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, November 28, 2007

Laurel, Hugh, Mel and Rod TAKE IT OFF

Laurel Snyder alludes to something inside of her

what could it be?

She wasn't referring to the sparkling necklace.

It earns $35 and talking to from Gilda.

Hugh Behm-Steinberg is shy

and green on the inside

and brings in $35 more green.

Special guest host Lisette introduces Mel Nichols

who has something inside too

what can it be?

a tampon?

and not just one! Tampons for everyone.

Poetry Tampons!

For everyone!

And a fresh new box of poetry tampons goes for $50.

What's inside of Rod Smith?

Someone's being coy . . .

Sometimes it's not what's on the inside that really counts

and the poetry condoms close the year with $30.

Burlesque Poetry Hour will be on hiatus for the first half of 2008 until Lolita returns to us.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

November at Burlesque

The garments fly this holiday season. Please join Gilda and special guest host Lisette in tempting Laurel Snyder, Hugh Behm-Steinberg, Rod Smith and Mel Nichols to take it off on Monday, November 26th. Reading will begin at 8:00 p.m. in The Dark Room at Bar Rouge.

Laurel Snyder is the author of a collection of poems, The Myth of the Simple Machines, as well as a chapbook, Daphne & Jim: a choose your own adventure biography in verse. She also writes books for children and she blogs at

Hugh Behm-Steinberg is the author of Shy Green Fields. His poetry has appeared in such places as CROWD, VeRT, Volt, Spork, Slope, Dirt, Swerve, Cue, Aught and Fence. He teaches in the graduate writing program at California College of the Arts and is the editor of Freehand, a new journal of handwritten work.

Mel Nichols lives in Washington, DC, and teaches writing at George Mason University. Her chapbooks are Day Poems (Edge Books 2005) and The Beginning of Beauty, Part 1: hottest new ringtones, mnichol6 (Edge 2007), based on the daily blog project at

Rod Smith's latest collection, Deed, is just out from the University of Iowa Press. He is also the author of Music or Honesty, Poèmes de l'araignée (France), In Memory of My Theories, The Boy Poems, Protective Immediacy, and New Mannerist Tricycle with Lisa Jarnot and Bill Luoma. A CD, Fear the Sky, came out from Narrow House Recordings in 2005. Smith's work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies including Anthology of New (American) Poets, The Baffler, The Gertrude Stein Awards, Java, New American Writing, Open City, Poésie, Poetics Journal, Shenandoah, and The Washington Review. He edits Aerial magazine, publishes Edge Books, and manages Bridge Street Books in Washington, DC. Smith is also editing, with Peter Baker and Kaplan Harris, The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley, for the University of California Press.