Megabus'd it from Philly to Penn State on Thursday, 3/26 and arrived to some serious VIP treatment. Old Pitt professors Jeff Oaks and Julia Kasdorf. New friends Tameka Cage Conley, Sheila Squillante and Le Hinton. A fancy dinner, hotel room, hotel bar, laughter and poetry.
"Taut and inventive, Paul Siegell...captures the restlessness and richness of our situation: busy but often stalled in traffic, hungry for some communication with a larger consciousness but deeply skeptical about final meanings."
The next afternoon, while hunkering down at Webster's Bookstore Café before my Megabus back to Philly, Jason Crane of Webster's asked if a reporter from Penn State's college paper could interview me about the local poetry community. Knowing little about Penn State's scene, but knowing full well that I would also get adorably misquoted, I smiled and said, "Absolutely!" ... The Daily Collegian: "Spoken poetry movement at Penn State" by Christine Tenny. Ah, the well-intentioned.
Be on the lookout, Webster's. I'll be reading inside you come 2016!
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.