Wednesday, January 13, 2010

01/20: Poetry Night presents Brett Eugene Ralph

Brett Eugene Ralph is a poet, musician and college professor whose performed poets are not to be missed. Kids writer and director Harmony Korine calls Ralph “a true beast of a man with insight and beauty to spare,” and Ralph’s work has been described by musician and actor Will Oldham as “an excuse for hope . . . sustaining, inspiring, even rescuing.”

The work of Brett Eugene Ralph has appeared in publications such as Conduit, Mudfish, Willow Springs, and The American Poetry Review, as well as in the McSweeney’s Book of Poets Picking Poets and The Stiffest of the Corpse: An Exquisite Corpse Reader anthologies. His first full-length collection, Black Sabbatical, was published in 2009 by Sarabande Books. Ralph grew up playing football and singing in punk-rock bands in Louisville, Kentucky. He has taught at the University of Massachusetts, Missouri State University, and the Central Institute of Buddhist Studies in the Himalayas of northern India. He now lives in Empire, Kentucky, teaches at Hopkinsville Community College, and rocks out with his country-rock ensemble, Brett Eugene Ralph’s Kentucky Chrome Revue.

Poetry Night at Bistro 33, hosted by Andy Jones and produced by Brad Henderson, occurs on the first and third Wednesday of every month at 9 P.M. with an open microphone segment at 10 P.M.

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