Queen of Cups Issue Thirty-Six featuring Megan Grumbling

Check out the latest issue of the Queen of Cups featuring poems by our Reviews Editor, Megan Grumbling. You can check out more about this publication here: http://tinyletter.com/QueenofCups/letters/queen-of-cups-issue-thirty-six-megan-grumbling-and-the-high-priestess. Below is an excerpt about this issue featuring Megan’s work!

….”Welcome to Queen of Cups Issue Thirty-Six featuring Megan Grumbling and The High Priestess. ……. The poems appear in Grumbling’s collection Booker’s Point, published in 2016 by University of North Texas Press. Booker’s Point has been called an ‘oral-history-inspired portrait-in-verse’ and centers around old-time Mainer Bernard Booker. Grumbling captures the meandering, oral storytelling nature of Booker often in stylistically formal, metered verse. That juxtaposition strikes me as very ‘old New England’, ironically, as oral narratives which might appear open-ended and loose are in fact well-honed from years of telling. I’ve spent at least a few afternoons talking to old timers just like Booker! Many are working farmers who have a million and one things to do, but make it appear as though they have all the time in the world to spend on this one story. So the listener, by association, has all the time in the world too. Give them a few props: shapes of stones in a hearth, ‘four warped planks’, a red bike like that other red bike from around 1938, then sit back and enjoy. Impromptu oral storytelling is becoming something of a lost art as we have, or take, less time to reminisce, and also less face to face conversation with people who don’t already know our stories.”— from tinyletter.com

Great Weather for Media Presents: Francine Witte, Steve Luttrell


Sunday at 4 PM – 6 PM
The Parkside Lounge
317 E Houston St, New York, New York 10002

“Great Weather for Media presents feature poets Francine Witte and Steve Luttrell in its regular Sunday 4 pm reading series at the Parkside Lounge, East Houston and Attorney in New York City.

Steve Luttrell is the founder and publishing editor of Cafe Review. Former Poet Laureate of Portland, Maine, he is author of Plumb Lines (North Atlantic Books, 2015), a book which conjures the beauty of the New England Coast and the enduring power of nature.

Francine Witte is a poet, flash fiction writer, blogger, reviewer, and photographer. Her latest poetry chapbook, “Not All Fires Burn the Same” is the 2016 winner of Slipstream Competition and will be published this fall. She is a former NYC high school teacher.

Your host George Wallace.

Open Mic. Two Drink (alc/non) minimum. $2 in the bucket. You know the drill.

As featured in Spoken Word: New York. http://spokenwordnewyork.com/great-weather-media-spoken-word-sundays-open-mic-innovative-reflective-fearless/2558

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.

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: http://www.moonpiepress.com/catalog.php?BookID=92#details