Solid Quarter

Visit Trembling Pillow Press for poetry books, broadsides, chapbooks, and Solid Quarter Magazine.

Visit New Orleans Poetry Fest for the annual 4 day poetry festival directed by Bill Lavender and Megan Burns.

Megan Burns' Poeticsofbone&city project on Tumblr

Friday, September 16, 2011

Reviews, Chapbooks, Readings, and Book Prizes

My review of Kate Eichhorn's Fieldnotes, a forensic is in the new issue of Rain Taxi (Fall 2011).

I've been ecstatic about receiving in packages of two or three a day a collection of Dusie Kollective Chaps. The author's have been so generous, and I love their notes as much as I do their willingness to share their chapbooks with me. I'm having to collect all the notes, chaps and envelopes together, so I can keep them as I discovered them from the mailbox.

Black Widow press has just released Niyi Osundare's City Without People, and I have been reading and rereading it for an upcoming review in October's issue of Entrepôt.

We also had a wonderful reading by Louisiana Poet Laureate Julie Kane last night at 17 Poets! She read a beautiful crown of sonnets (sonnet corona) for artist and coffee shop owner Bob Borsodi. He was quite a remarkable person, and Nathaniel Turner has a wonderful collection of tributes to him here.  

Trembling Pillow Press has just opened its first Bob Kaufman Book Prize in poetry. Submissions are open now through Nov. 15th with judge poet Bernadette Mayer. You can find out more and enter here. 

Friday, September 09, 2011

A note from 17 Poets!

AMAZING HISTORI-CITIES...New Orleans e-ART-h Community News
Read all about it further below under DIDYA KNOW?
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Dear Friends,
As Louis Armstrong says, "Everything I've ever done is dedicated to the cause of HAPPINESS!"
And so we tip our hats to you, and to the fine spirit of Louis' credo, and thank you dearly for your vibrant support in celebrating New Orleans culture!
Please join hands with us at 17 Poets! Literary & Performance Series. Be a part of our first ever fundraiser! You can help us continue to provide FREE world class POETRY EVENTS in the New Orleans community; go here:
We have succesfully raised $295; however, this is well short of our goal.
We only have (7) DAYS LEFT to the conclusion of this fundraising campaign.
The host venue for 17 Poets! Literary & Performance Series, the Gold Mine Saloon, is an essential part of the French Quarter's cultural tradition of Poetry & Jazz reaching back over FIFTY YEARS. In an earlier period, at the very same location (705 Dauphine Street), the establishment was called The Tunnel Bar. One of the more memorable JAZZ POETRY sessions took place at 3:00pm, Sunday, December 21, 1958. The event was produced and hosted by New Orleans' cultural visionary and poet BOB "Rainey" CASS featuring performances by poets JACK MICHELINE, celebrating his first book of poetry (RIVER OF RED WINE, Troubadour Press 1958), and RAINEY CASS accompanied by the ALEX "DUKE" BURRELL TRIO. Admission for that show was $1!

17 Poets! Literary & Performance Series is a vital center for poets, artists and musicians to share their works in New Orleans community,
We are entering the eighth year of the program. Please support our continuing efforts however generously you can.
Our weekly Thursday night program is an important locus for visiting poets worldwide and for emerging voices of our region.
100% your proceeds are SHARED honorariums given to each featured poet for their performance and reading.
---FALL 2011 season will include featured programs---
Thurs, Sept 15: Louisiana Poet Laureate JULIE KANE
Thurs, Sept 22: poets JOHN SINCLAIR and SIMON PETTET
Thurs, Sept 29: poets MARK FOLSE
Thurs, Oct 6: poet ANNA RABINOWITZ
Thurs, Oct 27: poets LEWIS WARSH and MARILYN KALLET
Thurs, Nov 3: poet NIYI OSUNDARE
Thurs, Dec 8: TULI KUPFERBERG: A Celebration of His Life & Works

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

John Sinclair in New Orleans this weekend

John Sinclair's SONG OF PRAISE   Homage to John Coltrane
Available now for digital download from CDBaby, but the album or download songs.

John Sinclair and His Blues Scholars: Song of Praise

Download the album or songs. 

John also has a new book by the same name from Trembling Pillow press, available through SPD books or Amazon or visit:

Flying in from Amsterdam, John Sinclair will be here this weekend. He has a bevy of appearances over the next two weeks, including this one on Saturday.

