Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Upcoming readings

If you don't know, Joseph Harrington, aka Joe, will be reading at Blue Planet Cafe on April 8, 2011 @ 7pm. Also, my friends Kevin Rabas and Tim Volpert will be playing Poetry+Funk on April 15, 2011--same location and time. Top City Poetry Reading Series

But I didn't realize Hadara Bar-Nadav will be @ The Raven Bookstore Thursday, May 19, 2011, at 7pm. Summer break starts early! Big Tent Reading Series

I was honored to have Joe and Hadara as part of my MFA thesis committee--Joe as my mentor. I also remember reading part of it at the Big Tent series (good times). Here was my bio from the page (made from a flarf collage):

Dennis Etzel Jr. is a recording artist with 30 years of music behind him. Dennis is a guitarist. Dennis is the top finisher for the Buckeyes in 10th place. Dennis is also very involved in planting trees and sustainable forestry. Dennis is a male first name derived from the Greco-Roman name Dionysius meaning “servant of Dionysus”. Dennis is now among the rest of these freedom hating liberal kooks. Dennis is the only one talking about shutting down the nuclear war machine. In 2006, Dennis was being pursued by the Attorney General in Washington. Dennis is a jungle menace. We need drastic solutions, like the ones Dennis is pushing. Dennis is leading positively by example, e.g. his vegan lifestyle. Dennis has engaged in interfaith dialogue with Catholics at the Vatican. Dennis has also written and produced three best-selling comedy videos on values. Dennis has played guitar on over 100 soul music gold albums. Dennis has experience handling cases from all parts of Alaska. Dennis has worked with the vanguard of New York’s dance studios. Dennis has the courage to say what many are wondering. Dennis will be in Sierra Madre, CA, Sunday the 21st, 9am. Dennis will be appearing on Comedy Central’s ‘The Colbert Report’ this Tuesday. How do I know Dennis will be able to photograph my child? By taking the time to get to know you and your taste, Dennis will be able to. Dennis will be leading out the Halloween fun ride tonight at Willowdale. Dennis will be adding a second class at Yoga Within on Tuesday evenings. Dennis will be given a sedative to relax.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Ronald Johnson's birthday

Ronald Johnson was born on November 25, 1935. However, to have a tribute for his birthday would mean having it the day after Thanksgiving this year. He passed away March 4, 1998. It is too late for that date, too. So, any suggestions?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Ronald Johnson pt 2

I finished an interesting lunchtime discussion with colleagues who knew Johnson--Tom Averill and Eric McHenry. Tom talked about touring the house he lived in while in Topeka--Drury Lane and Gage Blvd. Eric interviewed Johnson. I'm hoping to get these two involved with the Top City event.

Also, Chicago Review did a feature on Johnson in 2005. Add that to the list.

I am assembling these parts, maybe in the way Johnson did.

Ronald Johnson

I had the pleasure in meeting Susan M. Schultz, as she was the Top City Poetry reader last night. I used her Dementia Blog for my MFA thesis on Joe Harrington's recommendation. Let me say, last night goes into my memory folder labeled "wonderful times." She is a generous person!

I mentioned that Bob Webb loved Ronald Johnson's poems. They had spent some time talking after the reading, and now I wished I could have chimed in on that fact--as Susan wrote an essay on Johnson, even contacting his sister for certain copyrights.

I thought I would open up this blog around Ronald Johnson, born in Kansas, passed away in Kansas--in Topeka. He worked in Ward-Meade Park, finishing his garden poems as he tended to the garden.

Here is a page dedicated to the memorial. I am hoping to host a Ronald Johnson night in the fall--so check out the Top City Poetry Reading Series website for more info. And look for his work published by Flood Editions.