I’m setting up a reading tour for my third collection of poems, Fjords, which will be published by Black Ocean on March 1 of next year, and I’m currently trying to set up a month of readings in March, east of the Mississippi, at reading series’ and universities. So, let me know soon if you want me to read where you’re at.
I won’t be alone: I will be touring with Manual Cinema, a contemporary shadow puppetry performance group from Chicago. While I read poems from Fjords, Manual Cinema will project their performances of the narratives in these poems on a screen behind me using handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic motifs, and music.
The Chicago Q Ensemble, a string quartet, will arrange original compositions for the poems that will be played live at our initial tour launch at AWP and a few other earlier performances in Chicago (more on that later), though a recorded version of their compositions will be played on the tour.
The tour may also include a few other killer poets at different stops along the way. I’ll tell you about them later.