100,000 Poets for Change

Featuring: K. Lorraine Graham, Mark Wallace, Barry Barnes, Becky Mandelbaum, Jim McCrary, and Elizabeth Schultz

This month the Taproom Poetry Series is proud to host a special reading as part of the international 100,000 Poets for Change event. The reading will feature visiting poets K. Lorraine Graham and Mark Wallace from San Diego and Lawrencian poets Barry Barnes, Becky Mandelbaum, Jim McCrary, and Elizabeth Schultz. We hope you can join us.


K. Lorraine Graham is a writer who makes poems, prose and sometimes visual objects. She's the author of Terminal Humming, from Edge Books, and several chapbooks, most recently Large Waves to Large Obstacles, a series of procedural translations from classical Chinese. She recently earned her MFA in cross-genre writing from the University of California, San Diego, and co-curates the Agitprop reading series. You can find her online at spooksbyme.org.

Mark Wallace is the author of more than fifteen books and chapbooks of poetry, fiction, and essays. Temporary Worker Rides a Subway won the 2002 Gertrude Stein Poetry Award and was published by Green Integer Books. His critical articles and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, and he has co-edited two essay collections, Telling It Slant: Avant Garde Poetics of the 1990s, and A Poetics of Criticism. Most recently he has published a novel, The Quarry and The Lot, and a book of poems, Felonies of Illusion, and his chapbook The End of America: Book One has just come out with Dusie Kollektiv. He teaches at California State University San Marcos.

Barry Barnes is a performance artist, musician, busker, published poet, and Zumba instructor. Barry performs solo as well as with several ensembles including Ernest James Zydeco, Zydeco Tougeau, The Billy Ebeling and the Late for Dinner Band, Uncle Dirty Toes, and interdisciplinary artist, Stacey Fox. Barry has been performing around the Midwest for the last thirty years and with the help of former Kansas Poet Laureate, Denise Low, recently published his first book of poetry, We Sleep in a Burning House.
Barry has recorded CDs with the Bopaphonics (The Bopaphonics Poetry Circus, P BOP, Channeling Langston, Plain and Simple Truth) and the new release by Ernest James Zydeco (Jubilee). Barry has also produced two solo CDs (Straight Out Of Kansas and Blue In A Red State). Barry has also had the privilege of working with Bill T. Jones, opening for George Clinton and appearing on Truck Stop Honeymoon’s CD (Great Big Family). Barry is currently working on his second book of poetry, American Scream. Barry’s work can be viewed on YouTube.

Becky Mandelbaum is an undergraduate at the university of Kansas where she is majoring in English and Creative Writing. She has received several awards for her writing, including the 2012 Brosseau Creativity Award. When she isn't reading or writing, she enjoys hanging out downtown, catcalling at dogs, and rock climbing.

Jim McCrary has been in and out of Lawrence since 1965. Mostly in and last 20 years with the painter Sue Ashline and their present companions Sara, Abby and Iris. Latest chapbooks Po Doom (Hank's Orginal), Es Verdad (Old Gringo) and Not Not (Hank's Orginal). Poems in Jim Yeary's various titled newsletters, Ken Warren's House Organ and other obscure print and online publications. Rage on.

Elizabeth Schultz lives in Lawrence, Kansas, following retirement from the English Department of the University of Kansas, where she was Chancellor’s Club Teaching Professor. She remains committed to writing about the people and the places she loves in academic essays, nature essays, and poems. These include Herman Melville, her mother, and her friends, the Kansas wetlands and prairies, Michigan's Higgins Lake, Japan, where she lived for six years, oceans everywhere. She has published several books, and her scholarly and creative work appears in numerous journals and reviews.


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