Spent a lovely evening listening to poets Stevie Edwards, Josh Gaines, and Ben Clark on an early stop of their Little Bones tour. Hosted in an apartment brimming with original art by owner Debra Kayes, creativity and inspiration seemed to leak from every corner. The poets read framed in a backlit doorway. The audience sat elbow to elbow on couches and the floor, and even the cat (named Apple Juice) was a rapt member of the audience. And, yes, the poets sold their books, but the reading was so much more than a sales opportunity. It was more like a party, like the gathering of a tribe.
If you live somewhere in the Midwest between Chicago and Texas, see if they will be reading in a place near you. You will leave feeling like you’ve made at least three new friends.