Open Mouth Presents: Brian Clifton and J. Miller,

with musician William Bradley

January 12, 2019 | Fenix Gallery | 6:00 PM

In a five part performance, writers J. Miller and Brian Clifton will collaborate with sound artist William Bradley to create a multimodal experience. Miller and Clifton will alternate reading poems, creating a dialogue between their work. Using experimental instruments that rely on both light and the body to create tones, Bradley will score the entire reading--helping one poet's words melt into the other's. With readings that focus on bodily experience and instruments that use the body to make sound, the hope is to foster a visceral experience, to recreate the moment when you are drawn to a piece of art but don't know why. 

A founding co-editor of Bear Review, Brian Clifton is a PhD student at the University of North Texas. Their manuscripts have been shortlisted for several book prizes including: The Kathryn A. Morton Award, The Crab Orchard First Book Prize, The Akron Poetry Series, The Brittingham & Felix Pollak Prize, and The National Poetry Series. Their work can be found in: Pleiades, Guernica, Cincinnati Review, Salt Hill, Prairie Schooner, The Journal, and other such magazines. Brian is an avid record collector and curator of curiosities.

J. Miller was born in Kansas. His most recent poetry has appeared on A Dozen Nothing and the South Broadway Ghost Society. He currently lives in China, where he enjoys biking around Wuhan’s suburbs. You can find him online at

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Open Mouth Presents: Jeffrey Thomson

January 19, 2020 | Nomads Southtown | 7:30 PM; doors open at 7:00 PM

Jeffrey Thomson is a poet, memoirist, translator, and editor, and the author of multiple books including: Half/Life: New and Selected Poems from Alice James Books (October 2019), the memoir fragile, The Belfast Notebooks, The Complete Poems of Catullus, and the edited collection From the Fishouse. He has been an NEA Fellow, the Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Poetry Centre at Queen’s University Belfast, and the Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Fellow at Brown University.  He is currently professor of creative writing at the University of Maine Farmington.

Jeffrey will also lead a generative workshop entitled Poetry, Metaphor, Madness on January 19 at Nightbird books.

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Open Mouth Presents: Marlin M. Jenkins

February 9, 2020 | Nomads Southtown| 7:30 PM; doors open at 7:00 PM

Marlin M. Jenkins was born and raised in Detroit and is the author of the chapbook Capable Monsters (Bull City Press, 2020). He studied Creative Writing and Black Studies at Saginaw Valley State University, and studied poetry in University of Michigan’s MFA program. His poetry has been given homes by Indiana Review, TriQuarterly, Waxwing, Iowa Review, New Poetry from the Midwest, and Volume 2 of Oxidant Engine’s BoxSet Series. His fiction has been given homes by The Rumpus, Passages North, and the anthology Forward: 21st Century Flash Fiction. He has worked as a teaching artist with Inside Out Literary Arts, teaching poetry to middle schoolers in Detroit Public Schools, and was an editor for HEArt Online’s Let Me Love Me section, which was dedicated to poets of color writing about body image and self-love. Before moving to the Twin Cities in Minnesota, he was an occasional bookseller, a Lecturer at University of Michigan in the English Department Writing Program, and the fiction instructor at the Neutral Zone–a teen center in Ann Arbor.

Marlin will also lead a generative workshop TBA on February 9 at Nightbird Books.

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