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3/6: Bad Attitude and Bluegrass @ Rosebud

by in Announcements, Arts and Culture, Davis Square, Events
Posted on March 4, 2013 at 10:45 pm

March 6, 2013
6:00 pmto8:00 pm
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This is not your grandmother’s literary event.

On Wednesday March 6, from 6 to 8pm, nonfiction writers Ethan Gilsdorf and Steve Macone and poets Janet Wondra and Ava Leavell Haymon perform their work and deliver a heathy dose of “bad attitude” — from the playful, irreverent, and transgressive to just plain bad-tempered work.

The event takes place at the Rosebud Bar and Grill in Davis Square, 381 Summer St (corner of Elm St and Summer), Somerville, Massachusetts. The Rosebud is located a two minute walk from the Davis Square T stop on the Red Line, in Somerville. The event is free, but there is a $5 cover for the music after 8pm.

The writers, who have travelled to Boston for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference this year, hail from Chicago, Baton Rouge, and the distant land of Somerville.

Writer and stand-up comic Steve Macone, known for his sad yet funny personal essays, including one about fishing with his uncle, has written for The Onion, the New York Times and Salon.com. He was a finalist in the Boston Comedy Festival. He lives in Somerville.

Janet Wondra, from Chicago, will be reading from “Bad Attitude,” a collection of her “snotty poems” from Finishing Line Press. The poems are defiant, unruly, and misbehaved, and peppered with a soupcon of politics to keep the mix spicy. Expect cameos by Yeats, Gertrude Stein, Raymond Burr, JFK, God, Moses, and Freud.

Ava Leavell Haymon, from Baton Rouge, set her hair on fire at the last AWP conference in protest of yet one more panel on political correctness. She is the author of the poetry collections “Why the House Is Made of Gingerbread,” “Kitchen Heat” and “The Strict Economy of Fire,” all from LSU Press.

Ethan Gilsdorf, who has been known to wear chain mail, is a Somerville-based writer, poet, journalist and geek who writes essays and commentaries for the New York Times, WBUR’s Cognoscnenti, wired.com, and Salon.com. He is the author of “Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks” and is also an award-winning poet.

Attendees are invited to enjoy a refreshment and food, and after the reading, stick around for the bluegrass band Best Ever Chicken.

More info: www.ethangilsdorf.com or www.rosebudbarandgrill.com

More about the writers:

Janet Wondra will be reading from “Bad Attitude” is a collection of her “snotty poems” from Finishing Line Press. The poems are defiant, unruly, and misbehaved, and peppered with a soupcon of politics to keep the mix spicy. Expect cameos by Yeats, Gertrude Stein, Raymond Burr, JFK, God, Moses, and Freud. About “Bad Attitude,” writer Andrei Codrescu said, “like all serious working poets, [Wondra] makes formidable weapons out of tough, small word-boats.” Wondra has published four books of poetry, and her work has appeared in such journals as The Southern Review, Witness, Michigan Quarterly Review, Exquisite Corpse, The Christian Science Monitor, Denver Quarterly, and Bellingham Review. Also an experimental filmmaker, she has screened her work at festivals and art museums from Germany to her home state of California. She is Associate Professor of English and Film Studies at Roosevelt University, Chicago.

Ava Leavell Haymon, who set her hair on fire at the last AWP conference in protest of yet one more panel on political correctness, is the author of the poetry collections “Why the House Is Made of Gingerbread,” “Kitchen Heat” and “The Strict Economy of Fire,” all from LSU Press, along with five chapbooks from small presses all over the U.S. She has written seven plays for children and collaborated on numerous theatrical and musical scripts and compositions. She teaches poetry writing in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and directs a writers’ retreat center, Collaboration 672, in the mountains of New Mexico. More info: http://avahaymon.com/

Steve Macone has performed at clubs and colleges around the US, England, Ireland and Canada and appeared on National Public Radio. He was a finalist in the Boston Comedy Festival, where he performed at the sold-out Cutler Majestic Theatre. A contributor at The Onion, his humor writing and essays have also been featured in the New York Times, New Yorker, Boston Globe Magazine, Atlantic Online, Morning News, Salon.com, Boston Phoenix, Christian Science Monitor and American Scholar and have been named “notable essay” in Best American Essays series. More info at http://www.stevemacone.com

Ethan Gilsdorf is a journalist, memoirist, critic, poet, and author of the award-winning travel memoir investigation “Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms.” Based in Somerville, he publishes travel, arts, and pop culture stories, essays and reviews regularly in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Salon.com, wired.com, PsychologyToday.com, and WBUR’s Cognescenti blog, among other publications. He is a book and film critic for the Boston Globe and has appeared frequently on radio and television programs. An award-winning poet, he has published poems in Poetry, The Southern Review, and The North American Review, and several anthologies. More info at www.ethangilsdorf.com or Twitter @ethanfreak.

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