Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Salacious Burdock?

After a nice clean summer break Burdock 7 is in the works. The plan is to have a Salacious Banter theme with Mike Hauser twist. Mike will be lending a hand with the solicitation/editorial direction(ing) for the next issue and I (keith) will just be piecing it together and making it look like the other issues (ya know, the sticker thing).

Salacious Banter is a reading series run by Mike Hauser and Karl Saffran. Past readers include Lewis Warsh, CA Conrad, John Coletti, Kevin Thurston, Ara Shirinyan, Gina Meyers, and John Koethe among others. In fact you should probably just go to the link to get a complete list of past readers.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Mark Your Calander

July 27 is the day of Jon Lohr's going away party. The young lad who has for the better part of the past two years assisted in every teppichfresser publication starting with Burdock IV all the way to the upcoming re-print of Chris Gaton's 1984 chapbook "Of Grenada"
To celebrate we are planning on combining the two events at what was once the site of one of Gaton's favorite Riverwest Bars: "Suds".
Though Suds no longer exists the beer garden still does and happens to have good shade and seating for a small audience (which is what Gaton expects at an event with his name on it!)

2979 N. Bremen

July 27
7pm (ish)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Burdock 6 info

Here's a list of contributors for issue 6:

SUSAN FIRER, the current Poet Laureate of Milwaukee, teaches poetry at UWM She also has a number of books out the most recent of which is titled "Milwaukee Does Strange Things to People". "The Lives of Saints and Everything" won Cleveland State Poetry Prize and the Posner Award. Her collection "The Laugh We Make When We Fall" won the Backwaters prize. She has poems in Burdock The Two and Burdock Hazard (3).

IZZY ONEIRIC has lived and traveled all over the country. She holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Her areas of academic interest include Media Literacy, Beat and Modernist Poetry, Queer History, Body Modification, and Performance Studies. In her copious free time she enjoys pinball, scouring yard sales and thrift stores, and geeking out over obscure movies and bands.

PEGGY MUNSON lives in Northampton, MA is originally from Normal, IL and graduated from Oberlin College in 1991. Her novel "Origami Striptease" won the Queerlit Prize and was a finalist for the Lambda. Her collection of poems "Pathogenesis" was a semi-finalist for the University of Wisconsin Pollack Prize.

CATHERINE AVERILL has recently graduated from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and been accepted into the graduate program at the University of Miami in Ohio.

JOANN CHANG has lived in Milwaukee for several years but is originally from Texas. A local poetry advocate, she is consistently a top fundraiser for Woodland Pattern's Poetry Marathon. She also cooks dinner for starving poets every Monday prior to Poet's Monday at Linnemann's.

JULIE STRAND is the education coordinator at Woodland Pattern. In 2009 she will be attending a summer session at Naropa. On June 19th she'll be holding a release reading of her own at Woodland Pattern for her chapbook "The Mae West Defense" published via Dancing Girl Press.

STEVIE CURL hails from a fair land just north of Pittsburgh called Zelienople: known by few; loved by all; rarely pronounced correctly. Her poetry is of the yinzer persuasion. She will be reading at the Printer’s Row Lit Festival and has work published in Columbia Poetry Review and Calliope.

EMILY RUTTER recently received her MA in English from North Carolina State University, and her thesis examined contemporary blues poetry. She will begin her doctoral work in English at Duquesne University in August 2009. Her work has been published in The Final Draft and The Fifteen Project.

JESSI HARRISON's poems have previously appeared in B-Squad. She is currently wrapping up her bachelor's degree at UWM.

BECCA KLAVER was born and raised in Milwaukee, attended the University of Southern California (BA) and Columbia College Chicago (MFA), and currently lives in Chicago, where she works and teaches at Columbia. With Brandi Homan and Hanna Andrews, she co-edits the feminist poetry press Switchback Books. Recent work can be found online in No Tell Motel, H_NGM_N, and Coconut. Her chapbook, Inside a Red Corvette: A 90s Mix Tape, is available from the greying ghost press.

JENNIFER KRAFT Often known as Vanilla Bear in her social circle, Jen Kraft is a senior creative writing student at UWM. She writes poems and appreciates others reading them. Favorite mode of transportation: feet. Then carousels.

