David Tomaloff explodes, plus Michael Robbins, Alisa Heinzman, and me read in Chi tomorrow

 

So Racine, Wisconsin (where I live) has a bunch of good writers, but not many people know that because not too many of them are very active in publishing (which I understand isn’t everyone’s thing, but that bums me out, personally).  A really important, recent notable exception to this, though, is David Tomaloff (who often goes by [dt]).  Dave has been in the music industry for a long time and it shows.  His music can, and should,  be found here.

But, as that site evidences in the “live shows” section, Dave has taken some time off music.  At first, I was really bummed about this.  But then I found out that, with some of that extra time he’s had, he’s been writing and publishing poetry at a speed-demon rate.  I’ve been reading the poems he’s been writing for a few years now and the growth that they’ve shown over the last few have been pretty amazing.  It’s really interesting, subtle, complicated but playful stuff.  And one of the best parts about it–he’s sharing it with the world like he’s on fire.

Here’s some of the pieces and places where Dave’s work has appeared recently:

OLIFAUNT– a free echap from Red Ceilings Press: http://issuu.com/theredceilings/docs/olifaunt

EXIT STRATEGIES (Gold Wake Press):
http://goldwakepress.org/2011/06/01/david-tomaloff-exit-strategies/
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MESCAL NON-PALINDROME CINEMA (Ten Pages Press):
http://tenpagespress.wordpress.com/2011/05/03/mescal-non-palindrome-cinema-by-david-tomaloff/
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and  another e-chap being published by NAP  in August.
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So that’s killer and you should definitely brush up on this cat.  He kind of came out of nowhere all of a sudden with this madtastic poetry.  And who doesn’t love an underdog?  No one.  That’s who.
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You can keep up to date with all his new publications here, as they happen, too.  And……you’re welcome.  Now go live your much improved life.
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But wait wait–
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one more thing.  I have a reading tomorrow in Chicago with Michael Robbins and Alisa Heinzman.  It’s part of a touring arts company called the ‘Lectric Collective.  It is going to be awesome.  Pretty much the only reading I’m scheduling this summer until my tour kicks off on Sept 14th.  And Robbins is moving to Mississippi at the end of the month so this will be the only time to catch him in the midwest for a long time.  Here’s the details for it:
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Time
Thursday, July 21 · 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Location
Mars Gallery

139 West Fulton Market,
Chicago, IL
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And here’s a link to an event invite for it, where you can read more about the readers, as well as the incredible, traveling ‘Lectric Collective.
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I’m really excited about that reading, more so than usual.  Alisa and Mikey are both really excellent so if you can come, come.  In the meantime, here’s a video I shot and posted of Robbins a few months ago.  It’s good enough to repost.  What the heck.
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See you tomorrow in Chicago, hopefully.
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