John will be playing this Saturday, Sept. 10th at the Big Top with Carlo Ditta
9:30 PM-12:30PM

The Big Top 3 Ring Circus
1638 Clio St. 1 block off St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA

Monday, September 05, 2011

I'm spending Tropical Storm Lee's constant and yet not consistent rain storms deep in contemplation about a little chapbook called Surprised by French Fries. The next issue of Entrepôt will have a review of this chapbook. You can get your copy here:
Ugly Duckling Presse

Entrepôt is now available at Crescent City Books if you're in New Orleans and we'll have a subscription link up soon over at Trembling Pillow Press.

Thanks, TS Lee, it took me three days to write and post this.

In other news, Michael Tod Edgerton is over at the Truck blog asking some serious questions for a really interesting project:

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Solid Quarter, Issue 1: Free Download

VisitIssue one of Solid Quarter (Summer, 2006) published by Trembling Pillow press in New Orleans, edited by Megan Burns is now available as a free download:


Noelle Levy
Thaddeus Conti
Kim Csizmazia
Bill  Myers

Cover art by Dave Brinks

Visit Trembling Pillow Press for information on current issues and submission information.

Friday, September 02, 2011

Entrepôt: New Orleans' Newest Literary Monthly

Entrepôt is New Orleans' newest literary monthly featuring contributing articles from Dr. Jerry Ward, Jr., Bill Lavender, John Sinclair, and Dennis Formento as well as contributions from Publisher Dave Brinks, book reviews by Megan Burns and edited under the helm of Editor-In-Chief Geoff Munsterman. Articles discuss New Orleans history in poetry and publishing including a look at journals such as Climax, Les Cenelles, and publications from Loujon Press, such as their Outsider journal. John Sinclair examines the history of music in New Orleans looking at early jazz contributors including Buddy Bolden and Edward 'Kid' Ory.

Information about Trembling Pillow Press' first Bob Kaufman Book Prize in Poetry can also be found in Entrepôt as well as online at Trembling Pillow Press.

More information on Entrepôt including ordering information and submissions of article ideas can be found at the Trembling Pillow press website:

Thursday, September 01, 2011

17 Poets! Fall 2011: Poetry in New Orleans Celebration

17 Poets! Presents its fall 2011 season celebration

Doors open early at 7:00 PM for viewing and discussion
"Magazines have come and gone, people have come and gone, and so much of what we were intensely into has become only a flickering memory."
-- Tom Dent
Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 7:00PM, the GOLD MINE SALOON and 17 Poets! Literary & Performance Series will host an OPEN DISCUSSION and EXHIBIT featuring dozens of "original" NEW ORLEANS LITERARY publications (books, magazines & other epherma) relating to the Crescent City's HISTORICAL contributions to ARTS & LETTERS.
This event will be followed by a poetry reading featuring GINA FERRARA (celebrating her b-day!) and OPEN MIC hosted by Jimmy Ross

Also, fresh off the presses: New Orleans' newest literary monthly newspaper: 

Entrepôt featuring articles by contributing editors Dr. Jerry Ward, Jr, Bill Lavender, John Sinclair, Dennis Formento, as well as book reviews by Megan Burns and essays from publisher Dave Brinks. For more info:

---Some of the NEW ORLEANS RELATED PUBLICATIONS featured in this EXHIBIT will include:
NOLA (1840's)
CREOLE VOICES ed. by Edward Maceo Coleman, 1945; A Centennial Edition celebrating LES CENELLES, the first African-American anthology of poetry published in New Orleans in 1845, ed. by Armand Lanusse.
NOLA (1850's)

