Saturday, April 19, 2014

Literature Devotion: Friday Night Readings

Sam Pink reading at The Roost

The staff at Larryville Artists were scurrying Friday night to report on the many reading performances by underground authors Downtown.

Here is the run down of highlights from Friday Night.

The Roost
Independent authors Sam Pink and Scott McClanahan read from their newest fiction. Chicago based author Sam Pink's strange personality unfolded in his opening sentence "I almost don't like people who like me..."  He read a lengthy excerpt from Rontel describing a bee keeping class he reluctantly attends with his girlfriend.

Scott McClanahan drove from West Virginia to give an impressive performance which included a southern style of preaching, dancing, singing and storytelling.

Author Scott McCLanahan at the Roost 

Lawrence Arts Center
Four disciplined poets read from their academic and current projects. Amy Ash's political approach to  poetry included descriptions of things or lack of things in houses.  Ben Cartwright presented a visitor's guide of how to behave while in China, and Amanda Frost recited poetry inspired by  medieval and old English texts.

Mark Hennessy reading at The Lawrence Arts Center

Mark Hennessy sported a kerchief and pen as he entertained with lyrical work about the poetic process and perceptions of how we are perceived by others.  Hennessy has a lot to say about love and seduction: love between people, love in motels, and love for writing.  Poems were sparked by the dingy Airport Motel where "every room is a different sad song."

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