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Four Tips for Working with Editors
I am guest-editing a special issue of NERVE LANTERN with Joel Allegretti!
Register for My Four-Week Poetry Class at Spudnik Press; In Conjunction with Printer's Ball 2015 PUSH & PULL !
New Interview up at Rain Taxi (and a review I wrote, too)
David London's Magic Outside The Box in Chicago - April 22, 2014!


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Four Tips for Working with Editors

If you're a recent grad from a creative writing program--or just new to the publishing game--you may feel awkward when it comes time to process editorial suggestions on your sweat-soaked, vulnerable texts. Peer crits and instructor feedback don't always prepare a newer writer for the wobbly-stomach feeling of receiving the first edits back on a piece accepted for publication. Don't worry--we've all been there (even editors).

I've been publishing since I was a kid, and along the way I've worked with some absolutely stellar editors.

I am guest-editing a special issue of NERVE LANTERN with Joel Allegretti!

Here is the call for submissions for a special digital supplement to NERVE LANTERN:  AXON OF PERFORMANCE LITERATURE that will pay tribute to Yoko Ono. Full text of call with guidelines below:

Register for My Four-Week Poetry Class at Spudnik Press; In Conjunction with Printer's Ball 2015 PUSH & PULL !

Fun and inspiring techniques, workshop time and feedback for poets at all levels, from total beginner to well-published pro!

Register through the Spudnik Press site here.

New Interview up at Rain Taxi (and a review I wrote, too)

Check out this conversation between me and my friend Magus Magnus, in this summer's online edition of Rain Taxi!

And in the same issue, here's my review of Gregory Robinson's book of poems, All Movies Love the Moon!

David London's Magic Outside The Box in Chicago - April 22, 2014!

David London's Magic Outside The Box
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 @ 8:00PM
Stage 773 - 1225 W. Belmont Ave - Chicago, IL

Tickets: http://bit.ly/1m6brQl or 773.327.5252 
Facebook Invite: http://on.fb.me/1j64tuO
David London combines magic with storytelling, comedy, puppetry, and that which cannot be defined, to create original shows of magic unlike anything you have experienced before.

Join David on a journey to someplace else. Featuring excerpts from David's previous theatrical productions, including

Release Reading for my new chapbook, ASTER TO DAYLILY

Join Damask Press this Saturday, April 5 2014, for a release reading for my new chapbook,Aster to Daylily!  This is a very special publication: a large-format (8X10) chapbook with letterpress gatefold cover and dual-signature interior.  The interior and exterior covers also feature blockprint illustrations by me!

My friends Adrienne Dodt and Cean Gamalinda will be reading too, so I'm very excited about this event.  Details:

ASTER TO DAYLILY  Release Reading
Saturday, April 5 6-8 pm

From friends in Buffalo: Help find Frank

hy-performance hyperformance

In an alternate universe, I am at the University of Southern California earning an MFA in Acting.  Inthis universe, however, I am slowly coming to realize the lifelong importance of performance to my artistic practice.  When I say lifelong, I mean from the age of about 9 onward, to the present.  I used to act when I was a kid.  When I was 15, some friends of mine and I wrote and produced aStar Wars-themed radio play, winning a contest and bringing geeky honor to our already geeky honors high school.

Join me in supporting my friends Galen and John's amazing project, KISS LIST

I met Galen Beebe and John West at my reading at City Lit Books last month.  When they told me about their interactive, Web-based art project, Kiss List, I couldn't wait to support it!  I've already pledged at theirKickstarter page, and invite you to do the same.  Don't miss their wonderful pitch video!

Dec. 7: Myopic Poetry Series: Join Me!

Sat. December 7:  I read with friends at the glorious Myopic Poetry Series!  Convulsive Editions' OUIJA reading features a surrealist seance, many Convulsive surprises, plus more TELEPHONE games from me.  With Toby Altman, Michael Anichini, Jay Besemer (yes that's me), Chad Chmielowicz, and Nathan Hoks!  Celebrate Convulsive Editions and Chicago-style poetry and poetics!  7pm (Poetry O'Clock).

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