Open Mike 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Featured Poets 6:45 pm – 7:30 pm
500 Main St.
Nick Demske is a rogue librarian, maniac prophet, devastator and redeemer of words. His first book is titled “Nick Demske” and it lifts its voice to the heavens in such sweet, radical song. Nick was featured in 2011 as one of fifteen emerging poets to watch for by Poets and Writers magazine and his book was chosen as one of the 10 Best Books of Poetry in 2010 by a Believer Magazine reader survey. A year ago, he went on a month and a half-long, cross-country book tour that involved giving 43 readings, driving over 10,000 miles, having his vehicle searched for drugs by Kansas state troopers and sleeping in 5—count them, 5!—Walmart parking lots across the nation. Is there anything more patriotic? Probably. Nick also curates the BONK! performance series in Racine, which is basically like Christmas every month. You may visit him online sometime at his blog nickipoo.wordpress.com. In fact, you are hereby contractually obligated to do just that. Amen.
Ariana Nadia Nash is the recipient of the 2011 Philip Levine Prize in Poetry for her manuscript, Instructions for Preparing Your Skin (2013, Anhinga Press). She is also the author of the chapbook Our Blood Is Singing (2012, Damask Press). She is the winner of a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize and is a MacDowell Colony fellow. Her work can be found in The Café Review, Rock & Sling, and Treehouse, among other journals, and is forthcoming from Poet Lore, Southeast Review, and Cimarron Review.
As always, authors will have books available for purchase & signing!