Sweet friends, Every seventeen years, cicadas spring from the earth in a flurry of chirping, releasing their sweet song into the world. According to Hindu cosmology, every 4,320,000 years the human race appears and disappears in an awe-and-dread-inspiring cycle. We’re talking birth and death and rebirth here, people, we’re talking eternal recurrence of the same, we’re talking circle of fifths, we’re talking Stephen Kampa & the Pickups play every so often and now is so often and you should be here so often to hear us! That’s right. I’m dusting off my harmonicas, I’m gargling whisky, I’m getting ready to
Friends, For a recent interview with my alma mater, click here. May all manner of thing be well. All good things, Stephen
Friends, I have a short essay about Austin Allen’s “Tower Scheherazade” on the 32 Poems blog page. You can find it here. It was such a pleasure to participate in this Contributors’ Marginalia program! Happy autumn, Stephen
Howdy, friends, A recent poem of mine appears on Poetry Daily today. Enjoy! Click here! All good things, Stephen
Greetings, all, Rattle has put a recent poem of mine from their print edition, “Cardiac Concussion with Delay (Hearts and Polaroids, Playlists and Time),” online. http://www.rattle.com/poetry/cardiac-concussion-with-delay-by-stephen-kampa/ Enjoy!
Hi, friends, I recently had a poem published in Rattle, one of the most readable poetry journals I know, and today they are featuring my poem on the web site: http://www.rattle.com/poetry/ Enjoy! All best, Stephen
Greetings, all, I was honored to be invited by the staff of FLARE: The Flagler Review to be a featured faculty member in this spring’s online edition of the magazine. Those poems, plus a short interview, are available online. Here are some links. “The Man Becomes the Music”: click here. “Thank You for Calling. Your Call Is Important to Us.”: click here. Short Interview: click here. If you’ve ever been stuck on the phone in an endless automated menu, that second poem is for you. Can I also admit that I had a blast doing the interview, partly because I
My second book, Bachelor Pad, is available as of today! Amazon.com lists the ship time as 1 – 3 months, which seems a little unusual to me; happily, you can also get the book directly from Waywiser, which is usually very prompt about shipping. Here’s the link: http://waywiser-press.com/order/wwp-order-online.html.
Just a note to mention that I was a finalist for this year’s Rattle Poetry Prize–here’s a link. That means my poem is eligible for the Reader’s Choice Award–subscribers can vote for their favorite of the finalists, and the poem that receives the most votes will bring to its writer not only glory and fame, but also $1000. Long live democracy! Vote for me, America! Seriously, I am honored to be in the good company of my fellow finalists and winner Roberto Ascalon–thanks to Rattle for continuing to support poetry.
On Saturday, October 5th I’ll be giving a reading from my first book, Cracks in the Invisible, at the New Smyrna Beach Book Festival. The festival is free; books will be available for purchase. The reading starts at 4:00 p.m. at the Best Western in New Smyrna Beach (1401 S. Atlantic Avenue), and later in the evening, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., there will be an author social at Barracuda’s Bar and Grill (203 South Atlantic Avenue) in which book festival attendees are invited to meet and greet authors from the day’s events. I’m proud and pleased to be a