Saturday, August 13, 2011

Bon Mot/ley Hiatus

The Bon Mot/ley Reading Series is currently on a short hiatus. Check back for details about future readings.

Scenes from August 2011

The weather finally cooled, the poets remained, as usual, wonderfully cool.

Qiana Townes

Karen George

Charles Gabel

Sunday, July 31, 2011

August 11th, 2011 Reading

Please join us at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center (3711 Clifton Ave.) on Thursday, August 11th at 7PM. We'll be joined by the following poets:

Qiana Towns earned a MFA from Bowling Green State University, and a MA from Central Michigan University where she served as poetry editor for the online literary journal Temenos. Her work has appeared in Tidal Basin, Milk Money, and is currently featured at She is a Cave Canem fellow and Assistant Editor for Willow Books and Reverie: Midwest African American Literature.
A poem by Qiana is here at No Tell Motel.

Karen George's poetry chapbook, Into the Heartland, was released by Finishing Line Press in May 2011. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Single Hound, Ontologica, Still: The Journal, Thumbnail Magazine, Blood Lotus, Vestal Review, The Barcelona Review,and The Cortland Review. She has been awarded grants from The Kentucky Foundation for Women, The Kentucky Arts Council, was selected by Lee Smith as co-winner of The Janice H Giles Award, and won the 2011 Carnegie Center's Next Great Writers Contest. She holds an MFA in Writing from Spalding University, and teaches writing at The University of Cincinnati's Communiversity.'s completed a collection of short stories for which she's seeking representation, and is working on a collection of poetry. A poem by Karen is here in The Cortland Review.

Charles Gabel is the author of the chapbook Pastoral (Strange Machine Books). Charles was born in Cincinnati, and he has since lived in Washington, DC, Chicago, IL, and most recently Boise, ID, where he is currently working on a translation of Virgil's Eclogues. He studies and teaches at Boise State University. A poem by Charles here at 751 Magazine.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Scenes from July 14th Reading

Jeff Hipsher explains Walgreens to us.

Adam Day gives voice to a badger.

Pauletta Hansel channels a teenage girl.

Thanks to all new and old friends of Bon Mot/ley. We hope you join us for the next reading: August 11th!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

July 14th, 2011 Reading

Please join us at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center (3711 Clifton Ave.) on Thursday, July 14th at 7PM. We'll be hearing from the following poets:

Adam Day's chapbook, Badger, Apocrypha was published by the Poetry Society of America in 2011. He is the recipient of a 2011 Pushcart Prize, and has been nominated for a 2011 PEN Emerging Writers Award. His work has appeared in the The Kenyon Review, Boston Review, AGNI, APR, Guernica, and elsewhere, and included in Best New Poets 2008. He coordinates The Baltic Writing Residency in Latvia, is an editor for the literary journals, Memorious and Catch Up, and is Writer-in-Residence at Earlham College.

Pauletta Hansel’s poetry collections include Divining (WovenWord Press, 2002) What I Did There (Dos Madres Press, 2011­includes the 2007 chapbook First Person) and The Lives We Live in Houses (Forthcoming, Wind Publications, Fall 2011). Her work has been featured recently in journals including ABZ Journal, Southern Women’s Review, Still: The Journal, The Mom Egg, and Appalachian Journal, and anthologized in Motif: Come What May and Boomtown: the Queens MFA Tenth Anniversary Celebratory Anthology. She works as Co-Director of Grailville Retreat and Program Center in Loveland, OH, where she also facilitates poetry programs, and leads various writing classes and workshops around the region. She is a current editor of Pine Mountain Sand and Gravel, the literary publication of Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative. Pauletta received her MFA from Queens University of Charlotte in 2011.

Jeff Hipsher is the founding member of the artist collective The Gold County Paper Mill. His work has previously appeared in or is forthcoming from Fork Lift Ohio, iO Poetry, Caketrain, elimae, The Alice Blue Review and others. In 2010 he received an honorable mention in Sarabande's Flo Gault Poetry Prize. He is the head editor of Catch Up ( ), a journal of comics and literature.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Scenes from June 2011

The room was hot, so we left thing natural with open windows and low light.

Melissa Barrett, reading wise.

Sean Patrick Hill, reading halo.

Tyrone Williams, reading ablaze.

Monday, May 23, 2011

June 9th, 2011 Reading

Please join us on May 12th, 2011 at 7PM at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center, located at 3711 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45220. See our excellent readers' bios below:

Tyrone Williams is the author of a prose eulogy, Pink Tie, which is also a meditation on Midwestern masculinity. His books of poetry are The Hero Project of the Century (2009), On spec (2008) and c.c. (2002). A new book, Howell MI, is forthcoming from Atelos Books.

Sean Patrick Hill is the author of The Imagined Field (Paper Kite Press) and Interstitial (BlazeVOX Books). Last year he received a Zoland Fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center, and is currently an MFA candidate at Warren Wilson College. He lives in Kentucky.

Melissa Barrett is the recent author of False Soup, a veg-friendly cookbook from Forklift, Ink. Her poems have received honors from Tin House, Indiana Review, Boxcar Poetry Review, and Gulf Coast, and can be found in recent issues of No Tell Motel, Front Porch, Spooky Boyfriend, Sotto Voce, and H_NGM_N. “Pilot,” her collaboration with filmmaker Pete Luckner, debuted at Video Dumbo last fall. She teaches reading and writing at Columbus Collegiate Academy, an inner-city charter school that was named the best school in the nation for student academic gain.