Last week, we were outside and it was good! Better than good. If the weather abides, we will be out there indefinitely!

POETRY FEATURE: JOSH KALSCHEUR is the winner of the Four joshkalscheurWay Books Levis Prize in Poetry, selected by James Longenbach. He’s on a short Northeast tour in support of his new book, Tidal. Tidal focuses on Chuuk State, a group of islands that are a part of the Federated States of Micronesia. This focus encompasses Micronesia’s morality, its taboos and myths and how information and stories disseminate between villages, social groups, ethnicities, classes, and genders. Using persona, these poems explore and challenge the idea of witness. Josh lived and worked as a high school teacher in Micronesia from 2007-2009. He’s published individual poems in Boston ReviewSlate, jubilat, Ninth Letter, Witness, Blackbird, The Iowa Review and Best New Poets 2013, among others. A graduate of Saint Olaf College and UW-Madison, he currently teaches classes at both UW-Madison and Madison College in Madison, Wisconsin.

BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIP: “GIBBS vs. IronPoetApronMAPLE SUGAR CANDY” – Seems like just last month that RAINY MAPLE SUGAR CANDY took over the #1 contender position. Oh wait, it was last month. Well IRON POET CHAMP ROBERT BLACKWELL GIBBS is riding high off a WoMag’s Poll “Best Poet” Win & Grand Slam Championship for the 2015 & 7 Hills Slam Team Finals. Let’s see if he can keep the winning streak alive versus one worthy competitor. One secret ingredient from chairman YOSH SHARTIN! Three concoctions. Haiku, Short Poem & Incorporation. 3 judges will settle the rest!

SNACKS TASTE EVEN BETTER OUTDOORS! Thanks Em! MATT & LTAB-FlierTHE BASTARDS SOUND EVEN BETTER OUTDOORS! Everything is better outside, except the bugs (must bring community bug spray next week). We’ll have more lights, more action, more open mic, more of all the things you dig about Monday Nights! If you can’t wait for poetry and are down for a road trip to Boston, LOUDER THAN A BOMB MASSACHUSETTS is coming to the South End. 16 youth poetry slams in one day! When Alex isn’t hanging with you guys, he’s helping to organize this! Check the invite! And the rad poster!

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