Gatsby's End of Summer Lovin' Poetry Party + Open Mic
Celebrating the Release of Alexis Rhone Fancher's new collection Enter Here
+ Open Mic
Featured Poets Gerald Locklin & Cynthia Atkins
Thursday August 3rd @ 7pm
The latest collection of poems by award-winning author and photographer Alexis Rhone Fancher. “Lust, longing, urban noir, and the emotional ravages and physical heat that colliding souls can’t help making, are all artfully packed into these lyrical narratives by a poet who refuses to hold back” (Michelle Bitting, poet and author of The Couple Who Fell to Earth).
“Mixing heartbreak and hilarity, these poems deliver an emotional wallop with the ease of a woman rolling down her nylons” (Pam Ward, author of Want Some Get Some and Bad Girls Burn Slow).
“Alexis Rhone Fancher is not merely a detailed chronicler of our socio-physical interactions—she is by far the most exciting, articulate, and convincing storyteller in contemporary verse” (Gerald Locklin, poet and fiction author of 100+ books).
“Any self-styled critic who characterizes Alexis Rhone Fancher’s written work as only sexy stanzas would be making an egregious mistake. Far more accurate to portray her poetry as grainy, gritty, noir images by a female version of Henry Miller’s bitter observation of the dirty word ‘relationships,’ or Georges Bataille’s eccentric business of the creative woman at times catering to the psycho-sado fantasies of her lover, or Stephen Schneck’s nightmare world of sensual dreams, but with an added dose of infectious humor” (Michael C. Ford, music journalist, playwright, Grammy-nominated spoken-word artist, and Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet).
“I write about women like me, women who own their sexuality and take responsibility for their choices. It may seem I’m writing about sex, but really, I’m writing about power. Who has it. How to get it. How to wield it. How to keep it” (from “Featured Fem” Alexis Rhone Fancher, interviewed by The Fem literary magazine, 17 June 2016).
Alexis Rhone Fancher reads from her new, erotic collection; Enter Here, (KYSO Flash Press), the follow-up to 2014’s How I Lost My Virginity To Michael Cohen & other heart-stab poems. Alexis is the author of three books of poetry, including State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies. Her poems are published in Best American Poetry, 2016, Rattle, Plume, Glass, decomP, Nashville Review, and elsewhere. Alexis is poetry editor of Cultural Weekly.
Gerald Locklin, poet extraordinaire, has published over 100 books of poetry, including Poets and Pleasure Seekers, Children of a Lesser Demagogue, The Case of The Missing Blue Volkswagen, and The Death of Jean Paul Sartre and Other Poems.
Cynthia Atkins is the author of Psyche’s Weathers, In The Event of Full Disclosure, and Still-Life-With-God, (forthcoming, Hermeneutic Chaos Press, 2018). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, Apogee Journal, BOMB, Cultural Weekly, Del Sol Review North American Review and Verse Daily, among many others.