F-Bomb September 11: Change Agent Saturday Night Edition, LIVE-on-site at Mercury Cafe!

Join host Roseanna with feature guests Marilyn Megenity, Nancy Stohlman, and Nick Morris for this Saturday night LIVE edition, in the Jungle Room at Mercury Cafe. Celebrating Change Agents everywhere. As always, sign up sheet goes out at 7 for open mic spots (4min max). Event begins at 7:30. We will NOT likely be streaming live, although video clips will likely be posted. This is a FREE event. All are welcome. Bring your planetary change honoring selves. And words!

Please remember that COVID safety protocols are still going strong because of the Delta variant, so be ready mask up regardless of vaccination status. The only way to fully return to regular live readings is to stop the spread of infection, so your cooperation is key to maintaining our literary community.

Host Roseanna Frechette is a change agent and longtime member of Denver’s independent arts community. Spoken word performer and host as well as dancer and yogi, her multi genre 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. With equal respect for edgy urban culture and purely natural landscape, Roseanna creates on whatever ground she happens to be standing. Former publisher of Rosebud Forum magazine, and one of Westword‘s Colorado Creatives, she holds great passion for the power of small press and the beauty of literary originality, delivered live!

Featured Reader Marilyn Megenity is a creative community force in Denver’s bohemian underground. She is well known as the original chef/owner of Mercury Cafe, having sustained its current location since 1990. But many don’t know that she’s also a poet, playwright,and spoken word performance art activist of diverse talent. 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 to the Merc’s Jungle Room stage for September’s live-on-site FBomb!

Featured Reader Nancy Stohlman has been writing, publishing, and teaching Flash Fiction for nearly 15 years. Her latest book, Going Short: An Invitation to Flash Fiction, was a 2021 Reader Views Gold Award winner and was a Next Generation Indie Book Award and an International Book Award Finalist. Her other books include Madam Velvet’s Cabaret of Oddities, The Monster Opera, Searching for Suzi: a Flash novel, and The Vixen Scream and Other Bible Stories. Her work has been anthologized widely, appearing in the W.W. Norton anthology New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction, Macmillan’s The Practice of Fiction, and The Best Small Fictions 2019, as well adapted for both the stage and screen. She teaches at the University of Colorado Boulder and around the world. www.nancystohlman.com

Featured Reader Nick Morris is a writer, musician, and teacher in Denver, CO. He has been involved with the F-Bomb Reading Series since the beginning and serves as its curator. His work has appeared in Cliterature, Connotation Press, Danse Macabre Online, Nebo, and elsewhere. He also serves as the Dungeon Master for the real-play 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.

August F-Bomb: LIVE ON A SPECIAL NIGHT Saturday Aug 14, hosted by Krystal Summers

For the first time in nearly a year, the F-Bomb will take place in person at The Mercury Cafe! (Located here, for those who haven’t been there before or in a while.) Join us on a special night, Saturday August 14 at 7:30 pm MDT, when Krystal Summers hosts D.L. Cordero and Seth. Plus, 5-minute open mic slots for all others interested in sharing their flash fiction on stage. The theme is Shit Birthdays or Things Not Going to Plan—obviously optional, as always. We hope to see you there!

Please remember that COVID safety protocols are still going strong because of the Delta variant, so please be ready mask up regardless of vaccination status. The only way to fully return to live readings is to stop the spread of infection, so your cooperation is key to maintaining our literary community.

HOST

Krystal Summers is a dreamer who lives in Denver, Colorado. She’s half housewife, half substitute mother to other people’s children, and when she isn’t baking bread or cleaning messes, she’s found smothering her dog and husband with love or despairing over the state of things. Starting many stories but finishing few, she can often be found sharing her work at the F-Bomb or Listen to Your Skin reading series.

FEATURED READERS

D.L. Cordero is a published sci-fi/fantasy author, poet, and horror dabbler working out of Denver, CO. They aim to write intriguing stories that center characters from marginalized communities, without making identity the crux of the story. With their poetry, they seek to heal generational wounds and empower readers to reclaim authorship over their own lives. Their work can be found in literary magazines, anthologies and on their website dlcordero.com. When not storytelling, Cordero can be found wrangling their blind pitbull, obsessing over their ever-expanding garden, and binging old-school anime. Follow them on social media @dlcorderowrites.  

