National Poetry Month video: "Woman in a Bar" by Dorianne Laux

Red Dragonfly Press: THE BOOK OF WOMEN by Dorianne Laux lg_laux_cover-1326776205   Dorianne, for those who don’t know her, is a wizard! She is simply one of the best poets I know, and I consider myself so fortunate, my life has transformed as a result of every interaction we’ve had. Happy Poetry Month to you, DL, and may you always feel loved. Here, then, is “Woman in a Bar” and enjoy: Robert Vaughan reads “Woman in a Bar” by Dorianne Laux – YouTube Have you ever been in a bar? How about Fozzie’s? Boy Bar? King Tut’s Wah-Wah Hut? When is the last time you sat in a bar, and were completely captivated by someone else? What happened?  ]]>

National Poetry Month: April 3

The Frog.” Hopefully you will enjoy it! I love and miss you, Andrea and David! Today, for National Poetry Month, I am going to read Rigoberto Gonzalez’s “The Strangers Who Find Me in the Woods.” (Perhaps this is why those latino towns in California came to mind?) Enjoy! ▶ Robert Vaughan reads “The Stranger Who Finds Me in the Woods” by Rigoberto Gonzalez – YouTube Do you like getting lost in the woods? What did you find last time? Was Hansel or Gretl with you? Did you come across a wicked witch?    ]]>

National Poetry Month: April 1-3, 2014

images   Russell’s poetry is dark, smart and infused with just the right amount of humor. Here is more about the collection: Eternal Patrol: Russell Dillon: 9780988228733: Books And here is my reading of “Eternal Patrol: Robert Vaughan reads Russell Dillon’s “Eternal Patrol” – YouTube Yesterday, April 2nd, I also read the title poem from Laura Kasischke’s “Space, In Chains,” which is a phenomenal poetry collection and won the National Book Critics Circle Award: books   “Kasischke’s intelligence is most apparent in her syntactic control and pace, the way she gauges just when to make free verse speed up, or stop short, or slow down.”—The New York Times Book Review Here is my reading of “Space, in Chains:” Robert Vaughan reads “Space, In Chains,” from Laura Kasischke – YouTube What will I read today? More importantly, what will YOU read today? A subway poem? A billboard poem? Maybe it’s a conversation you have with a friend about poetry? I chatted on Facebook with Brian Alan Ellis the other day about Kenneth Patchen (among many other poets). Imagine how different our world would be if we spoke more about poetry than guns? If we read infinitely more poems than listen to stories that contain violence?


A reading, An Indie Press Preview, and An AWP Conference

Addicts & Basements, my new full length collection from Civil Coping Mechanisms. I’ll be opening for Gina Frangello who is touring with her new novel, A Life in Men. We’ll be at Boswell Books at 7 p.m., Monday, February 24th! Here is a link for more information: Upcoming Events | Boswell Book Company My latest publisher, Michael Seidlinger,  worked endless hours on this massive and incredible Indie Press Preview for 2014: The Great 2014 Indie Press Preview | The Outlet: the Blog of Electric Literature. Published at Electric Literature, it has many wonderful choices from leading writers in the indie community. Thanks to Brian Allen Ellis for mentioning Addicts & Basements. And so, AWP, the largest annual writer’s conference descends: February 26- March 2. I will be available at the Civil Coping Mechanisms booth, L15 most mornings. Please come by, chat and shop: 1380068_10202515717927235_1540051373_n “Well I don’t know why I came here tonight, I got the feeling that something ain’t right, I’m so scared in case I fall off my chair, And I’m wondering how I’ll get down the stairs, Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right, here I am, Stuck in the middle with you.”   Stealers Wheel from “Reservoir Dogs” I am also reading in these four events: Feb 26, 5- 10 p.m. A Festival of Language, Rock Bottom in Seattle Feb 28, 1-5 p.m. HEAT: Burning Down the House (Proceeds to benefit VIDA), Daily Grill; also Hot Pillow Reading (TBD) Mar 1, 7-9 p.m. Left Bank Books: Civil Coping Mechanisms/ Lazy Fascist Press/ Broken River/ Two Dollar Radio reading There are some great sites with suggestions about what to expect if this is your first AWP, including this from Roxane Gay: Association of Writers & Writing Programs And these tips from writer Mitch Parker, nail the entire experience: “My AWP survival tips: show up, talk to people you don’t know. Talk to people you do know. Attend a couple of events. Go to a couple of readings. Have a few drinks. Go to the book fair. Don’t worry much about much.” See you in Seattle! Hopefully not sleepless, but you never know!  ]]>

