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Indie Bookstore Finder



Whenever possible, I try to go to my local indie bookstore Skylight Books. No matter, where you are you may have more options than you think. Here’s an indie bookstore finder you may find useful.

You may also be able to use this link to set up or attend local readings.

Thanks, John F. Buckley, for bringing this to my attention.

Martin Ott

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A Reading to Crow About

Yesterday,  John F. Buckley and I went to Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena as part of an anthology reading for A Bird Black As the Sun: California Poets on Crows and Ravens.

This was, without a doubt, one of the best readings I have ever attended, with each poet getting a chance to read one poem from the anthology, and another poem loosely connected.

There were a dozen stellar poets that presented:

– Maureen Alsop

– Cynthia Anderson

– Cathryn Andresen

– John F. Buckley/Martin Ott

– Jeanette Clough

– Mary Fitzpatrick

– Noreen Lawlor

– Friday Lubina

– Jim Natal

– Enid Osborn

– Halie Rosenberg

– Jackson Wheeler

Every poet was strong and their work was varied, and the atmosphere was laid back as the topic of crows and ravens evoked everything from poem raps to personal stories about the birds to one poet sharing a striking tattoo of them.

John and I were able to read two poems from out upcoming: Poets’ Guide to America on Brooklyn Arts Press.

If I wore a hat, it would be off to Enid Osborn and Cynthia Anderson who painstakingly put the anthology out on Green Poet Press, and are two of the coolest women and poets you are likely to ever meet. The vibe at both of the readings they hosted that I attended was, well, cool as ravens.

Martin Ott

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