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Poetry Spectacular w/ Vegetarian Alcoholic and Friends!

January 9 @ 9:00 pm - January 10 @ 12:00 am

Brace yourselves, Seattle! We’re bringing a literary onslaught to you late at night on Tuesday, January 9th. Our pal Finn Menzies will be reading from his ‘Brilliant Odyssey Don’t Yearn’ (Fog Machine Press) and Maura Lee Bee will be flying in from Queens to join the cabaret! We’ll also have Rena Medow in tow along with our touring poets Sierra-Nicole Qualles, Franklin K.R. Cline and Freddy La Force. This is a night for everyone to get lifted through the power of well-written verse.

Here’s a little more info on the poets!

Finn Menzies is an out transgender teacher in Seattle, WA. His work is his spiritual practice and his activism. He received his MFA from Mills College. He is the creator of FIN Zine, a bi-annual zine dedicated to his emotional journey throughout his transition. Finn’s debut collection, BRILLIANT ODYSSEY DON’T YEARN came out this summer with FOG MACHINE. His poetry can also be seen in Gigantic Sequins, Quiet Lightning, SUSAN /the journal, , SPORK, HOLD: a journal, The Shallow Ends, Big Lucks, and various other journals. Annually, Finn facilitates UNdoing Ego: a workshop on meditation and generative writing practices.

Maura Lee Bee is a queer, LatinX writer based out of New York City. She holds a bachelors in English & Media Studies from Queens College, and is currently an MFA candidate at Stony Brook University. Her work has been featured in The Southampton Review, Public Pool, Flux Weekly, and Huffington Post. When she isn’t busy dismantling an otherwise oppressive system, she enjoys drinking gin, baking pies, and meeting new dogs. Her book Peter and the Concrete Jungle was released in December by Vegetarian Alcoholic.

Franklin K.R. Cline is a PhD Candidate in English–Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, a member of Woodland Pattern Book Center’s Board of Directors, and the book reviews and interviews editor for cream city review. His book, So What (ISBN: 978-0-9992103-2-1), was published by Vegetarian Alcoholic in October.

Sierra-Nicole Qualles is a phantom just trying to get by in Los Angeles. She finds comfort in the dark and inspiration in the indescribable. She can be found riding trains or in museums and is addicted to mannerisms. Her work can be found in Your Impossible Voice and OR. Her book, Loose Cannon (ISBN: 978-0-9992103-6-9), is forthcoming in January from Vegetarian Alcoholic.

Freddy La Force is the publisher and editor at Vegetarian Alcoholic. He has produced 20 titles for the house since 2014, including two containing his own words under the pen name Nathan Fredrick. In 2017, he edited an anthology of 47 Milwaukee poets, Return to the Gathering Place of the Waters.

Rena Medow is unabashedly confessional and romantic, demanding passion and adventure while maintaining a sarcastic smirk. She looks at the world with a classical eye but tells its secrets with a contemporary tongue, making for very inspiring reading. Her paintings match her words, staring directly at the reader, appealing to honesty and risk. Her collection of art and poetry, I Have Been Packing This Suitcase All My Life, So Why is It Empty, was published in November by Vegetarian Alcoholic.


January 9 @ 9:00 pm
January 10 @ 12:00 am


Vegetarian Alcoholic Press


Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar
1508 11th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122 US
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