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Deflating hopes like sepia balloons.

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I’ve not been up to much, comedy-wise, in a very, very, very long time. If that’s why you’re here, I apologize. My time these days is mostly spent writing and reading little poems to people. For example, the video below is from when I got to read my poem “Requiem for a Revenant (in Memory of John Fahey)” at the 4th annual Great Twin Cities Poetry Read last April at Hamline University in St. Paul.

I ramble on at the start about John Fahey, but his music and writing mean a lot to me. Just play it. Thanks.

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April 24, 2014 at 11:35 am

Posted in Gigs, Poetry

What’s up with YOU?

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As usual this time of year, I’m pretty much passing the three hours of daylight wondering if I’ll survive another winter’s interminable darkness and sub-zero cold. I’ve been writing and publishing and working out some storytelling ideas, too. Because I’m doing December’s Two Chairs Telling at the Bryant-Lake Bowl. Jokes are on the back burner for now. So at least they’ll stay warm.


Online yoga/mindfulness magazine Elephant Journal recently published my poem “Whirligigs.” [Click the link.]

Revolver, force-feeders of pudding last summer, just published my poem “The Last Diving Horse in America.”

A digital broadside commissioned by mnartists.org paired my poem “Loam” with art by Gregory Euclide.

The above pic was taken the day before snow and temperatures fell as if tied to Wile E. Coyote’s ACME anvil. My face is too frozen to smile now. I’m sure people think I’ve gotten Botox. Take my word for it.

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December 6, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Posted in Gigs, Poetry

Four cents’ worth.

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The latest edition of The Columnest recounts my experience as part of the Little Brown Mushroom Summer Camp for Socially Awkward Storytellers. My interview with The Missouri Review recounts my gradual decline from prodigious literary up-and-comer to over-the-hill stage performer/hack needy for laughs.

Speaking of which, here’s a snapshot of me berating the audience at Vita.mn‘s 2013 Summer Stories reading at The Union in downtown Minneapolis.


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July 26, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Posted in Comedy, Gigs, Influences, Writing

Leaving no trace.

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I’ve failed my four readers yet again. I’ve neglected this venue for weeks, in favor of living an offline life that included reading my story “The Four Hermans” at the Triple Rock Social Club like some sort of literary punk rocker and talking about comedy/storytelling for photographer Alec Soth‘s “Little Brown Mushroom Summer Camp for Socially Awkward Storytellers.” I also emceed the Summer Camp’s closing Slideshow and Dance at the Soap Factory. I wrote a new column and produced a new edition of the podcast in there somewhere, too. And “What Happened Next,” a new noir-ish flash piece, appeared online at Shotgun Honey. I almost forgot.

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This pic is a $1 Portrait by LBM Summer Camper Tara Wray. She’s back in Vermont by now. I’m still here in Minneapolis, answering questions for The Missouri Review by email. More about that when the time comes.

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July 16, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Posted in Art, Gigs, Podcast, Writing

So what’s next?

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All of my comedy and poetry responsibilities have been fulfilled! My performance calendar is empty for the first time in a while.

Maybe now I can get back to some projects I’ve been neglecting. Because the world deserves a one-act play from me. And possibly a new short story. And there’s always the podcast to attend to. And more little ditties to write and record.

Brian Beatty and mandolin

After another cup of coffee, maybe. Or you’re also welcome to contact me about performance opportunities.

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April 21, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Posted in Comedy, Gigs, Podcast, Poetry, Writing

Just us chickens…glazed with snow.

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April is National Poetry Month. To help celebrate, I’ll be sharing my poem for John Fahey at this event.  529384_582341951362_977293743_n

But first, here’s a little photo of what April looks like in Minnesota. Cruelest month, indeed.


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April 11, 2013 at 11:53 am

Posted in Gigs, Poetry

Unready for my close-up.

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I've been working on my smile. Obviously.

I’ve been working on my smile. Obviously.

I was asked to provide a headshot for a Valentine’s Day reading at the Walker Art Center, where I’ll be sharing 20 seconds of my poetry. That’s how much time I afforded this photo, too.

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January 23, 2013 at 10:16 pm

Posted in Gigs, Poetry

“Eyes and Ears” — a story.

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This story, titled “Eyes and Ears,” was written for the Talking Image Connection reading series, in response to FLO(WE){U}R, a performative ceramics manufacturing project created by Amber Ginsburg and Joe Madrigal for exhibition at The Soap Factory. This was my third or fourth TIC series appearance.

The video starts halfway through my story’s opening paragraph: “The withered little woman called herself Mother Earth, but there was absolutely nothing hippie muffin about her. She reeked mostly of the cigarette smoke that had yellowed her long, tangled hair and what few teeth had not yet rotted out of her mouth.
The tall bourbons she tossed back like tap water sharpened the bit of an edge on her breath, too.”

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May 23, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Posted in Gigs, Stories, Writing

Recent and upcoming sightings.

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It was recently brought to my attention by absolutely nobody that I’d not updated my site since mid-January. I have my reason: I’ve been busy. Writing, performing, podcasting, etc.

Don’t believe me? Here’s a pic of me teeing up an old story I performed at the Just Vote No Show at the BLB a while back. This charity gig had to happen because cowardly statehouse haunters are asking Minnesotans to vote to amend the state constitution to discriminate against gays. Which is ridiculous.

Happy, loving couples of every orientation deserve insufferable in-laws.

The above photo’s by Emma Freeman Photography, a talent with a taste for photographing gay weddings. Hint, hint, Minnesota.

The January, February and March editions of You Are Hear, the monthly literary podcast I host for mnartists.org, are available for download at the links above and on something the kids call iTunes. (Extraordinary poets Paula Cisweski and Todd Boss will be featured in April.)

Upcoming gigs include comedy at the MIA (for Third Thursday, April 19) and a new story at the Soap Factory (for a Talking Image Connection reading, May 12). Then I prep for the 2012 MN Fringe. So see you around.

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March 24, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Posted in Comedy, Gigs, Podcast, Writing

Free tree hugs. (I have boundary issues.)

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Next up on my creative calendar is a reading at Silverwood Park, as part of a project co-sponsored by the great peeps at mnartists.org. My stories “Squirrels” and “Nuts” will be available for audio download to enjoy as you take in the park’s trails and autumnal colors. On Saturday, September 24, I’ll be at the park to share my ridiculous li’l nature tales in person. So if you hear about Bigfoot sightings, you know why.

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September 12, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Posted in Gigs, Writing


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