Café Review 2016 Summer Issue

Summer 2016

Our Summer 2016 Issue is now available featuring poetry by  Doug Anderson, Martín Espada, Michael Estabrook, Carolyn Gelland, Maisie Houghton, Helen Reed Lehman, Michelle Lewis, Gerald Locklin, Justin Lowe, Mark Melnicove, Jefferson Navicky, normal, Mary O’Connell, Edward O’Dwyer, John W. Sexton, Lee Sharkey, David Stankiewicz, Robert Tremmel, John Sibley Williams, Jefferey Cyphers Wright with artwork from Jake Cassevoy, Brienne Cosman, Alexandra de Steiguer and Ashley Norman. There are also reviews by Jefferson Navicky and Julie Poitras Santos and an interview with Martín Espada conducted by Kevin Sweeney.

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Allen Ginsberg teaches you to meditate with Bob Dylan

Allen Ginsberg Teaches You How to Meditate with a Rock Song Featuring Bob Dylan on Bass!

Poetry in the Garden

Original post by Maine Historical Society, Portland, Maine

Join us for a free poetry reading in the Longfellow Garden August 4th at 5:30! Readers include Megan Grumbling, Steve Luttrell, and Kevin Sweeney.

Free and open to the public. Works from the authors will be on sale at the event.

Megan Grumbling’s collection Booker’s Point, awarded the Vassar Miller Prize for Poetry, was released by the University of North Texas Press this April. Her work has been awarded the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly Fellowship, the Robert Frost Foundation Award, a Hawthornden Fellowship at Hawthornden Castle, Scotland, and a St. Boltoph Emerging Artist Award, and has appeared in Poetry, Crazyhorse, The Iowa Review, Memorious, Best of the Net, Best New Poets, and elsewhere. She is librettist of the new spoken opera Persephone in the Late Anthropocene, co-created with composer Denis Nye, which premiered this May in Portland, Maine; and she reviews theater for the Portland Phoenix, serves as reviews editor for Café Review, and teaches at UNE and SMCC.

Steve Luttrell is the founder and publishing editor of the acclaimed Café Review, which has published for a remarkable 25 years, including the work of twelve Pulitzer Prize winners. Former Poet Laureate of Portland, Maine, he has his own TV show (Poet’s Café), giving him a strong presence in the region and a large following among New England poets and writers. His intimate, unassuming voice is driven by a musician’s sense of rhythm and a deceptive simplicity. His editions of poetry include Home Movies, Conditions, The Vagaries: A Writer’s Sequence, and Pemaquid and Other Poems. Plumb Line secures Luttrell’s place as an important voice in contemporary poetry.

Kevin Sweeney is a Pittsburgh native who spent his early childhood years on Peaks Island, Maine. He has published poems in a variety of journals and is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. He has three books–Rags of Prayer, Ordinary Time, and Imminent Tribulations–from Moon Pie Press. He has taught at Southern Maine Community College since 1983 where he is department chair of English and shop steward for his union. He also serves an assistant poetry editor at the Café Review. He loves all cats and dogs and even many people.

Megan Grumbling @ PechaKusha

Tonight!!! Reviews Editor Megan Grumbling does her first PechaKusha, at Engine: Propelling the Creative Community in Biddeford about her new book, Bookers Point!
#thecafereview #pechakusha #bookerspoint

Imminent Tribulations, new book by Kevin Sweeney

If you’re in Portland, Maine on Thursday, July 14, 2016 come to Longfellow Books and here our Editor Kevin Sweeney read from his new book, Imminent Tribulations at 7 PM!

Wonderful little write up: “Longfellow Books in Monument Square, Portland will host a reading featuring Moon Pie Press poets with new books: Kevin Sweeney of South Portland and David McCann of Watertown, Mass. Free. Refreshments.”

For more info about or to buy Kevin’s book, check out the following link from Moonpie Press:

Portland Greendrinks July 12

If you’re in the Portland, Maine area tomorrow, come join our Reviews Editor Megan Grumbling for some beer, nature and on-the-spot typed poems tomorrow at #portlandgreendrinks from 5:30-7 @maineaudubon. The Telling Room is this months featured guest.




Featured Café Review artist, Nonie O’Neill


One of The Café Reviews featured artists in our latest Irish issue is Nonie O’Neill. Artist Nonie O’Neill produces beautiful wood cut prints at her home on the island of Inis Mor in the Aran Islands off the coast of Galway, Ireland. Go here to see more of her amazing work: #irishartist #thecafereview

Featured Café Review artist, Liam O’Neill

Liam O’Neill is one of our featured artists in our most recent issue of #thecafereview. Check out his latest work and news here:

Al-Qatawiyyin Library


Check out this fascinating talk about restoring the oldest library in the world, the ancient al-Qarawiyyin library

#storyasoldastime #nothingreplacesabook



The brilliance of writing poetry on napkins

Brazilian poet Pedro Gabriel has always had his head in the clouds, simmering with ideas in a mix of words that, by a twist of fate, led him to stardom, as his books sold more than 200,000 copies. In a country where the habit of reading is not as strong and being published is something extremely difficult, this is praiseworthy.

“I never thought that it would become my source of income. Nowadays I can say that I live from my poetry and illustration, but three years ago that was unthinkable”, says the 32-year-old author.

Read more at the guardian