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.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Scenes from May 2011 Reading

Though it was hot, we are poets, thus we soldiered on.

Peter Davis

Michael Schiavo

Thursday, April 21, 2011

May 12th, 2011 Reading Details

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 reaaders' bios below:

Peter Davis' books of poetry are Hitler's Mustache and Poetry! Poetry! Poetry!. He edited Poet's Bookshelf: Contemporary Poets on Books that Shaped Their Art and co edited Poet's Bookshelf II with Tom Koontz. His poems have appeared in journals like Court Green, Jacket, Spooky Boyfriend, No Tell Motel, Forklift, Ohio, and Action, Yes. Four poems from Poetry! Poetry! Poetry! appear in the 2010 edition of The Best American Poetry. His music project, Short Hand, is available through his website, He lives in Muncie, Indiana with his sweet wife and sweet kids and teaches at Ball State University.

Michael Schiavo is the author of The Mad Song (Shires Press, 2008; out of print) as well as forthcoming chapbooks from horseless press and Forklift, Ink. His poetry and nonfiction have appeared in such places as THE YALE REVIEW, TIN HOUSE, McSWEENEY'S INTERNET TENDENCY, THE BELIEVER, LIT, THE NORMAL SCHOOL, NO TELL MOTEL, FORKLIFT, OHIO, SIXTH FINCH, JUBILAT, THE AWL, and the online anthology POETS FOR LIVING WATERS. He edits the The Equalizer, an occasional PDF poetry anthology. The first series was released in October 2010. He is also at work on a new print 'zine called GONDOLA, which he hopes to begin publishing this year. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut in Humanistics, and his MFA from the Bennington College Writing Seminars in 2002. He has worked as a dishwasher, barista, adjunct professor, freelance newspaperman, bookseller, underwriter's assistant, overnight stock boy, and is currently unemployed, like you. He lives in Vermont.

Dave Harrity's chapbook--Morning and What Has Come Since (Finishing Line Press, 2007)--was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Kentucky Literary Award. His work has appeared in many journals and magazines including Copper-Nickel, Ruminate Magazine, The Los Angeles Review, and The Portland Review. He has worked as a teacher much of his career in a variety of settings--as a high school teacher, freelance tutor and writing coach, and college professor. Most recently he has worked at Asbury Seminary, where he conducted a three-part lecture and workshop series on Religious Imagination, Bellarmine University teaching English and Theology, and as the Poetry Manuscript Consultant at The Carnegie Center of Lexington, KY. Currently, he writes and teaches in Louisville while juggling a charmed life at home with his wife and children.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Scenes from April 2011 Reading

If you missed this reading, I'm really sorry. These pictures will hardly suffice.

Matt Hart.

Cathy Wagner.

Join us for the next Bon Mot/ley May 12!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

April 14th Reading

Please join us on April 14th, 2011 at 7PM at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center, located at 3711 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45220. We're excited to have two poets we love to hear reading for us, hear them too:

Matt Hart is the author of the poetry collections Who's Who Vivid (Slope Editions, 2006) and Wolf Face (H_NGM_N BKS 2010). A third full length collection, Light-Headed, will be published by BlazeVOX in the spring of 2011, and a fourth collection Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless will be published by Typecast in 2012. A co-founder and the editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking, & Light Industrial Safety, he lives in Cincinnati where he teaches at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

Catherine Wagner's latest book is My New Job (Fence 2009). Earlier publications include Miss America and Macular Hole (both from Fence) and a dozen chapbooks, recently Bornt (Dusie) and Hole in the Ground (Slack Buddha). New poems in Abraham Lincoln, Poor Claudia, 1913, New American Writing and Lana Turner. She lives in Oxford, Ohio, and teaches at Miami University. More at Archive of the Now and Penn Sound.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Scenes from March 2011

Oddly enough, it snowed just so L.S. Klatt's poems would have the perfect setting for their exploration of what happens when you find an octopus in the snow.

Chad Sweeney fed us modern day parables and channeled his ancestor Juan Sweeney for a little bilingual reading.

Next Month 4/14: Cathy Wagner and Matt Hart. Do. Not. Miss. It!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

March 10th Reading

Please join us for an exceptional reading experience on March 10th, 2011 at 7PM at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center, located at 3711 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45220. We've got two poets heading over from Michigan just for your pleasure:

L. S.Klatt, was born and raised in Cincinnati. After earning degrees from Wittenberg University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and St. John's College, he graduated from the University of Georgia in 2003 with a PhD in English. His poems have appeared in many magazines,including The Believer, Boston Review, Colorado Review, field, Drunken Boat, jubilat, Verse, Chicago Review, Columbia Poetry Review, SycamoreReview, Denver Quarterly, West Branch, The Cincinnati Review, BellinghamReview, Northwest Review, New Orleans Review, Parthenon West, and Slope. His first book, Interloper, won the 2008 Juniper Prize for Poetry and was published by theUniversity of Massachusetts Press in 2009. His second collection, Cloud of Ink, won the 2010 Iowa Poetry Prize and comes out this month from theUniversity of Iowa Press. He is also the author of an essay on Walt Whitman entitled "The Electric Whitman," which appeared in The Southern Review. He teaches American literature and creative writing at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Chad Sweeney is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Parable of Hide and Seek (Alice James, 2010) and Wolf Milk: Lost Poems of Juan Sweeney, a bilingual edition forthcoming from Forklift Books. His translation (with Mojdeh Marashi) of the Selected Poems of Iranian Poet H.E. Sayeh will appear later this year from White Pine Press. Chad's poems have appeared in Best American Poetry 2008, American Poetry Review, Cincinnati Review, Verse Daily, and Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac. He edits Parthenon West Review with David Holler and is a visiting assistant professor at Kalamazoo College in Michigan.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Scenes from our January 13, 2011 Reading

Traci Brimhall

Adam Clay

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Monday, January 3, 2011

January 13th Reading

Please join us for the next Bon Mot/ley reading January 13th at 7PM. As usual, our reading will take place at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center located at 3711 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45220. We'll be in Room 212, on the second floor. Check out our reader's bios below.

Adam Clay is the author of The Wash. His second book, A Hotel Lobby at the Edge of the World, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions. He co-edits Typo Magazine, curates the Poets in Print Reading Series at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, and teaches at Western Michigan University.

Traci Brimhall is the author of Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press), winner of the 2009 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Her poems have appeared in Kenyon Review, Slate, Virginia Quarterly Review, New England Review, The Missouri Review, and elsewhere. She was the 2008-09 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and currently teaches at Western Michigan University, where she is a doctoral associate and Kings/Chavez/Parks Fellow.

Gary L. McDowell is the author of American Amen (Dream Horse Press, 2010), winner of the 2009 Orphic Prize for Poetry. He's also the author of They Speak of Fruit (Cooper Dillon, 2009) and co-editor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry: Contemporary Poets in Discussion and Practice (Rose Metal Press, 2010). His poetry and prose have appeared in various literary journals, including The Bellingham Review, Colorado Review, The Indiana Review, Mid-American Review, New England Review, and Quarterly West. He lives in Portage, MI with his wife and two kids.