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.

February 16: 

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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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January 19: Host Kathy Fish and featuring Sally Reno and Gay Degani!

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

January 19:

kathyHosted by Kathy Fish! Kathy Fish’s stories have been published or are forthcoming in The Lineup: 25 Provocative Women Writers (Black Lawrence Press), Slice, Guernica, Indiana Review, Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere. She is the author of three collections of short fiction: A chapbook of flash fiction in the chapbook collective, A Peculiar Feeling of Restlessness: Four Chapbooks of Short Short Fiction by Four Women (Rose Metal Press, 2008), Wild Life (Matter Press, 2011) and Together We Can Bury It (The Lit Pub, 2013). She blogs at http://kathy-fish.com/.

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Featuring Sally Reno! Sally Reno’s fiction has appeared in more than a hundred print and online journals and anthologies, has been among the winners of National Public Radio’s 3-Minute Fiction Contest, the Moon Milk Review Prosetry Contest, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She lives in a fumeous, vaporish, ivy-festered grotto where she serves as Pythoness to Blink Ink Print and Haruspex for Shining Mountains Press.

GayFeaturing Gay Degani! Gay Degani began writing in the fifth grade and placed second in the Atlantic Monthly Writing Contest for High School Students when she was a high school senior. She followed this surprising honor with a twenty-five-year hiatus from her typewriter, turning her attention to college, career, and family. With the help of a computer, she began again in 1999. Her short stories have been published online and in print. Three have been nominated for Pushcart consideration, and others have placed first or been recognized in competitions. Her suspense novel, What Came Before, was published in 2014, preceded an eight-story collection, Pomegranate, in 2010. She is the founder and editor emeritus at Flash Fiction Chronicles, an editor at Smokelong Quarterly, and blogs at Words in Place. 

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Nov 17: Final Fbomb of 2015 with Host Meg Tuite and featured readers Kathy Fish, Leah Rogin-Roper, Len Kuntz and Robert Vaughan!

Tuesday, November 17:

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

Hosted by Meg Tuite!bio photo w_ tattoo  Meg Tuite is the author of two short story collections, Bound By Blue (2013) Sententia Books and Domestic Apparition (2011) San Francisco Bay Press, three chapbooks and a poetic prose/poetry chap w/ David Tomaloff coming out in 2015. She won the Twin Antlers Collaborative Poetry award from Artistically Declined Press for her poetry collection, Bare Bulbs Swinging (2014) written with Heather Fowler and Michelle Reale. She teaches at the Santa Fe Community College, is fiction editor for Santa Fe Literary Review, a featured column at Connotation Press and a column at JMWW. She lives in Santa Fe with her husband and menagerie of pets. Her blog: http://megtuite.com

kathyFeaturing Kathy Fish! Kathy Fish’s stories have been published or are forthcoming in The Lineup: 25 Provocative Women Writers (Black Lawrence Press), Slice, Guernica, Indiana Review, Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere. She is the author of three collections of short fiction: A chapbook of flash fiction in the chapbook collective, A Peculiar Feeling of Restlessness: Four Chapbooks of Short Short Fiction by Four Women (Rose Metal Press, 2008), Wild Life (Matter Press, 2011) and Together We Can Bury It (The Lit Pub, 2013). She blogs at http://kathy-fish.com/.

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Featuring 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.

lenFeaturing Len Kuntz! Len Kuntz is a writer from Washington State, an editor at the online magazine Literary Orphans, and the author of the story collection “The Dark Sunshine.”  His work appears widely in print and online journals.  You can also find him at lenkuntz.blogspot.com

robertWith special guest Robert Vaughan! Robert Vaughan has work published in over 500 online and print magazines.  He’s the author of three collections of poetry: Microtones (Cervena Barva Press, 2012); Diptychs + Triptychs + Lipsticks + Dipshits (Deadly Chaps Press, 2013); and Addicts & Basements (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2014). He also edited Flash Fiction Fridays (2011), selected writings from his two year radio show on WUWM. He’s currently senior editor at JMWW and Lost in Thought magazines, and is on the Advisory Board of Literary Orphans. His awards include Micro-Fiction (2012), and Gertrude Stein Awards (2013, 2014). He is an AWP Panelist and teaches workshops in various topics like poetry, hybrid writing, and playwriting. He leads roundtables at Red Oak Writing in Milwaukee, WI

OCT 20: Back to the Future Bomb with Host Kona Morris and featuring Nate Jordon!

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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. She has an unhealthy obsession with all things Back to the Future and once talked to Crispin Glover for nearly an hour on the phone. For more appallingly un-updated information, check out her website: konamorris.com.

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Nate-Jordon1Featuring Nate Jordon! Nate Jordon currently lives and works in a small bunker somewhere in the Ozarks of Northwest Arkansas. Between adventures in the American wilds he’s a writer, editor, publishing consultant and writing coach. For his musings and other viscera, check out natejordon.com.

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September 15: Host SETH and featuring Annie Dawid!

