Poetry Reading! Book Launch! Shenanigans!

I’m thrilled to be able to play a small part in a 1950s-themed book launch for fellow writer Nancy Pulley in Columbus later this month. The Scribblers Writing Club, which both of us hang out with, is helping to sponsor the launch of Nancy’s latest book Pulley_Warren Ave coverof poetry, “Warren Avenue” at 7 p.m. March 30 at the Hotel Indigo in Columbus, Indiana.

Several of us will read poems from Nancy’s book, Nancy will read some, there will be an open mic. Local poet and all-around fine gentleman, Matthew D. Jackson, will serve as the emcee for the festivities.

Many of Nancy’s poems center on life in the 1950s, so the evening will take on a 1950s theme. If you’ve got a poodle skirt and saddle shoes, wear them. Or perhaps you’d prefer rolling the bottom of your jeans pant legs up a tad. Or just show up in 2010s wear. Either way, we’ll all look forward to some fun.

On a personal level, the title “Warren Avenue” strikes a chord with my childhood, as it does with Nancy. My Warren Avenue was a block away from where I grew up in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Nancy’s Warren Avenue was in another state, but that’s OK.

Nancy is a graduate of Indiana Central College, now the University of Indianapolis. She is a recent recipient of an Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist grant in poetry. She has published two previous chapbooks. “Warren Avenue” is her first full-length work. It was published by Chatter House Press in Indianapolis and is available at the Chatter House Press website here, at Viewpoint Books in downtown Columbus or through Amazon.

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