April 26 – The Last Reading

22 Apr

And so, we come to the end. Running Pure Products the past two years has been metric tonnes of fun.

Come out for a final Thursday reading that should be one of the best we’ve ever put together!

Our line-up:

Bebe Barefoot is a teacher, freelance writer, aspiring artist, sometimes seamstress, and a stouthearted seeker of truth. Her forthcoming publications include a personal essay in PMSpoemmemoirstory and creative nonfiction and prose poems in the inaugural issue of Magdalene, an online journal.  She lives in Tuscaloosa.

James Braziel is the author of the Bantam novels Birmingham, 35 Miles and Snakeskin Road.  Weathervane, a chapbook of his poetry was published by Finishing Line Press.   His fiction and poetry have appeared in Berkeley Fiction Review, Chattahoochee ReviewHayden’s Ferry Review, andClackamas Literary Review, among other journals.  He has also been the recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts and twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize.  Currently, he teaches creative writing at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

Brooke Champagne has been published among journals, but more importantly, she has a large and growing family. Consider this math:  in the past three years, five of her sisters and cousins under twenty-two years old have given birth to eight children.  Last year Brooke acted as doula for her pregnant sister-in-law, assisting her in childbirth, and noted that the human form—in its first moments out of the womb and into the world, looks exactly like Winn Dixie chicken cutlets.  Brooke’s niece, Olivia, is now much more attractive—she’s a finalist for the new face of Baby Gap contest (please vote for her online—she has blue eyes and loves avocados).  Brooke is currently working on a letter to Warden Timothy Wilkinson of Winn Correctional Center in Atlanta, Louisiana in an attempt to protract her brother-in-law’s much too short prison sentence.  If the letter fails her family will be majorly fucked again upon his release date, scheduled for March 2013.

Pete Schulte was born and reared in a country called the Midwest.  His formal education took place at The University of Iowa, where he studied drawing, social inaction, and café society. He currently hangs his hat in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, maintaining a home and studio there, as well as teaching in The Department of Art & Art History at UA. Recent solo exhibitions include The Armory Gallery at Virginia Tech University, Material Art Space in Memphis, and The Times Club At Prairie Lights, in Iowa City.  He has been included in group- shows at Luise Ross Gallery, New York City, and at The Sarah Moody Gallery in Tuscaloosa.  Schulte has also been artist-in-residence at The Atlantic Center For The Arts, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Bemis Center For Contemporary Art, Omaha, and at Threewalls in Chicago.

Chris Shipman is author of Human-Carrying Flight Technology (Blaze VOX Books), Romeo’s Ugly Nose (forthcoming from Allography Press), and coauthor with DeWitt Brinson of Super Poems (forthcoming from Kattywompus Press). Latest poems appear or are forthcoming in journals such as Arkansas Review, Airplane Reading, Bayou Magazine, H_NG_MAN, The Offending Adam, Spork Press and Tender-loin, among others. He has been featured on Verse Daily, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, has been on finalists list for various poetry prizes, and has won the love of Sarah K. Jackson. Shipman is poetry editor for DIG Magazine of Baton Rouge, where he runs the River Writers Reading Series with Vincent Cellucci. More info about Shipman and his work can be found at http://www.christophershipmanwritingwork.com

APRIL 26 @ 7:00 P.M. @ GREEN BAR


April 4 – The April 4 Reading

2 Apr

Another week, another Pure Products event on a peculiar night.

This week, come out (as usual) to the Green Bar at 7:00 p.m. on (unusually) Wednesday night.

Here’s our line-up:

Matt Bell is the author of Cataclysm Baby, a novella, and How They Were Found, a collection of fiction. He works as an editor at Dzanc Books, where he also runs the literary magazine The Collagist.

Tyler Gobble is lead editor of Stoked Journal and a contributor with Vouched Books. He wrote some chapbooks (most recently Goodness is a Fine Thing to Chase, included in The Fullness of Everything anthology with Newgent and Oliu from Tiny Hardcore Press), and he might write more! Sometimes he is stoked and sometimes he feels rowdy. Maybe even both! More at www.tylergobble.com.

Marsha McSpadden lives in Tuscaloosa where she writes wee work about the dark arts of the heart.

