Lolita & Gilda's Burlesque Poetry Hour

Poets taking it off (the last Monday of every month at Bar Rouge in Dupont Circle -- 1315 16th Street NW Washington, DC at 8 p.m.)

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Updated Reading Schedule

October 30

P.F. Potvin, Maureen Thorson, Gianmarc Manzione

November 27

Amy King, D. Ager, Harriet Levin

December 25

Happy Holidays! -- no reading

Monday, September 25, 2006

Moira, Mike and Donald TAKE IT OFF

What a momentous evening!

Moira Egan reads her sexy sonnets

strips off her scarf

and earns $45 at auction. A new Burlesque record -- beating Kim Addonizio's $42 thong!

Mike Gubser transforms words

into chords

and unfetters his tie

Tie & book fetch $30

Don Illich dresses for the occasion

and contemplates "making it" with a higher power

Gilda suffers for Don's art -- he makes $25

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

September's Sexy Shake-Up

A month of unexpected surprises! Moira Egan, Mike Gubser and Donald Illich are taking it off for Lolita and Gilda at Bar Rouge in Washington D.C. Monday, September 25. Reading will begin at 8:00 p.m. in The Dark Room at Bar Rouge.

Moira Egan's first book of poems, Cleave (WWPH, 2004), was nominated for the National Book Award and was a finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year Award. Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Gargoyle, Notre Dame Review, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Redivider, 32 Poems, and West Branch, among many others. In Italy, a selection of her poems will appear in translation in Nuovi Argomenti and as a collection in a new series of American poets. Her work is featured in the anthologies Kindled Terraces: American Poets in Greece; Lofty Dogmas: Poets on Poetics; Sex & Chocolate; and The Art of Poetry, which is forthcoming in 2006. Her work has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Two of her Bar Napkin Sonnets won First Place in the Baltimore City Paper Poetry Contest (2005). She has been a Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a VCCA International Fellow at the St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity in Malta. Egan lives in Baltimore, does private manuscript consultations, and teaches poetry workshops at The Writer's Center in Bethesda, MD.

Mike Gubser is the author of Secret, but Kept it Room (Ahadada, Dec. 2005) and the chapbook 14 Projects for the Next Millennium. He is currently a history professor at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.

Donald Illich has published poetry in The Iowa Review, Fourteen Hills, CrossConnect Magazine, Roanoke Review, and New Zoo Poetry Review. His work will be included in future issues of Passages North, Nimrod, LIT, Xavier Review,, Del Sol Review, and The Sulphur River Literary Review. He received a Prairie Schooner scholarship to the 2006 Nebraska Summer Writer’s Conference. He has written more than 125 love sonnets in bars around the D.C. area, and he will write at least a few more tonight (maybe about you, if you're lucky).

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Ravi, Natalie & Fred TAKE IT OFF

It was a hot, steamy evening

Ravi Shankar reads with feeling

and receives assistance shedding his enchanting white tie

Gilda demonstrates its true purpose

The tie earns $24 at auction

Natalie Ilum shakes up the room

and takes off a carnelian necklace

and pulls out a Mothertongue tee shirt

and lotion for enhanced lovemaking!

Lolita can't believe the bargain! This auction garners $18

Lolita introduces Fred Pollack

who shares his tempting Darth Vader verse

and removes a hat he wasn't wearing -- yep, that's right, he's that good

for it was a magical hat and produced $15 at auction