August 16: Host Roseanna Frechette and featuring Cristofer Lix!

All shows begin at 7:30 at the Mercury Cafe

2199 California Street, Denver

roseannaHost Roseanna Frechette! Roseanna Frechette is a longtime member of Denver’s thriving creative arts community. Former publisher of Rosebud Forum magazine, she has great passion for the power of small press and the beauty of spoken word. Her performance poetry has been showcased in a variety of regional venues including Arise Music Festival, Sparrows Poetry Festival, The Festival of Imagination, and Boulder Fringe Festival as well as public television and radio. She is a frequent guest host for Mercury Café’s Jam Before the Slam and a respected participant in the open mic scenes of Denver and Boulder. Interpretive dancer and yogi as well as storyteller and poet, Roseanna’s integrative style reflects both a respectful love of nature and a bohemian appreciation for urban culture. Her performances and presentations are vibrant and dynamic, as she allows her voice to be heard through story, song, and poems ever changing.

CristoferLix.fbomb.bioshot (1)Featuring Cristofer Lix! Cristofer Lix is a Performance Artist, musician, spoken word and poet performer, actor and  director . He has been living with AIDS for 25 years, and much of his work deals with this tumultuous modern day plague, as well as its effects culturally and personally. Cristofer has been in many productions (including plays, musicals, and original performance works)  in the Denver area , and other cities over the course of his 30 plus year career as an artist. He also works in the mediums of collage//sculpture, and installation art. To honor the quarter century mark of his life’s journey with HIV, Cristofer is presently writing, and , later this year, will be premiering his second solo autobiographical show about his unique life’s story.  The first performance piece about his life, “Concave Pregnancy,” enjoyed several runs in Denver and other cities. After a prolonged absence, Cristofer is thrilled to be back at work in the thriving Denver performance scene.

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July 19: 2nd Annual Flash Fiction Festival with Host Nancy Stohlman and featuring Chris Bowen, April Bradley, David Atkinson and Mathias Svalina!

All shows begin at 7:30 at The Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St, Denver.

FESTIVAL THEME: ELVIS LUAU!

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1940s nancyHost Nancy Stohlman! Nancy Stohlman’s books include The Vixen Scream and Other Bible Stories, The Monster Opera,  Searching for Suzi: a flash novel, and four anthologies including Fast Forward: The Mix Tape, a finalist for a 2011 Colorado Book Award. She is the creator and curator of the Fbomb Flash Fiction Reading Series in Denver, the impetus behind FlashNano, and her work was nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize. Find out more about her at www.nancystohlman.com

Chris BFeaturing Chris Bowen! Christopher Bowen is the author of We Were Giants (Sunnyoutside Press, 2013) and the forthcoming When I Return To You, I Will Be Unfed. He lives and works as a chef in Cleveland and blogs from Burning River.

DavidFeaturing David S. Atkinson! David S. Atkinson is the author of “Not Quite so Stories” (Literary Wanderlust), “The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes” (2015 National Indie Excellence Awards finalist in humor), and “Bones Buried in the Dirt” (2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist, First Novel <80K). His writing appears in “Bartleby Snopes,” “Grey Sparrow Journal,” “Atticus Review,” and others. His writing website is http://davidsatkinsonwriting.com/ and he spends his non-literary time working as a patent attorney in Denver.

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 Featuring April Bradley! April Bradley is from Goodlettsville, Tennessee and lives with her family on the Conneticut shoreline near New Haven. Her work has appeared in Boston Literary, Flash Fiction Chronicles, Flash Fronteir, Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Magazine, Narratively, Pure Slush, Southern Women’s Review, and Thrice Fiction, among others. She has a MA in Ethics from Yale University and studied Philosophy and Theology as a post-graduate scholar at Cambridge University. Her fiction recently has been nominated for the 2015 Best of the Net Anthology and for the Pushcart Prize. She is the Associate Editor for Bartleby Snopes Literary Magazine and Press.

mathias svalina author photo w dogsFeaturing Mathias Svalina! Mathias Svalina is the author of five books of poetry, including Destruction Myth (Cleveland State University Poetry Center) & Wastoid (Big Lucks Books). He most recent book is The Wine-Dark Sea from Sidebrow Books. He is an editor for the poetry press Octopus Books & lives in Denver, where he teaches writing & runs a Dream Delivery Service.

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June 21: Host Brian Dickson and featuring Hillary Leftwich!

All shows begin at 7:30 at The Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St, Denver.

