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Portland Poetry Series: creation | destruction

  • McQuixote Books & Coffee 1512 Portland Ave Louisville, KY, 40203 United States (map)

Time for some poetry!

Come down easy from Derby by joining us for the Portland Poetry Series. Our featured artists this month are Drew Pomeroy, Jesse Capobianco, Rachel Short, and Jimmy Besseck. Both McQuixote and the Crescendo Bar will be open. Entrance as always is free, but there will be a $5 suggested donation in order to keep this great event running. No one will be turned away.

Short will be performing her piece "Nature: Industry: Self", a soundscape that explores healing and destructive patterns.

A separate event will begin at 8pm in the event space, Joshua Heuttig will be holding arTalks, the first in a series of conversations about art. Guest speaker Ashley Brossart will be featured.

We're going to fill this building with art of all kinds!


Drew Pomeroy is a graduate of Spalding University's MFA in Writing program (Poetry). He is the Poetry Editor for Winter Tangerine Review, and his work was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize by The Louisville Review. Born and raised in Selma, Alabama, Drew now lives and works in Louisville.

Edward Jesse Capobianco grew up in Rhode Island, surrounded by homeschoolers and ocean. He wrote his first poem on a soccer field at 13 and has been writing ever since. After filling notebooks with terrible poetry, he escaped to Chicago, where he got his BA in writing, literature, and philosophy at Wheaton College. Jesse has had work published in several publications, including Polaris, The Prairie Light Review, Solipsist, Kodon, The North Central Review, and in the upcoming The White Squirrel. He has served as Editor-in-Chief for the literary journal The Pub, been a Lowell-Grabill finalist in poetry, and won 2nd place in Short Fiction in this year’s Literary LEO competition.
Currently, Jesse lives in Louisville, works as a ghostwriter, and leaves too many voicemails on David Foster Wallace’s phone. In the Fall, he will begin an MFA in poetry at George Mason University and remain convinced that, like himself, Derrida is a panentheist.

Rachel Short is a musician and composer who experiment with sounds and words in Louisville, KY. She finished her undergraduate coursework with an emphasis on composition and score writing, but early in her collegiate meanderings she only paid attention in creative writing classes. While her own poetry is performance inspired she likes to score academic poetry into chamber ensembles and has written art songs using poems by Michael Jackman, Mark James, Conyer Clayton, and Steve Smith. As a horn player she has performed with various orchestras, rock bands, experimental musicians, and chamber groups. She has recorded on albums with Huh Robots, Insect Policy, Tim Barnes/Jeph Jerman, Plastic Bubble, and more. Her piece ‘Nature: Industry: Self’ pulls together all elements of her creative process with field recordings, loops, live improve, and spoken word all folded into a 30 min soundscape that explores both healing and destructive patterns. She hosts Keeping Louisville Literary on ARTxFM radio, Thursdays at 1pm.

Jimmy Besseck is a writer of poetry and short stories who lives in Louisville Kentucky with his wife Sarah. His first Chapbook, The Lead Standard, was released by Goodwill Publications in 2011. Besseck is currently an unemployed waiter and DIY bookmaker. He considers lottery scratch games a form of prayer.