her Micro Fiction has won Vestal Review’s 7 word caption
contest, Fast Forward’s 6 word story contest and Radar’s 5 word movie
review. She lives in a vapor cave where she serves as Pythoness for Blink Ink
Print and Haruspex for Shining Mountains Press.

JCardew_HeadshotFeaturing Jonathan Cardew! Jonathan Cardew’s writing appears or is forthcoming in Cream City Review, Passages North, Superstition Review, JMWW, Smokelong Quarterly, People Holding, and Atticus Review, among others. He is the fiction editor for Connotation Press, contributing books reviewer for Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, and interviews editor at (b)OINK zine. He’s been a finalist in the Best Small Fictions, the Wigleaf Top 50, the Bath Flash Fiction Award, and he won a travel toothbrush once at a boules competition in northern Brittany. Originally from the UK, he lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.