Update on Returning to Live Readings at The Merc

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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…
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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

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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!


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.


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!


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.)


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.


Topic: January F-Bomb
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November 2020 F-Bomb: Hosted by Jonathan Montgomery

At this month’s FBomb Flash Fiction Reading (Tuesday 11/17 730PM (Zoom)) everything will be all topsy turvy, just like our WORLD…

  • There will be 5 minute open reading slots for anyone interested like usual. 
  • HOWEVER, instead of reading your own work yourself you have to find someone else to read it on your behalf. 
  • You can arrange this on your own ahead of time, or we can assign someone random to read it during the event. 
  • If you insist upon reading your own work yourself you will be considered an egomaniacal monster and banished from the reading series indefinitely. 
  • Sign up will take place at the event. 

The host will be Jonathan Bluebird Montgomery. Jonathan is a long time veteran of the FBomb series. The creator of Don Quixote, Hamlet, Huckleberry Finn, and Star Wars, Jonathan is also Creative Writing Faculty at Harvard University and also President of The United States of America. Every great thing someone else did was actually done by him. And every terrible thing he’s done was actually done by someone else. This is how it works now. 

(Features, if any, TBD)

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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/

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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!



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!



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.



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.”


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