Saturday, October 26, 2013

McTague, Lorber and Czarnecki at Blood Jet, Oct 30

This Wednesday, Oct 30, 8PM Join us as three New York poets visit New Orleans and share their work: Tracey McTague, Brendan Lorber and Michael Czarnecki
BJ's in the Bywater
4301 Burgundy

Open Mic hosted by Jimmy Ross follows the feature

Tracey McTague lives up on Battle Hill in Brooklyn, down the street from where she was born and across the room from where her daughter was born. She is the ornithologist consigliere for Lungfull! Magazine by day. By night, she is a root doctor, alchemist and hunter-gatherer. Her collection, SUPER NATURAL, was released by Trembling Pillow Press in 2013. 

Brendan Lorber is the editor of Lungfull! Magazine ( His most recent chapbooks is Gold Star. He was recently editor of The Poetry Project newsletter and ran the Zinc Reading Series for ten years. 

Michael Czarnecki is a poet, small press publisher and oral memoirist from the hills of upstate New York. He founded FootHills Publishing in 1986 and his made his living since 1994 solely through the creative word. He has had 12 chapbooks and books published, seven of which are still in print. Currently he is on a Poems Across America Tour in which he is giving one featured reading in each of the lower 48 states. The reading at Bj's will be the 37th of the journey. Info and blog about thetour can be found at

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Blood Jet Poetry in October

Upcoming Features at Blood Jet for the Month of October

All shows are followed by the open mic hosted by Jimmy Ross. Every Wednesday at BJs; email Megan Burns, for information on performing.

Shows and sign up start at 8PM, BJs in the Bywater, 4301 Burgundy.

October 9: Fiction Writer Sara Jacobelli and Poet Danniel Schoonebeek visiting from New York

October 16: Musician Rachel Z. Leigh

October 23: Rodger Kamenentz celebrates the release of his new book To Die Next to You (drawings by Michael Haffta) with Anna Byars

October 30: New York Poets Tracey McTague, Brendan Lorber and Michael Czarnecki

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Upcoming Events at Blood Jet

Blood Jet Poetry Series at BJs in the Bywater, 4301 Burgundy
Every Wednesday Night, 8PM

All Features followed by the open mic hosted by Jimmy Ross

Coming Up:

Sept. 25: Joseph Wood and The Neighbors

Joseph P. Wood is the author of four books and five chapbooks of poetry, which include YOU. (Etruscan Press, forthcoming 2015), Fold of the Map (Salmon, forthcoming 2014), and Variations on an Innocent Axis (Brooklyn Arts Press, forthcoming 2014). A new manuscript, Broken Cage, is currently a finalist for the 2013 National Poetry Series competition. His poetry and criticism have been published in Arts & Letters DailyBOMBBoston ReviewCincinnati ReviewColorado ReviewDenver QuarterlyVerse, among other journals. He teaches at The University of Alabama and is book review editor for Atticus Review.

The Neighbors are a collective of writers and musicians who gather in New Orleans to create music and occasionally lend each other butter. As all Neighbors have neighbors, they consist of an infinite number of artists unknown. But here tonight are:
Nathaniel Kostar on lyrics and vocals. Lee Beeacham on guitar and vocals. Justin Hatcher on congas, guitar and vocals.
Nathaniel Kostar is an MFA candidate in poetry at The University of New Orleans. He has been a poetry slam semi-finalist and finalist at the Bowery Poetry Club, The Nuyorican Poet’s CafĂ©, and Slam New Orleans. Every Friday for the next few months, his non-fiction travel series will be published on as he continues working towards the completion of his first full-length book, The Renaissance Man Project.  
Lee was born in Louisiana and raised in NC. From a young age his parents forced him to play the piano. Unfortunately this didn't take, but when he moved to New Orleans in 2009 he picked up the guitar. An avid fan of live music and the New Orleans’ lifestyle, Lee spends his free time playing music with friends, cooking, and working towards his MBA at UNO.  
Justin Hatcher was born in Baton Rouge and began playing guitar and singing about 3 years ago. He’s terrible at writing bios, but pretty awesome at playing guitar, so we bring him along and make stuff up about him as we go along. But these are three facts we know about Justin—he enjoys urban farming, chocolate almond milk, and 16oz cans of pbr after a hard day’s work.
Oct 2: Bill Lavender and Jamie Bernstein

Oct 9 Sara Jacobelli and Danniel Schoonebeck 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Wednesday, Sept. 18th at BJs: Desiree Dellagiacomo and Thaddeus Conti

Desiree Dellagiacomo will be performing this Wednesday at BJs' Blood Jet Reading Series

along with poet Thaddeus Conti, presenting poetry and art from his new book, Coloring Book for the Criminally Insane:

From the back cover:

Poet, artist and raconteur, Thaddeus Conti’s art explores the precarious margins of sanity, crawling right up to The Edge and peering deep into the darkness that lies inside that well. He is a bard for the modern age, willing to taste just enough of the poison of modern life to bring back visions & poems that draw us all closer to the fire & away from the darkness.

Books will be on sale at the reading.

All readings followed by the open mic hosted by Jimmy Ross, limited sign-up begins at 8PM.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Sept. 11: Laura Mattingly Book Release & Opening Season Celebration

Join us Sept. 11 at 8:00PM at BJs in the Bywater (4301 Burgundy)  for the opening season of Blood Jet Poetry, New Orleans newest poetry and music series.

Book Release for the Second Printing of Laura Mattingly's Book of Incorporation. This handmade, typeset book is available again in its second edition from Language Foundry. Laura will be reading from her book along with pianist Josh Wexler. Poet Chris Sullivan, publisher at Slight Publications, will also be joining her.

Featured readings will  be followed by the open mic. Limited sign-up.

BJs in the Bywater offers a Blue Plate Dinner special every Wednesday beginning at 5PM till they run out; so come early and grab some eats. Then hear some amazing poetry and music and then share your words or work with us.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Blood Jet Poetry Series at BJs in the Bywater

Starting Sept. 11, 8PM Blood Jet Poetry Series at BJs in the Bywater (4301 Burgundy) will feature poetry and music every Wednesday along with collaborations between poets and musicians. Each featured set will be followed by a limited open mic sign up.

Co-curated by Megan Burns and JS Makkos.

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