October 20 F-Bomb: Hosted by Michael Kilman, Featuring Stant Litore

October’s F-Bomb means it’s time to gear up for Halloween. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes and enjoy some amazing flash fiction and poetry. We are also excepting a limited number of slots for open mic. Each person will be given 3-5 minute slots to share a piece of flash fiction or poetry. Join us on October 20 at 7:30 pm on Zoom! (Meeting details below)

Host Michael Kilman is an anthropologist and author. You can find out more about him at https://loridianslaboratory.com/

Featured Reader Stant Litore is a Denver author. He writes about zombies, aliens, and tyrannosaurs. He does not currently own a starship or a time machine but would rather like to. He lives in Aurora, Colorado, with his wife and three children and hides from visitors in the basement library beneath a heap of toy dinosaurs, tattered novels, comic books, incomprehensibly scribbled drafts, and antique tomes. He is working on his next novel, or several. You can read some of his current fiction by looking up Ansible, The Running of the Tyrannosaurs, The Zombie Bible, or Dante’s Heart. However, doing so may have unpredictable effects, and Stant offers no assurances that you will emerge from any of these stories unscathed. Best leave all non-essentials behind, take with you only what you need to survive, and venture into the books cautiously and ready to call for backup. Enjoy, and good luck. Find out more at https://stantlitore.com/

Topic: October F-Bomb
Time: Oct 20, 2020 07:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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September 12 F-Bomb: Saturday Night Edition LIVE at The Mercury Cafe!

The September F-Bomb is going to be a special event on a special night! Rather than our usual third Tuesday night of the month, for September we’ll meet on Saturday, September 12 at 7:30 pm, and for the first time in months, we’ll be live at The Mercury Cafe! Safety protocols will be in effect, and all attendees will be expected to comply with social distancing and other regulations. We will also attempt to stream the event or otherwise make videos of the performance available for those who can’t attend. Check out our Facebook page for more details as we get closer to the reading.

The September F-Bomb will be hosted by Roseanna Frechette, and will feature writers Marily Megenity, Katharyn Grant, and Riley Anne. Open mic spots (3-5 minutes) will be available for those who want to share their own flash fiction.

We hope you can join us for a special event on a special night!

HOST

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Roseanna Frechette is a shape shifting member of Denver’s independent art culture. Spoken word performer and host as well as dancer and yogi, her multidynamic work has featured at art galleries, rock stages, and festivals including Poetry Rodeo, Boulder Fringe, and Arise as well as indie publications including Stain’d, Lummox, Semicolon, and Suspect Press. Former publisher of Rosebud Forum magazine, and one of Westword’s Colorado Creatives, Roseanna holds great passion for the power of small press and the beauty of literary originality, delivered live!

FEATURED READERS

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Marilyn Megenity is a longtime creative community force in Denver’s bohemian underground.  She is well known as chef/owner of Mercury Cafe, having sustained it’s current 2199 California Street location since 1990. But many don’t know that she’s also a poet, playwright,  and spoken word performance art activist of diverse talent. Since running the Merc is a tall  order, it’s not all that often folks have a chance to catch Marilyn’s on-stage presence. FBomb is completely jazzed to welcome her as we bring our event out of the pandemic zoom room  for a very special live-on-site event at the one and only Mercury Cafe!

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Once upon a time Katharyn Grant earned her BA in creative writing and studio art from the University of Denver.  Her short stories have appeared in Fast Forward anthologies, including The Mix Tape.  Her chapbook, Interior Life, was called “an adventure for the eyes and a journey for the spirit” by the Boston Literary Review, meanwhile her mentor Bin Ramke called it “a small book filled with large gestures,” though he did not specify what sort of gestures.

Known by some as “Kayti,” she saved England from giants in a production of Roald Dahl’s BFG, toured US Military bases in Asia, Alaska, and Europe with an improv comedy show, and won awards for Best Director from Beaufort International Film Festival and South East New England Film Festival for her soon-to-be released feature film, which she also stars in, edited and co-produced– formerly called The One Who Loves, to be released as Carolina Blue.

Presently enrolled in The Book Project at Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop, she’s knee-deep in a memoir about family, Rogaine, religion, trauma, and the search for healing.  Ms Grant is the proud owner of a pocket-sized rife machine and can give you a treatment for any ailment you might have, whether or not you know about said ailment; she can also align your chakras, and give you a psychic reading.  She is well-loved by her cat, Cutie Pie.  She once played Dolly Parton in a commercial for Bently Baths, while wearing a prosthetic bosom.  She has been called a contrarian, an introvert, a mystery wrapped in an enigma, and a fun person to be around.  She strives for her personal best, while managing to avoid dairy and gluten most of the time.

