I did my first two readings for The Bones of Us tour yesterday. The first reading was here.
I read for 20 minutes, projecting the excerpts of the book on screen, and then answered really thoughtful questions from the learners about the work. It was my first time doing something like this in a classroom and it was a blast.
Later last night, I then read at this.
I think the best way to describe this reading was poetry porn. Also, it was my first time hearing a National Book Award winner read (Mary Syzbist). I have her book (Incarnadine) on my Kindle but I need to get through a couple of books I got at AWP before I tackle it. It has been wonderful reading with and listening to poets who know how to read their work and handle an audience.
Today, Danniel Schoonebeek, Wendy Chin-Tanner, and I will be visiting Emily Kendal Frey’s class and then tonight, there’s this.
This is my final reading in Portland before we begin the California leg of the tour. If you are in or near Portland tonight, come check this out.
If you are in San Francisco or Berkeley next week, here’s where I’ll be.
- Tuesday, March 11 – Live at 851: Hannah Rebecca Gamble, Jesse Bradley, Wendy Chin-Tanner, Danez Smith (849 Haight Street). Show starts 8:00 pm. BYOB (bring candles, too)
- Wednesday, March 12 – The Berkeley Slam (3101 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705). I will be the feature for one of the best poetry slams in the country. Show starts at 8:15 pm but you should get there earlier if possible.
There are other places I’ll be in California. As soon as I get that info, I’ll share.
The Bones of Us got its first review over at The Drunken Odyssey, which you can check out here.
The Bones of Us is available for pre-order. If you pre-order the book, you will get free shipping. You can do that here.
I will be announcing some Florida show dates soon for The Bones of Us.
I would also love to read at your reading series. However, I also love my day job. I’m happy to Skype in or Google Hangout or Spreecast or figure something out.