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

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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/

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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

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https://www.gofundme.com/alittlehelp4grover

social media blahblahblah

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a couple things that bother me about the social media blahblahblah lately. if you’re garnering support for blocking someone because of their needless drama, aren’t you kind of doing the same thing? last time i had to block someone, i mean, hey- it happens.. i don’t recall the button making any sort of noise, bleeping sound or whatnot. just a very quiet DONE.

here’s another one that giggles me every time i see it.. ‘oh poop on the poets/artists that are in it for the fame and the money.’

lol, right? poet X will be eating waxy noodles all month in order to afford flying out to the cornfield to testify. those other guys will be floating into town on gas fumes and hitting the streets with the good word to keep the dream alive under the uncertainty of how the next mile is paid for. personally, i am surprised every damn month i’m not evicted.

couple things about social media that make it worth ignoring all that other shit..

none of this… (The Literary Underground, the events, the books, the blogtalk yada yada) None of it would be possible without social media. sorry, it’s true. the communication and connections it enables, the shared resources, information, inspiration!  just the fucking ease of coordinating. jesus H christ on a stick. within hours, i was able to track down an art event on a specific date in another town, “friend” the coordinator and arrange for out of town poet people to join them. boom. for every douchebag in the arts community, there are 10 gracious people, committed in their own pursuits but generous with their support of other artists.

borrowkidsocial media can be a tool full of tools, sure. but we’re all getting pretty good at that scrolly thing. it’s easy enough to move past the BS and do something positive or fun or creative with it. anyone can make that choice and make a difference. it’s happening. look around. (100 Thousand Poets for Change) global, local, little stuff, big stuff… just try escaping it..you can’t! woohoo!!!!

i live in the middle of nowhere, am the proud holder of a GED certificate and three divorce decrees. it’s all pick a mental disorder up in here, three kids that won’t stop saying “k, bye felisha.” (it all makes sense now, yeah?) it’s worse than the hashtag thing, i’m telling you. i don’t have anything special that anyone else doesn’t have other than maybe an awareness of what i’m meant to do in this life and a sense that i should do my best to honor that.

uh-oh. yes, sorry. cue the monkeys

anyway, SOCIAL MEDIA and its awesome power to connect… the kind that works for even an introvert like me that you have to drag out of her house kicking and screaming. i do this stuff because otherwise i can’t live with myself and i write because otherwise nobody else can stand me either.. and, still it’s no cake walk. somebody wrote to me and said i make this look easy. thank you, but– it’s not. it’s a lot of work and some of it is quite outside my comfort zone. just the same it makes me happy anyone would think so and you’ll never convince me it’s not a worthy cause. not easy never meant not possible. most importantly, i didn’t do it alone. that is kind of a major point about it if you hadn’t noticed.

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Q. oh preachy rambling what was the point?…

A. community

This Is Poetry.

you know. voice to the voiceless and shit like that

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THIS IS POETRY VOLUME 1 WOMEN OF THE SMALL PRESS
$15

Paperback: 120 pages
Publisher: Citizens for Decent Literature Press (July 31, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 069226695X
ISBN-13: 978-0692266953

PLEASE VISIT THE LITERARY UNDERGROUND TO ORDER

INTERNATIONAL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED THROUGH AMAZON. SORRY. POSTAGE SUCKS

bookishere THIS IS POETRY Volume I: Women of the Small Press CONTRIBUTORS: Stephanie Bryant Anderson, Arlene Ang, C.V. Auchterlonie, Francesca Bell, Iris Berry, Sirenna Blas, Jennifer Blowdryer, Jane Blue, April Michelle Bratten, Bree, Judy L. Brekke, Melanie Browne, MK Chavez, Wanda Marrow Clevenger, Sharon Coleman, Ryder Collins, Cathleen Allyn Conway, Juliet Cook, Cassandra Dallett, Jessica Dawson, Heather Dorn, Lisa Douglass, Alexis Rhone Fancher, Teri Louise Kelly, Ellaraine Lockie, Diane Lockward, Ally Malinenko, Ellyn Maybe, Michele McDannold, Ann Menebroker, Sheila E. Murphy, Alexandra Naughton, s. Nicholas, T.A. Noonan, Puma Perl, Misti Rainwater-Lites, Erin Reardon, Lynne Savitt, Trina Stolec, Susan Yount.

Many of the poems included in This Is Poetry Volume I are re-prints from the following publications and presses. You should check them out. Support the Small Press! linkage right here at the This Is Poetry tumblr http://thisispoetry.tumblr.com/links

Aterark, Barely South Review, The Beat Museum, Black-Listed Magazine, Bleeding Hearts, The Blind Vigil Revue, Blood Pudding Press, Burlesque Press, burntdistrict, The Camel Saloon, Cinnamon Press, Citizens for Decent Literature, Cliterature, Creekwalker, Criminal Class Review, Crisis Chronicles Press, Cyclamen and Swords, dancing girl press, Eunoia Review, Finishing Line Press, Gesture, Hyacinth Girl Press, Inkception Books, InterBoard Poetry Competition, Jet Fuel Review, Luciferous, Lummox Press, Manic D Press, Meat, The Mas Tequila Review, NYQ Books, Orange Room Review, Outsider Writers, Perihelion, PING PONG, Poems-For-All, The Poetry Superhighway, Presa Press, Punk Hostage Press, Quill and Parchment, Red Fez Publications, The Silt Reader, Song of the San Joaquin Quarterly, Stone Highway Review, Sugared Water, The-Hold, Thrush, Thunder Sandwich, Uno Kudo, Unshod Quills, Waterways: Poetry in the Main Stream, Wind Publications, The Wormwood Review, Ye Olde Font Shoppe, and Zygote in my Coffee.

 

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this shindig is sponsored by Citizens for Decent Literature Press, Punk Hostage Press, Red Fez Publications, Zygote in my Coffee, Blotterature Literary Magazine, Nostrovia Poetry, UndergroundBooks, and Books & Shovels. show them some love, eh?

viva la Underground!

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Michele McDannold was the Editor-in-Chief at Red Fez Publications for five years and is currently the editor/publisher at Citizens for Decent Literature Press. She has an extensive collection of flannel and rubber chicken heads. She lives in a place called the Jhole and does various odd jobs at The Literary Underground and Ppigpenn. Michele’s first full-length poetry collection Stealing the Midnight from a Handful of Days is coming soon from Punk Hostage Press. There’s an “official” website at michelemcdannold.com.