Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A BIG BIG Sequel


Friends of BOR: It's already time for the second installment of Akron's, nay, Northeast Ohio's newest BIG reading series! Come out this Friday from 7-9 pm to Annabell's Bar + Lounge for another round of great readers, fun prizes, drinks, and irreverent behavior.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Night Owl Review in Brief


Last week I attended the Juniper Summer Writing Institute. I made some great friends, listened to Matthea Harvey talk about mermaids, Heather Christle talk to local water fowl, and nervously approached James Tate. Not only did I have an awesome week, but I came home to Ben Mirov's Vortexts, which just came out from Supermachine. Mirov is one of the exciting young voices in poetry right now and this new collection of poems proves it. His lines are so clean and they really move, let alone when he hits the high notes of performance in poems:

Lake is such a beautiful word.
I'd like to die with it inside me.

If you haven't picked up his work yet I highly suggest you do so now.

-Mike

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Saint Monica Library Project

Saint Monica isn't the patron saint of libraries, but libraries were a saving grace to Mary Biddinger. That's why she is donating four copies of SAINT MONICA to libraries in need, along with a lifetime subscription to Barn Owl Review for each library. Ideally, several of these libraries would be in rural areas, like the setting of the book.

To nominate a library in need, send links + a brief rationale (300 words or fewer) to mb at marybiddinger dot com by 7/5/11. The four libraries will be selected by Mary in consultation with the Barn Owl Review editors, and announced here and elsewhere.

Note: while the book does contain some adult themes, it's not "blasphemous" in a way that would be unwelcome at libraries. Please share this call for nominations, and support your local library whenever you can. Thanks!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Give Us Weapons: A Call for Discussion



Let's be honest, BOR editor Eric Morris and I really hate/do not hate each other. One time there was a donut on the sidewalk in downtown Akron and we broke into full sprints just to see who could pretend to want it more. This story may or may not be true, but hey, it could happen, I just feel it in my bones.

At The Big Big Mess reading last Friday, Eric and I were discussing what we were going to do with the BORBlog, when he suggested that we interview each other. After a few drinks and more talk (at least I remember it this way) we decided to do just that but to record it for all to see.

For this interview we are sending out a Call For Weapons. We are asking any and all who want to contribute to enlarging our discussion to send in their questions/topical material. We are looking to go beyond something egotistical, and get all of you involved in something a little bigger. So please, send us your questions about writing, poetry, Akron, Ohio, rain, tornados, hands--basically anything loosely (and I mean loosely) creative/destructive. We will select some your requests to include in our talk which will air at some point in the near future right here on BORBlog.

Send your "stuff" to us at: submit at barnowlreview.com (fill in the @ as needed, yo).

One last thing: PLEASE note that this IS NOT a call for poetry submissions. If that's your desire (which we hope it is) please check out our submissions page for details on how to submit entries for BOR 5.

-Mike

Monday, June 6, 2011

Here comes THE BIG BIG MESS reading series.

This is the next big, messy thing to happen in Akron, Ohio. We hope to see you on Friday, 6/10 at 7:00 pm at Annabell's Bar + Lounge, 782 West Market Street, Akron, OH.