Featured Reading: Legit AF

Legit AF Special Edition reading
Sunday, August 6th

This event is FREE and open to the public.
There will be a tip jar if you would like to show your appreciation to the performers.

Featured Performers

BILL GAINER is known for the openness of his confessional poetry and is recognized as one of the founding contributors to the modern movement of “After Hours Poetry“. Gainer says, “My poetry is written with an economy of words. I believe that the strongest way for poetry to achieve its goal, to express an emotion or feeling, is through the minimal poem.”

Gainer has contributed to the literary scene as a writer, editor, promoter, publicist and poet. He is a co-founder and current board member of the Nevada County Poetry Series. Gainer has read and worked with a wide range of poets and writers, including readings on KUSF with Punk-Rocker Patti Smith and  performances with California’s Poet Laureate, Al Young. Gainer is nationally published and continues to be a sought after reader.

His work has appeared in: The Oregonian, The Sacramento News and Review, The Bukowski Review, Author and Poet, Poetry Prevue, The Archer, Major Poets Quarterly, The Auburn Journal, Poetry Now, Heavy Bear, The Placer County’s Art Council’s “perspectives” (an article about ethics in the arts – working with Quincy Troupe), The Tule Review, The Guild to the Arts, Because People Matter, The Rattlesnake Review, The University of  Nevada Reno’s The LBJ: Avian Life,  Literary Arts, The Kiss of Death Press, Meat, Convergence, The Lummox Press, The Manzanita Review, Speciouos Species, The Huffington Post  and numerous other journals and anthologies. Gainer is a featured contributor to and performer in the documentary film “I Began To Speak.” Ann Menebroker wrote the introduction to his book Roxy, from R.L. Crow Publications (rlcrow.com); co-authored with Todd Cirillo and Will Staple. He can be previewed at billgainer.com.

Photo by Robert Butcher

PUMA PERL is a widely published poet and writer, as well as a performer and producer. She is the author of two chapbooks, Ruby True and Belinda and Her Friends, and two full-length poetry collections, knuckle tattoos, and Retrograde, (great weather for MEDIA press.)  She is the creator, curator, and producer of Puma Perl’s Pandemonium, which launched at the Bowery Electric in 2012 and brings spoken word together with rock and roll. As Puma Perl and Friends, she performs regularly with a group of excellent musicians. She is also a journalist and writes cultural and arts columns for the Villager and other publications. Puma is a recipient of a 2016 Acker Award in the category of writing, and a 2015 New York Press Association Award in recognition of her journalism.

A comprehensive list of video links and updates on events can be found on her blog, http://pumaperl.blogspot.com/Her latest book can be found on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B003VODDBK

and previous works can also be purchased at erbacce press


CRAIG ULTRAVIOLENCE CADY is a poet & performance artist who is here as an experiment. Where ‘here’ is changes frequently, but his original home of Cassfield remains with him wherever he goes. He has performed as a goodwill ambassador from his great city-state with his collaborator, musician Lucas Carey, across your United States from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, and especially the places in between.

Craig’s purpose in life is to protect the world from the dehumanization & greed of the wealthy elite. Armed with a repository of kindness & a master’s degree in gerontology from USC, his ultimate goal is to create a sustainable intergenerational community that fosters a healthier & more connected world.

Craig is embedded as an artist in residence this summer in the Michigan City area. Say hello when you see him queering the state of Indiana.

…more TBA

**Please note: MATURE CONTENT. This event is not suitable for children.