the 20th Anniversary of Unlikely Stories

From April 19-22, we’ll be participating in the Third Annual New Orleans Poetry Festival! The NOPF includes workshops, readings, parties, and an awesome bookfair. Tickets are cheap and include two lunches, and the bookfair is free! Check out for more information!

We’ll be running a table at the bookfair all weekend, where you can learn more about and purchase discounted Unlikely Books, as well as hear about the upcoming projects of Unlikely Stories and our friends at Rigorous. We’ll also be hosting a 20th Anniversary Reading of Unlikely Stories as part of the NOPF program, featuring Larissa Shmailo, Vincent A. Cellucci, and Anne McMillen. And our editor, Jonathan Penton, will be joining the editors of Rigorous (Kenyatta JP Garcia, Rosalyn Spencer, and Carla Williams) in a workshop outlining the creation of that journal.


Then in late June, we’ll have the 20th Anniversary Party!

Friday, June 22: We’ll have a music and spoken word set at
Allways Lounge and Theatre
2240 Saint Claude Ave. (at Marigny St.)
$5 cover
This show will feature New Orleans musicians, with special guest Willis Gordon on guitar, collaborating with the spoken word of James “Traverse” Blanchard, Jessica Bordelon, Alex “PoeticSoul” Johnson, and Frank XTeele. Allways serves cheap, strong drinks in a big, beautiful space somewhere between a theatre and a bar.

Saturday, June 23: We’ll have a party, poetry reading, and poetry open mic at
New Orleans Art Center
3300 Saint Claude Ave. (between Piety and Desire Sts.)
free wine and snacks
We’ll be releasing our three new books: Left-Hand Dharma: New and Selected by Belinda Subraman, Pachuco Skull with Sombrero: Los Angeles, 1970 by Lawrence Welsh, and Apocalyptics by Derick Varn. The three authors will be there to sign books and read, and other Unlikely Books will be discounted. All contributors from the twenty years of Unlikely Stories are encouraged to sign up for an open mic slot, but please do be aware that it’s possible we’ll run out of time. Preference will be given to Unlikely Books authors and out-of-towners. If you’re planning to come in from out of town, please do write to me when you’ve booked your tickets, and we’ll be ready for you. Whether you read or not, though, we’re planning a fantastic party, in a space of luscious visual art.

The Annual Conference of the American Library Association will be in New Orleans June 21st through June 26th, and is a destination in its own right. Myself, I’m going to pay $75 for a bookfair pass and get tons of swag. More information is at


If you have any questions about any of these events, please do drop me a line at