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Author: Scott Daughtridge

Rebecca Weaver on the Twin Cities Scene Report Flashback

  Fire up your flux capacitor and get ready as Rebecca Weaver takes us back to the Twin Cities’ poetry world in the 1970s. .     .     .     .     . Note from author: In honor of AWP taking place in Minnesota this year, this scene report is a “way back” scene report with glimpses of the scene in the 1970s.  I’m working on a book about poetry communities in the 1970s, and so this report is poetry-heavy.  I see myself as a visitor to the ‘70s scene in the cities and my...

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Willie Fitzgerald on the Seattle Scene Report

From author and APRIL co-founder, Willie Fitzgerald, comes a boat load of information about writers, presses, bookstores and events in Seattle. Heading to Anchorage, Alaska? Why not stop by Seattle on your way! .      .      .      .      . On a clear day in Seattle you can see great, craggy mountains to the west, slightly less craggy mountains to the east and a single, perpetually-snowcapped and so-large-you-forget-about-it mountain to the south. The parking signs all use the cardinal directions—“No Parking West of Here”—and so you’re always thinking like a compass. It rarely...

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Kate Partridge and Alyse Knorr on the Anchorage Scene Report

Does anybody still refer to Alaska as “Seward’s Icebox”? If they do they’re probably old, and a hater. In fact, distance yourself from the haters. You don’t need that negativity. Gas up your car, crank the heat and head west. Kate Partridge and Alyse Knorr will show you everything you need to know about the bountiful Anchorage literary world when you get there. Don’t forget your scarf. .       .       .       .       .  Anchorage is the most populous city in the nation’s largest (geographically-speaking) state; as such, it’s home to...

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Eric Scott Sutherland on the Lexington, Kentucky Scene Report

  Kentucky is a place that people have a lot of assumptions about, but unless you’ve spent time there, seen its light, stepped on its grass, swam in its rivers, slept under its stars then you don’t, can’t really know anything about it. David Connerly Nahm committed pages and pages to describing the Kentucky landscape in his novel Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky. And it is the landscape, the caves, forests, fields, gorges, dark dark nights and the special kind of people, a blend of Southern, Appalachian and Midwestern cultures, in Kentucky that have inspired writers for centuries. Poet Laureate...

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Kory Oliver on the Atlanta Scene Report

This week Kory Oliver shows us what’s happening in Atlanta. Full disclosure, Atlanta is where I (Scott) live and where Adam and Amy, founders of Real Pants, live and where a lot of other amazing, talented, driven people live, so there’s a lot of pride and bias in this week’s report. Anyone that wants to come to town for a few days can stay with Stephanie Dowda and me. For real. .       .       .        . For over half a decade I’ve watched the literary scene in Atlanta grow and flourish. I’ve...

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Guillaume Morissette on Montreal 

In 2011, I drove from New York to Montreal, then spent three days in the city afraid to talk to anyone because I thought everyone spoke only French. I strolled the parks, checked out McGill’s campus and ate poutine, but generally felt like I was missing out on the truly great culture the city has to offer. This week Guillaume Morissette, author New Tab: A Novel, breaks down the neighborhoods, readings, journals/magazines/presses, writers and cool places that exist in Montreal. If only Real Pants had existed in 2011.  .        .       .       .      ...

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Lindsay Hunter on the Chicago Literary Galaxy

Welcome to Chicago Literary Galaxy where you will see planets of reading series, moons of publishers, star clusters of authors, black hole bars, sun-sized universities and a comet-like literary festival that comes around once a year. Your guide will be Lindsay Hunter, author of Daddy’s, Don’t Kiss Me and Ugly Girls. If you find yourself overwhelmed by the multitude of brilliant literary constellations you are about to see, please increase the output on your oxygen tank and breathe slowly and deeply. If at the end of the tour, or anytime during, you feel you can’t handle the awesomeness, simply crack...

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Scene Report: Buffalo area places, past, present, future—incomplete

  No matter what direction you head in Buffalo, you’re bound to run into something interesting. Below, Joe Hall gives us a virtual tour of Buffalo’s (often frozen) literary world (use Joe’s map to find where things are located). With a variety of entities, from DIY to academia, Buffalo seems to be a writer’s paradise. .       .      .      .      . I’ve lived in Buffalo for 3 years, all as a PhD student. That’s where this report is coming from.    CANADA: Grey Borders Reading Series in St. Catherines sometimes pulls Buffalonians across the border. OUTSIDE CITY LIMITS: Lockport: Home of Jared Schickling and eccolinguistics, Delete Press’ free, cryptic, index-goofing mailer. Tonawanda: Landfill. Kenmore: Headquarters of BlazeVox Books, its sprawling catalogue, and its impresario Geoffrey Gatza. Attica: Prison. Alden: Prison writing. East Seneca: Home of a socialist bookbinding collective. Lily Dale: Communicate with ghosts using trumpets. Depew, NY: Lucille.     NORTHEAST BUFFALO: The Poetry Collection, University at Buffalo: Every iteration of Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons? Medieval styled Cantos editions? Clark Coolidge poems stuffed in a shoe? Readings for Poetics+. Talks from the Center of Marginalia, including Edgar Garcia on Jaime De Angulo and Camille Martin on Robert Zend. Clemens Hall 3rd Floor/Interstitial Bureaucratic Space, University at Buffalo: Receipts are submitted for P-Queue, Hostile Books, Bon Aire Projects, Kadar Koli, Damn The Caesars,...

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Jason McCall on Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Poet Jason McCall, author of Silver, I Can Explain, Dear Hero and most recently, Mother Less, shares his thoughts on all the goodness that’s nestled down in Tuscaloosa. Some folks might not know it, but there’s a lot of lit going on in Alabama. .        .        .        .        . Outside of two years of graduate school in Miami, I’ve spent my adulthood in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. It’s been my adopted home for almost a decade. And, because it’s home, it’s easy to take parts of it for granted. It’s...

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Tyler Gobble on Austin, Texas

This week’s Scene Report comes from Tyler Gobble, editor-in-chief of NOO Journal, chapbook editor of Magic Helicopter Press, host of the Austin based reading series, Everything Is Bigger, and current poetry fellow in the Michener Center for Writers. After looking into all of these amazing things I’ve decided to hitch up my Tiny House and find a nice place to park in Austin for a bit.  .          .          .          .          . Love and literary living zipped me down to Austin, Texas, from my beloved central Indiana...

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OOMPH Press on Buenos Aires, Argentina

Weekly “Scene Reports” here will serve as a guide for those who seek out unique and intriguing literary people, places and events. I’ll try to feature cities that do not always get a lot of exposure but are filled with bad ass people who, in one way or another, put literature into the world. Part of the idea here is that if you find yourself in one of these places, you can use this as a resource to jumpstart your literary exploration. So here is the beginning of the flow of good things, told to us by good people...

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