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.
Thank you to the Pens to Paper club at the Guilderland High School for inviting me to visit them yesterday. I had a good time talking to everyone about the writing and publishing process. The lemonade and cookies were pretty good, too. Thanks also to club president Cassandra for the fancy-shmancy notebook.
If you have a writing group of some sort that might like to hear me ramble sometime, get in touch. I also do children’s birthday parties and bat mitvahs.*
Hi, Internet. Long time no talk.
I have some new poems in Misfit Magazine you might want to check out.
“Black Dog” and “Let it kill you” are included in issue #23, which also includes great work from folks like Kevin Ridgeway, Brenton Booth, and Claire Scott, among others. You should give the whole issue a look, really. Good stuff.
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.
Another poem went up at In Between Hangovers today. This one’s called “Make a Wish.”
In case you missed it, I had a really short one up a couple weeks ago at the same place. That one was called “Lisa Says.”
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!
Here’s a very short new poem that just went up at In Between Hangovers. It’s called “Lisa Says” (yet another in the occasional series “poems I titled after Velvet Underground songs”). I’m expecting another one up at IBH in a couple weeks, so check back soon for more.
Hi, folks. It’s been a while, hasn’t it?
I’ve got a new poem up at Red Fez, just in time for Valentine’s Day: a quick one called “Getting Lucky.”
Make sure to take a look at the other excellent work in the current issue. You can also see all the previous work I’ve had published with Red Fez.
And check back here soon. I have more stuff coming out in the next few months.
It would be great if he showed up
Earlier in the year, I ran some sessions of a creative writing workshop for teenagers. To my surprise, a handful of them asked about turning it into a regular event. They asked more than once. Now it looks like it’s happening.
The first meeting is Saturday, October 1, at 10:30 a.m. in the board room of the Bethlehem Public Library (451 Delaware Ave, Delmar, NY 12054).
No signup required. Teens are encouraged to bring four or five copies of something (five-page maximum) for the group to workshop, though it’s not mandatory. Please email me with any questions.
If attendance is decent, this will be a monthly event. I’m thinking the first Saturday of the month as the regular meeting day.
EDIT 11/27/2016: December meeting canceled. Get in touch with me for updates.
I’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
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.