Nano Fiction Reading Series: R. T. Castleberry and Peter B. Hyland

This local poet shares works from his latest chapbook, Arriving at the Riverside

The inspiration for local poet R.T. Castleberry's latest chapbook, Arriving at the Riverside, comes from a familiar place. "I was working at a job that I didn't really enjoy and I could not escape, so the characters in my poems could," says the writer, who will appear at the Nano Fiction Reading Series today. A co-founder of the Flying Dutchman Writers Troupe and editor of Curbside Review, Castleberry creates verses with a strong narrative base, with stories unfolding in whimsical ways. In Riverside's title poem, a man takes a midnight walk: "Twisting in a cakewalk strut, / he has a red rooster feather hanging at his belt, / a black cat bone turning in his hands," Castleberry reads, adding, "It's a little blues and a little surrealism all wrapped up in one." Castleberry reads more with poet Peter B. Hyland - a recent nominee for a Pushcart Prize - at 7:30 p.m. Kaboom Books, 3116 Houston. For information, call 713-869-7600 or visit Free.
Tue., May 11, 7:30 p.m., 2010
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