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The Energy Engine of Buddy Wakefield: Arguably the Most Successful Spoken Word Poet on the Road

I did the math and realized if I get $50 to $100 bucks a night plus sell chapbooks, on average I’m going to make a hundred dollars a night which is a ten hour a day, ten dollar an hour job with no taxes taken out. I won’t have rent because I will be living in my car, so I’ll be making just as much as I already am, with my college degree. And living out my little dream, my little delusion of rock star grandeur, um…as a poet. So I just did it. I booked it two months out.

Lauren Alyssa Howard: Deconstructing the “Poor-White-Trash” Stereotype

My work consists of many layers that delve into my own upbringing in the ‘poor-white-trash’ South. I use this generalization of who I am as a basis for commenting on this particular lifestyle, as well as poking fun at the stereotype. It’s the old saying, “I’m ____, so I’m allowed.” I use gender-, race-, and class-specific objects to bring about questions of who these people were/are and whether or not they should be feared or laughed at.

Coal Miner

Poetry by Khary Jackson

For the lady that burnt photos of her ex, to use the ash for coal

This is what it means to be sexy.

Only in certain hands can heartbreak be so pragmatic.
I have a bookshelf of failures that beg for a kindling.

Seth Fischer

Seth Fischer’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Swink, Pank, Guernica, Monkeybicycle, Gertrude, and elsewhere. He’s Sunday Editor at The Rumpus and founding editor of this site and webscribbler.net. He holds an MFA in fiction and creative nonfiction from…

Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo

Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo is a poet, essayist, and native Angelino inspired by paint on walls and the unique and diverse history and culture of her city. She is a literary curator for Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center and was nominated for a…

Scott Miller

Scott Miller was born in Philadelphia, PA, in 1978, under the sign of the Lion. He holds a degree in Mathematics from MIT and remains a software developer even as he pursues a writing career, in an effort to achieve…

Lisa McCool-Grime

Lisa McCool-Grime loves to write alone about Sappho and wallflower women and to write collaboratively about anything. She loves to read everything (including tea leaves). Her wallflower women are or will be appearing in Splinter Generation, PANK, Solo Novo, Phantom Kangaroo, DIAGRAM, Painted Bride Quarterly and elsewhere. Her collaborative work can be read at Poemeleon and elimae. Tupelo press awarded one of her poems first place in their Fragments of Sappho contest.

Suzanne La Follette

Suzy La Follette wrote her way onto the poetry slam scene in 2002, becoming a force on the stage and placing 6th in the National Poetry Slam in 2003. She is a structure firefighter in Austin while attending Antioch University…

Khadijah Queen

Khadijah Queen is the author of two poetry collections, Conduit (Black Goat/Akashic 2008), and Black Peculiar, which won the 2010 Noemi Book Award for Poetry and is forthcoming in fall 2011. She is also a visual and performance artist. Visit…

R. Neal Bonser

R. Neal Bonser is a writer living in Tucson, Arizona. He received his MFA in fiction from Antioch University Los Angeles in 2008. He recently had a story named runner-up in the 2010 Flatmancrooked fiction contest. Other stories have appeared in…

The Vicenarian or My Twenties So Far

Poetry by Laura E. Davis My therapist says, “Tell me about your twenties.” At twenty I’m born again. Bush vote. My heart turns purple and my insides become composted totems of faces I’d forgotten. Grandfather starts dialysis. Get homesick in…