On May 17th, the Pump House reading series event is the debut of my new book, Nervous Systems. I’ve just received a box from Penguin Books with 20 pre-released copies—the book isn’t technically available until June 1. I know: WOW. Poetry books before their release date. Call Rolling Stone or something. A sample poem from the collection is at the bottom of this email. It’s about heaven. Hope you like it.
It’s also the final event of the ‘06-‘07 series. Kelly Sexton and David Krump launched the series two years ago. Since that time, we’ve managed to keep it going, secure small stipends for the featured writers, and build a regular audience for the reading series. The Pump House series is a unique kind of event, where local writers get a chance to make contact and even share work with more established writers from around the region. It breaks down traditional reader/audience borders, and we’re proud of that. We’ve also gotten great response from both the visiting readers and the local audience members. The series “has a great feel,” people say. Mainly, we’ve made a lot of new friends, and have helped build the literary arts scene in the La Crosse area.
I hope you’ll come out for the reading and, more importantly, to support the series. You know the drill: next Thursday, May 17th. Doors open at 6:30, reading begins at 7:00. “The Super-fun Raffle” ™ follows the featured reading, and then the open mic. Afterwards, you’re all welcome to hang around and celebrate a little (though I have out-service assessment meetings at 8:30 the next morning, so... no wild partying). It’s taken me fifteen years to get this book out—I should probably enjoy it while I can.
Best to you all during this busy time of year.