Wednesday, April 08, 2015

What Happened at Newfangled 5 and Who's Reading at Newfangled 6

So Newfangled 5 happened at the BGSQD back in February, the first reading of 2015 for this quarterly series. The readers were Wo Chan, Jake Matkov, and Jayson Smith. As usual, the house was packed. These younger queer poets know how to fill a house, which I absolutely love. The whole point is so people can come and hear them and be introduced to new voices they may not have discovered yet. I started off the evening reading David Trinidad's poem "Chatty Cathy Villanelle" from his book Plasticville. Here's a photo of that happening:

Then I introduced the first reader, Wo Chan. Here are two photos of Wo reading:

Then I introduced the second reader, Jake Matkov. Here are two photos of Jake reading:

Finally I introduced the third and last reader of the evening, Jayson Smith. Here are two photos of Jayson reading:

Not only were all three readers super dazzling but they were also beacons of fantastic personal style. It was a pleasure to have met them and listened to them. If you didn't make it, you missed out.

Here's all of us together for a group shot. My left hand looks enormous.

(All photos in this blog post were taken by Donnie or Greg, the owners of the Bureau of General Services--Queer Division.)

And now, the three readers for the upcoming Newfangled 6, happening at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 29, at the BGSQD, are Chase Berggrun, Tom Capelonga, and Paul Tran! More info to come later this month. You do not want to miss this reading!