Summer’s here and before it gets too hot for lit, New Town Revue offers a slate of performers you won’t want to miss. Flagpole correspondent and UGA creative writing grad student CJ Bartunek will read some fiction. Fellow UGA creative writer Lily Brown will bring the poetry. She’ll be joined by staple of the Athens poetry scene Fabrice Julien, in one of the last chances to catch Julien before he relocates to New Hampshire. Finally, Amanda Kapousouz of the beloved Tin Cup Prophette will provide the music.
When: Saturday, June 15, 6:30-7:30
Where: Avid Bookshop, 493 Prince Ave.
More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/171324513026728/
CJ Bartunek is a fiction writer and journalist pursuing her PhD in English at University of Georgia. She is at work on a novel called “Hapsburg.”
Lily Brown is the author of Rust or Go Missing (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011). Her poems have appeared in Fence, Pleiades, American Letters and Commentary, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. She was born and raised in Massachusetts.
Fabrice Julien (F. Stanley Julien) is a staple of the Athens poetry scene. The 22-year-old has released four full-length spoken word albums along with a string of experimental poetry EPs. Julien has been the featured reader at many poetry functions in the classic city, including at the Athens Word of Mouth series. Julien also created and hosted a weekly segment on 90.5 FM WUOG called The Poetic Corner. Julien is the creator and host of the monthly student-oriented poetry reading/gathering at Avid Bookshop named Speaking Pages. This will be one of Julien’s final featured readings as he prepares for a relocation to New Hampshire in the fall for graduate studies and work with the AmeriCorps program.
Amanda Kapousouz (Tin Cup Prophette)’s sound is twofold; she still holds onto the traditional Irish music that started her career busking for subway commuters at the 42nd street stop in New York City, but her original music forges into a genre all its own. Tin cup prophette’s live performances are always memorable, whether you’re watching her red-haired bow blur in a whirlwind of uptempo fiddle tunes or loop her violin into pedals, creating a chamber of strings to back up her voice. She has opened for Aimee Mann and Jeff Tweedy, and has performed on NPR‘s Mountain Stage and at the Bonnaroo Festival. She was named Best Solo Performer at the Athens 2006 Flagpole Music Awards.
Hear John Pence, Julia Maher, & Jacob Morris (Moths) perfom at the April 2013 New Town Revue.
It’s springtime in Athens, blue skies, birds singing. Last night John Pence, Jacob Morris and Julia Maher performed at the New Town Revue. It seemed like half the audience had been at the Maggie Nelson reading the night before. More than a few looked blissed-out and bleary-eyed.
John Pence opened with a tale of near-death involving a sudden drop in temperature and a motorcycle ride in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Lots of insane details… Julia Maher read several poems from her work in progress, Inlet. A man who didn’t know he loved poetry later confessed to me that she made him GET poetry. I’m still haunted by her description of a bug bite. Pence closed with Dicoteleydon, his saga of a plant that could solve virtually every problem known to man. The ending was sudden, left us all stunned.
We were on full Revue style, with the Moths’ Jacob Morris playing songs between Julia and John. For years I’ve watched Jacob back others on cello–most notably with Vic Chesnutt (who our series is dedicated to). We were all slack-jawed to see him play sublime versions of “Spider” and “Flowers,” and to hear the story behind the penning of “Flowers,” which involves heat-exhaustion-induced paranoia, White Tiger, and members of Dark Meat. We only wished he would have played more. But maybe it’s best to leave us all wanting something. Do yourself a favor, check out his work here.
Gordon Lamb of Flagpole showed New Town Revue some love in the latest Threats and Promises.
Read ‘Em and Weep:
The next installment of the literature and music series New Town Revue, hosted by Avid Bookshop (493 Prince Ave.), will happen Friday, Apr. 5 and feature writer John Pence, poet Julia Maher and songwriter Jacob Morris. With his newest album, Moths—a title he also performs under, so forgive yourself if this is confusing—released a scant few months ago via Cloud Recordings, Morris is developing a growing audience with his gentle, under-emphasized vocals and alternately salt-of-the-earth/angel-from-heaven compositions. It all starts at 6:30 p.m., so don’t let the sun catch you crying if you’re late.
I love the lineup of every New Town Revue, but this next is a wowser.
We’ll feature prose by John Pence, poetry by Julia Maher, and music by Jacob Morris.
John Pence teaches communications skills and kung fu, which are related but not the same thing. He has worked as a cab driver, wildfire fighter, and PR man for the American tombstone industry. Some of his stuff has been published online and in print. Much more of it has not. He’s currently developing two graphic novel projects, raising two little boys, hosting the Write Club pugilistic readings series, and trying to get better at everything.
ulia Maher is a PhD student in English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia. She lives and writes in Athens, where she is currently working on her first book, Inlet. Some pieces from that project (and others) have appeared in
Marco Polo Arts Mag, Sixth Finch, Blaze VOX, Real Poetik, The Colorado Review, and elsewhere.
http://sixthfinch.com/maher1.html, http://www.marcopoloartsmag.com/Love-Song-2-Let-s, http://www.marcopoloartsmag.com/At-The-Show
Jacob Morris is a singer, songwriter, and cello player. He recently released his debut album Moths on Cloud Recordings to much acclaim. He has played with many of Athens’ finest, including Vic Chesnutt, Patterson Hood, Liz Durrett, Madeline, Ham 1, and Old Smokey.
Stream his music here.
Johnny Damm, Caroline Young, and Peter Alvanos deliver a stunner! Thanks, Bart Lemahieu, for being our audio engineer. We love you, Avid!