Next Up to The Mic is a Hudson Valley Writers Guild podcast featuring readings and performances from the poets, writers, and spoken word artists that have appeared at Albany Poets Presents, Poets Speak Loud, Brass Tacks, Nitty Gritty Slam, and other regional literary events.
Episode 23: Matthew Klane Live at The Linda
On this episode, we are highlighting the great Matthew Klane who was one of the featured poets who was part of the "Year in Review" event at The Linda on December 17th, 2021.
Matthew Klane is co-editor at Flim Forum Press. His books include Canyons (w/ James Belflower, Flimb Press 2016), Che (Stockport Flats 2013) and B (Stockport Flats 2008). An e-chapbook from Of the Day is online at Delete Press, an e-book My is online at Fence Digital, and a chapbook Poetical Sketches is available from The Magnificent Field. He currently lives and writes in Albany, NY.
Episode 22: Rebecca Schumejda Live at The Linda
On this episode, we are featuring poet and educator Rebecca Schumejda who was one of the spoken word artists who took the stage Live at The Linda for the "Year in Review" event on December 17th, 2021.
Rebecca Schumejda is the author of several full-length books including Cadillac Men (NYQ Books), Waiting at the Dead End Diner (Bottom Dog Press), Our One-Way Street (NYQ Books) Something Like Forgiveness (Stubborn Mule Press), and many chapbooks. She is also the editor of the online literary zine Trailer Park Quarterly.
Episode 21: Austin Houston Live at The Linda
On this episode, we are featuring poet Austin Houston who was one of the spoken word artists who graced the stage Live at The Linda on December 17th, 2021.
Austin Houston was born and raised in Albany and has been writing poetry for over a decade. During the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown, Auston was inspired to write and publish his very first collection of poetry, Existence: Chaos In Our Own Backyard, which is available on Amazon.
Episode 20: James H Duncan Live at The Linda
On this episode, we are featuring poet and writer James H Duncan who was one of the spoken word artists who graced the stage Live at The Linda on December 17th, 2021.
James H Duncan is the editor of Hobo Camp Review and the author of We Are All Terminal But This Exit Is Mine, Vacancy, and Beyond the Wounded Horizon, among other books of poetry and fiction. He is currently working on a new collection about his two hometowns, Albany and San Antonio, and he continues to visit and review independent bookstores across the country for his blog, The Bookshop Hunter. You can find his books at www.jameshduncan.com.
Episode 19: Siena Live at The Linda
On this episode, we are featuring poet and performer Siena who was one of the spoken word artists who graced the stage Live at The Linda on December 17th, 2021.
Siena is a spoken word poet and improviser from the northeast. She writes from her heart and her experience with a desire and a mission to have grown a little by the time she reaches the end of the page. Using poetry as a healing medium, Siena finds peace in putting pain to paper and taking away the shame and stigma of survivorship by speaking her story.
Episode 18: Bryan Roessel at Nitty Gritty Slam
On the 18th episode of the podcast, we welcome Bryan Roessel who was our featured performer at the Nitty Gritty Slam at The Low Beat in Albany, NY on February 3, 2015.
Bryan Roessel is a poet and science teacher in the lower Hudson Valley. In addition to hosting poetry slams, workshops, and open mics in Nyack, NY, he has competed at the National Poetry Slam in 2012, 2013, and 2014. His poetry is mostly about girls, sadness, and rocks.