2018 Albany Word Fest

It’s April, so that means it’s Albany Word Fest time again, the week-long series of poetry and spoken word events. I’m doing my poetry shtick this Friday evening at the Readings Against the End of the World, a 24-hour-long event that benefits the South End Children’s Cafe in Albany. I’m scheduled to read at 8:40 p.m. Here are the details:

Readings Against the End of the World
Friday, April 20, 2018
7 p.m. start time (I’m on at 8:40 p.m.)
Husted Hall Cafe, UAlbany Downtown Campus
135 Western Ave.
Albany, NY 12203

This is always a good time. I’ll be reading a whole bunch of stuff, including some new ones for a project my buddy Kevin Ridgeway hinted about in this interview. Hope to see some familiar faces there.

Poem and a podcast

Pretty sure I’m gonna use this as my “author photo” from now on.

Not sure why this one slipped by me, but I had a new poem up at Your One Phone Call in the middle of April. It’s called “Knockout.”

In other news, I also recently sat in on the first episode of the new “Talking to Poets” podcast put out by Albany Poets. I don’t say much, but if you listen carefully,  you can hear me making fun of Mary Panza at one point or another.

 

 

Talk With ME (and me!)

This morning I interviewed with Marcia Epstein for her Talk With ME radio show. We talked about poetry, fiction, parenting, Tr**p (I know, I know, he’s unavoidable these days), and more, and I read a handful of poems. It was a pretty fun hour.

The show with me is scheduled to air this Tuesday, March 14, at 5 p.m. Central time (that’s 6 for us New Yawkers) through the radio station LawrenceHits.

After that, the show will be available as a podcast you can check out anytime via iTunes or Google Play Music.

Thanks again to Marcia for having me!

Broadsides from 48th Street Press

48thstreetpressI’m happy to report that two poems of mine were just released as broadsides by 48th Street Press.

Each year, 48th Street Press puts out a small number of poetry broadsides — poems printed in limited edition on fancypants card-stock paper. I have two broadsides available: “Going dark” and “I saw you.” Only twenty copies of each exist in the world.

If you’re local (to me), let me know if you’d like a copy and we’ll figure something out. If you’re not local, you can order a set of them from me for two bucks, shipping included, via PayPal. I have signed and hand-numbered these bad boys, by the way.

Two signed, numbered poetry broadsides
by Matt Galletta
Published by 48th Street Press
$2




Other contributors to the broadside series this year include favorites of mine like Wolfgang Carstens, Lawrence Gladeview, (fellow Albany poet) Alan Catlin, Kevin Ridgeway, Ben John Smith, John Yamrus…the list goes on! You’ll have to seek out these other writers yourself to get copies of theirs. Which I highly recommend you do. After you send me two bucks, that is.

 

A review and an interview and a monkey

bold-monkeyA new review of The Ship Is Sinking appeared this week. I even answered a few interview questions about it.

George Anderson of Bold Monkey spent some time with the book and wrote a rather intelligent, thoughtful analysis. I’d quote from it here but you should just go check it out. The review includes a number of excerpts from the book, as well as one complete poem that I don’t believe has appeared elsewhere online.

Anderson’s review is followed by a short interview he did with me. I answered some questions regarding the book’s genesis and my general approach to writing. I almost sound like I know what I’m talking about. Almost.

Take a look!