How does a local literary publication work? What opportunities are available for emerging writers? Editorial and publishing processes seem complex — where to begin?
Get answers. TUES, APRIL 8th at 6PM. Widener University’s English Department hosts a round table discussion with three local lit mags! Featured speakers include Tamara Oakman, APIARY’s executive editor; Courtney K. Bambrick, poetry editor at Philadelphia Stories; and Paul Siegell, senior editor at Painted Bride Quarterly.
West Wind Review 2014 now available! Featuring work by Shane Allison, Mark Cunningham, Boona Daroom, Carolyn DeCarlo & Jackson Nieuwland, Donald Dunbar, Raymond Farr, Timothy Furstnau, Kenneth Goldsmith, Jennifer L. Knox, Christopher Mulrooney, T.A. Noonan, Paul Siegell, Jeff Tigchelaar, Ben Tripp, Maya Weeks, and many others. Many thanks to K. Silem Mohammad!
Thanks to Jeff Newberry and Brent House for anthologizing my Jazz Fest-inspired poems:
*05.04.07 – New Orleans Jazz Vipers – Spotted Cat, NOLA* and *05.05.07 – Jonathan Freilich, Skerik, Stanton Moore, Todd Sickafoose & Mike Dillon – Chickie Wah Wah, NOLA* in The Gulf Stream: Poems of the Gulf Coast (Snake Nation Press, 2013). Other contributors include Rosebud Ben-Oni, Deborah Paredez, Ire'ne Lara Silva and so many more.
Many thanks to Apiary Magazine & Steve Burns for putting this poem up for all the world to see! (Beautiful artwork to go along with it, too!)
Watch me perform this poem at the Lakeside Stride Bluegrass Festival in Denver, CO. At (04:17) of this video I read "The Eagle" by Lord Alfred Tennyson, then shoot into the blindfold poem. And then, well, I do Walt Whitman's "O Me! O Life!"
At the start of my poem, "Poembrace the Bloom" (~11:20), I've a line that goes: "all that blossoms is blessed." Immediately after I said that, a man in the audience sneezed a wonderful sneeze. Great moments really do happen at poetry readings. Have a look...Many thanks to Kathy Volk-Miller, Painted Bride Quarterly and the rest of the PBQ at the Black Sheep Pub Fest audience and crew!
PBQ is coming back to the fold! On Tuesday, February 11 at 7:30 pm, the PBQ reading series will return to the Black Sheep Pub at 247 S. 17th St. We will feature two of our very own family members, PBQ editors Jason Schneiderman and Paul Siegell. Facebook invite here!
If you happen to kick around Philadelphia and thereabouts, and happen to land upon the Winter 2013 edition of a magazine called HEADSPACE, grrrrrrrrrrrab it! (There is a stack at Mineralistic on South Street, and elsewhere.)
After you devour features about Dark Star Orchestra, Yonder Mountain String Band, GMOs, and more, flip to pages 24-25 for show-inspired poems about The Dead, Roger Waters, Galactic, Jam on the River, and all-around ticket seeking.
Many thanks to Alessandro Satta and Becky Blumenthal for their most generous consideration.
Coordinated by Dave Worrell and hosted by Mike Cohen at the Big Blue Marble Bookstore in Mt. Airy (Phila.), Poetry Aloud & Alive presents Paul Siegell, with OPEN MIC to follow. More info here. The horror.
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I like this. I don’t like that. We’re all so quick to judge and criticize. A friend of mine said, “You’re not a Phish fan unless you’re critical.” He has a point, but eff it! It was an amazing night. I’ve never seen a band be so vulnerable. Truly incredible to play an UNPROVEN raft of songs to, what, the most critical fanbase out there. BALLS on these guys. Yes, of course, it would have been sick-twisted-nasty to hear them rage a cover, but, you know: "Never trust a prankster."
I’d gone to PHI8H, so I saw Exile on Main Street. I’d gone to 10/31/10, so I fell in love with Waiting for Columbus. Was I let down when twitter told me I was walking into Wingsuit? Was 100% WTF. Did I let that go and keep an open mind? We are talking about Phish here after all, right? My goodness, they must have been so nervous.
