Where Downtown Meets Over the Rhine

Local poets Nick Barrows and Mark Flanigan debut Versus from Aurore Press in OTR

New from Cincinnati's Aurore Press

Aurore Press, the Cincinnati-based publisher best known for the nostalgic book Stories for Shorty: A Collection of Recollections about The Jockey Club 1982-1988 are releasing two independent works of poems entitled Versus featuring Nick Barrows with The Rabbit Punch Defense and Mark Flanigan with Journeyman’s Lament.

Nick Barrows delighted audiences as the bombastic concertina-playing portion of the band Eagle to Squirrel. His words and lyrics, both sensitively self-reflective and raging can only be described as big, booming, and unforgettable. His other works have appeared in Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking, & Light Industrial Safety, Trained Monkey Press, and Semantikon.  He was also the music editor for The Citizen. His musical endeavors include The 4 Track All-Stars and Jack Burton Overdrive. In 2007 he released his first chapbook, Rockets on Bibles.

Mark Flanigan is the introspective writer with the matter-of-fact cadence whose written works have been appreciated locally for years. His words express his battered but not beaten presence. His poetry reflects self-deprecation, and sometimes despair, but never without the light of hope. Mark’s churned out his works for over two decades and his “Exiled” column for 11 years—first in X-Ray Cincinnati, then online at Semantikon, 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.” Mark’s free e-book, Minute Poems, is currently available online from Three Fools Press.

Book Release and Reception at MiCA v/12 on November 30, 2012
Versus debuts on November 30 on Final Friday at 7:30 p.m. at MiCA v/12, 1201 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. A reception to be followed by readings by Nick Barrows and Mark Flanigan. MiCA is a Cincinnati-based, independent business located in historic Over-the-Rhine.

Book Release Party at The Comet December 28, 2012
Versus will make a second debut on December 15 at 9:30 p.m. at The Comet, 4579 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45223. Nick Barrows and Mark Flanigan will again be performing and reading from their book followed by the music of Seven Speed Vortex and Pillowbiter.

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