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



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

June 20: Host David Atkinson and featuring Gabino Iglesias!

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

david-s-atkinson-e1460556250238Host David Atkinson! David S. Atkinson is the author of “Not Quite so Stories” (Literary Wanderlust), “The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes” (2015 National Indie Excellence Awards finalist in humor), and “Bones Buried in the Dirt” (2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist, First Novel <80K). His writing appears in “Bartleby Snopes,” “Grey Sparrow Journal,” “Atticus Review,” and others. His writing website is http:/ and he spends his non-literary time working as a patent attorney in Denver.

GabrielFeaturing Gabino Iglesias! Gabino Iglesias is a writer, journalist, and book reviewer living in Austin, Texas. He is the author of Gutmouth, Hungry Darkness, and Zero Saints, which was nominated for the Wonderland Book Award and optioned for film in 2016. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Verbicide, Electric Literature, The Magazine of Bizarro Fiction, Marginalia, Entropy Magazine, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Out of the Gutter, HorrorTalk, Red Fez, Flash Fiction Offensive, Drunk Monkeys, and many other print and online venues as well as in a bunch of anthologies. He is the book reviews editor for PANK Magazine and a columnist for LitReactor. He’s addicted to books, music, and tacos.

The FBOMB Borderland

We think of borders as lines, but nothing in life is that simple and neat. Borders are not sharp edges where one thing ends and another begins, but places where different ways of being mix. This coming together of difference shakes up life, and spawns conflict, change, and innovation. It is often where we as writers have the chance to work up something new. Cultures mix at borders, languages and life views. The FBOMB Borderland is all about that. Gabino Iglesias will visit us from Austin, Texas to read from his barrio noir novel, Zero Saints. Zero Saints involves many borders, the mixing of English and Spanish, the mixing of gritty crime drama with literary style writing, and the borders between this world and the next. So come on out Tuesday June 20 7:30 PM at the Mercury Café 2199 California Street, Denver, CO 80205. Bring your own mixed language flash fiction pieces (or other border exploration, genre borders, cultural borders, and so on) to read the four minute open mic slots or just come to listen. Hopefully Santa Muerte will be kindly disposed to us.

May 16: Host Leah Rogin-Roper and featuring Stina French!

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

May 16:

leahHost Leah Rogin-Roper Leah Rogin-Roper’s essay, “Honk if You Love Real Snow,” was featured in Mountain Gazette’s Best of the West, along with western literary icons like Charles Bowden. Her flash fiction has been performed by Stories on Stage and The Buntport Theater Group. Fiction and nonfiction pieces have been recently published in The Denver Post, Serenity Magazine, Cliterature, and Deep South Review. She is currently cheating on flash fiction to focus on her fourth novel. Please keep her infidelity a secret.

Featuring Stina French!stina

If you’d like the typical bio material for Stina French, go to paragraph 1 below.

If you’d like to hear what Gertrude Stein has to say about Stina, go to paragraph 2 below.

If you’d like to hear what really turns her on, go to paragraph 3 below.

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Stina 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 immersed in burlesque, slam poetry, and festival culture, she joined the faculty of Red Rocks Community College in the Denver area, where she teaches erotic literature, graphic novels, Shakespeare, and even technical writing. She is working on her first novel, Mistress Immaculate’s Murder Most Mildew, and a collection of flash memoir pieces calledBobby Pin Vortex. The poetry arrives in dreams, and sets off on postcards to friends, tortured late-night texts to exes, hopeful early morning texts to potential exes, and post-it notes woefully bereft of their sticky backing.  You can read snippets of her work and her insights on the domestic life of a polyamorous, kink-oriented mother, writer, and educator at

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The Southern Belle wants nothing so much as the opened door, except when she wants more than that and she knows how to get it.  Abroad, she can gather more into herself.  It will be squashed as soon as she returns South not fitting as it doesn’t in those big plantation rooms that have become doublewide trailer add-ons and track-lighting tract home step-down dens.  It will never really change down there, even if some of them burn their bras and ask for equal pay for the same work.  In their father’s houses, the women will still say Yes, Sir and fetch the dishes to the sink after dinner while the men go out on the porch and talk. Earl Pate, a cousin of the author’s on her father’s side, who lived with his mother and about 6 or 7 vicious hound dogs with nothing to do but eviscerate the author’s father’s Jack Russell terrier because now the farming’s dried up and Earl smokes and drinks and doesn’t run his dogs but runs his mother in the kitchen. She is old and sick with cancer now but it wouldn’t do to mess with their routine, his coming to the table dirty and drunk but performing his man role and her serving him food like the author will never eat again because she left that place and oh how she misses it but she don’t miss Earl and she don’t miss Southern men but for except for maybe their honey-slow drawl and strong working hands opening doors stretching wide their capable arms closing her in and oh no but she don’t really miss them.