Lyrics-wise, it’s something you’ve really gotta be prepared to listen to, and on a night like 10/31 when I’d high Halloween hopes for my brain to disintegrate, I wasn’t prepared. The melody, however, is fantastic. Dreamy, dramatic, almost ominous. That “and it feels good” bit (really gotta sing that twice, fellas?) was super corny hearing it live for the first time, but I think I understand why they’re doing it. It’s just a bit too much. Once they get past that, though, the song takes off and turns into a burner. Cleverly, I LOVE how they let Trey’s guitar complete lines 3 and 4 of the “steal away/paint the sky” (3:32) couplet. And then as Page fades out with “Put your wing. suit. on.” (3:57), that business right there is simply smart Phish magic. The Gordo drill at the end is nuts. Cool to finally see him use it.
Best new song. INCREDIBLE. I was raging so hard hearing it for the first time. Full band insanity. Notice that silent moment (0:25) in the beginning. Such a great tension/release. It’s like it announces – in silence – that this song is about to destroy the world. Huge, dope lyrics. Again with the fade away of “Vlad the Impaler” into the big OOOHHHHH. These guys are brilliant. “Inside you’re fuego/We keep it rolling.” I mean, there isn’t a better couplet like that anywhere out there right now. And then to follow it up with “I asked Diego if it was stolen,” man, that cracks me up. Ballsy lyric right there. Wonder what the answer is. Great song. Rollin’... Rollin’... These guys.
Lifty, lighty Phish. A fun time. Always interesting when they try to be meaningful, but thankfully, this one isn’t a ballad. Trey can lose us to the bathroom line on “meaningful” ballads, but this time the music is more dance-oriented. Huge thanks to Page and Fishman at the top of this song. Really dig the “And you step to the line” refrain. Nice song. “A hero’s what I’m not.” Could become a solid jam vehicle. Has an uplifting, pop-song feel, but wouldn’t mind if the jam went dark. We’ll see... A nice piece of topical discourse here, too. I’m certain EPSN will be hearing about this one. We’ll see...
Jim and I were sitting up off of Mike’s side, so we could see activity behind the stage. Dudes and drums and gear. Was great to see them set up a small, intimate vibe of instruments. Gordo on upright, Trey acoustic, Fish standing up to drum, Page on whatever that keyboard’s called. Fun shake of an intro. Slightly corny yet still kinda funny wordplay lyrics at the top, but as they get past the first verses of easily make-funable lines, the Fishman “Sing Monica” work is bright and fun. I love his voice. So underrated. He decays quickly, but it has so much texture to it. Melodically a great song. No idea how they’ll perform this in the future. The setup and vibe would/might break any built-up rage momentum. Great echoic, round ending. Smiles all around.
WAITING ALL NIGHT
Again, the music is so good. Hearing it for the first time live, I was like, uuuuhhhhh. But after a few listens, it’s not the worst song in the world. Tryna ride us through a meaningful love-type song. It’s somewhat a challenge for them, but they can and do pull it off. I dunno. I like it better when they just bend sanity and get weird, loose and absurd and astronomical. Hahahaha. Love Page’s keys on this song.
I meannnnnnnnnn, THIS IS WHAT I’M TALKIN’ ABOUT!!!!!!!!!!! FISHMAN RAPPING!!! YYYYYYYYYYYYYESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!! “Cuddly, but muscular.” This song is the shit. And all that centrifuge work they do to the lyrics. This song is amazing. AMAZING. The dancers were fun, and 92-year-old Abe Vigoda. HUGE!!! Super funky. Effin brilliant.
CK5 set the scene, and Mike sang falsetto. Interesting song. Hard to hear what Mike was actually saying. Made me miss the days of “Talk.”
DEVOTION TO A DREAM
For me, the set started losing some of its power. Lyrics were what they were. The jam was nothing new, nothing funky. Do Something Different!!!! What’s next?
GREAT, GREAT SONG. THANK GOODNESS. MIIIIIKEEEEEE!!! Strong, driving lyrics. AND THE JAM out of it is what “Devotion to a Dream” is SERIOUSLY lacking. 555 is power. Will go for 20 minutes in the futures. Can’t wait.
I’m sorry, I just can’t deal. Melody/music/vibe is sweet/great. Lyrics are Hahahahaha--NO. Trey’s getting too influenced by Game of Thrones or something. I just can’t. Best, best part of the whole song is the lyric: “The music trapped inside his head / resounds and fills the space instead” and then they jam. Great work right there.
AMIDST THE PEALS OF LAUGHTER
Nice Page and Trey moment. Has a "You'll Know My Name" feel at the top. But when they started singing the nursery rhyme, Jim and I looked at each other like, Really? I understand it's use in the song, but... Really? And then, “Your brain is in pain and your fate has been sealed. The liquid inside of your eyes has congealed.” YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME. Sorry, Tom. Hahaha. I do love how they end it with the cut-off. That’s the kinda quirk I love when they do it, but the song, well, it’s a good thing it’s short. Needs some work. I dunno. Everyone’s a critic.
