Certain Saturdays at Lost Lake Lounge | 3602 East Colfax | Denver, Colorado

May 24th -- Michals, McFadyen-Ketchum & Almeida

A very special Bad Shadow is coagulating this month! We are joining forces with the inimitable Leon Readings. More details very soon. There will be special guests! 

Nils Michals is the author of Come Down to Earth, which won the May Sarton New Hampshire prize and was published by Bauhan Press in 2014. His first collection, Lure, won the Lena-Miles Wever Todd award and was published by Pleiades and Louisiana State University Press in 2004. Individual poems have recently appeared in Bombay Gin, Theodate, and The Conium Review. He currently lives in the Boulder area and teaches at the University of Colorado–Boulder. Read some of his work at nilsmichals.wordpress.com.
Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum’s first book of poems, Ghost Gear, was published in 2014 as a finalist for the Miller Williams Prize with the University of Arkansas Press. His anthology, Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days,was released in 2012, and he is series editor of the Floodgate Poetry Series: Three Chapbooks by Three Poets in a Single VolumeHe is Founder and Editor of PoemoftheWeek.org, a freelance editor, and teaches college writing in Denver, CO. Read his work at AndrewMK.com.

Alexis Almeida teaches creative writing at the University of Colorado, where she is at work on an MFA in poetry. Her poems and translations have appeared, or are forthcoming in Likestarlings, La Vague, Unsaid, Aufgabe, and elsewhere. She lives in Denver with Oren and Tina.


April 19th -- Rooney, Katz & Cohen

Kathleen Rooney  is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press  and a founding member of Poems While You Wait http://poemswhileyouwait.tumblr.com/ . She is the author, most recently of the novel in poems Robinson Alone (Gold Wake, 2012) http://www.spdbooks.org/Producte/9780983700142/default.aspx and her debut novel O, Democracy! http://www.amazon.com/O-Democracy-Kathleen-Rooney/dp/0984651098 has just been released by Fifth Star Press. Her latest chapbook with Elisa Gabbert is The Kind of Beauty that has Nowhere to Go from the feminist publisher Hyacinth Girl Press.  http://hyacinthgirlpress.com/news/sept13-news.html Follow her @KathleenMRooney https://twitter.com/KathleenMRooney

Julia Cohen is the author of two books, Collateral Light and Triggermoon Triggermoon. Her work appears in journals like jubilat, Banango Street, and Bomb. These days, she lives in Chicago. 

Vincent Katz

February 22nd -- Graham Jones, Levitsky, Andrews & Smith

Stephen Graham Jones is the author of 10 novels, 2 collections, 1 novella, and countless short stories. Stephen has been a Shirley Jackson Award finalist three times, a Bram Stoker Award finalist, a Black Quill Award finalist, an International Horror Guild finalist, a Colorado Book Award Finalist, a Texas Monthly Book Selection, and has won the Texas Institute of Letters Award for Fiction and the Independent Publishers Award for Multicultural Fiction. 

Rachel Levitsky is the author of a novel, The Story of My Accident is Ours (Futurepoem, 2013), two books of poetry,Under the Sun (Futurepoem, 2003) NEIGHBOR (UDP, 2009) and a number of chapbooks including Renoemos (Delete, 2010) and 2(1+1) (a+bend, 1999). She is a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative, a feminist avant-garde hub for interventions in writing, reading, engaged discourse and activism. In 2010 with Christian Hawkey, she started The Office of Recuperative Strategies (OoRS.net), a mobile research unit for cultural sustainability that has been located variously in Amsterdam, Berlin, Boulder, Brooklyn, Cambridge, MA, Gowanus Canal, Governors Island, The Holland Tunnel and The University of Leipzig. She lives in Brooklyn and teaches Writing and Poetics at Pratt Institute, Naropa University and other portals when they temporarily appear.

Hanna Andrews is the author of Slope Move (Coconut Books, 2012) and the co-founder and co-editor of the feminist press Switchback Books. Her poems have appeared in various journals like Caketrain, DIAGRAM, No, Dear and Everyday Genius. She lives with poet Eryn Green and their best collaboration yet, baby Aya.

