Thursday, November 29, 2012

Versus from Aurore Press

THE RABBIT PUNCH DEFENSE (NICK BARROWS) | JOURNEYMAN'S LAMENT (MARK FLANIGAN) $14.95 | 7.5 x 9.25 | 100 pages | paperback | Pub Date: November 30, 2012

The Rabbit Punch DefenseThe Rabbit Punch Defense by Nick Barrows
Nick Barrows came from the hills of the Westside of Cincinnati, Ohio were he began his first days of memory behind the bar of his father's Tavern down by the River Ohio. His works have appeared in Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking, & Light Industrial Safety, Trained Monkey Press, Aurore Press, and the website Semantikon. He was also the music editor for The Citizen. Music escapades include The 4 Track All-Stars, Eagle To Squirrel, and Jack Burton Overdrive. In 2007 Barrows released his chapbook Rockets on Bibles and in the past few years he has been seething in the concrete and playing concertina.
Journeyman's Lament. Cover art by Tim McMichaelJourneyman's Lament by Mark Flanigan
Cincinnati writer Mark Flanigan has been churning out the work for over two decades now, his “Exiled” column having recently ended after an eleven-year run—first in X-Ray Cincinnati, then online at, and finally at CityBeat. A noted performer, critic Mark Sterner once said of Flanigan, “He is a born story teller, and his readings come off with the sheer delight in words and in the quirky sort of life they are capable of expressing… Flanigan’s exultant poetry, heard aloud in the theatre, reminds us of what it is to be alive.” Additionally, his free e-book, Minute Poems, is available online from Three Fools Press, and more work and information can be found at the author’s personal website,
"The combination of the two marks a prodding of humanity and the human psyche that is sometimes dark, sometimes ethereal and sometimes humorous." -- Hannah McCartney, Cincinnati CityBeat
Gus Katsanis tending bar at the P N K Tavern, Jersey City, NJAurore Press would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Gus Katsanis for keeping the light on at the P N K Tavern in Jersey City, NJ. Rest in peace, my friend.
Photo taken by Greg C.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Aurore Press Presents Versus Nick Barrows | Mark Flanigan

Aurore Press Presents Versus Nick Barrows ("The Rabbit Punch Defense") | Mark Flanigan ("Journeyman's Lament") Our next local writer spotlight zeroes in on two intense poets from Cincinnati whose comeuppance is long overdue: Mark Flanigan and Nick Barrows. On Final Friday, November 30, 2012, at MiCA 12/v in OTR, we present two writers who mean a whole hell of a lot to the AP family. Reception and Reading at MiCA 12/v 7:30 - 9:00 PM More details to come! Visit: