A Little Help From Grover’s Friends/NYE blow off the motherfucking roof reading/performance who knows get there, yeah.


about a month ago, a good friend of mine, a poet/editor/publisher/organizer that i greatly admire, a person that has been instrumental to inspiring my path in the poeting world..had an ultrasound that detected a growth on his liver. since then, he’s been very ill, unable to work, and unfortunately–doctors have confirmed that Michael has cancer.

i could rage on any number of fronts right now.. over poverty, illness, our society’s lack of support for artists. and i will, no doubt, but it all just seems so futile. i am strongly in the solutions-based camp–actionable items only–but there is no solution that can happen fast enough, that will root out both the cancer and the apathy taking our very humanity to the back of the room and beating its brains out.

all that i know to do right now is bring as much of the underground literary community together as possible in a show of support both emotional and financial. sometimes we’re all we have listening, one poet to another, and that’s enough to stoke the fires until..
well fuck if i know, i’m just stoking fires.

get there if you can, spread the word otherwise… please.

We are shooting for a few months worth of basic living expenses and out-of-pocket medical expenses like medication and transportation to medical appointments etc. #alittlehelp4grover (GOFUNDME where you can donate-https://www.gofundme.com/alittlehelp4grover)

Thursday, December 31st 2-6pm EST at The Trunk, 3353 Franklin Ave., Toledo OH. A Little Help from Grover’s Friends Fundraiser/NYE blow off the motherfucking roof reading/performance who knows get there, yeah. readers/performers: Michael Grover. Julie Demoff-Larson, Craig Firsdon, Barry Graham, Leo Todd Jarrett, Michele McDannold, Stormi, Matthew Sradeja, Cherie Bullock, Gary Bond, Drew Coomer, Dan Denton, Lorraine Ciprioano and more. https://www.facebook.com/events/911183485633746/


If you don’t know Michael personally, you may know him from his work in the small press literary community.

Even when he’s broke down and busted flat, Michael Grover has always championed the ignored underdog wordslingers of this ranky stanky greasy spoon diner we call the modern American small press.” –Tim Murray, poet and author of ‘Dinosaur Ditch’.

Michael Grover is a native Floridian. He is currently a resident of Toledo, Ohio where he spends a great deal of time working on his own poetry and giving back to the literary community in service as publisher, editor and events organizer. Michael is widely published in the small press. He is the current head poetry editor at Red Fez Publications and the founding editor/publisher of Covert Press. Michael has published several chapbooks, and in 2014, his first novel ‘Lockewood/The Wolves Of Lockewood’.

Michael has published close to 1000 pieces of poetry on Red Fez and read at least 10 times that many. Chances are he’s read, considered or published your work, or published something you liked. He could use a little help right now.” –Leopold McGinnis, Red Fez Publications Founder/President



in search of



there’s often this problem when ordering books from overseas.. they show up pretty much mangled. not the case with CUBA (in search of Hemingway) by Joseph Ridgwell from Pig Ear Press.

This LITTLE book was packaged well and with care.

i looooove little books and i know from experience that they are not the easiest things to work with especially when you’re hand-fucking-sewing them. yes, this book is THAT kind of book. i don’t know how many of these were made but if there are any left, you should snag one.

the cover is embossed.. beautiful on nice textured deep brown looks like a cigar paper with goldish but not annoying lettering. inside is this paper that i don’t even know what but marvelous and it’s all clean straight cuts, perfect fits. i am so jealous. the print is beautiful and get this.. the story is fucking good too.

i have been a fan of Ridgwell’s story-telling and poetry story-telling going back to Red Fezian days. particularly “Ode to Francis Farmer” (https://www.redfez.net/poetry/1001) i’m thinking it was possibly Myspace that clued me in, imagine that. anyway, there were some kickass stories reprinted in Side of Grits which you can still check out in the archives… http://theliteraryunderground.org/rmp/grits/1/lunch_special.html

also, here’s a little clip of Ridgwell reading from CUBA