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 www.nanofiction.org. Free.
Tue., May 11, 7:30 p.m., 2010