SETH’s absurdist satire The Perfect Stranger was the 2021 Colorado Author League’s Award of Excellence winner in literary fiction. He is author of A Black Odyssey, a poetic memoir using Homer’s epic as a scaffold for his own journey as a Black poet in contemporary America. A published short story writer, actor and musician, for more than 20 years SETH has been hosting the Sunday night Jam before the Slam at the Mercury Café inviting poets from the audience to join his musical-poetic ensemble Art Compost & the Word Mechanics. Learn more at www.wagingart.com.

July 20 F-Bomb: Hosted by Nancy Stohlman, Featuring Rob Geisen

Our July Fbomb is a throwback to the very first Fbomb ever in 2013 with original host Nancy Stohlman and original featured reader Rob Geisen.The theme is: Things That Are 50! As always, expect readings from host/feature/open mic guests that are hilarious, profound, thought-provoking, satirical, and just about everything else.

You have never been to a reading quite like Fbomb! Join us on July 20 at 7:30 pm MDT on Zoom!

HOST NANCY STOHLMAN

Nancy Stohlman has been writing, publishing, and teaching flash fiction for nearly 15 years. Her latest book, Going Short: An Invitation to Flash Fiction, was a 2021 Reader Views Gold Award winner and a Next Generation Indie Book Award finalist. Her other books include flash fiction collections and flash novels such as Madam Velvet’s Cabaret of Oddities, The Monster Opera, and The Vixen Scream and Other Bible Stories. Her fiction has been anthologized widely, appearing in the W.W. Norton anthology New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction, Macmillan’s The Practice of Fiction, and The Best Small Fictions 2019, as well adapted for both the stage and screen. She teaches at the University of Colorado Boulder and around the world. Find out more at www.nancystohlman.com

FEATURED READER ROB GEISEN

Rob Geisen is a poet who specializes in the topics of love, 80s music, action-adventure sci-fi classic movies, and Jake E. Lee.

June 15 F-bomb, Hosted by Shelby Yaffe & Featuring Stina French and Tameca L. Coleman

June’s Theme! – Back to Normal
What does it really mean to go “Back to Normal,” not just in a post-lockdown world, but at any time when normal was taken from you?
When have you had your world rocked by grief, depression, loss, or illness, and needed to find a new normal?
What shape and form did the pain take as the world moved on around you? This FBomb will, as always, have open mic slots! Message this month’s host Shelby Yaffe to sign up for the open mic.

Join us on Zoom on Tuesday June 15 at 7:30 PM MDT!

Our Host:

Shelby 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.

Our Features:

Stina French

Stina French is a college instructor and performer who specializes in graphic representations of sexuality, repression, and the healing process. She writes erotic mystery, magic-realist flash memoir, and poetry. She’s featured in many Colorado venues, and her work has appeared in Jen Pastiloff’s Manifest Station, Heavy Feather Review, South Broadway Ghost Society, Punch Drunk Press, among others. She leads monthly generative writing workshops and hosts the event, “listen to your skin: an erotic open-mic series” (last Sunday of each month). She wears welts from the Bible Belt, and is currently editing Take The Fruit, Flood The Desert: A Religious Trauma Abuse Anthology. She’s working on a manuscript, Also Arc, Also Offering, a Southern-queerdo memoir. Find her on IG at sister_rainbow_scream or visit her website, sisterrainbowscream.com.

Tameca L Coleman is a singer, multi-genre writer, itinerant nerd and point and shoot art
dabbler in Denver Colorado. Their work explores heartbreak and healing, finding the
words for our experiences, familial estrangement, being ‘in-between’ things, finding
beauty, even during times of strife, and movement towards reconciliation. Their writings
have been published in pulpmouth, Rigorous Magazine, Inverted Syntax, Full Stop Reviews, Heavy Feather Review, Lambda Literary, and more. Their photography has
been featured in literary magazines and other venues. Their debut book ‘an
identity polyptych’ will be available September 2021 from The Elephants on the Salish
Sea. For more information about Tameca’s work, follow them on social media at
@sireneatspoetry

Update on Returning to Live Readings at The Merc

Photo Credit: Westword

Hello, F-bombers! I have been in contact with our live venue, The Mercury Cafe, and they are hoping to re-open for our regular third Tuesday night reading schedule by the end of the summer. Hopefully, this means that we’ll all be able to enjoy the live setting again soon! Stay tuned for specific details!

I also know there is a desire to keep at least some elements of the remote F-bombs; it allows for readers from outside the Denver area to participate, and has allowed people to feel safe while still being connected to their literary community. As we move forward into a new “normal” (as if the F-bomb has ever been “normal”), I’m happy to listen to any suggestions on how we can maintain a hybrid-style reading series.

