Monthly Archives: December 2009

12/30/09 – Joint event at WestConn – Daniel Nester features


Daniel Nestor

STARTS AT 7 pm at Alumni Hall on the WestConn Campus, 45 min open myk, then the feature  WEDPOETRY HOSTS THE OPEN MIC ONLY our Host is Dan (if he is around) or Robin. WestConn introduces the feature,Daniel Nester who is a journalist, essayist, poet, editor, and teacher. His next book, How to Be Inappropriate, a collection of humorous nonfiction, will be published by Soft Skull Press in Fall 2009.

Nester’s first two books, God Save My Queen(Soft Skull Press, 2003) and God Save My Queen II (2004), are collections on his obsession with the rock band Queen. His third, The History of My World Tonight(BlazeVOX, 2006), is a collection of poems.

As a journalist and essayist, his work has appeared in a variety of places, such as Poets & WritersThe Morning NewsThe Daily BeastTime Out New YorkThe Rumpus,Bloomsbury ReviewMcSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Bookslut.

He is the former editor of the online journalsUnpleasant Event Schedule and La Petite Zine and worked as Assistant Web Editor for Sestinas for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.

His work has been anthologized in such collections as Lost and Found, The Best American Poetry 2003The Best Creative Nonfiction, Vol. 1Third Rail: The Poetry of Rock and RollIsn’t It Romantic? 100 Love Poems by Younger American Poets, and Gamers: Writers, Artists, and Programmers on the Pleasure of the Pixels.

His poems have appeared in such journals as CoconutShampooTaintGulf CoastBarrow StreetjubilatCrazyhorse,Open CitySlopeSpoon River Poetry Review, and other places.

He is an assistant professor of English at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, where he teaches creative nonfiction.

Author photo by Gregory Cherin. Click on photo for a link to hi-res version of photo, suitable for framing or rubbing against denim.

The guy’s site is:

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Posted by on December 30, 2009 in * Past Specials



12/23/09 – No Poetry

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Posted by on December 23, 2009 in z-cancellation notices


12/16/09 – Grinch Night & a worksop at Blue Z

HOST: Faith   Can’t afford Chrismas this year?  Sick of  one day of sentiment that you pay off in installments for 11 months? Got the NO JOB, NO CASH, NO CHRISTMAS blues?  Did the big bad  Grinch take everything? Are you sick of GIMME GIMME GIMME materialism? Or do you know for sure that coal will fill your stocking?  Maybe you want to be an ELF and cheer people up…..

WELL THEN — Bring your fractured carols, you stale fruitcake, your rhyme of the reasonless season!  You can read cynical Xmas verse, dark poems from the Christmas coal mine, or  bring Santa sacks of good will .  Whatever you got, we got an ear… err We HAVE an ear or rather ears. So come, celebrate or kavetch. Either way – BE THERE!

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Posted by on December 16, 2009 in * Past Theme Nights


12/9/2009 – Open Myk

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Posted by on December 9, 2009 in * Past Features


12/2/09 Mark McGuire-Schwartz


Mark Mcguire-Schwartz

A man in a wheelchair,
wearing a condom,
drinking a Red Bull,
flips the switch
on the 16.2 mile
Particle Accelerator/Particle
Collider, convening a series
of consequences that include
(but are not limited to) the end
of the universe, a consequence
not cautioned against
in the fine print
on the can
of Red Bull,
although no
litigation will

* This poem was written as a direct  result of a discussion one week at Wednesday Night Poetry.

The poet who was raised by friendly bears — Mark McGuire-Schwartz will read his experimental and non experiment poems. with and without jokes, with and without an alarm clock ringing, with and without hawks, etc.  Sure to be full of surprises based on his Word of Mouth reading a few months ago….

Mark Mcguire-Schwartz is a sometimes host of WNPS, is treasurer and chairman of WNPS’s ever evolving “committee,” and also a host of Word of Mouth at the Institute Library in New Haven. He sometimes imagines that he was raised by bears, (as previously noted) and he says it shows. In his 27 years as a state bureaucrat, Mark strove to raise the level of memos to an art form. Despite this his short play, Meeting Arthur Miller, was produced as part of the Short and NEAT program during the 2004 International Festival of Arts and Ideas, in New Haven. His work HAS appeared in The Whatever Journal,, The Fairfield Review and in Bent Pin Quarterly. However he protests that he has not yet won many prestigious and lucrative awards, including a Pulitzer Prize and a MacArthur Grant. Oh well Oh well. Oh well.

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Posted by on December 2, 2009 in * A Few Poems, * Past Features



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