YOU NEVER KNOW
Funny song. “Maybe that bird needed a cage after all.” I love Phish.
And, well, SET THREE THAT NIGHT was worth the price of admission alone. GREATNESS.
Remind me to tell you about how I completely freaked out when I realized there was a woman doing Sign Language at the corner of the stage--all night. Dancing the lyrics with her hands for someone who couldn't hear a note, let alone a lyric. Whhhhaaaatttt? Phish rules.
So, during the launch of my ~18-minute set in front of ~800 people, this happened...
I haven't experienced a weekend as special as Denver, Colorado's Lakeside Stride Bluegrass Festival in a long time.
On Friday, October 18 (Lakeside Stride Eve), I read to a super rowdy crowd at the West End Tap House. K-Law & The Bandito Burrito Bros. headlined, & during setbreak I ran my mouth off with: "05.05.07 - Jonathan Freilich, Skerik, Stanton Moore, Todd Sickafoose & Mike Dillon - Chickie Wah Wah, NOLA," "06.25.00 - PHiSH - Alltel Pavilion, NC," & "The Lakeside Stride Song." Catch the insanity here.
Then, on October 19, I'd the ridiculous opportunity to not only watch the Highland Ramblers, Old Town Pickers & Dead Winter Carpenters TEAR UP the stage--I got to TAKE the stage. Short a few hot minutes in the beginning, here is my glowstick-flinging performance. After I also flung copies of wild life rifle fire into the crowd & finally shut the hell up, Hot Buttered Rum ft. Allie Kral destroyed Tennyson Street.
I'm sayin' DEE-STROY'd.
Unimaginable amounts of THANKS to Ariel Rosemberg, the Chateau de Rage, & the entire Lakeside Stride audience & family!
The Lakeside Stride Bluegrass Festival, 5K Run and Chili Cook-off in Denver on Saturday, October 19th: Hot Buttered Rum ft. Allie Kral, Dead Winter Carpenters, Old Town Pickers, Highland Ramblers, and Paul Siegell. Add your madness to the facebook invite here. Shake it!
Two new poems! Many thanks to Cleaver Magazine, poetry editor Lauren Rile Smith, and the rest of the Cleaver staff: "WE’VE COME FOR YOUR YUENGLING YAMMERING" & "WE’VE COME FOR YOUR BLOOD TEST RESULTS" -- Thwack!
Two new poems in Issue #17 of Press 1. Alive! Many thanks to editor Elizabeth Thorpe, Monica & Matt Bookbinder for the hang at the show, and Bisco's Marc Brownstein for the bwaaawwwn ba-dawn ba-dawn ba-daw (blurb for jambandbootleg) bommmm.
Sat, July 13: 17 poets read on the porch of Ryerss Museum & Library:
Frank Sherlock + g emil reutter + Diane Guarnieri + Ryan Eckes + Jack Veasey + Paul Siegell + Kimmika Williams Witherspoon + Christine O’Leary Rockey + Tamara Oakman + Dave Worrell + Lisa Sewell + Noah Cutler + Marty Esworthy + Alice Wootson + Steve Delia + Suzán Jiván + Mel Brake + (Hosts Bruce Kramer + Rodger Lowenthal) facebo
Many thanks to Lorrie Ross, Lawrence (Larry) Barkley, Ted Blake and the rest of the "Crafting an Effective Writer: Tools of the Trade" staff!
From Monday, May 13 through Sunday, June 16, I, along with tens of thousands of others worldwide, devoured the knowledge of Coursera's five-week long CRAFTING AN EFFECTIVE WRITER: TOOLS OF THE TRADE course that was taught online out of Mt. San Jacinto College, California (#MOOC).
Dove deep into parts of speech
and sentence structure, plus wrote assignments for peer review and took quizzes. Final grade: 100.2%!
Paul Siegell is the author
of three books of poetry: wild life rifle fire(Otoliths Books, 2010), jambandbootleg (A-Head Publishing, 2009) and Poemergency Room (Otoliths Books, 2008). He is a staff editor at Painted Bride Quarterly, and has
contributed to The American Poetry Review, Coconut, Dusie, NOÖ, Rattle, and many other fine journals. Kindly find more of Paul's
work (poems, poemics, videos) at his ReVeLeR @ eYeLeVeL.