Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Sunday, August 1, 2010
* Disc golf
* Diet Coke
* Grammatically correct rejection letters
Let's take a look at this one:
"Hi Bret: Thanx for the poems but we cant use them."
1. My name is plastered all over my submission. At least have the courtesy of spelling it right in the rejection letter.
2. "Thanx" for using internet slang in a letter sent from a company that is, I assume, in the business of keeping the English language alive and respectable.
3. Proper apostrophe usage is not too difficult. I assume (and this might be where I make a wrong turn) that you know how to use them. It's like people who don't use turn signals. How difficult is it to take a second to move your pinky an inch and a half and let me know if you are going to turn in front of me? That being said, I know you are an "important" guy and you only accept about 1% of all submissions you receive, but you can't take a fraction of a second to include an apostrophe in the appropriate place in my rejection letter? I guess for important guys, those fractions of seconds really do add up. Regular peons like me are stuck wasting precious milliseconds putting in little marks before S's and T's.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
My poet pal Christopher runs Vouched Books, a really great organization that gets small press publications out to the public, so you should go czech that out, and read his blog. The most recent post was about our reading in Indianapolis at Calvin Fletcher Coffee Co., a not-for-profit coffee shop with an amazing menu and a cozy atmosphere for things like doin' homework or reading some killer poetry. About 40 people and several fruit flies came out to the reading. Thanks! This photo courtesy of Christopher's pal Brandon. Check out more on Vouched Books!
Thursday, July 15, 2010
@ SCARRITT-BENNETT THURS, JULY 22
7 - 8PFREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Join fellow poetry enthusiasts for a monthly reading by a featured local poet. The environment is informal and conversation between the poet and audience is encouraged.
FEATURED POET: BRETT ELIZABETH JENKINS lives in Indiana. She is currently earning her MFA from Bennington. Look for her work in Anderbo, Writers' Bloc, PANK, The Medulla Review, and elsewhere.
POET'S CORNER CALENDAR: The 4th Thursday of every month (except Nov. & Dec.)
Visit www.scarrittbennett.org/programs/pc.aspx for a list of featured poets.
The Front Porch @ Scarritt-Bennett 1000 19th Ave. S., Nashville 37212 (corner of Grand and 19th) gallery F. and The Front Porch gift shop, bookstore, and coffee bar will be open from 6:30 - 8:30p. More info: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
At any rate, you can listen online here: http://www.grcmc.org/radio/listen.php
Or you can listen if you're in Grand Rapids, MI by turning to 88.1 FM. These new-fangled radio talky boxes with buttons and knobs are the watermark of the future! I can feel it.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Tanya Jarrett drove all the way up from Nashville and is still here, so I'm going to show her a proper Indiana fourth of July and take her to Fort Wayne where we'll watch barefooted drunk hillbillies shoot tiny rockets off at passing cars.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
In other news, Al Abonado is getting published in Gargoyle next summer--a magazine that once upon a time published Bukowski. And lots of Bukowski.
Also, I got a really nice form letter from The New Yorker this morning. I could probably paper-mâché a small boulder with those letters if I had the patience to print them out and learn how to paper-mâché.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
A mix between the place where the narrative comes running toward the arrival point and the place where the Buddhist comes running foggy-headedly toward Panera Bread.
I think I may have convinced myself to write fiction.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Come to the Firefly Coffee House on Saturday, July 3rd at 6PM to hear:
Tanya Jarrett (FINALIST for the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry),
Brett Elizabeth Jenkins (that's me!)
and musical guest Joe Ricke.
See you there.
Friday, June 25, 2010
The dates and venues for the Midwest Poetry Tour are almost entirely set up. I think there are three or four cities I don't have venues for yet, but I figured I could post what I do have on here so we can start getting the word out. Also, if you're going to be in one of these cities and you are a poet or a musician, contact me and let me know if you're interested in participating.
LOCATIONS & DATES:
July 2: Huntington, IN : 509 State St. @ 7PM
July 3: Ft. Wayne, IN : Firefly Coffee House - 3523 North Anthony Boulevard @ 6PM
July 6: Grand Rapids, MI: Electric Poetry (radio: 88.1 FM) @ 10:30 PM
July 7: Grand Rapids, MI : Literary Life Bookstore - 758 Wealthy Street SE @7PM
July 9: Toledo, OH : Ground Level - 2636 W. Central Ave @ 7PM
July 13: Cleveland, OH - NO VENUE YET
July 16: Columbus, OH - NO VENUE YET
July 17: Athens, OH : Donkey Coffee - 17 West Washington Street @ 7PM
July 20: Cincinnati, OH - NO VENUE YET
July 22: Nashville, TN : Poet’s Corner @ 19th & Grand - The Front Porch at Scarritt-Bennett: 1000 19th Ave. S @ 7PM
July 23: Indianapolis, IN : Laura’s Back Yard (Address Forthcoming) @ 8PM
July 24: Muncie, IN : Village Green Records - 519 North Martin Avenue - TIME TBA
July 27: Marion, IN : Beatniks Cafe - 123 East 3rd Street @9PM
July 30: Chicago, IL : NO VENUE YET
I hope to see you guys there!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
I have just realized that the document I sent you was saved in what appears to be morse code or braille. Sometimes I don't know how computers do what they do. Anyway, I have attached a copy here that is written in real American letters. Please disregard the first document, unless of course you know morse code or braille.
Brett Elizabeth Jenkins
Here are some of those things that happened, and even some that haven't happened yet:
I just finished up my MFA at Bennington, and now that I'm done, I'm a Master, and I have a lot of Masterly things to do. Mainly, though, I'm just wearing my hood everywhere. The bank tellers don't get it, but I need to make the most of my 30K.
In July I'll be going on a poetry tour in the Midwest, so if you're going to be nearby, stop by. I'll be posting more about the dates and venues as it comes together a little more.
Then in August I'm going to be moving to Minnesota. Snowshoe donations are going to be accepted through the summer.
At any rate, I'm just sitting around the house until the tour starts, wearing my hood, forgetting to shower, and eating bagels. These are the things that Masters do.