Your Friendly F-bomb Curator,

Nick Morris

May 18 F-Bomb: Featuring paparouna and Carrie Bindschadler, Hosted by Leah Rogin-Roper

How is saying “amor” different than saying “love”? (Laura Cesarco Eglin) Speak them both aloud right now and think about your tongue and teeth and the way each words feels in your mouth.

What is lost when a piece changes languages? What is gained? May’s F-Bomb invites you to contemplate translation in all of its forms. Join us at 7:30 pm MST on Tuesday May 18 on Zoom! Email / Messenger Leah Rogin-Roper to be added to open mic at lrogin@yahoo.com

Feature #1: Born and raised in Athens, Greece, paparouna (pavlos stavropoulos) currently resides in occupied Arapahoe and Cheyenne territory in so-called Colorado, USA, works in social and environmental justice education, writes queer speculative prose, and translates Greek literature into English. A 2018 Princeton Hellenic Translation Workshop and 2018-2020 Lighthouse Book Project participant, paparouna has been published in ProgenitorAsymptoteExchangesNew Poetry in TranslationDenver QuarterlyTimber, and The Thought Erotic.

Feature #2: Carrie Bindschadler is a writer, teacher, and visual artist. Originally from Arizona, a lot of Carrie’s work is preoccupied with deserts. You can find her published writing at hobart, Puerto del Sol, and others. Carrie has an MFA from Miami University in Ohio and attended the Tin House Summer Workshop in 2019 for her novel-in-progress. She currently teaches writing skills at a small supplemental writing education company devoted to providing empowering writing education to children ages 7 – 15 in the Las Vegas area.

April 20 F-Bomb: The Stoner Bomb Featuring Teague von Bohlen, Hosted by Jamey Trotter

Go ahead and bogart the goddamn joint because we’re still on zoom…
Zoom Link: https://arapahoe-edu.zoom.us/j/4223961869  
or, Zoom Code: 422 396 1869

Join us on Tuesday 4/20 @ 7:30pm MST for the first ever STONER BOMB!

Email the host in advance for a 5-minute open mic slot: jameytrotter2000@yahoo.com.

In case you’re high reading this, let us spell out this month’s theme for you: W-E-E-D. Of course, we will still enjoy your high-literary pieces too (pun! oioioioioioioioioi), and you can read whatever the goddamn fuck you want as long as it is flash fiction and under 5 minutes, but why not seize (like the DEA) this opportunity to share your green adventures? We hear you, isn’t every FBomb a stoney experience? For many, yes. Yes it is. In the old days, you could smell intermission down at Union Station.

Need another theme? You could also write about tacos because not only is it 4/20, it’s also Taco Tuesday.

(We are indeed consciously avoiding all the absolutely terrible shit that has occurred on this holiest of all holy holidays.)

OUR FEATURED READER is Friend of the FBomb and friend to so many of us Denver community writers, Westword Lead Man, TEAGUE MOTHERFUCKIN’ BOHLEN!!!

Teague’s latest collection of flash, Flatland, is available at Amazon and on your mom’s coffee table because he was nice enough to give her a signed copy after he laid the pipe.

We’ll not mention Teague’s other professional roles so as to not tarnish his elite standing in certain ivied halls with this reading of ill repute.

Suffice to say, the FBomb owes Teague a bunch of support (and ink)—let’s smoke that hawgleg, eat that brownie, suck down that gravity bong – and uh read or some shit, what the fuck was I saying?

March 16 F-Bomb: Hosted by Hillary Leftwich at a SPECIAL TIME

Photo Credit Jay Halsey

This month’s FBomb features two powerhouse writers you won’t want to miss! Our March 2021 F-bomb will be hosted by Denver’s own Hillary Leftwich featuring readers Alex DiFrancesco and Té V. Smith. As always, we’ll have 5-minute open mic slots during the event!

To accommodate our features from another time zone, we are holding the F-bomb at a special time this month, 5:00 pm MST, rather than at our normal starting time. As with our other recent readings, this one will take place on Zoom; just follow the link!

FEATURED READERS

Alex DiFrancesco is the author of All City, Psychopomps, and Transmutation. They serve as an assistant editor with Sundress Publications, where they also run the interview column “We Call Upon the Author to Explain.” They ride a pink Vespa all year round, and are the human companion to an adopted Westie named Roxy Music, Dog of Doom.

