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cheesesteakThought I’d try doing misleading, Buzzfeed-style headings again. How’s this one?

Anyway, a poem called “You Remind Me of Philadelphia,” about a stolen car stereo, is up at Headlock Press as of this weekend. It was first printed in Lummox a couple years ago, though it’s a little different now, I think.

Stay tuned for a few new things coming out early 2016.

Mixed bag at Headlock Press

A couple pieces I wrote went up at Headlock Press this week.

You can take a look at a story/prose poem thing I wrote around five million years ago. I had originally called it “Detective Story” but then a (now-defunct) online mag published it with the new title of “A Metaphor.” Fast-forward a few years, I show it to Paul Agostino, editor at HP, and he rechristens it “Creating Conflict.” I’m eager to see who renames it next.

That one’s followed by “Must be nice,” a poem from a while back.

The whole thing starts off with an excerpt from an email I sent to Paul recently. It includes my response to his new book, Appalachian Calculations. I see now how what I wrote reads almost like a book review, and you can take it as such. The book is non-fiction, a collection of short essays and anecdotes about Paul’s travels through small-town mountain country in North Carolina. Spoiler alert: It’s a good book, and worth the fifteen bucks it’ll cost you to get a copy.

A St. Bernard with a little bucket of cheer

perf5.250x8.000.inddYou can now read a review of The Ship is Sinking over at Headlock Press.

HP’s editor, Paul Agostino, read the book and emailed me about it, then gussied up his note through the magic of editing, and now it’s a review.

He talks about the “dark ride” the book takes, and he provides a couple excerpted poems. It’s a really thorough, insightful read. This may be one of those times when the review is better-written than the thing it’s reviewing.

In any event, I’m damn grateful for the support.

This One Dad Arranged A Couple Dozen Words In Funny Lines And Called It A Poem, What Happens Next Is Crazy

Continuing the dumb Buzzfeed-style headlines. I’m enjoying myself, at least.

A very short new poem called “Let me hold on to this” went up on Red Fez just yesterday. It’s part of issue #78 for Red Fez, and I’m sharing space with some great folks like fellow Epic Rites Press author Zarina Zabrisky.

This isn’t the first time I’ve been in Red Fez: Check my “profile” which has links to the other stuff of mine that the Fez has published.

Free beer!

ship-freeFree books, actually. Just trying to catch everybody’s attention.

Copies of The Ship is Sinking are now up for grabs in a couple of giveaway contests: There are two copies available via LibraryThing, and two copies via Goodreads.

If you’ve been holding out on ordering the book, now’s your chance to get one for the low-low price of free. You have till the end of February to request a copy from either place. Winners get selected at random by LibraryThing/Goodreads.

So…best of luck? Head here for the LibraryThing giveaway, or here for the Goodreads giveaway.

LIVE! from the Living Room

I’m happy to say that I’ll be the featured reader at the September edition of LIVE! from the Living Room, the long-running reading series hosted by Don Levy. Expect 15 or so minutes of me, followed by an open-mic. The details are as follows:

LIVE! from the Living Room featuring Matt Galletta
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 – 7 PM
332 Hudson Ave
Albany, NY 12210

This is one of my favorite open-mics of all the ones in the Albany area. You should come if you can; it should make for a good time. I’ll have copies of the new book with me too.

PS: Need to notify Facebook about what you’re doing at all times? You’re in luck: There’s an event page for the reading set up, so you can let Mark Zuckerberg know what your plans are.

Almost there

ship-cover-detailA quick update on the poetry book: We’re in the proofing stage. There were some hiccups with the printer in regard to the cover, but it looks like things are figured out now. I’m awaiting one final proof copy, which I expect will come out just right. At that point, we’ll be all set to go to press.

All of this is just to say: If you’re going to order the book, do so now to save a buck while it’s still a preorder at the discounted price ($9 versus $10 once it goes to print). I don’t know how soon after the proof is approved that Epic Rites actually prints the books, but they tend to move fast.

PS: I should have a very limited number of copies available straight from me that I could sign for you, draw obscene pictures in, etc. More details on this here.

2014 Albany Word Fest

wf2014logoHi there. I’m reading this Friday as part of the 2014 Albany Word Fest. If you’re local to Albany, NY, you’ve probably heard about this annual celebration of “the poetry and spoken word of upstate New York.” If not, more information (and a full schedule of events) is available here.

There’s a full week of events worth checking out. I’ll read a couple pieces at the open mic they’re holding this Friday, starting at 7 pm at the UAG Gallery (247 Lark Street). I think there are still spots available to sign up, if you’re interested. I’m scheduled to read at 9:05, though that will most likely shift earlier or later. Stop by if you can. It’s always an entertaining time.