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Buffalo, NY: Center for Inquiry / Just Buffalo Literary Cafe

Hey folks,

I’ve been pretty beat this week, mostly from riding the bus out to Buffalo, NY to perform at the Center for Inquiry / Just Buffalo Literary Cafe last night, but I wanted to take some time to thank some of the great folks who made the event happen. First and foremost thanks go to Josh Smith, the incredibly well-travelled Buffalo poet known to many (including me) for his frequent appearances in the Toronto scene: aside from guest-hosting the reading and inviting me to it in the first place, Josh also delivered an impressive tour of the city, took me out to lunch at the bar that invented Buffalo wings (or, as I was later informed, “chicken wings”), and was a pretty great conversation partner for the day. At the reading itself, I was really impressed by the writings/performances of co-features Justin Karcher and Benjamin Brindise, who I definitely hope to see/hear/read again soon (I owe thanks to them, especially, for making me look good, though I also got a lot out of their distinct styles and poetic approaches). Finally, I can’t thank The Buffalo News enough for printing one of my poems from Players, “The Mole Rat,” in their paper’s Sunday edition. I kind of still can’t believe that happened. (Though you can also see the poem for yourself here.)

Overall, it was a privilege to visit the city, and to add another line to the list of places where I’ve been able to share my writing. For a little while at least, I’ll be sending dreams and love in Western New York’s direction.

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New poem on the League of Canadian Poets’ National Poetry Month blog!


As promised, my untitled poem (“The Mole Rat”) was posted on the League of Canadian Poets’ National Poetry Month 2013 blog today! As mentioned in my post from earlier this month, the blog has been updating throughout April, featuring one poem from an LCP member and another from a non-professional poet every day. I’ve read through many of the month’s posts, and (besides mine) there’s some really great stuff, so I’d encourage everyone to read it. You can check out the blog here: https://lcpnationalpoetrymonth2013.wordpress.com/. Or, if you just want to read my work, you can see it here: http://lcpnationalpoetrymonth2013.wordpress.com/2013/04/27/untitled-the-mole-rat-john-nyman/.

In other news, I also got to perform a poem and interview bill bissett today at Impossible Words! Needless to say, it went great. Check out my last post if you want more information on that series–it runs every two Saturdays in the afternoon, and it’s pretty much always awesome.

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Upcoming poem on the League of Canadian Poets’ National Poetry Month blog!

Hey all,

I just felt like updating, and letting you know that one of my poems should be appearing in a few weeks amongst the new poet features on the League of Canadian Poets’ National Poetry Month 2013 blog! The blog is featuring poems every day from LCP members and non-professional poets, and the selections so far are pretty sweet. You can check them out here: https://lcpnationalpoetrymonth2013.wordpress.com/. (I’ll remind you all again once my contribution gets put up.)

In other great news, it looks like I’ll have another poem appearing in an online publication in early June…more on that once it’s out!

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