MEGHAN M. LEE Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Meghan recently received her MFA in Poetry at Columbia College and was a co-editor of Columbia Poetry Review. She will be moving to New York this summer to pursue poetry and other things far beyond.

Y MADRONE hails from Olympia, WA via Detroit via Ahzerbaijain. She received a liberal arts B.A. from Evergreen State College where she focused on poetics and letterpress printing. Her interests include poetry that blows your head off, typesetting, book arts, dancing, rabble rousing with her two kiddos, biking, living without causing harm, local economies and alter-egos.

MEG REILLY is a recent graduate of the MFA Poetry program at Columbia College Chicago. She is happy to be in Chicago where she writes, teaches yoga and English. She was also recently certified as a doula and will soon experience her first birth.

ABIGAIL STOKES is a junior in Columbia's Poetry program. She grew up in a forest near Portland, Oregon, and she now lives on the outskirts of Chicago with her husband and her cat. Some of her work has been published in Columbia Poetry Review, and is forthcoming in {1111}. Sometimes she blogs about comix, and she can make 40 perfect loaves of bread from scratch, but she can't make just 1.

DOLLY LEMKE was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI where she received her BA in English with a concentration in Poetry. Thanks in part to her efforts this issue now rivals the Columbia Poetry Review for publishing the poems from Columbia's Graduate department. She is currently attending an unknown school somewhere in Chicago. She is also the Publicity Coordinator of Switchback Books, a small feminist press, located in Chicago and works on the editorial staff of Columbia Poetry Review. She has also been in Burdock IV and Burdock 5.

ZENOBIA FROST is from Australia and is embarking on a 2009 summer tour of the Midwestern US. You can find her poetry and prose in print in Small Packages, SpeedPoets zine, The Definite Article, Voiceworks and LOTL magazine, and on CD in Going Down Swinging.

JANELLE CRAWFORD is an illustrator from Kansas. She graduated from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design this year. She enjoys drawing, reading, and working with kids and animals. She secretly still wants to be a veterinarian...or a horse trainer.

MARY DeMARS (1958-1978) lived her whole life in Slinger, WI and drove a Firebird. Her main hobby was photography, the two photos included in this issue were probably taken in 1975 with a Pentax camera that she bought. The unknown girl in the last photo was probably a classmate or friend.

Editor in Chef, no Cheif?, editor in Chief: Keith Gaustad
Assistant Editor: Jon Lohr
Dolly Lemke: Dolly Lemke

Ladies night specials:
2 for 1 / 8 to 12

Can you tell which of these bios was copied and pasted directly from the Woodland Pattern website? Be the first to guess correctly and receive a free copy of Burdock 6! No, wait, that's too easy!
Can you guess which grad school Dolly currently attends? Be the first to guess get a free copy of Burdock 6! Post your answer in the comments box.

Let's pretend this is wikipedia: feel free to expand upon any of these bios in the comments or help find the spelling and factual errors which I am seemingly destined to commit!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Next Big Thing

Don't ask why but despite having regular internet access now I haven't posted on the blog here since February.
Well, maybe I haven't hand anything interesting to talk about for a month and a half!

Thursday May 21, The Feast of the Accension will be vegitarian. Because Issue 6 of Burdock will have its release reading that day at Karl Saffran's place!

The issue is coming along and the reading list is expanding. In addition to that I've asked Dolly Lemke to help with selections and solicitations for the issue.

More information will be along as it occurs to me to provide it.
Until next time, you are encouraged to listen to Grand Funk Railroad.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Upcoming stuff and youtube stuff

Next week Monday at Linneman's Keith Gaustad and Tha Fundamentals will take the stage in one of those mixes of poetry and music that people seem to criticize harshly. We will do our best not be harsh on the ears. We'll follow the open mic on Poet's Monday, the cost at the door is 3 bucks.

Also remember to check out the videos from last July that Gabe Spangler has edited together for youtube. There are five total now including the Dead Wrestler Sonnets by Karl Saffran (who is getting more heat than any of the wrestlers over at the local messageboard!) and songs by Ifihadahifi, Leopold and Loeb, and Put Her in the Trunk.
Gabe also made an excellent music video for Farms In Trouble using an HD camera so if you search it out try to see it in HD.

Submissions are still being taken for the Spring Burdock the women's issue.

Outside it is raining on the snow.
I've had my coffee
staining my teeth again.


