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.
Four new poems of mine are being featured at Bold Monkey. You can read “A hell of a deal,” “Let it soak,” “Moth,” and “Customer Service” here.
In case you missed it, George Anderson of Bold Monkey wrote a review of The Ship Is Sinking and interviewed me about the book earlier this month. Read that stuff here. I thank George for the support.
Last fall, I ran a creative writing workshop for teens at my local library. I’m doing it again next month. Here’s the basic info:
Teen writing workshop (grades 8 – 12 only)
Thursdays, March 10, 17, and 24
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave.
Delmar, NY 12054
Registration required: Do it online or call the library at (518) 439-9314
As the official description states, teens can expect to “learn creative writing techniques and participate in a peer review group.” They don’t need to bring anything other than pen and paper.
The workshop is held in the library’s Storytime room, so that we can be surrounded by creepy puppets and stuffed animals.
Things went pretty well last time, except for when I made a reference to American Psycho, got a bunch of blank stares, and realized most of those kids weren’t even alive when the book (or the movie) came out.
A 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!
Thought 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.
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.