Mysteries of New Orleans by Baron Ludwig von Reizenstein, 1854-55.
NOLA (1870's)
Old Creole Days by George Washington Cable, 1879.
The New Orleans of Lafcadio Hearn featuring illustrated sketches from the Daily City Item.
NOLA (1880's)
Gombo Zhebes by Lafcadio Hearn, 1885.
Chita, A Memory of last Island by Lafcadio Hearn, 1888.
NOLA (1890's)
The Goodness of St. Rocque and Other Stories by Alice Dunbar, 1899.
The Grandissimes by George Washington Cable, 1899.
NOLA (1910's)
KRAZY KAT: The Comic Art of George Herriman, 1913.
NOLA (1920's)
Double Dealer, Issue 2; ed. by Julius Weis Friend and Basil Thompson, 1921.
NOLA (1930's)
Blues: A Bisexual Monthly ed. by Parker Tyler and Charles Henri Ford, 1933.
NOLA (1940's)
Iconograph, Issue 3 and Supplement; ed. by Kenneth L. Beaudoin, 1946.
NOLA (1950's)
Old French Quarter News ed. by Bruce Lippincott, 1950.
New Orleans Poetry Journal Press ed. by Maxine Cassin, various titles 1954-1982.
CLIMAX: A Creative Review in the Jazz Spirit, Issues 1 and 2; ed. by Robert Cass, 1955-56.
NOLA (1960's)
Outsider, Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4/5; ed. by John and Louise Webb, 1961-63, 1968-69.
A Touch of Recognition by Maxine Cassin, 1962.
Order and Chaos by Henry Miller, Loujon Press, 1966.
No Big Thing ed. by Eugene "Yictove" M. Turk, 1967.
The Free Southern Theater ed. by Tom Dent, Richard Schechner and Gilbert Moses, 1969.
NOLA EXPRESS ed. by Darlen Fife and Robert Head, 1969.
After Word Comes Weird by Darlene Fife and Robert Head, 1969.
Dancing by Al Young, 1969.
Groove, Bang, And Jive Around by Steve Cannon, 1969.
New Laurel Review founded by Alice Claudel and ed. by Lee Meitzen Grue, 1960's to present.
NOLA (1970's)
Insomnia or The Devil at Large by Henry Miller, Loujon Press, 1970.
Magnolia Street by Tom Dent, 1972.
The Black Collegian ed. by Kalamu ya Salaam, 1974.
nkombo, Issue 9; ed. by Kalamu ya Salaam and Tom Dent, 1974.
Why I Live in the Forest by James Nolan, 1974.
Barataria, Issues 1-4; ed. by Louis Gallo and Ralph Adamo, 1974.
Distaff: Forum for Southern Women ed. by Mary Gehman, 1975.
Sadness at the Private University by Ralph Adamo, 1977.
French Quarter Poems by Lee Meitzen Grue, 1979.
NOLA (1980's)
Southern Black Cultural Newsletter, Issue 1; ed. by Tom Dent, 1980.
What Moves Is Not the Wind by James Nolan, 1980.
Quilt, Issue 1; ed. by Al Young and Ishmael Reed, 1981.
Blue Lights and Other River Songs by Tom Dent, 1982.
Fell Swoop ed. by Joel Dailey, 1983 to present.
Songbook by Everette Maddox, 1982.
NIGHTSEASONS by Peter Cooley, 1983.
Charlemagne: A Song of Gestures by John Gery, 1983.
Exquisite Corpse ed. by Andrei Codrescu, 1987-2005.
Maple Leaf Rag Anthology ed. by John Travis, 1980 to present.
Autopsy by Kay Murphy, 1985.
BODY AND SOUL by Julie Kane, 1987.
Contours for Ritual by Martha McFerren, 1988.
A History of Women and New Orleans ed. by Mary Gehman and Nancy Ries, 1988.
Blue Print by Yictove, 1989.
The Ape Woman Story by Nancy Harris, 1989.

Portals Press ed. by John Travis, various titles, 1989 to present.
Mesechabe: A Journal of Surregionalism ed. by John Clark and Dennis Formento, 1980-90's.
NOLA (1990's)
Word Up: Black Poetry of the 80's from the Deep South ed. by Kalamu ya Salaam, 1990.
The Missing Jew by Rodger Kamenetz, 1992.
Magic City by Yusef Komunyakaa, 1992.
WOMEN IN CARS by Martha McFerren, 1992.
The Jew in the Lotus by Rodger Kamenetz, 1994.
Poet-Chief: The Native American Poetics of Waly Whitman and Pablo Neruda by James Nolan, 1994.
New Orleans Review: The Other South vol. 25, no.1-2; ed. by Ralph Adamo, 1995.
The Free People of Color of New Orleans: An Introduction by Mary Gehman, 1996.
New Orleans Review: An Other South vol. 21, no.2 ed. by Ralph Adamo, 1999.
Rogue Wave ed. by Beth McCormack, 1996-2004.
Southern Journey: A Return to the Civil Rights Movement by Tom Dent, 1997.
Trouble the Water: 250 Years of African American Poetry ed. by Jerry W. Ward, 1997.
All Saints: New and Selected Poems by Brenda Marie Osbey, 1997.
Ain't No Spring Chicken: Selected Poems by Ahmos Zu-Bolton, 1998.
360 Degrees, A Revolution of Black Poets ed. by Kalamu ya Salaam, 1998.
From a Bend in the River: 100 New Orleans Poets, ed. by Kalamu ya Salaam, 1998.
Belief Blues by Kay Murphy, 1998.
rogue embryo by Camille Martin, 1999.
I Am New Orleans and Other Poems by Marcus B. Christian; ed. by Rudolph Lewis and Amin Sharif, 1999.
Lower 48 by Joel Dailey, 1999.
Lavender Ink ed. by Bill Lavender, various titles, 1990's to present.
NOLA (2000's)
Frozen Embraces by Biljana Obradovic, bilingual, English and Serbian, 2000.
Fattening Frogs for Snakes by John Sinclair, 2002.

