Monday March 26th! Pulling out the stops for NICKY’S BIRTHDAY BASH w/ JAMAL “Versiz” MAY! Musical Guest SOUND IN STONE REUNION! Plus the “The Roasty Birthday Toast Burn!” Challenge!

Who’d a thunk it, almost 3 years of curatin’ this ruckusy mess hasn’t killed NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS! Your intrepid 5-ring-circus-leader keeps finding a way to breathe, so you KNOW we’re going to celebrate that… with cake, and cakes in faces and of course, glitter!

POETRY FEATURE: On a well overdue return visit to our stage, JAMAAL (“Versiz”) MAY is a Cave Canem Fellow, Callaloo Writing Fellow, and student in Warren Wilson’s MFA for writers. He is the author of a poetry chapbook (The God Engine, Pudding House Press, 2009) and editor of the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Series. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Callaloo, Indiana Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Blackbird, and Verse Daily, among other magazines and anthologies. May has received two scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, an International Publication Prize from Atlanta Review, and he was a finalist for the 2010 Ruth Lilly Fellowship. Recently, he was named the 2011-2012 Stadler Fellow at Bucknell University. May is a two-time Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam Champion, two-time Detroit Slam Champion, five time National Poetry Slam team member, and two-time Individual World Poetry Slam finalist. He has coached three Brave New Voices Youth Slam Teams and teaches poetry classes through the Inside Out Literary Arts Project. More information, including samples of his work, can be found at www.versiz.comYou do not want to miss this! Don’t believe me?

MUSICAL GUEST: Only a giddy, garbled request from NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS could make this merry band of unicorn ninjas reunite! YES YES!!! SOUND IN STONE is coming at you to play the half time super bowl show, complete with elaborate choreography and nip slips! LARRY, DERRICK, MARK & CHRIS and (insert bass player here) are twangy ganging up on our ear drums this Monday with an endless array of snappy, happy, songs that even my pappy would like! Bring your folks down and dance with them! This is a once in an every few months kind of reunion, so, you know, you may not get to see this bag of fun, for like another few months! “Kiss meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee… in the mornin’!!!!!!!!!”  Just singing the song. Do. Not. Kiss. Me. (thanks, the management).

BONUS RUCKUS: Nick’s “Roasty Birthday Toast Burn!” Challenge! If you know Nick, you’ve probably given him a ride somewhere, had your cigarette lighter go missing, or have been asked to post-30 rack de-construct & offer feedback to a poem, penned to the back of a wadded up tissue. In essence this boy don’t play by your rules. NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS makes the Gerund happen. It just happens. He follows an Ancient Mythological Cosmic Fool Ancestral yawp! So, challengers, raise a glass and offer your most poetic toast (one minute in length or less). This man is squishy and can handle your outrageous arrows, but he can’t wait all day for you to do it! Nick’s favorite wins a beverage on us!

Nick’s inner child has been chomping at the lead painted bit, to get to this day in history! DUCT TAPE BAND is gonna work overtime this Monday! Spoiler alert, I think this Monday’s Snack Time is gonna be birthday cake. (if you’re trying to make this cake, please check in with Miss EMILEE MORREALE and give her a day to respond because she’s in charge! Furreals!). Thanks to KERRY McGUIRL for offering one of the best banana bread’s this side of my mom’s imagination! By volunteering, she has also saved you from the dreaded rice cakes! YOSH & CHICKEN are not crying for Tim Tebow! BIRTHDAY GIFTS FOR NICK should come in the form of checks made payable to ALEX CHARALAMBIDES (I will make sure, Nick’s absurd glitter needs are met for the next year). Bring your birthday paddles and warm up them paddling arms! This Monday’s gonna be the hootinest hootenanny!


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