Moonstone Poetry, 2/25: SCANLON, McQUAIN, JUEDS

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Poetry with JUEDS, SCANLON & MCQUAIN
Wed., Feb. 25, 2015 – 7:00-9:00 pm – Fergie’s Pub, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia. Moonstone Reading with Kasey Jueds, Kelly McQuain & Eizabeth Scanlon. Hosted by Suzan Jivan.

Elizabeth Scanlon is the Editor of The American Poetry Review. Her most recent chapbook is Odd Regard (ixnay press, 2013). Her poems have appeared in many magazines, including Boston Review, Colorado Review, and Ploughshares.

Kelly McQuain is the author of Velvet Rodeo, winner of Bloom Books’ poetry chapbook prize. He has twice held fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and his work has been published most recently in The Pinch, Painted Bride Quarterly and Kestrel as well as the anthologies Rabbit Ears: TV Poems, Drawn to Marvel: Poems from the Comic Books, The Queer South and Best American Erotica. His criticism appears in The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Good Men Project and A&U (Art & Understanding). http://www.KellyMcQuain.wordpress.com

Kasey Jueds’ first book of poems, Keeper, won the 2012 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press. Her poetry has appeared in numerous publications, including Beloit Poetry Journal, Prairie Schooner, Manhattan Review, Salamander, Crab Orchard Review, Women’s Review of Books, and 5AM; it has also been featured on Public Radio International’s “The Writer’s Almanac.” Jueds has been awarded residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Soapstone, and the Ucross Foundation. She has new work forthcoming in The American Poetry Review.

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Velvet Rodeo scores with Rainbow Awards judges

This week I learned Velvet Rodeo did very well in the 2014 Rainbow Book Awards, winning 2nd place in the Best LGBT Poetry category and 5th in the much larger overall Best Gay Book Award competition–the only poetry book to make that list, I believe. More than 520 books were in play this year in various categories, with almost 170 judges from all over the world. The fact that a small book of poetry did so well in a mixed-genre competition especially comes as a nice surprise to me.

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Elisa Reviews sponsors the awards as a fundraising event for LGBT charities. The pic below contains some of the judges’ comments, and a pic of the overall winning book by Benjamin Law. Congratulations to the winners and runners-up.

BEST GAY BOOK
Rainbow Book Awards
1. Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East by Benjamin Law
Runners Up:
2. The Mating of Michael by Eli Easton
3. Perfect Imperfections by Cardeno C. Author
4. Silent by Sara Alva
5. Velvet Rodeo by Kelly McQuain
6. Think of England by KJ Charles
7. (tie)
a. Last First Kiss by Diane Adams
b. Takedown by Cat Grant
8. Beards, an Unshaved History by Kevin Clarke
9. Corruption by Eden Winters
10. Cub by Jeff Mann

Best LGBT Poetry
1. Hibernation and Other Poems by Bear Bards, an anthology by Ron J. Suresha
Runners Up:
2. Velvet Rodeo by Kelly McQuain
3. Souvenir Boys by David-Matthew Barnes

A complete list of winners in all the many categories is at http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4489098.html

Rainbow Awards Judges’ Comments:
Velvet Rodeo by Kelly McQuain
Publisher: Bloom Books

“A master at imagery. Beautiful work.”

“An intricately structured set of images and perceptions laid forth in sensual, evocative language. Gorgeous.”

“An enthralling, engrossing collection of poems that will involve its reader on many levels of interest.”

https://kellymcquain.wordpress.com/order-velvet-rodeo-poems/

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