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.

March 20:

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.

Nov. 21: Host Jonathan Montgomery and featuring The Front Range Community College English Faculty!

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

jonnyHost Jonathan Montgomery! Jonathan Montgomery was born in 1980 in Akron, Ohio.  He’s a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and Naropa University and the author of four books of poetry/stories including Taxis & Shit (’09) and Pizzas and Mermaid (’14).  He lives in Boulder, Colorado and teaches English at Front Range Community College.  This is his third time hosting the FBomb reading.

 

front rangeFeaturing The Front Range Community College English Faculty! The Front Range Community College English Facultyare the superior community college English faculty in the region. They have been blessed by The Gods of Higher Education to be smarter, stronger, and more creative than other English faculties and thus more effective at teaching their students to become experts at composition and literature. The FRCC English Faculty are also more beautiful, funnier, more courageous, and of course better creative writers. Their work has appeared in more publications, has received more awards, has sold more copies, has pleased more critics, and has generally moved the progress of humanity further forward. It is not certain yet which FRCC English Faculty will be featuring at this event, but it is clear even if they choose their most inferior members they will still be better than the best of any other local community college English faculty. If you don’t agree with this bio then come to the FBomb and prove it… chumps. FRONT RANGE ENGLISH RULEZ!

Oct 17: Host Kona Morris and featuring Carol Covington!

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

Host Kona Morris!

KkonaDalekona 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

CarolFeaturing Carol Covington! Carol Covington is a student at the Community College of Denver, pursuing a degree in English Literature  with an emphasis in African American Literature. She is a mother and grandmother who has been featured at the Prodigy Coffeehouse, and the Inkwell BookBar. She recently won 1st place in a digital writing contest for her poem “Hot Hair”, and was featured during Poetry Month in the Auraria campus library. Carol grew up in Germany during the 60’s and California in the 70’s. She loves all things nostalgic and believes that life begins when you decide to live it.

 

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Sept 19: Host Steven Dunn and featuring Ahja Fox!

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

stevenHost Steven Dunn is the author of the novels Potted Meat (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2016) and Water & Power (forthcoming from Tarpaulin Sky, 2018) He was born and raised in West Virginia, and after 10 years in the Navy, he earned a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Denver. Some of his work can be found in Columbia Journal and Granta Magazine.

Ahja FoxFeaturing Ahja Fox! Ahja Fox currently resides in Saddle Rock with her husband and her baby cousin whom she considers her own. She recently graduated from Arapahoe Community College with an A.A with Creative Writing Emphasis. When attending ACC, she acted as Writer’s Studio Student Club President for four semesters and also received the 2016 Writer’s Studio Scholarship. Right before graduating, she received her first publication in the Arapahoe Pinnacle and then gained publication right after in the 2017 Progenitor Art & Literary Journal. Now that she is graduated, she is a co-partner/co-host for Art of Storytelling and is working on a collaboration with her artist husband.  Ahja’s long-term goals are to publish in various writing sources, finish producing at least one book draft, and to open a dance studio that caters to children and the disabled.

Sept 1: Fbomb at the Denver Lit Crawl!

Sept 1: Fbomb at the 2nd Denver Lit Crawl!

Check out full website here

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6-6:45 pm
  • Tethered by Letters @ Berkeley UnTapped
  • Mile-High MFA @ BookBar
7-7:45 pm
  • Colorado Humanities @ Mermaid Fine Books
  • At The Inkwell @ El Chingon Mexican Bistro
8-8:45 pm
  • Lighthouse Writers Workshop @ DeSteeg Brewing
  • FBomb @ Westward Gallery: 4400 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212

 

Host: Nancy Stohlman
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Readers:
Kathy Fish
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Cara Lopez Lee
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Karl Fischer
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Carol Covington
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Leah Rogin-Roper
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Ahja Fox
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Claire Ibarra
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and Girls Just Wanna Have Us!
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August 15: Host Roseanna Frechette and featuring Matt Clifford!

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

 

roseanna_deadorchidscdrelease.3kingsHost Roseanna Frechette is a longtime member of Denver’s thriving creative arts community. Former publisher of Rosebud Forum magazine, she has great passion for the power of small press and the beauty of spoken word. Her performance poetry has been showcased in a variety of regional venues including Arise Music Festival, Sparrows Poetry Festival, The Festival of Imagination, and Boulder Fringe Festival as well as public television and radio. She is a frequent guest host for Mercury Café’s Jam Before the Slam and a respected participant in the open mic scenes of Denver and Boulder. Interpretive dancer and yogi as well as storyteller and poet, Roseanna’s integrative style reflects both a respectful love of nature and a bohemian appreciation for urban culture. Her performances and presentations are vibrant and dynamic, as she allows her voice to be heard through story, song, and poems ever changing.

MattClifford.bioshot.jpeg.jpgFeaturing Matt Clifford! Rambler, troubadour, dissident tablet, unsuppressed badass, mugwump agitator, active verbiator, fine print peruser, incontinent spirit, heretical accountant, America addict, knowledge sharer, provider when asked of free literature, radical cowabunga royal ranto this then here Matt Clifford is a middle-aged carpenter teen wife candy poet eating journals off the bathroom floor publishing the result on a gold scroll.

Books: The RantoDance of Anonymous from Necropolis and his Machine (2013), Ballad of Todd Last Year (2016)

Poems: Gesture Literary JournalIn-flight Literary Magazine (chapbook, Damn Your Eyes, forthcoming from Paper Plane Pilots)

Prose: ALOC Media

Music: Black Market Translation

Soundcloud: http://www.poetsonearth.com/sun/2017/1/7/infrastricture

July 18: Host Monique Antonette Lewis and featuring Manuel Ramos!

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

moniqueHost MONIQUE ANTONETTE LEWIS! Monique Antonette Lewis is the founder of At The Inkwell, a New York City-based organization that supports published authors through book reviews, author interviews and readings. The reading series is hosted across Denver, New York, Richmond, San Francisco, Seattle and London.She is also an annual reader for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship. Monique has more than a decade of journalism experience and received her MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University, and a B.A. in Journalism from Colorado State University. Monique lives in Denver.

Manuel_Ramos_Headshot_2012-20120726-100031Featuring MANUEL RAMOS!  Manuel Ramos is a retired lawyer and the author of eight published novels and one short story collection. For his professional and community service he has received the Colorado Bar Association’s Jacob V. Schaetzel Award, the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association’s Chris Miranda Award, the Spirit of Tlatelolco Award, and others. His fiction has garnered the Colorado Book Award, the Chicano/Latino Literary Award, the Top Hand Award from the Colorado Authors League, and three Honorable Mentions from the Latino International Book Awards. His first novel, The Ballad of Rocky Ruiz (1993), was a finalist for the Edgar® award from the Mystery Writers of America and won the Colorado Book Award in the Fiction category. His published works include Desperado: A Mile High Noir (2013), winner of the 2014 Colorado Book Award in the Mystery category, several short stories, poems, non-fiction articles and a handbook on Colorado landlord-tenant law, now in a sixth edition. He is a co-founder of and regular contributor to La Bloga, an award-winning Internet magazine devoted to Latino literature, culture, news, and opinion. His short story collection, The Skull of Pancho Villa and Other Stories, was published in 2015. My Bad, a follow-up to Desperado, will be published in 2016. Learn more at www.manuelramos.com.