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Join me on Poverty Road

Sort of a last-minute announcement: I’m reading tomorrow night in Southbury, CT. You should, uh, come.

I’m doing this sort of as a favor to Thomas Hahn, an old friend who had organized this reading. Someone else scheduled to be there dropped out suddenly, and Tommy asked if I could fill in. For some reason, which I can’t remember now, I agreed.

I’ll be reading a combo of poetry and some short fiction, probably. I haven’t picked anything out yet, so who knows. Anyway, here are the vitals from Tommy:

“An Evening of Fiction and Poetry”
Friday, April 29 – 7pm
Southbury Public Library
100 Poverty Road
Southbury, CT

It’s on Poverty Road, people. Poverty Road.

If you’re one of my Albany friends and would like to come, maybe give me a call or email and we can arrange a carpool. It’s a two-and-a-half hour drive. Bring snacks.

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Reading this Saturday

just-lemonsI’m headed back to Long Island this Saturday for one last reading as part of that Young Poets project that I got involved in a while back. Live on Long Island? You should come.

It’s the release party for the last chapbook in the series; there will be a reading with that guy and the other “young poets,” me included. All the books will be available, I assume. I’ll bring a bunch of copies of Lemons and see if I can’t pawn off a copy or two.

The reading will be held this Saturday afternoon at Best Bargain Books in Centereach, NY. Here’s the easy-to-digest version of things:

Saturday, July 11, 2008
2 – 4 pm
Best Bargain Books
Walmart Shopping Center
217 Middle Country Road
Centereach, NY 11720

Should be interesting. At the very least, the bookstore is supposed to have pretty good prices (with a name like that it had better). Swing by if you can.

Also, at the last reading at Suffolk a few months ago, I cursed in a few poems and got the feeling it wasn’t too appreciated. I’ll try to clean up my act this time around.

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Albany Word Fest


This coming Friday is the 2009 Albany Word Fest, hosted by Albany Poets. It’s an annual event held every April.

Part of this year’s Word Fest is a 12-hour long open mic held at the UAG Gallery on Lark. It starts at 7pm Friday night, ends 7am Saturday morning. Each reader gets 10-15 minutes. The sign-up is available online. I procrastinated on signing up, and then got talked into the 2:00-2:15am slot. Yeah, two in the morning. So if you’re crazy, stop by. I’ll be there.

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A reading and a new book

Next week I’m headed down to Long Island to go to my alma mater, good ol’ Suffolk Community College, for a reading. I’ll be one of four featured readers. The event’s being hosted by the school and David Axelrod, the Suffolk County Poet Laureate. The details are as such:

Wednesday, April 1, 2009 – 6pm

Mildred Green Room
Babylon Student Center
Suffolk County Community College
533 College Road
Selden, NY 11784

The reading is a celebration of four former Suffolk students who have recently had a poetry chapbook published in conjunction with Axelrod’s “young poets” program. I’m one of these supposed “young poets.” My chapbook’s called Lemons. I’ll talk more about the book later, as I haven’t even seen the thing yet.

If you’re in the area, stop by.

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Thanks to everybody who came out for the reading on Friday. Thanks also to Albany Poets, and to Margot. I enjoyed myself. I don’t know this for sure, but Albany Poets may put up the video from that night, in case you missed it, or just want to watch it over and over and over again, every single day.

Speaking of which, thanks to the stalkers that brought me a cake in the shape of a puppy:


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This Friday

Just a reminder about the reading this Friday at the UAG Gallery. 7pm, Matt Galletta and Margot Malia Lynch. If you’re so inclined, I made a facebook event for it. Now you know it’s important. All the info one last time:

Friday, February 27, 2009 – 7pm
Poetry @ the UAG, with Matt Galletta and Margot Malia Lynch

UAG Gallery
247 Lark Street
Albany NY 12210

PS: Thom Francis, el presidente of Albany Poets, has been getting mighty high-tech as of late. Rumor has it he’ll be broadcasting the reading live over the Interweb. So for those of you who can’t make it, check out

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Reading at the UAG

The rumors are true. I’ll be reading at the UAG gallery on the last Friday in February, as part of Albany Poets‘ Fridays @ the UAG series. You should come. This isn’t an open-mic, just a reading with two features: me, and Margot Lynch, a woman I don’t think I’ve met before. Here are the details:

Friday, February 27, 2009 – 7pm
Albany Poets Presents: Fridays @ the UAG
Matt Galletta
Margot Lynch

UAG Gallery
247 Lark Street
Albany NY 12210

It should be fun. The UAG is a nice venue for readings. And when it’s over, we can get a drink.

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Reading in February…maybe?

It isn’t entirely confirmed, but I possibly have a reading coming up the end of next month. Last I heard, the powers-that-be were still figuring out the schedule and such, but if it all works out I’ll be reading at the UAG in February for the series run jointly by Albany Poets and Jawbone.

If you’ve never been to one of these, you should go. It’s a pretty cool series. No open mic, just two featured poets: usually one “community” poet and one “academic” poet (whatever those words might mean to you). They have it at the Upstate Artists Guild art gallery in downtown Albany, on the second and fourth Fridays of the month.

As I said, this isn’t set in stone, so you didn’t hear it from me (Mary Panza might hurt me). Check back here in a while, or at the Albany Poets website or the UAG website for more information.

But keep your schedule clear for the last Friday in February. You know. Just in case.

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Thank you

Thanks to everybody who came out to the reading last night. I had a good time. Hopefully I wasn’t too boring, and didn’t scare too many of the Sienna students that came with their prof.

Also, my apologies to the man I hit in the head when I threw a crumpled up poem out into the audience. I was just being a Radical Poet, and didn’t mean anyone harm.

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This Thursday

Just a reminder that I’ll be reading this Thursday at the Social Justice Center. Hope people come out. It’ll be me, plus an open mic before and after. Then, when it’s all over, we go to the bar. Sound good? Here are all the details one last time:

Third Thursday Poetry Open-Mic
November 20, 2008
7:30 pm

Social Justice Center
33 Central Ave.
Albany, NY 12210

Your host: Dan Wilcox