Monday, February 5, 2018

Blood Jet Reading Series 2018

Blood Jet Reading Series in New Orleans
Wednesday Nights at BJs in the Bywater
4301 Burgundy (cash only bar)
Featured poets, writers and musicians followed by a limited open mic

Blood Jet runs spring seasons from post Mardi Gras up until the beginning of the New Orleans Poery Festival in mid-April and fall seasons from Sept to mid-December. During season, we are weekly unless there is a holiday.

Blood Jet runs poetry features every week with one week a month dedicated to fiction writers and one slot a season dedicated to essay or cross genre writing. We welcome musicians request to perform with our featured writers.

Featured Poets are both solicited and may also request a featured spot by emailing: Megan Burns will request links to readings or samples of work if you request a feature, so feel free to include that in your email request.

Fiction inquiries will be fielded by Tom Andes.

Blood Jet Reading Series works in conjunction with the New Orleans Poetry Fest and Dogfish Reading Series to promote community, literary events and New Orleans culture in the best city in the world.

Readings at Blood Jet have been generously supported by Poets & Writers grants for certain features.

Blood Jet Team:

Blood Jet Director and Features Host: Megan Burns

Megan Burns is the publisher at Trembling Pillow Press ( She also hosts the Blood Jet Poetry Reading Series in New Orleans and is the co-founder of the New Orleans Poetry Festival ( She has been most recently published in Jacket Magazine, Callaloo, New Laurel Review, Trickhouse, and the Big Bridge New Orleans Anthology. Her poetry and prose reviews have been published in Tarpaulin Sky, Gently Read Lit, Big Bridge, and Rain Taxi. She has three books Memorial + Sight Lines (2008), Sound and Basin (2013) and Commitment (2015) published by Lavender Ink. She has two recent chapbooks: Dollbaby (Horseless Press, 2013) and i always wanted to start over (Nous-Zot Press, 2014). Horse Less Press released her Twin Peaks chap, Sleepwalk With Me, in 2016. Her fourth collection, BASIC PROGRAMMING, will be released by Lavender Ink in 2018.

Fiction Coordinator Tom Andes

Tom Andes’ writing has appeared in Witness, Great Jones Street, Natural Bridge, Blue Earth Review, Guernica, Santa Clara Review, Xavier Review, News from the Republic of Letters, the Akashic Books Mondays Are Murder Flash Fiction Blog, Best American Mystery Stories 2012, and elsewhere. His book reviews and interviews with writers and musicians have appeared in publications including the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Collagist, Mystery Tribune, and The Rumpus. He lives in New Orleans, where he works a freelance writer and editor, plays folk, country, and blues music, and teaches at the New Orleans Writers Workshop, which he co-founded. You can find more at

Open Mic Host:  Todd Cirillo

Todd Cirillo is co-founder and editor of Six Ft. Swells Press. He is a poet and writer whose books include Burning the Evidence (Epic Rites Press, 2017), Sexy Devils, Sucker’s Paradise, Everybody Knows the Dice are Loaded, This Troubled Heart, ROXY among others. His poems have appeared in various national and international magazines, literary journals and cocktail napkins everywhere. Todd lives in New Orleans, Louisiana where he searches for shiny moments under the neons.
To find out more info and/or purchase Todd’s books go to or

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