Bill Gainer, Laura Martin, and Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas
On the 10/12/22 edition of Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour:
Dr. Andy and caller Bill from Sacramento relive some magical moments in rock ‘n’ roll history and consider the various costs and benefits of engaging with social media. We then hear from Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas, an upcoming feature at the Sacramento Poetry Center’s Ladies of the Knight poetry reading on October 17th, who reads us an eco poem celebrating death and new life. Later, poet Laura Martin joins us to talk about her upcoming projects, including a new book, Haiku for the Undead. She introduces us to four zombies in haiku form, then to a nostalgic and complex portrait of adolescence in her hometown of Weed, California. Finally, Bill Gainer drops in to discuss his new book A True Story, as well as his feature with Laura Martin at the Poetry Night Reading Series on October 13th, 2022.
Bill Gainer has contributed to the literary scene as a writer, editor, promoter, publicist and poet. He is a co-founder and current board member of the Nevada County Poetry Series. His work has appeared in: The Oregonian, The Bukowski Review, Author and Poet, Poetry Prevue, The Archer, Major Poets Quarterly, The Auburn Journal, Poetry Now, Heavy Bear, Because People Matter, The Rattlesnake Review, Literary Arts, Convergence, The Lummox Press, The Manzanita Review, The Huffington Post, and numerous other journals and anthologies. Gainer is a featured contributor to, and performer in, the documentary film I Began To Speak. Ann Menebroker wrote the introduction to his book Roxy, from R.L. Crow Publications, co-authored with Todd Cirillo and Will Staple. Preview Gainer at billgainer.com.
Laura Martin is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in publications such as Late Peaches: Poems by Sacramento Poets, Medusa’s Kitchen, The Gasconade Review, River Dog Zine, Peregrine, Sacramento Voices, Poems-For-All, Verse on the Vine, Susurrus and Soul of the Narrator. Her first book Haiku for the Undead (from the All High, No Ku—Poetry Under the Influence collection) will be published by Gasconade Press later this year. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, won the Grand Prize at the Annual Pat Schneider Poetry Contest and 2nd place in the Annual Jack Kerouac Poetry Contest. Martin fronts The Soft Offs, a seven-piece spoken word jazz band that takes the written word from page to stage.
Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas lives in the Sierra Foothills of California and is a recent graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts with an MFA in Writing. She is an eleven-time Pushcart Prize nominee and an eight-time Best of the Net nominee. In 2012 she won the Red Ochre Chapbook Contest with her manuscript Before I Go to Sleep. In 2018, her book In the Making of Goodbyes was nominated for the CLMP Firecracker Award in Poetry, and her poem A Mall in California took 2nd place for the Jack Kerouac Poetry Prize. She has served as the Editor-in-Chief for the Orchards Poetry Journal and Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Tule Review and is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Sacramento Poetry Center. Her work can be found in the Saratoga Authors Hall of Fame.
Bill Gainer and Laura Martin will read at the Poetry Night Reading Series on October 13, 2022 at the John Natsoulas Gallery.
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