Where to start? Rae Bryant, editor of Moon Milk Review, kicked off the night with select pieces of fiction. Her strange fiction, coupled with her thoughtful writing style made for an excellent opener. Britt Gambino followed with several poems of emotional honesty. Also a published writer in Moon Milk Review, she is a New School MFA student (in my own program). Last was Jeffrey Grunthaner, one of the first writers to be published with Caper in its early days last year. His style is both dramatic and clean.
The evening followed with several lovely performances by vox poetica writers, culminating in a gorgeous musical literary performance by Elizabeth Stelling and Red Dashboard. With a guitar and poetry, two women stood at the microphone creating a sulty, Southern-tinged, passionate few moments of stories about lovely silk stockings and other beautiful things.
An open-mic followed, allowing poets and writers to share their work—along with the reading of a collaborative poem by 8 writers — vox poetica Annmarie Lockhart, Jeffrey Grunthaner, myself and Lee Transue. We read the parts for 4 other poets (Julie Ellinger Hunt, SPARK's Amy Souza, Ben Nardollili and my own writer younger brother, David Brian Daniel Basile).
Select photos of the event are below — but visit Caper's Facebook to see more.
Editor — Caper Literary Journal
Lisa Marie Basile