Another South: Experimental Writing in the South, ed. by Bill Lavender and Hank Lazer, 2002.
Pages from the Book of the Sun: New and Selected Poems by Niyi Osundare, 2002.
Rhythm & Booze by Julie Kane, 2003.
All Fires the Fire by Andy Young, 2003.
Words of Fire: An Anthology of the Dragon's Den Poetry Night, ed. by Heidi Peite, 2003.
The Altar of This Moment by beverly Rainbolt, 2003.
If Books Were Bricks by Jimmy Ross, 2003.
Jayne Mansfield's Dog by Alex Rawls, 2004.
YAWP: A Journal of Poetry & Art ed. by Dave Brinks, 2004 to present.
Appetite by Jean-Mark Sens,, 2004.
Red Beans And Ricely Yours: Poems by Mona Lisa Saloy, 2005.
Xavier Review vol. 25, no. 2; ed. by Richard Collins, 2005.
MEENA: A Bilingual Literary Magazine, Arabic and English, Issues 1-3; ed. by Andy Young and Khaled Hegazzi, 2005 to present.
New Orleans Review vol. 31, no. 2; ed. by Christopher Chambers, 2006.
Blind Visionz by Michael "Quess" Moore, 2006.
What Gets Into Us by Moira Crone, 2006.
Simpatico Press ed. by Daniel Kerwick, 2006 to present.
Solid Quarter ed. by Megan Burns, 2006 to present.
Geometry of the Heart by Valentine Pierce, 2007.
Roach Opera by Christian Champagne, 2007.
University of New Orleans Press, ed. by Bill Lavender, various titles, 2007 to present.
All Mothers Are Boats by Herbert Kearney, 2008.
aepoetics by Thaddeus Conti, 2008.
Memorial + Sight Lines by Megan Burns, 2008.
Constance, Issues 1-2; ed. by Patrick Strange and Eric Kiesewetter, 2006, 2008.
The Katrina Papers by Jerry W. Ward, 2008.
Olympia Street by Michael Ford, 2008
The Richard Wright Encyclopedia ed. by Jerry W. Ward and Robert J. Butler, 2008.
Spherical Woman: Collected Poems by Kysha Brown Robinson, 2009.
The Caveat Onus by Dave Brinks, 2009.
The Parade Goes On Without You by Andrea Boll, 2009.
TRANSFIXION by Bill Lavender, 2009.
My Name Is New Orleans: 40 Years of Poetry and Other Jazz by Arturo Pfister, 2009.
Slosh Models by Brett Evans, 2009.
Etheral Avalanche by Gina Ferrara, 2009.
The Loup Garou by Moose Jackson, 2009.
NOLA (2010's)
What Can't Be Lost ed. by Lee Barclay, 2010.
Unsolicited Poems by David Rowe, 2010.
Dorado, Issue 1; ed. by Peter Anderson, 2009 to present.
A Howling in the Wires ed. by Sam Jasper and Mark Folse, 2010.
According to the Drunken Elders of My Past by Geoff Munstermann, 2010.
Downtown by Lee Meitzen Grue, 2011.
SONG OF PRAISE: Homage To John Coltrane by John Sinclair, 2011.
The War of the Pews: A Personal Account of St. Augustine Church in New Orleans by Rev. Jerome G LeDoux, S.V.D., Margaret Media, 2011.