All posts by Maria Anderson

Upcoming Readings + Other Stuff I’m Doing


I hate to say I’m super busy. My friend Pema has told me, do not say you are busy. You are not busy. You are free. I’m going to start saying I’m super free.

Here are the components of freedom for the upcoming weeks:

February 21st:  I’m reading with Martin Elwell, Paul Hostovsky, Kate Schapira, and Amy Pickworth at Found Poetry @ GRIN Gallery. Providence, RI. Found Poetry Review

February 28th:  Frequency Open Mic



Learning to offset print with Jacque Bidon at AS220

Wrote up Michael Brennan’s MINUS SPACE show

Taking 200 photos a day for a week, choosing 1 per day, and binding them into a little booklet-story. Email me with your address if you want one.

Oh yea, and writing short stories, as usual.


Stay tuned for inside looks at the work of  

: holy vagabond Daniel Arango

: master Tibetan thangka painter and contemporary artist Pema Rinzin (Joshua Liner Gallery, Feb. 27-March 26)

: poet Valerie Hsiung 

Curating and printing the first issue of O Balthazar Press + Collective’s Literary Journal alongside epic poet Valerie Hsiung


Reading this Friday

I’ll be reading at Mellow Pages this Friday, January 17th, at 7pm with some sweet people.

This reading is sponsored by our kind, kind friends at KFC. Chicken buckets for all, unless you are for some reason opposed to chicken bucket sponsorship.

Stay tuned for my Buzzard’s Banquet reading next month, the epic Kat Murphy’s chapbook release party (Dancing Girl Press), and our Frequency Writer’s February open mic night!


Reading Tour with O. Balthazar Press + Other News



with poet Valerie Hsiung and fiction writer Maria Anderson

Oct 8 @ 730pm:  Casa Libre en la Solana (Tucson, AZ) featuring Margaree Little and Farid Matuk

October 9-11th @ Ongoing: The Jane Sessions (Los Angeles / San Francisco/everywhere)

Oct 12 @ 730pm : Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts (Eugene, OR) featuring Carter Mackenzie

Oct 13 @ 730pm: Vermillion Gallery (Seattle, WA) featuring Chelsea Kurnick, Evan Peterson and Lydia Swartz

Oct 17 @ 7pm : Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Cafe (Boulder, CO) featuring Andrea Rexilius

Oct 18 @ 7pm:  BookBar (Denver, CO) featuring Eric Baus, Jennifer Denrow and Sara Renee Marshall

Oct 19 @ TBA: SPZCE (Lincoln, NE)

Oct 21 @ 9pm: Atomic Cowboy (St. Louis, MO)

Oct 22 @ 830: MOTR Pub Writer’s Night (Cincinnati, OH)

Oct 24 @ TBA: Chapterhouse Cafe & Gallery (Philadelphia, PA) featuring Lillian Dunn, Patrick Lucy, Natalie Lyalin

Nov 9 @ TBA: Book release / end of tour party at private residence (Brooklyn, NY) – email for details


And….the Atlas Review is featured in the Union Square Barnes and Noble Staff Picks Section in NYC. Woohoo!

website update

Ploughshares Book Review – Fun Camp by Gabe Durham

This is a gem of a book—a quick hammock read!


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New York Arts Magazine : Ingesting the Light : James Turrell at Pace Gallery

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James Turrell, long known for his work with light and space, has devoted more than four decades to creating a naked-eye observatory out of the cone of an extinct Paleolithic Era volcano located in Arizona’s Painted Desert. Roden Crater and Autonomous Structures opened at Pace Gallery last March in anticipation of the light artist’s exhibitions in museums spanning three different time zones this spring.

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Eugene Weekly : Labor of Love

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“Is there a reward to punching a clock beyond the paycheck? Or is your workweek a sad loss of time that could be better spent?

This is what Michael Roderick, the bearded (and sometimes pig-tailed) front man of Mood Area 52, seeks to explore on the seventh album of their dynamic and genre-busting music, Company Town.”

for more, visit

Metazen : White Leggings

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“I was late to meet a guy for coffee with whom I’d had sex the night before on a fire escape. It was was one of those things that if I were ten or twenty minutes late he might not wait. I did not want to help this woman, not that I knew of, but still I could not move.”

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Coffin Factory : Review of Map of Tulsa by Benjamin Lytal

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751 Magazine: Interview with Melinda Moustakis

Coffin Factory : Review of Little Raw Souls by Steven Schwartz

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