Oct 17: Host Kona Morris and featuring Carol Covington!

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

Host Kona Morris!

KkonaDalekona Morris received her moral guidance from Kermit the Frog. She is
from the foggy redwood hub of Humboldt County, Northern California,
and she has since lived everywhere from Boston to a remote village in
northern Alaska. She was co-founder and editor of Fast Forward Press,
as well as the founder and writer of a satirical comic book company
called 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 teaches letter
regurgitation to college students in Denver.  Websites:
konamorris.com, godlesscomics.com

CarolFeaturing Carol Covington! Carol Covington is a student at the Community College of Denver, pursuing a degree in English Literature  with an emphasis in African American Literature. She is a mother and grandmother who has been featured at the Prodigy Coffeehouse, and the Inkwell BookBar. She recently won 1st place in a digital writing contest for her poem “Hot Hair”, and was featured during Poetry Month in the Auraria campus library. Carol grew up in Germany during the 60’s and California in the 70’s. She loves all things nostalgic and believes that life begins when you decide to live it.




Sept 19: Host Steven Dunn and featuring Ahja Fox!

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

stevenHost Steven Dunn is the author of the novels Potted Meat (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2016) and Water & Power (forthcoming from Tarpaulin Sky, 2018) He was born and raised in West Virginia, and after 10 years in the Navy, he earned a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Denver. Some of his work can be found in Columbia Journal and Granta Magazine.

Ahja FoxFeaturing Ahja Fox! Ahja Fox currently resides in Saddle Rock with her husband and her baby cousin whom she considers her own. She recently graduated from Arapahoe Community College with an A.A with Creative Writing Emphasis. When attending ACC, she acted as Writer’s Studio Student Club President for four semesters and also received the 2016 Writer’s Studio Scholarship. Right before graduating, she received her first publication in the Arapahoe Pinnacle and then gained publication right after in the 2017 Progenitor Art & Literary Journal. Now that she is graduated, she is a co-partner/co-host for Art of Storytelling and is working on a collaboration with her artist husband.  Ahja’s long-term goals are to publish in various writing sources, finish producing at least one book draft, and to open a dance studio that caters to children and the disabled.

Sept 1: Fbomb at the Denver Lit Crawl!

Sept 1: Fbomb at the 2nd Denver Lit Crawl!

Check out full website here


6-6:45 pm
  • Tethered by Letters @ Berkeley UnTapped
  • Mile-High MFA @ BookBar
7-7:45 pm
  • Colorado Humanities @ Mermaid Fine Books
  • At The Inkwell @ El Chingon Mexican Bistro
8-8:45 pm
  • Lighthouse Writers Workshop @ DeSteeg Brewing
  • FBomb @ Westward Gallery: 4400 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212


Host: Nancy Stohlman
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Kathy Fish
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Cara Lopez Lee
Karl Fischer
Carol Covington
Leah Rogin-Roper
Ahja Fox
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Claire Ibarra
and Girls Just Wanna Have Us!
Girls Just Wanna Have Us

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

Soundcloud: http://www.poetsonearth.com/sun/2017/1/7/infrastricture

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 www.manuelramos.com.

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:/davidsatkinsonwriting.com/ 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 http://mistressimmaculate.blogspot.com/.

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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.