New Queen-themed headers for my website. Because Queen.

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Queen - Sheer Heart Attack - Front

 

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Queen - A Day at the Races

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Queen - News of the World

 

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Freddie Mercury in 1981 issue of Playgirl!

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I have a Freddie Mercury search on eBay, and up popped this August 1981 issue of Playgirl magazine. “PLAYGIRL Aug 1981 Ted Nugent DAVID BOWIE Freddie Mercury SPRINGSTEEN David Byrne” was the title of the listing.

From the description:

10 SEXIEST ROCKERS photo article includes BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, PAUL STANLEY, THE POLICE, DAVID BOWIE, DAVID LEE ROTH, DAVID BYRNE, FREDDIE MERCURY, TED NUGENT more.

Nude photo layout of hot MIDDLE AGE MEN.

All I could think of was Freddie Mercury made a sexiest rocker list? Whoah.

So I did it: I bought a back-issue of Playgirl magazine for ten bucks because it mentions Freddie Mercury.

Would it be as good as another eBay purchase, 16 magazine’s “Hunk of the Month”?

Not really. It’s just a little mention of Freddie, shirtless. The copy is blah.

For those of you who took my clickbait headline: I apologize.

At any rate, as a public service to fans of all those featured–Ted Nugent, David Byrne, David Bowie, Rod Stewart,  I give you, my high-res scans of HOT ROCKERS!

 

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Two readings this weekend in Albany: 6/6 at UAG and 6/8 at Low Beat!

Hello Capital Tech District Tri-City Valley Region Friends!

You have two–count ‘em two–chances to see me sweat in front of a microphone and read new writing words thoughts on paper in a live situation. If you go to both I will write a song about the subject of your choice.

UAGJune6Friday, June 6 8pm, free
Singer/writer Jasmine Dreame Wagner, guitarist Charlie Rauh, and Daniel Nester.

Upstate Artists Guild
247 Lark Street
Albany NY 12210
Facebook event page here.

Sunday, June 8, 3pm, free
Pine Hills Review Sunday Funday Reading Series presents: “First Times.” Featuring Pine Hills Review editors and friends reading about first sex, abortions, drugs, man-crying, boob jobs, and big booties. With Jacqueline Kirkpatrick, Jennifer Austin, Juliet Barney, Samson Dikeman, Daniel Nester, and others tba.
The Low Beat
335 Central Avenue
Albany NY 12206
Facebook event page here.

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Just up on The Morning News: “A Country’s Width.”

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Just up in time for Memorial Day weekend: “A Country’s Width,” a personal essay on receiving the flag that was at my late father’s burial at sea. It got me thinking all the feelings, as the kids say, and I’m not even sure I came to any conclusion. Read it all the the mighty The Morning News here.

 

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Come to An Incredible Sestina Reading at the Mass Poetry Festival on May 3!

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There’s going to be An Incredible Sestina Reading at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, which takes place in Salem, MA on May 2-4. The readers/panelists will include myself, Michael Costello, Vincent D. Infante, Ravi Shankar, Peter Jay Shippy, and Jade Sylvan. We will read sestinas from The Incredible Sestina Anthology, some others, and hopefully people will write some sestinas right there on the spot. Because that’s how we spiral.

Our event takes place from 1:30pm-2:30pm, on Saturday, May 3, 2014, in the Peabody Essex Museum’s Bartlett Gallery.

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An Incredible Sestina Anthology Reading!
1:30pm-2:30pm, May, 3 2014
Peabody Essex Museum, Bartlett Gallery

161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

Description: The sestina is one of the world’s oldest literary forms. It’s also one of the most tricked-out and wacky: six words appear at the end of 39 lines over the course of six, six-line stanzas and a three-line finale. Since it was invented 700 years ago, people keep writing them. Why? Because of the challenge it presents poets to experiment with a six-pack of words and a spiral-based secret code hidden inside. Join us as contributors from The Incredible Sestina Anthology (Write Bloody 2013) read their contributions to the first ever book to collect examples of this mysterious and malleable form that has grown more popular, even trendy, in modern times. Poets will also read another piece by a different author in the anthology. Hosted by Daniel Nester.
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It took us a lot of work – at least it took January O’Neil and our interns a lot of work! And it will take you one more step than it took you last year if you signed up for the Festival. You will have

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Miriam’s family portraits

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Bonus: The grandparents!

 

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Send Your Work to Pine Hills Review!

EPSON MFP imageWe’ve started up a new online literary journal at The College of Saint Rose, where I’ve taught for some time. It’s sprung out of our new MFA in creative writing program and will involve MA English literature as well as undergrad English majors as well. This is the first time I’ve ever been the editor of a college-affiliated magazine. Painted Bride Quarterly, when I started editing journals more than 20 years ago, was still an indie homespun thing, with only a mail slot at The Painted Bride Arts Center to give it any kind of institutional umph. Other than that it was mailbags in people’s apartments across the Philly area. Then La Petite Zine, which was a Web Del Sol-owned thing, and then McSweeney’s Sestinas and Unpleasant Event Schedule. I’ve been on a journal-editing hiatus for a couple years now, and I’m glad to be back and with a group of editors, rather than just me and a laptop.

Pine Hills Review is an online journal that will publish work on a weekly basis, once we’re up and running. I love recently closed Linebreak and Booth, among many places, that feature one small issue at a time. In many ways it’s more honest than having issue collections, and it allows more attention on one thing.

All of this is to say: if you’re a writer, send your work.

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