Oct 09

Tongue and Groove

Round 2

November 12th, 2016 at 8pm at Sal’s Restaurant


Tongue and Groove is a monthly literary variety show now in its’ 13th year. You can expect to be served spoken word, poetry, short fiction, personal essays, and storytelling with a side of live music. Read more at www.conradromo.com. The readers are Jack Grapes, Derrick Brown, and David Huntsberger with musical guests Erin and Melissa hosted by Conrad Romo.


Jack Grapes is an award-winning poet, playwright, actor, teacher, and the editor and publisher of ONTHEBUS, one of the top literary journals in the country. He has won several publishing grants and Fellowships in Literature from the National Endowment for the Arts. He’s also received nine Artist-in-Residence Grants from the California Arts Council to teach writing in various schools throughout Los Angeles. He is the author of 13 books of poetry, including Trees, Coffee, and the Eyes of Deer, and Breaking Down the Surface of the World. A spoken-word CD, Pretend, was recently issued by DePaul University. He is also author of a chapbook of poems and paintings titled and the running form, naked, Blake. His most recent publication is Lucky Finds, a boxed set of 50 cards that extend and parody the dynamic artistic productions of high-modernist poets such as Ezra Pound and Charles Olson.


Derrick C. Brown is a comedian, poet and storyteller. He is the winner of the 2013 Texas Book of The Year award for Poetry. He is a former Paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne and is the president of one of what Forbes and Filter Magazine call “.one of the best independent poetry presses in the country”,Write Bloody Publishing, which has launched over 112 books of poetry. He is the author of five books of poetry and three children’s books. The New York Times calls his work, “a rekindling of faith in the weird, hilarious, shocking, beautiful power of words.” He is from Austin TX. Read more at brownpoetry.com.

David Huntsberger is an American comedian, known as co-host of the Professor Blastoff podcast and host of the Reactor television show on the SyFy channel. Listen to his podcasts at http://www.davidhuntsberger.com/podcast/.