Thursday, February 19, 2009

Burdock 6 submissions

In the interest of formality this is a call for submissions to Burdock 6.
I'm trying to aim for an all women issue (not womyn, not that there's anything wrong with that).
Guidelines for submissions are as follows:

Poetry: send 5 poems via email at burdockmagazine@gmail.com or burdockmagazine@yahoo.com
Sticker size poems must be ten lines or under (this includes spaces between lines). Longer poems are welcome and encouraged as well.

Prose: send up to two pages of prose (essay, fiction, or mock interview) use a 8 and a half by 5 and half inch page with half inch margins for measurement.

Art and photography: all work must be in Jpeg and and in black and white.

Spelling errors and poor puncuation will be added at the editor's discretion.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Return of the Dead Wrestlers

Karl Saffran's Dead Wrestler Sonnets were mentioned in the Chapbook Corner Round Up 2008 on the Rain Taxi website.

"Teppichfresser Press brought out Karl Saffran’s hilarious though elegiac Dead Wrestler Sonnets." http://www.raintaxi.com/online/2008winter/chapbookcorner.shtml

I believe this constitutes a review. I could be wrong. In any event if ever the DVD of the show is made available the phrase "hilarious though elegiac" Will be on the back cover, or maybe the front. I will even put the hyphen Noah Eli Gordon, Rain Taxi.

Or maybe Karl can use this phrase in the author's note for his first volume of Selected Poems, provided of course he isn't responsible for the selecting process. He is concerned about his legacy.

The part of the performance can be viewed by following this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPrA7W7f2o8&feature=channel_page

For what it's worth I still think the best commentary on Karl's poetry came via the MilwaukeeWrestling. com message board. Keep in mind that up to that point this thread was started to help promote the show (lotta good that did!) but after the show it got a bunch of posts and was the longest on the message board for a month or two and the longest one up to that time, of course I did my part to keep the fire going but it all started with a post courtesy of Silas Young, a local wrestler who was not on the card that night.

SO I saw the book of poems for dead wrestlers and how disrespectfull. I just wish I was there so I could spit in the face of the douche who wrote them. Thats whats wrong with this business you got goofs who dont know teh first thing bout wrestling running shows women hanging out telling everyone there sisters with Sheri Martel and that there a womens champp that wrestles once a year which i doubt that. Or the guy who comes to BCW and tells people he has a thousand finishers. Quit being IDiots and get trained pay ur dues and then keep your mouth shut.

Thankfully, Karl has little to fear from Silas http://www.myspace.com/silasyoung123, he won't fight anyone for unless the pay is good.

Friday, January 23, 2009

If P then Q

Go to this link:


If you think these clips from my show look great (as edited by Gabe Spangler) then you should 1) ask how you can buy a copy of the DVD 2)offer to sponsor Keith for the Woodland Pattern Marathon 3) date Keith* 4) hire Gabe to edit your wedding/bahmitzfah/high school reunion/swingers convention footage into a DVD 5) watch them over and over again!!!!

You get the idea.
 *suggestion to date Keith valid in WI,ME, and select Canadian provinces. Suggestion subject to change. Chicks only. Suggestion not redeemable for cash or tobacco products. Watch videos for further suggestion. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Woodland Pattern Marathon

I've signed up for the 2009 Woodland Pattern Marathon. This is my first time participating in the marathon so I don't want to look too bad when I hand in my sponsorships list. What I'm saying is this: Sponsor me!
You can give any amount but 35 dollars gets you an all day pass to the event.
I'm in the late shift posse. I'm reading at 11pm but there are several people to see during the day. Just click on the title of the post to check it out.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

How far does a burdock travel?

So everyone knows you can take some of the poems out and put them in odd or cool places. Well to make that idea more interesting I'm asking anyone who has a copy of any past Burdocks to send me a picture of the poem in action and I'll post it on the blog.
Post a poem somewhere take a photo send it to burdockmagazine@gmail.com and I'll feature it on the blog here.
Past ideas have been bathroom stalls, in the pages of an anthology (to cover up lesser poems), and the bumper of the poetry bus. But NOBODY, myself included has done any of these, the bus was gone when I got back. If you're in the NY area I suggest also sticking Mike Begnal's poem on something Mets related, the picture would be worth it.
Thanks to Aisha and Charlie for the advice. I hope to see something interesting.