The Buffalo News Gusto cover last week featured an arresting image: facing out of the page, a man in a black leather jacket, head bent to a slim volume in his right hand, left hand rising and cupping as if around a palmed bird or baseball, lips curled to push out a poem.
This is News photographer Mark Mulville’s shot of Justin Karcher, on the night of the launch party, at Alley Cat, of his latest release, the chapbook When Severed Ears Sing You Songs, from Cringeworthy Poets Collective Press.
This night brought together several of the key players, collectives, presses, and movements Lizz Schumer covered in her excellent Gusto feature “Speak, poet,” on the vibrancy of the Buffalo poetry scene, and on the young people keeping the city’s rich poetic traditions alive and fresh.
Go on — read the article.
Oh, right: and that’s me pictured above, again thanks to Mark Mulville. Schumer was kind enough to include a shout-out to Foundlings, and mentioned the upcoming release party for my collection Organizing Isolation (Linoleum Press).
In this series, the Foundlings lads have casual chats with some of our favorite Buffalo poets.
Ep. 1: Justin Karcher
Interviewed: Justin Karcher, author of Tailgating at the Gates of Hell and editor of Ghost City Review.
Topics: Tailgating at the Gates of Hell, the fragmentation of the Buffalo literary scene, hip-hop and Modernism, stakes and timelessness, and editing Ghost City Review
Friends and Foundlings Ep. 1: Justin Karcher — TEASER from Foundlings Magazine on Vimeo.
Foundlings Vol. 2 is slated for a mid-winter release, which mean we need new material from this planet’s best poets.
Submissions will remain open from Friday 5 August to Friday 2 September. Please send 1-5 of your best, previously unpublished poems to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will endeavor to respond to all submissions sent during this period within four weeks after the submission window closes.
If you’re considering submitting for Vol. 2, you should check out Vol. 1, which is available at both Talking Leaves locations and online — you can purchase hard copies (signed!) or digital downloads through our Gumroad store. You can also look at copies in the Canisius College library literary journals section and in the University at Buffalo Rare Books collection.
Following our wildly successful launch of Vol. 1 at Sterling Tavern this past May, we’ve decided to stick with the “reading and rager” model for launches. You can trust that release party for Vol. 2 will be even bigger and better than the last, and that we’ll have more information on a date and venue soon.
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