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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Invitation Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83267997416?pwd=U083Y3ZqSnBwR0FPQjhzWFl4VCtVUT09



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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.


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!
Zoom Meeting details:
Tuesday, May 19th
6:00pm (MST)
(2:00am on May 20th in Germany and France)
Zoom Meeting ID: 825 2885 4334
Zoom Meeting Password: 478472
Join Zoom Meeting:


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 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.


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.
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.
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.
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


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.

October 15: Punketry at the Fbomb! With host Sarah Rodriquez and featuring Kenny White and Black Market Translation!

All shows begin at 7:30 at The Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St, Denver.
70962185_437746803530301_4985205228077842432_nHost Sarah Rodriquez! Sarah Rodriguez is a poet, educator, stage-practiced liar, bubblegum enthusiast, wine-led wanderer, failed manic pixie dream girl, Atlantic Ocean runaway, and the editor-in-chief of Punch Drunk Press. She organizes, hosts, and performs at arts events all over the Front Range, including Punketry. Her most recent publications include Spit Poet Zine and Stain’d Magazine.
19095500_1426459867419629_4351625244798012105_oFeaturing Black Market Translation! Black Market Translation was born from dirt protesting songs written at the Second Wave Council of Punklandia in 1577 fully formed with electric instruments for hands, lighters as eyeballs, and a head of firewood for brains. They immediately walked off stage and had bad band practices hidden under the bursting bombs of minor revolutions misunderstanding banned ideas for several centuries before finally being apprehended by the Boulder Police Department and sued for breach of contract by God. Here, as part of the terms and commandments of their sacred indentured servitude, they have been tasked with providing a concert for which they have Prepared Nothing. Please boo Black Market Translation until they are motivated enough to fuck off in your drink, and remember, you are equally free to dance or leave or piss or slam and scream at any time.
About Punketry: Local and traveling poets read their work alongside Black Market Translation, Denver’s finest improv psych punk. Punketry happens on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at Mutiny Information Cafe. Organized by Sarah Rodriguez of Punch Drunk Press and Matt Clifford of Black Market Translation, Punketry celebrated its second anniversary in June 2019 and has featured over 100 poets.

Sept 17: Host Shelby Yaffe and featuring Renuka Ranuka Raghavan and Brice Mauirro!

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

Sept 17: Host Shelby Yaffe and featuring Renuka Raghavan and Brice Mauirro!

shelbyShelby 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.

image 4Brice Maiurro is a poet and writer from Denver, Colorado. He is the author of Hero Victim Villain (Stubborn Mule Press) and Stupid Flowers (Punch Drunk Press). He is the Poetry Editor for Suspect Press, the Editor-In-Chief of South Broadway Ghost Society and the Founding Editor of Punch Drunk Press. His writing has been featured by The Denver Post, Boulder Weekly, Birdy Magazine, Pussy Magic and Poets Reading the News. He is the co-founder of Punketry! and was recognized by Denver Westword as a Colorado Creative. He believes that artists should focus more on self-discovery than self-destruction. He has so many things that he is grateful for.

RenukaRenuka Raghavan is the author of Out of the Blue, (Big Table Publishing, 2017) a debut collection of short fiction and poetry.  She has been published in literary journals across the country, with most recent work featured in Mom Egg Review and Gravel Literary Magazine. Renuka serves as the fiction book reviewer at Červená Barva Press, and is a poetry reader for Indolent Books and the Lily Poetry Review. She is also a co-founder of the Poetry Sisters Collective. Her second poetry collection is forthcoming from Nixes Mate Press.



Aug 13: Host Kathy Fish and featuring Randall Brown!

*NOTE: This Fbomb is on the 2nd Tuesday instead of the usual 3rd

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

fullsizeoutput_555Host Kathy Fish! Kathy Fish has published five collections of short fiction, most recently Wild Life: Collected Works from 2003-2018, from Matter Press. Her award-winning short stories, prose poems, and flash fictions have been published in Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review, Electric Literature, Guernica, and elsewhere. Her poem/flash fiction hybrid piece, “Collective Nouns for Humans in the Wild,” will appear in an upcoming edition of The Norton Reader. Additionally, this piece was selected for Best American Nonrequired Reading 2018 by Sheila Heti and by Aimee Bender for Best Small Fictions 2018. Fish’s work is also featured in the 2017 and 2016 editions of Best Small Fictions. She is a core faculty member for the Mile High MFA at Regis University in Denver, Colorado, and teaches her own intensive online flash workshop, Fast Flash©.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFeaturing Randall Brown! Randall Brown is the author of the award-winning collection MAD TO LIVE, his essay on (very) short fiction appears in THE ROSE METAL PRESS FIELD GUIDE TO WRITING FLASH FICTION, and he appears in BEST SMALL FICTIONS 2015 & 2017 & 2019 and The Norton Anthology NEW MICRO: EXCEPTIONALLY SHORT FICTION & The Norton Anthology HINT FICTION. He founded and directs FlashFiction.Net and has been published and anthologized widely, both online and in print. Recent books include the prose poetry collection I MIGHT NEVER LEARN (2018), the novella HOW LONG IS FOREVER (2018), and the flash fiction collection THIS IS HOW HE LEARNED TO LOVE (2019).  He is also the founder and managing editor of Matter Press and its Journal of Compressed Creative Arts. He received his MFA in Fiction from Vermont College.