"Reckless/ Abandon" at Fictionaut & The Unknown Radio Show

On of my pieces in the new chapbook, Diptychs + Triptychs + Lipsticks + Dipshits, is now available to preview at Fictionaut: “Reckless/ Abandon” by Robert Vaughan — Fictionaut This piece was originally published at Heavy Feather Review, in 2011, in quite a different form. Also, my pal and talented writer, Bud Smith hosted me on his innovative Unknown Show, a radio program in which he talks with writers, editors, and publishers: The Unknown Show w/ Bud Smith 12/17 by theliteraryunderground In this program, Bud chats with Chuck Howe, Mik Everitt, me and Sam Snoek- Brown. If you are in a time crunch, my portion begins around 48:00 minutes into Bud’s show. Spoiler alert: we drop the F- bomb quite a bit! So, enjoy! Happy Holidays everyone! Any special plans for this season?]]>

The Second

Diptychs + Triptychs + Lipsticks + Dipshits! It is published by Deadly Chaps Press, and Joseph Quintela designed the book, and also its stellar covers: Cover of Diptychs + Triptychs There are 30 stories total; some more like poems, and some more like prose. Three of the pieces won awards, and many of them are previously published online, like Hexagon of Life | Metazen, nominated for a Micro Fiction award by Metazen (thanks Frank, Chris, Len and the great editors at Metazen) last year. Here is what has been said about Diptychs so far: “Vaughan compresses human love and behavior with great precision, evoking people and places with language and images full of wonderment and heartbreak. This book is a marvel, with lines so sharp you will find yourself wanting to return to them often.” -Brandon Hobson, author of DEEP ELLUM (Calamari, 2014) “With singular vision and the perfect, skewed geometry of his prose, Robert Vaughan gifts his readers with fiction that reads like the best possible mash-up of David Lynch and Wes Anderson. A smart, profound, risk-taker of a collection not to be missed.” -Kathy Fish, author of WILD LIFE (Matter Press, 2011) and TOGETHER WE CAN BURY IT (Lit Pub Books) You can order your copy here: Diptychs + Triptychs + Lipsticks + Dipshits Also it will be available at Amazon soon! Thanks Joseph (you wizard of creativity!) and everyone, and happy holidays!!!  ]]>

New prose poem at Clutching at Straws

Microtones from Cervena Barva Press: The Lost Bookshelf Shawn went on to publish a handful of other strange pieces of mine: Detour, Cowboys & Indians, Fill the Void, and One Night Out. They are all archived at his fantastic web-zine. Today, he has published Four Myths, and this piece is forthcoming in my first full collection, Addicts & Basements from Civil Coping Mechanisms: Four Myths | Clutching at Straws Thanks, Shawn, for your ongoing support and your friendship. Means a lot to me.  ]]>

Microtones review at Sabotage by Ian Chung

truth: it rocked! Our facilitators were amazing: Ellen Bass, Dorianne Laux and Joe Millar. We had daily motivational craft sessions, and prompts. We also were in captivating surroundings at this sensational dwelling, Esalen, which made it all the more sensory heightened. And as far as what I know- there is so much more to learn! I got a great start on three new poems, tentatively called “The Patio,” “Hummingbirds,” and “Passages.” While I was away, a new review of Microtones appeared, magically, by the gracious Ian Chung, who also edits Eunoia Review: Microtones’ by Robert Vaughan | Sabotage I am ever so grateful to Ian for these kind and insightful words. Also to Meg Tuite, my partner in crime, who loves poetry as much as I and wrote some fierce work this week. Great to see you Jeffrey and Pam (also some incredible poems!) and our wonderful neighbor, Dana! And to Joe, Dorianne and Ellen: eternal reverence and love to you all!  ]]>

Interview on WUWM, Lake Effect in Milwaukee

Middle Coast Poets reading series, and we had our inaugural event on April 29th at Riverwest Public House. From the success of that reading, we decided to continue the Middle Coast Poets readings quarterly, hosting from Milwaukee neighborhoods Riverwest and Bay View with each event. And so, our next Middle Coast Poets event is on Monday, July 29th, at 6:00 p.m. at Burnheart’s in Bay View. All the information, address and readers is located on my Events page. And here is the interview on WUWM: New Poetry Reading Series Wants to Rock You | WUWM. Thanks Paul, for all the fun and inspiration, and Stephanie for this, and more. You’re the best!]]>