Skazat! kicked off its new season with an electrifying feature performance last month by Megan Levad, and we’re back strong in October with a special book release celebration for the incredible Sean Thomas Dougherty! Sean’s new book, Scything Grace (Etruscan Press, 2013), evokes “smoke lit pool halls, back roads, rehab centers, truckstops and diners of the still industrial lands” to bring us the stories of “men and women barely working, just getting by, but every morning still going on, even if unsure.”
Whether you’re a page poet, slammer, performance artist or refuse a label, we want to hear your new stuff on our open mic. We look forward to sharing autumn (and great coffee) with you and invite you to join this free open mic and monthly reading series!
Sign up! 7:00 p.m.
7:15 p.m. – Open mic
8:00 p.m. – Featured Reader
Sean Thomas Dougherty is the author or editor of thirteen books across genre including the forthcoming All I Ask for Is Longing: Poems 1994- 2014 (2014 BOA Editions), Scything Grace (2013 Etruscan Press), Sasha Sings the Laundry on the Line (2010 BOA Editions) which was a finalist for Binghamton University Milton Kessler’s literary prize for the best book by a poet over 40, the prose-poem-novel The Blue City (2008 Marick Press/Wayne State University), and Broken Hallelujahs (2007 BOA Editions). He is the recipient of two Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowships in Poetry and a Fulbright Lectureship to the Balkans. Known for his electrifying performances he has performed at hundreds of venues, universities and festivals across North America and Europe including the Lollapalooza Music Festival, the Detroit Art Festival, the South Carolina Literary Festival, the Old Dominion University Literary Festival, Carnegie Mellon University,The University of Maine, Sarah Lawrence College, SUNY Binghamton, U of California Santa Cruz, the Rochester Symphony Orchestra, the Erie Jazz Festival, the London (UK) Poetry Cafe and the BardFest Series in Budapest Hungary, and across Albania and Macedonia where he appeared on national television, sponsored by the US State Department. His work has been read on PBS radio in Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Rochester and Cleveland. He currently lives in Erie, PA where he works in a pool hall and writes his poems.