All Fbomb shows start at 7:30 at the Mercury Cafe,
2199 California Street, Denver
Host Jay Halsey! Jay Halsey moved to the Denver area twelve years ago and soon after his prose, poems, and photos were being published in several online and print journals and a handful of anthologies. In 2018, his writing was nominated for a Best of the Net award and a Pushcart Prize. His photography has been used as cover art for poetry collections and novels, featured in fundraising campaigns for the Rocky Mountain Land Library in Fairplay, Colorado, and was part of a touring exhibit featured at libraries and bookstores throughout France to represent Editions Gallmeister’s American authors.
Featuring Byron F. Aspass! Byron F. Aspaas uses images of landscape, etched onto white space, to create experience. He is Diné. With a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts, Aspaas hopes to teach and become a storyteller, and influence those along his journey. His work is scattered throughout journals and anthologies. Amongst those are: RedInk, Yellow Medicine Review, 200 New Mexico Poems, Weber: The Contemporary West, As/Us: A Space for Women of the World, Semicolon, The Denver Quarterly, International Writing Program Collections, The Rumpus, and CloudThroat. He is Red Running into the Water; born for Bitter Water. He resides northeast of the Four Sacred Mountains with his partner, Seth Browder, their three cats, and six puppies. He is working on a collection of essays, short stories, and poems.
Featuring Mairead Case! Mairead Case is a teacher, writer, and editor in Denver, Colorado. She publishes widely, and wrote the novel SEE YOU IN THE MORNING (featherproof), the poetry chapbook TENDERNESS (Meekling), the forthcoming novel TINY, and, with David Lasky, the forthcoming Georgetown Steam Plant Graphic Novel. Mairead holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a PhD from the University of Denver, and she teaches English full-time in DPS, and part-time at the Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and the Denver Women’s Jail. She is a Legal Observer with the NLG and volunteers for a community response team supporting queer and trans survivors of violence. Previously Mairead lived in Chicago for a decade, where she worked and wrote for places like Pitchfork and the Poetry Foundation.
June 18: Host Roseanna Frechette and featuring Susan Froyd, Jeff Campbell, and David Heska Wanbli Weiden!
Roseanna Frechette is 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 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.
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
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.
July 16: Host David S. Atkinson and featuring Karen Stefano!
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.
Host 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/
Featuring 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/.
August 13: Host Kathy Fish and featuring Randall Brown! *This Fbomb is on the 2nd Tuesday instead of the usual 3rd
Host 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©.
Featuring 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.
Sept 17: Host Shelby Yaffe!
Oct 15: Host Punketry!
Nov 19: Host Nick Morris and featuring Hillary Leftwich!
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