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Riley Anne is from Larkspur, Colorado where the wild things mingle among the fairies and tree-spirits. She, herself is a wild thing. Her dreams are to travel with her camera and speak amultitude of languages, speaking with women all around the world. She focuses on all things art and hardly has time for sleep as she watches the sun rise after an all-nighter and pink clouds roll over Cheeseman Park. Writing for her is a drug, and to feel high is to communicate with truth and breathe from the gut as words of honey flow from the mouth. She prays to the honeybees.

August 18 F-Bomb, Hosted by Nancy Stohlman & Featuring Zack Kopp and SETH

The F-Bomb Reading Series returns on August 18 at 7:30 PM MST, hosted by Nancy Stohlman and featuring Zack Kopp and SETH. Plus, 4-minute open mic spots for anyone who wants to share their flash fiction. More details will be posted as we get closer to the event, so check back for Zoom information and the theme of the reading.

 

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Nancy Stohlman is the author of four books of flash fiction including Madam Velvet’s Cabaret of Oddities (a finalist for a 2019 Colorado Book Award), The Vixen Scream and Other Bible Stories (2014), and The Monster Opera (2013). She is the creator of The Fbomb Flash Fiction Reading Series and FlashNano in November. Her work has been anthologized in the W.W. Norton New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction, Macmillan’s The Practice of Fiction, and the Best Small Fictions 2019. Her craft book, Going Short: An Invitation to Flash Fiction, is forthcoming from Ad Hoc Fiction in 2020. She teaches writing and rhetoric at the University of Colorado Boulder.  https://nancystohlman.com/

zack kopp

Zack Kopp is a freelance writer, editor, photographer, graphic artist, and literary agent currently living in Denver, Colorado. He holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is the author of four novels, a short story collection, a book of poetry, a collection of subconscious fiction, and a collection of articles, essays, interviews, reviews and commentary. His informal history of the Beat Generation’s connections with Denver was published by The History Press in 2015. Kopp’s books are available at Amazon, and you can find his blog at https://zackkopp.wordpress.com/ His improvised novel, Public Hair, was described by one critic as “simultaneously the best and worst book ever.”

Seth

Writer, poet and performer SETH hosts the weekly Sunday night Jam before the Slam at the Mercury Café. He has been devising creative ways to perform poetry for more than 30 years. SETH is author of A Black Odyssey, a poetic memoir using Homer’s epic as a scaffold for is his own journey as a Black poet in contemporary America. A published short story writer, in a previous life SETH wrote and performed radio theater comedy, the training ground for his forthcoming satirical novel, The Perfect Stranger. http://wagingart.com/index.htm

July 21 F-Bomb, Hosted by Carol Covington

The F-Bomb returns to its virtual meeting time on Tuesday July 21 at 7:30. This month’s reading will be hosted by Carol Covington, and feature writers Ahja Fox and Georgina Rodriguez. Plus, as always, we have 4-5 minute open mic spots available for anyone else who wants to read. (And since we’re still currently virtual, you don’t have to be in Denver to take part!)
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HOST

Carol Covington

Carol Covington is a senior at MSU Denver, scheduled to graduate in December 2020.
Poet and Creative Non-Fiction writer, she began the pursuit of her passion when she discovered that life begins when you choose to live it. Currently a freelance journalist for MSU Denver’s RED magazine. and a contributing Prose editor with the Heavy Feather Review, Carol finds that her truest passion is being Nana to her three Grandson’s.

FEATURES

Georgina Rodriguez

Georgina Rodriguez is finishing her BA in English with a minor in Japanese from Metropolitan State University of Denver. An emotion-centric and social commentary poet, writer, and speaker, Rodriguez has performed and spoken at spoken word events, poetry readings, and was set to perform her works at this year’s MSU Denver English Conference before its cancellation due to COVID-19. Some of the topics she has addressed in her writing in the past have included, depression, the power of words, rape culture, beauty culture, the loss of a parent, as well as, focusing on the duality of darker emotions and themes and playing with the idea of emotional journeys through the lens of physical journey. Many of her poems are written in a free verse, spoken word style, but in recent months, she has been exploring with form poems like the Japanese Tanka and Haiku and the French Sestina. She is currently working on completing a book of poetry and is set to participate in a Japanese speech competition in the fall speaking on the history and treatment of ethnic diversity and narratives within current mainland Japanese culture.

