We’re back for another night of poetry and entertainment on Thursday, October 8th at 7:00pm. This month we are welcoming the darkly talented Patrick O’Neil, Amelia Gray, Dudley Saunders and Rich Ferguson. As per usual, we will be hosting an open mic between performers, so get ready to blow our minds with your best material.
Patrick O’Neil is a former junkie bank robber and the author of the memoir, Gun Needle Spoon, and the excerpted in part French translation, Hold-Up. He is a contributing editor for the post-beat-pre-apocalyptic art, writing, and music anthology Sensitive Skin Magazine. He recently relocated from the glittery sleaze of Hollywood to live in LA’s monument to broken dreams, the über hip Downtown district.
Amelia Gray is the author of four books: AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, THREATS, and Gutshot. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She lives in Los Angeles.
Dudley Saunders is a writer, composer and multimedia artist best known for his four music albums Restore, The Billy White Acre Sessions, The Emergency Lane, and the recent Monsters. He has contributed fiction to The Kenyon Review and journalism to such magazines such as The Village Voice, Interview and Rolling Stone. He has written and performed five performance art works, most recently In These Boxes. He also directed and edited Heather Woodbury’s multiple-award winning pieces What Ever and Tale of 2Cities.
Rich Ferguson has shared the stage with Patti Smith, Exene Cervenka, Wanda Coleman, and other esteemed poets and musicians. He has performed at the NYC Fringe Festival, the Bowery Poetry Club, and is a featured performer in the film What About Me? He is a Pushcart-nominated poet, and a poetry editor to The Nervous Breakdown. His poetry collection 8th & Agony is out on Punk Hostage Press. His debut novel, New Jersey Me, will be released in Spring 2016.
The writing prompt for this month is: “Kenny has gap teeth” (from Stephanie Barbé Hammer’s poem “Kenny”). If you are inspired to write a poem or flash-fiction piece based upon this prompt, bring it to the event! Or, if you’re uninspired, come to this event for some free inspiring performances!