Té V. Smith is the author of the chapbook PERMISSION TO SPEAK (Spokenvisions 1990) and the full-length collection HERE WE ARE, REFLECTIONS OF A GOD GONE MAD (RHA Publishing 2014). His short fiction appears or is forthcoming in several publications including Tin House, Blavity, Black Girls in Ohm, Antenna, and The Iowa Review. Té was also the 2015 Writer-in-Residence at the Rhode Island Writers Colony and the 2020 Writer-in-Residence for Disney + “Reimagine Tomorrow” and the recipient of the Tunnel Vision 2020 poetry prize for the 2021 Academic Passion Planner. He currently lives and teaches History and Creative Writing in New Orleans.

HOST

Hillary Leftwich is a writer, editor, and teacher living in Denver, CO.

She is the founder and owner of ☿ Al·che·my Author Services & Writing Workshop, teaches writing at Lighthouse Writers, and runs At the Inkwell Denver, a monthly reading series where she strives to create a safe space for all voices to be heard. She focuses her writing on class struggle, single motherhood, trauma, mental illness, the supernatural, ritual, and the impact of neurological disease. Most recently, she is the author of Ghosts Are Just Strangers Who Know How to Knock (CCM Press/The Accomplices 2019), which is one of The Accomplices Best Sellers, a finalist for Big Other’s Best Fiction Book of 2019, and voted as one of Entropy’s Best Fiction Books of 2019. Hailed as “arguably the best (title) I’ve encountered this year,” and “(Leftwich) combines surreal fiction, sharply-composed poetry, and taut nonfiction into an unpredictable and compelling whole” by Tobias Carroll at Vol. 1 Brooklyn. She lives in Colorado with her partner, her son, and their cat, Larry.

F-Bomb’s “100th” Anniversary Reading, Hosted by Jonathan Montgomery

Come celebrate the FBomb’s “100th Anniversary!”

Hosted by Jonathan Bluebird Montgomery

FBomb All-Stars will recount the history of the lonnng running flash fiction series Featuring…
* 20’s – Stina French
* 30’s – Nick Morris
* 40’s – Shelby Yaffe
* 50’s – Nancy Stohlman
* 60’s – Carol Covington
* 70’s – Rob Geisen
* 80’s – Michael Killman
* 90’s – Meg Tuite
* 00’s – Krystal Summers
* 10’s – Jamey Trotter
* The Future – Kona Morris

With 3 minute open mic slots (sign up at the event) for you to read about your favorite decade or even the present! Don’t miss this once in a century event! Join us on Zoom at 7:30 PM MST at this link.

January 19 F-Bomb: Host Christopher Bowen and Featured Readers Sara Comito and Kerry Trautman

The F-bomb returns for the first time in 2021 with host Christopher Bowen and featured readers Sara Comito and Kerry Trautman! You can join us on Zoom (details below) on Tuesday, January 19 at 7:30 pm (Mountain Standard Time). 4-5 minute open mic spots are available. Join us for the best flash fiction reading series around as we kick off another year of great readings!

HOST

Christopher Bowen is the author of the chapbook We Were Giants, the novella When I Return to You, I Will Be Unfed, and the non-fiction Debt. He was a semi-finalist in the 2017 Faulkner-Wisdom Novella Competition and honorable mention in the 45th New Millennium Writing Awards in the non-fiction category. He blogs from Burning River (http://www.burningriver.info.)

FEATURED READERS

Sara Comito is author of the poetry collection Bury Me in the Sky (Nixes Mate Books). She is a poetry editor for Bending Genres Journal. Her work has appeared in places like Pithead Chapel, Drunk Monkeys, Misfit Magazine, and The Night Heron Barks. Sara lives with her husband, John, in Fort Myers, Florida, where they grow up chickens, bees, and flowers. Find her at saracomito.com

Ohio born and raised, Kerry Trautman is one of the founders of ToledoPoet.com and the “Toledo Poetry Museum” page on Facebook, which were created to help promote NW Ohio poetry events. She is a poetry editor for the online journal Red Fez, and she participates in poetry readings and events such as the Columbus Arts Festival and Back to Jack–Toledo’s nearly-annual Jack Kerouac reader’s theater. Her poetry and short fiction have appeared in various anthologies and journals such as Midwestern Gothic, Gasconade Review, Slippery Elm, The Coe Review,Mock Turtle Zine, and Free State Review. Kerry’s poetry books are Things That Come in Boxes, To Have Hoped, Artifacts, and To be Nonchalantly Alive.

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