April will be another party for poetry hosted by Murray and Sarah at Gatsby Books with features Karie McNeley and Brenda Petrakos. Come down and get some spring inspirations with these lovely ladies! Sign ups for the open reading begin at 6:45.  RSVP at the Facebook event page.

Karie McNeleyKarie McNeley is a poet, artist, and student from Lakewood, CA. Her poetry has been published in several small-press zines both in the US and the UK, including Carnival, Crack the Spine, PEARL, East Jasmine Review, Tears in the Fence, and more. She is a managing editor for Bank-Heavy Press, a small-press publishing group founded in 2011 and located in Long Beach, CA. Her first chapbook, Sugar-Rushed, was released in August 2012. She hopes that one day poets and cats will rule the world side by side, that pizza will be the most desired currency, and that the language of the land will be bubble-speak.

brenda petrakosBrenda Petrakos: “A dynamo on the stage she takes no prisoners – her tell it all and tell it like it is approach has won over audiences in California, Chicago, New York, London, and Edinburgh and Spain.  Her stories find raw emotion and uncover inspiration in our daily attempts at humanity.  Told with a compassionate heart, a darkly comic approach, and an ear for local dialect, Petrakos weaves your gut right into the fabric of the world she is describing.” E.Amato publisher – Zesty Pubs. She is the author of :  “Country Fixin’s” And Stories From The Inside Edge in 2007, a collection of flash fiction,  published by Sybaritic Press. Her short story “Cop” was made into a short film which screened at Cinema Slam in Park City. She has also co-authored the screenplay “Stanley” currently in development. A 2013 Pushcart Prize Nominee, her  poetry & flash fiction have been published in various publications including: Falling Star Literary Magazine, Voices Of New Women Writers –Duke University Press, Huston Literary Review, Poetic Diversity, The Messenger, Literary Angels, Diversity Press, Falling Star Literary Magazine, Joy In Mudville:  Hollywood Anthology –  Little Joy Hollywood Anthologies  2007,2008,2009,The Cobalt Poetry Series, Valley Contemporary Poets Anthology, Magna Poets, Sparring With The Beatnik Ghosts Anthology, The Bicycle Review, Beggars And Cheeseburgers, Blame it On the Ugly Mug 2012 Anthology,  Four-Chambered Heart: In Tribute to Anais Nin Anthology, and many more. She has been interviewed on World Wide Radio Network –American Woman Writers, The Jane Crown Show, Kill Radio Edinburgh Fringe Radio, London Calling: Spoken Word Program, The Greenfield Report, Chicago Literary Review, The Larry Winfield Show, Chicago Theatre Today, Denver Art In Review.

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