July 16: Host David S. Atkinson and featuring Karen Stefano!

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

Memory, Prophecy, and Fantasy

Clive Barker introduces his novel Everville with the lines “Memory, prophecy, and fantasy—the past, the future, and the dreaming moment between—are all in one country, living one immortal day. To know that is Wisdom. To use it is the Art.” Fbomb is like that in a way, given that every event is a collection of our writing thinking its way into the future informed by the past events of the series. David S. Atkinson first came to the Fbomb in August of 2015 when Karen Stefano was one of the featured readers and this month has an opportunity to bring that all full circle by inviting Karen back to share from her new book, What A Body Remembers: A Memoir of Sexual Assault and Its Aftermath. We also invite all of you to join us Tuesday July 16 at the Mercury Café to listen and/or share your own works of memory, prophecy, and fantasy.

IMG_0599Host David S. Atkinson! David S. Atkinson is the author of books such as “Roses are Red, Violets are Stealing Loose Change from my Pockets While I Sleep,” “Apocalypse All the Time,” and the Nebraska book award winning “Not Quite so Stories.” He is a Prose Assistant Editor for “Digging Through The Fat” and his writing appears in “Spelk,” “Jellyfish Review,” “Thrice Fiction,” “Literary Orphans,” and more. His writing website is http://davidsatkinsonwriting.com/


KarenStefanoFeaturing Karen Stefano! Karen Stefano is the author of “What a Body Remembers: A Memoir of Sexual Assault And Its Aftermath” (Rare Bird Books, June 11, 2019), the short story collection “The Secret Games of Words” (1GlimpsePress, 2015), and the how-to business writing guide “Before Hitting Send” (Dearborn 2011). Her work has appeared in Ms. Magazine, California Lawyer, Psychology Today, The Rumpus, The South Carolina Review, Tampa Review, Epiphany, and elsewhere. She is also a JD/MBA with more than 20 years of complex litigation experience. To learn more about Karen Stefano and her writing, please visit http://stefanokaren.com/.

June 18: Host Roseanna Frechette and featuring Susan Froyd, Jeff Campbell, and David Heska Wanbli Weiden!

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

roseanna.BioPicHost Roseanna Frechette!  Roseanna Frechetteis in love with words. Written. Spoken. Published. Or not. It’s all about words on page and energy on stage. Longtime member of Denver’s thriving literary community and former publisher of Rosebud Forum magazine, Roseanna believes in the power of small press and all things alternative and independent when it comes to art. Her writing has appeared on the pages of many small press publications including Lummox, Blink-Ink, Mad Blood, Punch Drunk, Semicolon, and Prairie Smoke Anthology. Featured on a variety of regional stages including Arise Music Festival, Colorado Poetry Rodeo, and Boulder Fringe Festival, she’s a guest host for Mercury Café’s Jam Before the Slam and a respected participant in the open mic scenes of Denver and Boulder. Roseanna’s integrative style reflects both a respectful love of nature and a bohemian appreciation for urban culture. She holds great passion for the beauty of creativity…expressed…live.

Susan Froyd bio picFeaturing Susan Froyd! Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the “Thrills Editor” in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper as an arts writer, in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. She’s also a slave to pop culture and every kind of music, and sometimes she writes poetry.



weiden.biopicFeaturing David Heska Wanbli Weiden! David Heska Wanbli Weiden,, an enrolled member of the Sicangu Lakota nation, is Associate Professor of Native American Studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He’s an alumnus of VONA and the Tin House Summer Workshop, and is a 2018 MacDowell Colony Fellow. He received the 2018 PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship. His novel WINTER COUNTS is forthcoming in 2020 from Ecco/HarperCollins, as is the second book in the series, WOUNDED HORSE. WINTER COUNTS is the story of a local Native American enforcer on the Rosebud Indian Reservation who becomes obsessed with finding and stopping the dealer who is bringing increasingly dangerous drugs into his community. It’s a Native thriller, an examination of the broken criminal justice system on reservations, and a meditation on Native identity. www.DavidWeiden.com @WanbliWeiden

JeffCampbell.biopicFeaturing Jeff Campbell! Jeff Campbell has been a part of Denver’s creative community for over two decades, as a pioneering Hip Hop and spoken word artist, as well as a facilitator of arts in education programs for Colorado’s youth in public schools. In 2015, He was named one of Westword’s 100 Colorado Creative’s. He is also the writer of the critically acclaimed “Who Killed Jigaboo Jones?” a One Man Mockumentary on the Hip Hop Industrial Complex, and also “Honorable Disorder” the story of an Iraq war veteran from 5 Points, battling PTSD, and readjusting to civilian life. His brand of ​“Post Hip Hop Expressionism’​flows from the influence of the culture, without having to conform to its conventional identity. His work is rooted in social commentary from his own personal experience.