Ashley McWaters’ work has appeared in DIAGRAM, Painted Bride Quarterly, Hunger Mountain, Northwest Review, Spinning Jenny, and Caketrain, among others. Her book of poetry, Whitework,  was published in fall 2009 by Fairy Tale Review Press. She teaches at the University of Alabama, where she coordinates the undergraduate creative writing program.

Despite his reputation, Christopher Newgent probably does not want to fight you. He’d probably rather sell you a book from his Vouched Books table. But maybe he’d want to fight you. Say something about his mother or his wife or his cats. See what happens.

Guest-hosted by Luke Southworth and Brian Oliu, who will also read a short selection from his new chapbook “Level End” from Origami Zoo Press.


March 26 – The Carl’s Brother’s Birthday Reading

18 Mar

Some of you have met Mark, Carl’s brother. Reading a book of poetry may not be his first choice on his day off from repairing planes for a major airline, but he has been to a reading, and many of you have watched Crimson Tide games in his company.

In fact, Mark’s 4 favorite things to do in Tuscaloosa are as follows:

1. Eating BBQ
2. Watching the Crimson Tide
3. Going to The Bear Trap (yes, Mark and Carl differ in many ways …)
4. Attending Pure Products readings

Granted, these are pretty much the only four things he has done in T-town, but at least Pure Products made the list.

Anyway, it’s his birthday, and even though he won’t be in attendance, you should come out for this SPECIAL MONDAY NIGHT EDITION OF PURE PRODUCTS, hoisting a drink to Mark’s good health and the words mixed with pauses of these writers:

Megan Kaminski lived in Los Angeles, Paris, Casablanca, New York, Virginia and Portland before moving to Lawrence, Kansas, five years ago. She is the author of one book of poetry, Desiring Map (Coconut Books 2012), and six chapbooks. Her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in such places as American Letters & Commentary, Denver Quarterly, Everyday Genius, Post Road, Puerto del Sol, and Third Coast. She teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Kansas, where she directs the Creative Writing Exchange and the Undergraduate Reading Series. She also curates the Taproom Poetry Series in downtown Lawrence.

Laurence Ross lives, writes, and teaches in Tuscaloosa, AL. He is a staff writer for the online critical journal, Gaga Stigmata. His other work can be found in Brevity, Mason’s Road, The Offending Adam, Bluestem, and elsewhere. He is currently at work on a book-length project about tea cups, Nantucket, the portraits of Isabella Stewart Gardner, and soft-shell crabs, among other things.

Zachary Schomburg is the author of Fjords, vol 1 (Black Ocean 2012), Scary, No Scary (Black Ocean 2009), The Man Suit(Black Ocean 2007), and a forthcoming book, The Book of Joshua. He co-does Octopus Books and lives in Portland, Or.

Janaka Stucky is the publisher of Black Ocean and its literary magazine, Handsome. He is the author of The World Will Deny It For You (Ahsahta Press 2012) and Your Name Is the Only Freedom (Brave Men Press 2009). He is from New England but can often be found in the Midwest.

Brandi Wells is the author of Please Don’t be upset, published by Tiny Hardcore Press. Her fiction appears in Salamander, Mid-American Review, Alice Blue, Fourteen Hills and other journals.

MONDAY, MARCH 26 @ 7:00 p.m. @ The Green Bar.

The Apocalypse Now Reading – Jan. 26

24 Jan

Come receive revelation this Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Green Bar. Show starts at 7:00 p.m.

Our line-up:

Dara Ewing is from Pittsburgh, PA – one of National Geographic’s Top 20 Places to Visit IN THE WORLD in 2012. She did her undergraduate degree at Penn State, which stakes claim to both Best Party School (2009) and Least Ethical Sports and Administration (2011). She is now pursuing her MFA in prose writing at the University of Alabama, where she has borne witness to an astounding two BCS championships.  She believes that these extreme accolades/embarrassments inform her writing in myriad ways. Before moving down South, she wrote for the London music newspaper, The Stool Pigeon and held jobs which provided health insurance. One of her prose poems appears in the summer issue of flashquake.

