Archive | April, 2012

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

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

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.