Featured Reader for Thursday, September 4th is SETH.
One of Denver's more popular performance poets
...original, moving, insightful -- Rocky Mountain News
Writer, performance poet, actor and percussionist, SETH lives in Denver, Co where he has been a driving force behind numerous Poetry Theater productions. These include Reign of the Scar Clan which won a “Best of Denver” in 1995. For more than 18 years SETH has experimented with creative ways to present poetry. He has performed with scores of musicians, actors, poets and dancers in a long list of live, audio and video productions.
In 1991 SETH helped found Open Rangers, a dynamic network of poets, actors, musicians, dancers and other performance artists. Over a span of 13 years, Open Rangers was responsible for such innovative productions as JoY is the Name of a Child, Poetic License, Reign of the Scar Clan and Random Axe of Rhyme. They also produced two audio cassettes Drop the Other Shoe and Eating Light which interwove music, poetry and theater for a uniquely stimulating listening experience. In 1993 SETH joined Jafrika, a critically-acclaimed trio presenting “original music, provocative dance and poignant poetry.” The Rocky Mountain News listed Jafrika as “among Denver's finest cultural offerings”. His video appearances have been aired on several local television stations in the Denver-Metro area. His last major stage production was the “choreo-poem” Suite Moses, employing Afro-American popular music and dance in retelling the story of Exodus from a Black perspective. The production was praised by critics and audiences alike.
Presently SETH performs every Sunday night at Denver's Mercury Café. From 7-8pm each week, SETH along with Art Compost & the Word Mechanics hosts a “Jam before the Slam,” collaborating with poets and singers from the audience. Their first CD Love, Death & Poetry won Westword's Best of Denver in 2005 for Best Spoken Word CD.
Featured Reader for Thursday, October 9th is Jared Smith .
Jared Smith is a prominent figure in contemporary poetry, technology research, and professional continuing education. Having earned his BA cum laude and his MA in English and American Literature from New York University, he spent many years in industry and research. Starting in 1976, he rose to Vice President of The Energy Bureau, Inc. in New York; relocated to Illinois, where he became Associate Director of both Education and Research for an international not-for-profit research laboratory (IGT); advised several White House Commissions on technology and policy under the Clinton Administration; and left industry in 2001, after serving as Special Appointee to Argonne National Laboratory.
Jared's seventh volume of poetry, The Graves Grow Bigger Between Generations, is currently available from Higganum Hill Books at "www.ipgbooks.com" as well as at Amazon & Barnes & Noble. I has just been nominated for both The Tufts Award and The Pulitzer this fall. His previous six critically acclaimed volumes include: Where Images Become Imbued With Time ( Puddin'head Press, Chicago, 2007); Lake Michigan And Other Poems ( Puddin'head Press, Chicago, 2005); Walking The Perimeters Of The Plate Glass Window Factory ( Birch Brook Press, New York, 2001); Keeping The Outlaw Alive ( Erie Street Press, Chicago, 1988); Dark Wing ( Charred Norton Publishing, New York, 1984); and Song Of The Blood: An Epic (The Smith Press, New York, 1983). Jared's Song Of The Blood is now availble as a free-to-read e-book.
His first CD, Seven Minutes Before The Bombs Drop, was released by Artvilla Records in 2006, with original music performed by David Michael Jackson and Andy Derryberry. (You may enjoy some free excerpts from this CD at www.mp3poetry.org). His second CD, Controlled By Ghosts, was released by Practical Music Studio in combination with CD Baby in October '07, with music by alternative jazz composer Lem Roby. Both CDs can be downloaded in whole or in part via any digital download service worldwide.
Jared has had hundreds of publications in literary journals across the nation over the past 30 years, in addition to several foreign countries. He has published reviews of the works of such major contemporary poets as Ted Kooser, C.K. Williams, and W.S. Merwin, as well as several craft interviews, including one with Ted Kooser that was translated into Chinese for republication in Taiwan and Mainland China. Jared's work has also been adapted to stage in both New York and Chicago.
Jared Smith's poems, essays, and literary commentary have appeared in The New York Quarterly, Confrontation, Spoon River Quarterly, Kenyon Review, Bitter Oleander, Small Press Review, Greenfield Review, Vagabond, The Smith, Home Planet News, Bitterroot, Rhino, Ibbetson Street Press, Wilderness House Review, After Hours, Poet Lore, The Pedestal, Second Coming, The Partisan Review, Somerville News, Coe Review, U.T. Review, The Iconoclast, Trail & Timberline, and many others. He has also been on National Public Radio and Pacifica. He has given readings, workshops, and classes at colleges, schools, libraries, and coffee houses around the country.
While at NYU, Jared studied under poet/critic M.L. Rosenthal, Library of Congress Adviser Robert Hazel, and founder of The New York Quarterly William Packard. He has served as a member of the Screening Committee and on the Board of Directors of The New York Quarterly under founding Editor William Packard, as well as being a current member of its Advisory Board under Raymond Hammond; as coordinator of readings at two Greenwich Village coffee shops in the 70s; as a Guest Columnist for Poets magazine and Home Planet News under Editor Don Lev; as Guest Poetry Editor for two issues of The Pedestal under Editor John Amen; and as Poetry Editor of Trail & Timberline.
Jared Smith is a member of The Academy of American Poets, Illinois State Poetry Society, and The Chicago Poets' Club, and past President of Poets & Patrons in Chicago. He is listed in Marquis Who's Who In America, among other reference works, and has been listed among the authors in Poets & Writers Directory since its inception.
Our Featured Reader for Thursday, November 6th is Amy Irish.
Amy Wray Irish earned a BA in English from the University of Iowa , then attended the University of Notre Dame, where she was Managing Editor of the Notre Dame Review and a teacher of undergraduate poetry classes while she earned her MFA in creative writing. She now lives in Colorado with her husband, also a writer, and their son. Amy 's work has been seen in 100 Words, Apocalypse, Ariel, The Bend (formerly Dánta), Neologisms, the Notre Dame Review, Poetry Motel, River King Poetry Supplement and Wazee Journal. She was featured poet in Wazee's Spring 2003 edition and won 1 st place in Chicago 's Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Contest. Amy's novel-in-progress, titled Her Fertile Crescent, is set in ancient Iraq amidst goddesses, belly dancing and sacred sexuality.
Amy 's chapbook of poems and art --- Creation Stories --- from Green Fuse Press released last spring sold out in one day! Please check out www.myspace.com/amywrayirish for more information or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org