Michael Martone was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, attending the public schools there.  Graduating from Butler University in 1977, Martone has butled, in one form or another, his entire career with his domestic service beginning in the employ of the Eli Lilly family as a footman and then commencing to the rank of steward at the governor’s dacha on Geist Reservoir.  Martone served as batman for the brevet lieutenant-colonel in command of the 42nd Royal Highland Regiment of Foot (The Black Watch) in the Falkland’s War, and currently is the Majordomo at the Carol Lombard House in Fort Wayne.

Jason McCall is the author of Silver (Main Street Rag). He is from the great state of Alabama, where he currently teaches English and Literature at the University of Alabama. He holds a MFA from the University of Miami, and his poetry has been featured in Cimarron Review, The Los Angeles Review, Mythic Delirium, New Letters, and other journals.

Brian D. Morrison is an Instructor of English at the University of Alabama. His work has appeared in Copper Nickel, Cave Wall, Margie, and others.

The Apocalypse Now Reading … January 26

16 Jan

Yes … the 2012/End of the World joke is totally predictable. What’s not predictable? How about a start-of-the-semester reading from:

Dara Ewing
Michael Martone
Jason McCall
Brian Morrison


… all next Thursday night, January 26, at The Green Bar, 7:00 p.m.

Look for author bios next week!

The Over The Hump Reading, Nov. 17, 7:00 p.m.

15 Nov

We’re nearly to Winter Break, but not quite. Just over the hump. Still, with Thanksgiving lurking around the corner, why not put down that stack of papers, bookmark your copy of Everything’s An Argument, and come out to the Green Bar to hear some great readers:

Emily Conner lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where she writes small pieces about beasts and the weather and then farms on weekends.

AB Gorham‘s originally from Montana, but currently lives in Tuscaloosa, AL, where she’s the poetry editor for Black Warrior Review. Her work can be found at DIAGRAM, Gulf Coast, The Offending Adam, and Front Porch, among others.

Ann Powers is the critic for NPR Music. She currently writes for The LA Times, and has written for The New York Times, The Village Voice, and San Francisco Weekly. She has published three books, most recently Tori Amos Piece by Piece: A Portrait of the Artist from Broadway Books.

Shanti Weiland is author of the chapbook Daughter En Route and received her Ph.D. at University of Southern Mississippi. Her recent publications include Pure Francis, Off The Coast, Verdad Magazine, Imitation Fruit, Tattoo Highway, and Language and Culture. She is currently circulating her manuscript, “A Beautiful Fuchsia Hell,” and writing a new manuscript about a former Buddhist nun.

The Lake Effect Reading, Oct. 6th, 7 p.m.

29 Sep

Three of our writers have had homes up in the High Midwest, which apparently leads to either much reserve or much shouting. Two of the other writers’ origins remain a mystery. Nonetheless, please join us for a five-person, wonderful evening of fiction, poetry, and libations.

As always, 7 p.m, Green Bar in downtown Tuscaloosa. See you there with these fine folks:

Abraham Smith is the author of two books of poems: Whim Man Mammon and Hank. He was a 2004-2005 Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass. He is a farmhand on his family’s northern Wisconsin sheep dairy farm and an instructor of English at the University of Alabama.

Gina Myers is the author of A Model Year (Coconut, 2009), and several chapbooks, including False Spring (forthcoming from Spooky Girlfriend). She lives in Atlanta, GA, where she makes books for Lame House Press.

Lucas Southworth’s stories have recently appeared in Mid-American Review, PANK, CutBank, Harpur Palate, Willow Springs, and others. A collection of his stories was recently selected as a finalist for Starcherone’s Innovative Fiction Award. He is a current assistant editor of the Fairy Tale Review, the editor of 300 Reviews (300reviews.com), and an instructor in the English Department of the University of Alabama.

Jamie Iredell is the author of the books Prose. Poems. a Novel. and The Book of Freaks, as well as three chapbooks. His writing has appeared in many journals and magazines, including The Chattahoochee Review, The Literary Review, and PANK. He designs books for C&R Press, and serves as contributing editor to The Chattahoochee Review and fiction editor of Atticus Review. He was a cofounder of New South. He teaches at Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta.


Tom Cotsonas is a MFA student at The University of Alabama. He informs us his name is greek, and he’s spent approximately 95% of his life in New York state.  He thanks you in advance for listening to this fiction.