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September 28th: Blasco, Demske, Donato, Smeltz, Veal

September 14, 2011

Another fine installment of our poetry reading series. This month featuring Claire Donato, Amanda Smeltz, David Blasco, Adam Veal and Nick Demske.

David Blasco was born in Bethlehem, PA & raised in Nazareth, PA. His poems have appeared in Maggy & Court Green.

Nick Demske studied poetry and literature at Carthage College, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and earned a Masters degree in Library and Information Science from UW Milwaukee. He also completed a semester in the Rocky Mountain Wilderness through NOLS (the National Outdoor Leadership School), based in Lander, WY.

Claire Donato holds an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University, where she received the John Hawkes Prize in Fiction. Recent work has been published or is forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Boston Review, Evening Will Come, and Octopus. Her first book, Burial, will be published by Tarpaulin Sky in Fall 2012.

Amanda Smeltz plans to perfect the following skills: how to pilot planes, how speak Swahili, how to poach eggs, how to stop ruining holidays. Her poems can be found or are forthcoming in Barrow Street, H_NGM_N, and the Argos anthology Why I Am Not a Painter. Recently, the righteous crew at Forklift, OH made her an assistant poetry editor. She works at two restaurants in midtown Manhattan slinging wine. Brooklyn is her stomping grounds and bourbon is her spirit animal. Call her by her last name.

Adam Veal got his MFA from Brown in 2010. He hails from the great state of California. He was published in the “Urban Arias” issue of Conjunctions.

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  1. pops permalink
    September 22, 2011 10:28 pm

    Another inappropriate shout-out from Nick Demske’s dad of all the lame people…
    Hey any hep cats out there want to videotape Nick and put him on YouTube for me to see, that would be awesome and you’d be most appreciated and I’ll name a pet after you. I would have followed him around like a drugged groupie but he told me to cool it and stay home. He is promoting his book with a six week tour from the east coast all the way to the west coast and most points in between. Nick has fifty or more readings scheduled so far and much as I’d like to see all his performances, I’m relying on the kindness of strangers to tape him. You can see his second performance of the 2011 tour at Boxcar Books in Bloomington, Indiana by searching Nick Demske 2011 Tour on YouTube.
    Then go check him out live.

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