Ahja Fox

Ahja Fox can be found around Denver, Colorado reading at various events, cheering on her community, or co-hosting Art of Storytelling. As a professor and head editor for Poetix University and an assistant poetry editor for Copper Nickel and Homology Lit, she is almost always 100% immersed in the literary. Read some of her work in online and print journals like Five:2:One, LEVELER, Driftwood Press, Rigorous, Okay Donkey, The Perch (Yale), and more, including various anthologies. Follow and contact Ahja on Instagram or Twitter at @aefoxx and/or visit her website: https://dangerspoetics.wordpress.com/

UPDATE: June F-Bomb to Remain Virtual

UPDATE: The June F-Bomb will take place virtually instead of returning to the Mercury Cafe. Those who wish to participate in our open mic reading should contact host Nick Morris through the Facebook Event page. While we’re not entirely sure what this reading will look like yet, we will try to accommodate open mic readers in both the live and home venues.

Meeting Topic: June F-Bomb

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HOST 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.

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Featured reader Heather Bauer is 46 years old and has two adults, Nathan (23) Abby (21) she also gets to be Nonna to Lyle James and Amelia Rey. She has a wicked sense of humor and loves yoga. She mixes spirituality with a healthy dose of Buddhism and Witchcraft. She recently graduated from Community College of Denver with an Associate of Arts. She is transferring to Naropa University in the Fall where she will major in Interdisciplinary Studies for her bachelor’s degree. Heather has been writing creative non-fiction since 2013. She currently resides in the Denver area with her brood and works at a metaphysical shop.

F-Bomb International: Dreams Across Borders

In order to take full advantage of our next Zoom reading, for the first time ever, F-Bomb will be hosting two featured readers in two different countries!! As we are all sheltering in place and dreaming of traveling, our theme this month is: Dreams Across Borders.
 
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Please join us for this special event, and note the time is a bit earlier than usual since 6:00pm will be 2:00am for our features, Naniso Tswai in Berlin and Monique Antonette Lewis in Versailles.
 
This event is also special as we are brining together three different reading series!! Naniso is the founder of Berlin Spoken Word and Monique is the founder of At The Inkwell.
 
As always, we will have 3-5 minute open mic slots available. Please send the host Kona Morris an email with the subject “F-Bomb Open Mic” to sign up (kona.morris@gmail.com). We would like to include Open Mic readers from around the world, so please share!
 
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Tuesday, May 19th
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Features:
Naniso
Naniso Tswai is a Berlin-based author, academic, and spoken word performer. His work is strongly embedded in broader issues of justice and peace, particularly as these relate to justice and identity. He is the founder of Berlin Spoken Word (BSW) and Wicked Projects. Both projects aim to contribute to the intersection between art and politics, and make an impact in our immediate communities. Originally from South Africa, politics has never been far from his thoughts, spoken word being a vessel through which he is able to explore and make sense of the world around him.

Monique

Monique Antonette Lewis is the founder of At The Inkwell. Her flash fiction and essays have appeared in My Body, My WordsAmerican Writers Review (Summer 2018), Polarity eMagazine (Winter 2017), PoetryBay (Fall/Winter 2016), Fused Society and the digital storytelling project, The Afterlife of Discarded Objects: Memory and Forgetting in a Culture of Waste

Monique has read her writing across the U.S. notably for This is My Brave, a national U.S.-based storytelling series ( New York City, 2015), and Mortified, an international podcast and live show (Boulder & Denver, Colorado, 2015). She was the principal organizer of the annual Denver Lit Crawl festival (2016-2018), read submissions for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship (2011-2018), served on the board of the New York Writers Workshop (2012-2015), and previously taught fiction workshops in New York City. She was also the fiction editor for City Lit Rag (2014).

A former journalist for 14 years, Monique’s articles have appeared in MergermarketDealreporter, Agence France-Presse, the Financial Times, ForbesHuffPostPress & Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton, New York), The Daily Times (Salisbury, Maryland) and more. Monique has an M.A. and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Wilkes University, and a B.A. in Journalism from Colorado State University. She is currently the MBA Communications Program Manager for HEC Paris and lives in Versailles, France.

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Kona Cage

Kona Morris is proud to be one of the original members of F-Bomb! She’s from the foggy redwood coast of Humboldt County and hasn’t stopped traveling the globe since she left. Kona was co-founder and editor of Fast Forward Press, as well as founder and writer of the satirical comic book company 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 currently teaches letter regurgitation to college students in Denver, where she also dabbles in stand-up comedy, performs live Drunk History lectures, and is the lone minister of the Secular Humanist Church of Freddie Mercury.  konamorris.com / godlesscomics.com

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

http://theaccomplices.org/portfolio/ghosts-are-just-strangers-who-know-how-to-knock-by-hillary-leftwich/

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.