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Reading(s) at 2019 Word Fest

It’s April, so it’s time for the Albany Word Fest. This year, it’s an 8-day event, with readings, open mics, slams, and even a book sale at a farmer’s market.

The seventh issue of Up the River, the annual lit mag from Albany Poets, is being released during Word Fest. I have something in the newest issue, and there’s going to be a launch party on Wednesday, April 19, 2019. I’ll be reading there, along with some of the other contributors to the issue. Come listen and pick up a copy of #7. The details:

Up the River, Issue Seven Launch

Wednesday, April 17, at 7 p.m.

Restaurant Navona
289 New Scotland Avenue
Albany NY

Facebook event page:

I’ll also be stopping by the Readings Against the End of the World open mic on Friday, April 12. Probably reading a bit around 9 p.m.

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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.

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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.

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Up The River launch party & reading

I have two poems slated to appear in Up The River, the new journal put out by some of the folks involved with Albany Poets, and they’re having a release party to celebrate the inaugural issue. Come out, listen to me and some of the other writers from the issue read our stuff, and pick up a copy of the mag. Should be a good time. Here are the details:

Up The River Launch Party
Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 6 PM
McGeary’s (4 Clinton Square, Albany, NY)

More info available here. This event also marks the start of the annual Albany Word Fest, a week-long extravaganza of poetry/spoken-word/what-have-you. You can read all about that here. And, if you’ve got a few extra dollars you’d like to see put to good use, consider donating to Albany Poets’ Indiegogo campaign to help fund all the craziness of this year’s Word Fest.

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Thank you, Southbury

Thank you to everyone who came to the reading last night. And of course, big thanks to Thomas Hahn for inviting me. I had a fun time, and hopefully didn’t bore anybody to death.

I think everything went pretty well. I even unloaded a few of my old chapbooks, which was cool. Speaking of which, I should probably apologize to the guy who asked me to sign a book for his girlfriend (who wasn’t there at the time), and I wrote “We’ve never met but I love you already. Wait for me.” In retrospect, that might not be funny.

Anyway, here’s a neat activity you can play at home. Try to figure out which one of us, in the picture below, is heavily medicated.

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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: