Pablo Miguel Martínez’s collection of poems, Brazos, Carry Me (Kórima Press), received the 2013 PEN Southwest Book Award for Poetry. His poems have appeared in Americas Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Comstock Review, Harpur Palate, Gay and Lesbian Review, Inkwell, New Millennium Writings, North American Review,Pilgrimage and the San Antonio Express-News, among other publications. His poetry has been anthologized in This Assignment Is So Gay, Best Gay Poetry 2008, Poetic Voices without Borders 2, and Queer Codex: Chile Love. He has been a recipient of the Robert L.B. Tobin Award for Artistic Excellence, the Oscar Wilde Award, and the Chicano/Latino Literary Prize. His literary work has received support from the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation and the Artist Foundation of San Antonio. In addition to being a Co-Founder of CantoMundo, a national retreat-workshop for Latina/o poets, he has participated in Sandra Cisneros’ Macondo Writers’ Workshop. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Texas State University. He currently teaches and University of Louisville and will be the featured writer for April’s Subterranean Phrases along with poet and experimental classical guitarist, Misha Feigin.
Check out this fantastic Flash fiction piece by Pablo M. Martinez found on San Antonino Current
“Where There’s Smoke” by Pablo Miguel Martínez
I once dated a handsome Irish guy named Frank. He was a fireman. One night, over dinner at a cramped restaurant on West Sixteenth, Frank shared this: most heart attacks occur in the bathroom. More specifically, he said, on the toilet or in the shower. “I’ve found many victims that way.” Frank smiled then chewed his meatloaf sandwich. He never dipped into the natural gravy, ordered on the side.
This consumed me: we sure risk a lot when we strain to expel or cleanse. Later that night, as we waited for the subway, Frank explained something else. He had to move on. A shower of confettied information burst in my head. It created an embarrassing mess. A monotone voice crackled on the platform speakers. It announced that the uptown No. 3 was running late.
Misha Feigin was born and raised in Moscow and is known as one of Russia’s premiere guitarists. When he immigrated to the US in 1990, he left behind an established position in the Moscow arts scene highlighted by his four albums on the Melodia label, features on major radio and television shows, and national and international tours. He began recording free improvised music in 1986 in Moscow with Auction’s Dimitry Matkovsky. He also performed with the Russian pop-folk star Janna Bichevskaya.
He began recording free improvised music in 1986 in Moscow with Auction’s Dimitry Matkovsky. He also performed with the Russian pop-folk star Janna Bichevskaya.
Misha perfromed free improvised music at the Vancouver Jazz Festival, at the Birmigham Improv. Festival, and in New York at the Knitting Factory and Tonic, where he also played with Elliot Sharp, Eugene Chadbourne and Ami Denio. Other performances have included John Russell, LaDonna Smith, Davey Williams, Craig Hultgren, Toshi Makihara, Peter Kowalt, Leonid Soybelman, Sergei Letov.
Misha played in concerts in 47 US States, Canada, Israel, England, Scotland, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark.
Russian and English are heard throughout Misha’s dynamic performances, which incorporate original poetry and spontaneous storytelling. He plays classical and acoustic guitars, balalaika, keyboards, harmonica. Misha’s music is a blend of various ethnic idioms and musical styles. His five US releases are “Only One Road”, “Only Once”, and “Dreams” with original folk music in Russian and English on Dreaming People Records, and “Spontaneous Folks’ Music” and “June in Moscow” with free improvised music on Spontaneous Folks’ Records. [bio from his website: http://www.mishafeigin.com/lang_sel.html]
Misha is also releasing his fourth book of poems “Cloud Letters” and will read and opening set at Subterranean Phrases on April 9th before improvising with Pablo M. Martinez.
It’s a GONZO week! Our ‘Readings in the Wild’ segment will be pulled from one of the spoken word performances from gonzofest.