POETRY FEATURE: A semi finalist for the PEN/Rosenthal fellowship, ROBERT LASHLEY has had poems published in such Journals as Feminete, No Regrets,Your Hands, Your Mouth, and the Cascadia Review.. His work was also featured in Many Trails To The Summit, an anthology of Northwest form and Lyric poetry. He has featured at the Kerouac Institute for performing arts, Goddard, and Seattle Central College, read and was a guest lecture at The University of Washington-Tacoma and Western Washington university, and was in the IWPS page/stage panel and showcase in 2013. In May of 2014, he won the Cascadia Poetry Festival’s beer slam title.. His full length book: The Homeboy Songs, was published by Small Doggies press in April 2014.
BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIPS! “MAPLE vs. BELLAMY” – We’re excited! Our brand new champion RAINY MAPLE SUGAR CANDY is defending her trophy for the very first time and we’ve not made things easy for her! Challenger JOSEPH JAMES BELLAMY has been blistering our open mic with fire words lately. Rainy’s been covering 90’s songs on ukelele. Who’ll be prepared for battle whatever? 3 rounds, 3 original poetic concoctions, 3 random judges scoring on 3 criteria, plus ONE diabolical secret ingredient from our chairman YOSH SHARTIN! Two poets enter!
Art auction to follow! The band’s been calling themselves RUCKUS lately and we couldn’t be more proud. YOSH & MIKEY haven’t gotten. Lot’s of great stuff happening last week! So much more good stuff coming up in these heated summer months! Get ready to have the best summer mondays evah!