Monday! July 15th! University of Pittsburgh Press Author JOHN HODGEN! Plus! The “Slam that Label!” Found Performance Challenge!

john-hodgen-448FEATURED POET: JOHN HODGEN lives in Shrewsbury, MA. He is Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Assumption College, and also teaches at Mount Wachusett Community College and the Worcester Art Museum. He is the author of Heaven and Earth Holding Company (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010); Grace (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006), winner of the 2005 AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry; In My Father’s House, winner of the 1993 Bluestem Award from Emporia State University in Kansas; and Bread Without Sorrow, winner of the 2002 Balcones Poetry Prize, Lynx House Press /Eastern Washington Unversity Press, 2001. He has won the Grolier Prize for Poetry, an Arvon Foundation Award, the Yankee Magazine Award for Poetry, first prize in the Red Brick Review poetry competition, and a Massachusetts Cultural Council Finalist Award in Poetry in 2000.

BONUS RUCKUS: The first ever “SLAM THAT LABEL” Found beerbottleemptyPoem Performance Challenge! Too hot and lazy to write these days? We get that, we get you, in fact we got you! Bring a label from a beer bottle, box of cereal or savory snack and slam it like it’s the most performance poem ever. Got an airplane sick bag that you think you can rock a mic with, whatever, bring it down, read it like it’s THE WORD and win a frosty prize on us!!!

20120423-_DSC0383DUCT TAPE BAND abides. Visual Arts and Snacks ride on! YOSH & CHICKEN miss hockey too much for anyone’s good. I’ve seen photos of NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS playing with baby goats. Life can be a scary, confusing bag of suck sometimes, we work hard to whittle a little space where it doesn’t have to be all the time! Let’s go!

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