Tonight Talking Earth features local poets Leanne Grabel and Casey Bush, fresh from a spoken word tour across the Pacific Northwest.
Leanne Grabel is a writer, illustrator, performance poet, semi-retired special education teacher, and co-founder of Portland's poetry fount of the 90s, Cafe Lena. Grabel's collection of illustrated prose poems, Gold Shoes, was just published by Finishing Line Press (April 2018). Individual poems have been recently published in Cloudbank, After Hour, The Opiate, Badlands Review, Cream City Review, VoiceCatcher, The Tishman Review, Rat's Ass Review, Gobshite Quarterly.
Casey Bush is a Senior Editor of The Bear Deluxe Magazine, the Northwest's leading environmental arts magazine. Casey has performed his work at the Portland Poetry Festival, Seattle Poetry Festival, Powells, Crystal Ballroom, Artquake, Goatfest, Mt. Writers Series, as well as every open mic forum from the Long Goodbye, through the Riverway, Café Lena, Red & the Black Cafe, Blue Monk and Three Friends Coffee Shop. His poems have been featured in local publications including Adragtul, Fireweed, NRG, Portlander, takeout, PinInHand, Thanatos, Broken Word Anthology, Portland Lights, Portland Alliance, Black Widows Web of Poetry, the Oregonian, Windfall and Plazm. Collections of his poetry include Blessings of Madness (26 Books, 1994) and Janes Bonnets (Craftsman Printers, 1995) as well as self-published instant classics by Unimpressed Press: Kiss of the Apocalypse (2002), Cannonball Buttcrack (2003), and Agony of the Circle (2006).