Cassandra Smith is a poet and visual artist, currently living in Denver, Colorado. She works as an editor and book designer for Omnidawn Publishing, and has exhibited her book and photography installations in Oakland, San Francisco, Sacramento, Portland, Chicago, and Memphis. Her book, u&i, is forthcoming from Omnidawn in 2016. Various writings and poetry have appeared in The Offending Adam, comma, poetry, Saginaw, Joyland, The Medium via The Volta, Pilgrimage, Glitterpony, With+Stand, and others. You can find her web site at www.moloprojects.org.

January 18th -- Cooperman, Queen, Tonelli & Buck

Matthew Cooperman is the author of the text + image collaboration Imago for the Fallen World, w/Marius Lehene (Jaded Ibis Press, 2013), Still: of the Earth as the Ark which Does Not Move (Counterpath Press, 2011), DaZE (Salt Publishing Ltd, 2006) and A Sacrificial Zinc (Pleiades/LSU, 2001), winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize, as well as three chapbooks. A founding editor of Quarter After Eight, and co-poetry editor of Colorado Review, he teaches in the Creative Writing program at Colorado State University. He lives in Fort Collins with his wife, the poet Aby Kaupang, and their two children. More information at: www.matthewcooperman.com Cooperman

Khadijah Queen is the author of Conduit (Black Goat/Akashic Books 2008) and Black Peculiar, which won the 2010 Noemi Press book award for poetry, as well as two chapbooks. Individual poems appear in jubilat, Eleven Eleven, Aufgabe and many other journals and anthologies. She works full time as a transcript editor for a finance company.

Chris Tonelli works in the Libraries at NC State and co-owns So & So Books in downtown Raleigh, where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their two kids, Miles and Vera. He is a founding editor of the independent poetry press, Birds, LLC, and he curates the So & So Series and edits So & So Magazine. His first full-length collection is The Trees Around (Birds, LLC), and his fifth chapbook, Increment, is available from Rye House Press.

Angela Buck is currently a Ph.D. candidate in creative writing at the University of Denver. Her stories have appeared in Western Humanities ReviewMid-American Review and collected in Modern Grimmoire: Fairy Tales, Fables and Folklore. 

December 7th -- Dungy, Nichols & Roxanne

Camille Dungy is author of Smith Blue (Southern Illinois University Press, 2011), winner of the 2010 Crab Orchard Open Book Prize, Suck on the Marrow (Red Hen Press, 2010), and What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison (Red Hen Press, 2006). Dungy is editor of Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (UGA, 2009), co-editor of From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great (Persea, 2009), and assistant editor of Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade (University of Michigan Press, 2006). She is a Professor in the English Department at Colorado State University. 

Travis Nichols is the author of the poetry collections Iowa (Letter Machine Editions) and See Me Improving (Copper Canyon Press), along with the novels Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder and the recent The More You Ignore Me (Coffee House Press). From 2008-2012 he was an editor at the Poetry Foundation. In 2006, he was tour manager for the Wave Books Poetry Bus Tour. He now works as a media officer at Greenpeace in Washington D.C.

Tiara Roxanne writes. She obsesses over things like infrastructure and language. She was the recipient of the Zora Neale Hurston Award at Naropa University where she teaches and attends graduate school. She was featured in CA Conrad’s Jupiter 88 and has been published in a myriad of hipster poet writer zines throughout Colorado.

November 16th at 7pm -- Marcia Douglas, Matt Cook & Eric Meyer

Marcia Douglas is the author of the novels, Madam Fate and Notes from a Writer’s Book of Cures and Spells as well as the poetry collection, Electricity Comes to Cocoa Bottom. She received her MFA from Ohio State University and PhD from State University of New York, Binghamton, and is an Associate Professor at CU, Boulder

Matt Cook is the author of three books of poetry (In the Small of My Backyard, Eavesdrop Soup, and The Unreasonable Slug). His work has been anthologized in Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poet’s Café, The United States of Poetry, and in Garrison Keillor’s Good Poems, American Places. He lives in Memphis, TN.

Eric Meyer is a multimedia artist, writer, developer, musician, and performer, with a specialty in non-collaborative co-creation (whatever that is). He worked as a Master Electrician (Umble Center), Technical Director (The LIDA Project), and Artistic Director (New World Arts), before co-founding a web development firm (OddBird), an art collective (Teacup Gorilla), and a scape-goat (Vicious Trap).