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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June 16: Host Lynn Brewer and featuring Nicholas B. Morris!

lynnHost Lynn Brewer! Lynn Brewer is the founder, editor-in-chief, and publisher for Cliterature Journal. She has written two novels, including the blasphemous She Bears a King, and she has learned that her least favorite thing to do during an existential crisis is to provide a brief bio.

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nick morrisFeaturing Nick 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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May 19: Host Jamey Trotter and featuring Christopher Merkner!

May 19:

JameHost Jamey Trotter!

Merkner_CHP_RevisedAuthorPhoto %281%29Featuring Christopher Merkner! Christopher Merkner is the author of the story collection THE RISE & FALL OF THE SCANDAMERICAN DOMESTIC (Coffee House 2014). His fiction has appeared or will soon be appearing in Best American Mystery StoriesBlack Warrior ReviewChicago Tribune: Printer’s Row JournalCincinnati ReviewCutBankDIAGRAMFairy Tale ReviewGettysburg ReviewGulf CoastHotel Amerika, New World Writing, Subtropics, The Collagist, and elsewhere.  He will have a story in the PEN/O’Henry Prize Stories 2015 anthology. He currently serves West Chester University in West Chester, PA as Assistant Professor of English and co-director of creative writing, and he is very happily living in Denver, CO with his wife and kids.

April 21: Host Nicholas B. Morris and featuring Brian Dickson!

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nick morrisHost 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.

brianFeaturing 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.

MARCH 17: Host Leah Rogin-Roper and featuring Steven Dunn!

Tuesday, March 17, 7:30 pm, The Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St., Denver

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Host 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.

thumb_IMG_0796_-_Version_2Featuring Steven Dunn!
Steven Dunn was born and raised in West Virginia, and after 10 years in the Navy he attended University of Denver for Creative Writing. He will be reading from his novel âPotted Meat,â which was a finalist for the Subito Press 2014 Prose Contest. His work has been published in print in BELOW Art Magazine and University of Denverâs Foothills Journal, as well as online in Words Paint Pictures. Steven is currently working on novel about someone who is writing an ethnography about the military. So far it is exploring and challenging military meta-narratives, with particular attention to perceptions of heroism, terrorism, and patriotism.
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TUESDAY Feb 17: Host Cara Lopez Lee and featuring Alexander Lumans!

February 17:

Cara Photo - F-BombHost Cara Lopez Lee

Cara Lopez Lee is the author of the memoir They Only Eat Their Husbands (Conundrum Press, 2014). Her stories have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Denver Post, Rivet Journal, and Connotation Press. She’s a book editor and writing coach. She teaches for the youth program at Lighthouse Writers Workshop. She was a TV journalist, and a writer for HGTV and Food Network. She has traveled throughout Asia, Europe, Africa, Latin America, and the U.S. She married her husband at a volcano in Costa Rica. She did not eat him, and he did not throw her in. They live in Denver.

Lumans Bio PhotoFeaturing Alexander Lumans!

Alexander Lumans was the Spring 2014 Philip Roth Resident at Bucknell University. He has been awarded fellowships to the Arctic Circle, MacDowell, Yaddo, VCCA, Blue Mountain Center, ART342, Norton Island, RopeWalk, Sewanee and Bread Loaf. He received the 2013 Gulf Coast Fiction Prize. His fiction has appeared in or is forthcoming from West Branch, TriQuarterly, Story Quarterly, Bat City Review, Blackbird, Cincinnati Review, and The Normal School, among others. He is Co-Editor of the anthology Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days. He graduated from the M.F.A. Fiction Program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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