Sept 15:

Final promo pictures 002-1Host SETH! Writer, performance poet, musician and actor SETH is a veteran of Denver’s performance art scene. SETH was a driving force behind Open Rangers (1989-2000), a dynamic, multi-dimensional network of poets, musicians, actors and dancers. Open Rangers won several Best of Westwords for their pioneering efforts intermingling spoken word with other performance arts.. In 1993, SETH joined Jafrika, a critically-acclaimed performance art trio melding “provocative music, exquisite dance and poignant poetry.” The Rocky Mountain News listed Jafrika as among Denver’s finest cultural offerings. Currently, SETH hosts the weekly Jam before the Slam with the musical ensemble, Art Compost & the Word Mechanics, Sunday nights at the Mercury Café. A published short story writer, SETH recently completed his first novel, now in the hands of a literary agent. His poetry collection, A Black Odyssey is a diverse, vibrant, poetic memoir modeled on Homer’s ancient epic. For spare change, SETH teaches children to write and adults to perform. He can be visited at www.wagingart.com. His stated ambition in life is to earn enough money from his art to afford a last name.

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Featuring Annie Dawid! Annie Dawid has published three books of fiction, AND DARKNESS WAS UNDER HIS FEET: STORIES OF A FAMILY (Litchfield Review Press, winner of their Short Fiction Prize); LILY IN THE DESERT (Carnegie-Mellon University Press Series in Short Fiction) and YORK FERRY: A NOVEL (Cane Hill Press). Her long short story, “Jonestown: Thirty Years On,” was a finalist in the Eric Hofer Short Story Contest and published in Best New Writing 2015 (Hopewell 2014). She won the 2013 Northern Colorado Writers Award in the Personal Essay and the 2013 New Rocky Mountain Voices Award for her short play, “Gunplay.” In 2012, she won the Fall Flash Fiction Orlando Award from A Room of One’s Own Foundation and the Essay Prize from the Dana Awards. She has taught two workshops at the Taos Summer Writers Conference, University of New Mexico, and at the Castle Rock Writers Conference (Colorado). Currently, she teaches fiction writing at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, CO, after retiring as Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, 1990-2006

August 18: Host Roseanna Frechette and featuring Cristofer Lix!

August 18:


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.

July 21: Fbomb National Flash Fiction Festival!

A Gathering of the Flashy and Flash-Curious

The first ever FBomb National Flash Fiction Festival! No panels! No workshops! Just the biggest Fbomb flash fiction reading ever and YOU are invited. Our features and special guest are traveling from East and West Coasts to converge for one night of flash fiction in Denver! With music by Nick Busheff!

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photo 2 (1)Host Nancy Stohlman! 

Nancy Stohlman’s books include the flash fiction collection The Vixen Scream and Other Bible Stories, the novels The Monster Opera and Searching for Suzi: a flash novel, and four anthologies including Fast Forward: The Mix Tape, which was a finalist for a 2011 Colorado Book Award. When she is not writing she is the lead singer of the lounge metal band Kinky Mink. Find out more about her at http://www.nancystohlman.com

PaulFeaturing Paul Beckman!  Paul Beckman collects memories and punchboards. Some publishing credits: Pank, Connotation Press, Journal of Microliterature, Litro, Boston Literary Magazine, The Connecticut Review & other fine magazines online and in print. He’s had three collections and a novella published. His latest flash story collection, Peek from Big Table Press, came out in February 2015 weighing in at 65 stories and 117 pages. It can be purchases from his published story website http://www.paulbeckmanstories.com or Amazon.

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robertFeaturing Robert Vaughan! Robert Vaughan has work published in over 500 online and print magazines.  He’s the author of three collections of poetry: Microtones (Cervena Barva Press, 2012); Diptychs + Triptychs + Lipsticks + Dipshits (Deadly Chaps Press, 2013); and Addicts & Basements (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2014). He also edited Flash Fiction Fridays (2011), selected writings from his two year radio show on WUWM. He’s currently senior editor at JMWW and Lost in Thought magazines, and is on the Advisory Board of Literary Orphans. His awards include Micro-Fiction (2012), and Gertrude Stein Awards (2013, 2014). He is an AWP Panelist and teaches workshops in various topics like poetry, hybrid writing, and playwriting. He leads roundtables at Red Oak Writing in Milwaukee, WI.

karenFeaturing Karen Stefano! Karen Stefano is the author of the collection, The Secret Games of Words, published by 1GlimpsePress (2015). She is Fiction Editor for Connotation Press and her stories have appeared in The South Carolina Review, Tampa Review, Santa Fe Literary Review, Epiphany, Lost in Thought, Metazen, Green Mountains Review, Gloom Cupboard, and elsewhere. Her story, “Seeing,” was nominated for the XXXVII Pushcart Prize.

bio photo w_ tattoo    Featuring Meg Tuite! Meg Tuite is the author of two short story collections, Bound By Blue (2013) Sententia Books and Domestic Apparition (2011) San Francisco Bay Press, three chapbooks and a poetic prose/poetry chap w/ David Tomaloff coming out in 2015. She won the Twin Antlers Collaborative Poetry award from Artistically Declined Press for her poetry collection, Bare Bulbs Swinging (2014) written with Heather Fowler and Michelle Reale. She teaches at the Santa Fe Community College, is fiction editor for Santa Fe Literary Review, a featured column at Connotation Press and a column at JMWW. She lives in Santa Fe with her husband and menagerie of pets. Her blog: http://megtuite.com

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