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brianHost Brian Dickson! Brian was born in the land of Pancho’s and Chico’s Tacos.  Fed a steady diet of Kraft cheese and “Where’s the beef?” ads he grew skinny.  So skinny, in fact, the wind blew him off the porch during home room in seventh grade when he went to shut the door.  It took years to shed the nickname Flaco until he discovered burritos–no more light shells.  He is in constant search of smothered burritos with better chile than Christmas in New Mexico.  Finally, he has grown strong in the burrito era.

HillaryFeaturing Hillary Leftwich! Hillary Leftwich grew up in Colorado Springs where Focus on the Family reigns supreme and Ted Haggard is currently hiding in his closet. Still. She survived Christian school where brainwashed fanatical classmates failed to save her soul and forced her to play Satan in the school play. Her English teacher accused her of practicing witchcraft and playing Dungeons and Dragons during lunch when really all she was doing was listening to The Melvins and writing strange stories that made her classmates feel “weird.” She later won the Colorado Young Writers Award and felt vindicated.

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May 17: Host Leah Rogin-Roper and featuring Kona Morris!

All shows begin at 7:30 at The Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street, Denver

leahHost Leah Rogin Roper! Leah Rogin-Roper’s essay, “Honk if You Love Real Snow,” was featured in Mountain Gazette’s Best of the West, along with western literary icons like Charles Bowden. Her flash fiction has been performed by Stories on Stage and The Buntport Theater Group. Fiction and nonfiction pieces have been recently published in The Denver Post, Serenity Magazine, Cliterature, and Deep South Review. She is currently cheating on flash fiction to focus on her fourth novel. Please keep her infidelity a secret.

 

konaFeaturing Kona Morris! Kona Morris received her moral guidance from Kermit the Frog. She is originally from the foggy redwood hub of Humboldt County, California, though she has since lived everywhere from Boston to a remote village in northern Alaska. She has an MFA in Creative Writing, a slew of publications, and she currently teaches editing and letter regurgitation to college students in Denver.  For more appallingly un-updated information, check out her website: konamorris.com.

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April 19: Host Steven Dunn and featuring Brian Lupo!

All shows begin at 7:30 pm at The Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street.

thumb_IMG_0796_-_Version_2Host Steven Dunn! Steven Dunn is the author of Potted Meat (Tarpaulin Sky Press). He was born and raised in West Virginia, and after 10 years in the Navy he earned a B.A. in Creative Writing from University of Denver. He is also the Reviews and Interviews editor for Horse Less Press.

 

 

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Brian LFeaturing Brian Lupo! Brian Lupo is a writer from Anaheim, Ca. His home is now Denver where he works in sports broadcasting, procedures and customer services, and odd jobs while he is not exploring writing, boxing, or global communities. His work has been featured in Below Magazine, Words Paint Pictures, and Connotations Press. Lupo has also been a featured Reader in the Northern Colorado, Don’t Yell At Me series, and the 2015 National Beat Poetry Festival.

March 15: Host Nicholas B. Morris and featuring Jeff Becker!

It’s the Ides of March!

Nick MHost Nicholas B. Morris! Nick Morris has been many things: a grocery bagger, a knife salesman, an oil company stooge, and even one of those annoying people who asks if you have a minute for the environment. (The environment people never paid him, by the way.) Now he spends a lot of time talking about Batman and rock music under the auspices of higher education. When he can, he writes stories, and reads them every month at the F-Bomb Reading Series. If you look at just the right time, you can probably catch him singing along to the radio in his car.

 

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JeffFeaturing Jeff Becker! Jeff Becker teaches creative writing at the Community College of Denver and considers himself lucky to get to do so.  He is from New Mexico and he writes prose.  He is a founding member of the Visceral Realists writing group.
As you can see from the photo, he wears glasses.  And he doesn’t trim his eyebrows. If you come to this reading you can see what the rest of his face and body look like.

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Feb 16: Host Kona Morris and Featuring Rob Geisen and Girls Just Wanna Have Us!

All shows begin at 7:30 pm at The Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street.

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konaDalekHost Kona Morris! Kona Morris received her moral guidance from Kermit the Frog. She is originally from the foggy redwood hub of Humboldt County, California, though she has since lived everywhere from Boston to a remote village in northern Alaska. She has an MFA in Creative Writing, a slew of publications, and she currently teaches editing and letter regurgitation to college students in Denver.  For more appallingly un-updated information, check out her website: konamorris.com.

 

 

 

 

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rob 2Featuring Rob Geisen! Rob Geisen is the author of various books (Love Does Stuff, I See You Lewis, The Aftermath, etc) columns (12 Things I Learned While Watching: King Kong) and political brochures (Sarah Palin’s Legacy vs. She’s Probably Just Drunk). He’s also Get in the car, Helen and has a website: getinthecarhelen.com

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