Monday! May7th! Portlan Maine Poetry Slam Champion RYAN McLELLAN on tour! Musical Guest JARED GOING! Plus!

POETRY FEATURE – You may remember Ryan as part of the Mission of Zod Tour back in fall of ’09! RYAN McLELLAN is a Buffler Fellow, teacher, nationally-touring poet and singer/songwriter from Waltham, Massachusetts. The author of four collections of poetry and the spoken word album, “Last-Second Changes to the Set List”, since graduating from Plymouth State University in 2006 his work has appeared in over 40 publications, in journals such as “Bird’s Eye reView”, “Concise Delight”, “Cosmopolitan Review”, “Lower East Side Review” and “OVS Magazine”, as well as the anthologies “Chopin With Cherries: A Tribute in Verse”, “Safe Harbor: Volume II” and the “2010 Poets’ Guide to New Hampshire”. He is a three-time recipient of the Esther Buffler Poetry-In-Schools Fellowship and has facilitated writing workshops around the country in classrooms, coffeeshops, colleges, rehab centers and prisons. He is a member of the touring group Uncomfortable Laughter, the writing group Blood on the Floor, and runs the Poetry-On-Tap weekly reading at Mama’s Crowbar in Portland, ME. He has performed with the likes of Jack McCarthy, Jeanann Verlee, Joe Buck (Hank III), Gang Green, The FU’s, Evan Dando, Theresa Davis, Ryk McIntyre and Andi Kauth. In 2011, he finished 4th out of over 40 competitors at the Arkansas Grand Slam; he is also a veteran and semi-finalist at the National Poetry Slam and placed in the top 30 at the 2011 Individual World Poetry Slam. His first full-length collection, “Plenty of Blood to Spare” will be released by Sargent Press in April 2012. He currently resides in Portland, Maine and teaches in Dover, New Hampshire. This punk rocker poet never disappoints so come on down and check the heat!

MUSICAL GUEST: JARED GOING is a solo Folk/Acoustic Act from Worcester, Ma. He has been writing music for years and been playing around Worcester every once in a blue moon for just as long. Jared is currently in the works of recording his first full length Album and will be releasing it and playing shows more often this summer. Seriously, there is no photo available. It’s not that we didn’t want to post one. It’s literally not available to this earnest, erstwhile bloggy blogger.

BONUS RUCKUS: Return of the “ARE YOU LISTENING” CHALLENGE! We’re bringing back this old game in which we check in with you listening audience types and reward those who actually pay more attention to the show than the drink in front of them. We will take notes and create a series of questions about the poetry going on that evening. We’ll select three to play. First to get three questions correct, will win a snazzy prize! It might even be as simple as us buying your next beverage! Listen! Then Play!

DG Duct Tape Band (and most of the rest of us) anticipate the return of a slightly older, wiser, sagier YOSH SHARTIN on taps! Chicken can only remember what absolute power feels like. Snack Time? Visual Artist? Don’t know, but we expect a tasty, artistically gifted open mic this Monday! Nick and I will be buzzing from accepting our second WoMag “Best of” Award. We may even be dressed nicer than normal! Either way, we’ll bring the award with us so ya’ll can take a gander!

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