This month’s Sheer Poetry open mic event has been shifted from its usual 3rd Thursday to the 4th Thursday in order to accommodate two US poets who will be over here in the UK on tour that week. There will also be a reading from Hastings punk performance poet, writer, editor and podcaster Martin Appleby – publisher of poetry chapbooks and the highly respected underground LitZine, Paper And Ink Zine.

Damien Rucci

As ever the event is free (with a suggested donation of £2 for wine). All are welcome and poets can sign up to read at the beginning of the evening without any obligation or expectations. Sheer Poetry is always a relaxed and fun occasion with a whole variety of readers, including regulars and those reading for the first time. It starts at 6pm and will carry on beyond the normal finish time of 8pm (until at least 9pm but possibly later) as our special guests will have travelled so far.   

Damian Rucci is a writer and poet from New Jersey whose work has recently appeared in Eunoia Review, Horror Sleaze Trash, Beatdom, and coffee shops and basements across the country. He is the author of Poor Poems for Poor Souls (Analog Submission Press (2018 & 2019 – second edition) The Former Lives of Saints (EMP 2017 w/ Ezhno Martin), Tweet and Other Poems (Maverick Duck Press 2016), and A Symphony of Crows (Indigent Press 2015). Damian is the founder of the Poetry in the Port reading series.

John Dorsey 

John Dorsey lived for several years in Toledo, Ohio. He is the author of several collections of poetry, including Teaching the Dead to Sing: The Outlaw’s Prayer (Rose of Sharon Press, 2006), Sodomy is a City in New Jersey (American Mettle Books, 2010), Tombstone Factory (Epic Rites Press, 2013), Appalachian Frankenstein (GTK Press, 2015) Being the Fire (Tangerine Press, 2016), Shoot the Messenger (Red Flag Press, 2017) and Your Daughter’s Country (Blue Horse Press, 2019). His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and the Stanley Hanks Memorial Poetry Prize. He was the winner of the 2019 Terri Award given out at the Poetry Rendezvous. He may be reached at [email protected]

Sheer Poetry (October) is at Bookbuster independent bookshop, 39 Queens Road, Hastings TN39 1RE, from 6pm-9pm (or later if we’re having fun!) on Thursday 24th October. FREE

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