First, on Wednesday, July 25 at 8 p.m., Two Idiots Peddling Poetry is hosting a reading for News Clips & Ego Trips at the Ugly Mug, 261 N. Glassell St. in Orange. The lineup of readers has been very fluid, so I can't tell you for sure who will be reading from the book, but I'm reasonably sure they will include Daniel McGinn and Ed Jamieson. In any event, it will be a fun evening, with readings from the book plus surprises. And anyone who purchases the book gets a souvenir copy of the original magazine.
News Clips & Ego Trips collects the best of Next…Magazine, a monthly poetry news magazine for Southern California published between 1994 and 1998.
The mid-'90s were a transformational period in American poetry, and Next…Magazine was there on the ground floor, covering all the dramatic changes, from slam to hip-hop to poetry videos to the first inklings to poetry on the Internet. This book contains the best articles from that period, including coverage of the National Slams, Taos Poetry Circus and the United States of Poetry, as well as commentary and advice that remains relevant today. Also included are interviews with such figures as Henry Rollins, Patricia Smith, Ellyn Maybe, Gerald Locklin and Miranda July.
The next night, Thursday, July 26 at 7 p.m., I will be one of the features at the Bank-Heavy Variety Show at Gatsby Books, 5535 E. Spring St. in Long Beach.
Bank-Heavy is an exciting new publishing venture, producing original chapbook anthologies every other month, plus special-edition, dual-author chapbooks. Plus, they host events such as this one.
My co-feature will be Sarah Miller, who rarely reads her poetry. Instead, she can usually be found hosting the After the Carnival reading, currently at Exhibit [A] Gallery in Long Beach. So don't miss this opportunity to hear her perform her own work (which is great, so you will be bummed if you aren't there).
July 21, 2012 : Posted by G. Murray Thomas