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Stina’s interests include playing dress up with friends while doing X-rated literary madlibs, renting wrecker balls to stupid fucking breathless wolves, unpinning butterflies at ecstatic-dance cabarets, and serving sweet tea on swinging bridges.  Oh, and that light in your eyes right now if any of that sounds like fun to you, too.


April 18: Host Levi Andrew Noe and featuring Nahshon Cook!

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

April 18:
leviHost Levi Andrew Noe!
 Levi Andrew Noe was born and raised in Denver, CO. He is a writer, wanderer, yogi, entrepreneur, and amateur oneironaut. His flash fiction collection Rain Checkwas published in August 2016 from Truth Serum Press. His works are in Connotation Press, Boston Literary Magazine, LitroNY, and Eunoia Review, among many others. Levi is the editor in chief and founder of the podcast Rocky Mountain Revival Audio Art Journal.


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Featuring Nahshon Cook! Nahshon Cook is a poet from Colorado. His work has been published in widely. His next collection “Communion” will be published in 2018 by Shabda Press.

March 21: Host Nick Morris and featuring SETH!

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

March 21:

Nick MHost Nicholas B. Morris! Nick Morris has been many things: a grocery bagger, a knife salesman, an oil company stooge, and even one of those annoying people who asks if you have a minute for the environment. (The environment people never paid him, by the way.) Now he spends a lot of time talking about Batman and rock music under the auspices of higher education. When he can, he writes stories, and reads them every month at the F-Bomb Reading Series. If you look at just the right time, you can probably catch him singing along to the radio in his car.

Final promo pictures 002-1Featuring SETH! Writer, performance poet, musician and actor SETH is a veteran of Denver’s performance art scene. SETH was a driving force behind Open Rangers (1989-2000), a dynamic, multi-dimensional network of poets, musicians, actors and dancers. Open Rangers won several Best of Westwords for their pioneering efforts intermingling spoken word with other performance arts.. In 1993, SETH joined Jafrika, a critically-acclaimed performance art trio melding “provocative music, exquisite dance and poignant poetry.” The Rocky Mountain News listed Jafrika as among Denver’s finest cultural offerings. Currently, SETH hosts the weekly Jam before the Slam with the musical ensemble, Art Compost & the Word Mechanics, Sunday nights at the Mercury Café. A published short story writer, SETH recently completed his first novel, now in the hands of a literary agent. His poetry collection, A Black Odyssey is a diverse, vibrant, poetic memoir modeled on Homer’s ancient epic. For spare change, SETH teaches children to write and adults to perform. He can be visited at His stated ambition in life is to earn enough money from his art to afford a last name.

Feb 21: Host Marcus If and featuring Rachel Ann Harding and Cooper Braun of Stories With Spirit!

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

Feb 21:

marcusHost Marcus If! Marcus If is the Headmaster and Guerrilla Ontologist for the Beyond Academia Free Skool. A veteran performance poet, Marcus has been reading along the Front Range for 28 years at open mics and featured events. He has hosted the Speakeasy reading series at the No Name Bar on the Hill, serves as editor at Boarhog Press, founded the Love Shovel Poetry Troupe, been the elected President of the Nederland Area Historical Society & Mining Museum, trained as a NEHA Certified Radiation engineer, was captured as a felonious POW in the Reagan-era Drug War, and currently reigns as Zen Tyrant of the meritocracy of Love Shovel Ranch in Nederland. Chapbooks include Contraband, Square Feet, The Comic Book Plague (w/ Rob Geisen), and Tail Spin: A Garter of Sonnets. End of the 20th Century Man (Collected Works 1989-2009) remains unpublished. An Obvious Ruse, a pioneering exploration of Projective Sonnets, will be soon forthcoming.

rachelFeaturing Rachel Ann Harding of Stories With Spirit! Traditional Storyteller and Musician, Rachel Ann Harding is passionate about telling the most beautiful folk, myth, and traditional tales. She has been a featured teller for the local Truth Be Told and a panelist for Intergenerational Storytelling at the National Storytelling Network Conference in 2015. Rachel Ann weaves story and song together to create unique and entertaining storytelling events, keynotes and workshops that display the relevance of storytelling in our lives. She believes that fairytales are for all ages and mesmerizes audiences with old tales woven into new.
She is based in Boulder, CO and is so willing to travel.


Featuring Cooper Braun of Stories With Spirit! Cooper Braun was raised by granola eating coyotes in Boulder Colorado and grew up without a television. Lacking the traditional American form of child pacification, he found a love for storytelling from records and cassette tapes. Drawn to performance and theater from a young age, Cooper started as an actor (what do you do with a BA in Theater?) and has been working as a professional theater technician the last ten years. In a whirlwind return to the world of live storytelling, three years ago, he now co-hosts the Boulder Story Circle and performs regularly with Rachel Ann Harding as Stories with Spirit. He is a mammal.