Improv Jazz and Poetry!

So proud to have been part of this awesome show. I’d love for this to be a regular thing. Tell you friends!

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Resurrection Of A Sunflower

Found this monster lurking in my mailbox when I got home this evening. I’m so proud to be a part of this collection! Thank you so much for including my stuff, Catfish McDaris!

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Follow the link to get your copy of this amazing anthology celebrating the life and work of a true master:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0998847607/ref=sr_1_1/140-8049376-6567064?ie=UTF8&qid=1494556650&sr=8-1&keywords=resurrection+of+a+sunflower

You’ve Heard It All Before Release Party

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Please come join us for the official release party for my new chapbook, “You’ve Heard It All Before.” I’ll be reading a bunch of new stuff, selling and signing books and talking with fellow poetry fans. I’m extra excited to be joined by GigaPoem’s Doug Sheilds and Molly Sroges!

Brews

2 Pine St.

Eureka Springs, AK

You’ve Heard It All Before

I am thrilled to announce that I’m now taking orders for my second solo chapbook of poetry. The book is called “You’ve Heard It All Before.” It’s a collection of sixteen standalone poems, many of which continue some of the themes found in my last chapbook, “As I Watch You Fade.” Like the last one, it’ll run you $5, plus an addition $2 for shipping, or you can get one from me in person. You can contact me via Facebook or jamesbengerauthor@gmail.com.

I’ll be reading at the following events:

Poetry Fair 2017
April 15 1:30-5 pm
Lawrence Arts Center
Lawrence, Kansas
https://www.facebook.com/events/381450435546805/

Music/Poetry/Art
July 28 7-10 pm
Downtown Neon Gallery
Kansas City, Missouri

I’ll also be attending the 2017 KC Poetry Throwdown.
April 21-23
Prospero’s Books
Kansas City, Missouri
(I’m not scheduled to read at this one, but I’m sure we can work out some kind of back alley deal).
https://www.facebook.com/events/407971746212792/Heard Cover

Recession In Neverland

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Late last year I was invited to contribute to a book that would center around the surreal artistic photography of Timm Wherry. Of course I jumped at the chance. I, like the other poets participating were supplied with one of Mr. Wherry’s photographs and asked to write a poem about or inspired by the picture. Me being me, I wrote nine poems based on my pic (I had initially challenged myself two write thirty). I narrowed my nine down to four and sent it them off to Chris Lance at Paladin Knight Publishing, hoping that maybe one of my poems would be good enough. A month or so later when the book was officially announced, I was astounded to learn that the picture I had written about was also the cover.

About a week later, my contributor copy had made it’s journey from Paladin Knight’s offices in New Jersey to my mailbox in suburban Kansas City. I tore into the package and was astounded to learn that not one, but two of my poems were printed, and they were the first in the book. After that shock wore off, I realized that not only was I sharing book space with some astounding photography, but the pages were populated by so many names in poetry that I admire; John Dorsey, Jameson Bayles, Shawn Pavey, Jeanette Powers…I could go on for a while.

I suppose what I’m getting at here is, I’m extremely proud to be a part of this stunning collection, and I urge everyone to check it out. If your local indie bookstore can’t get a copy to you (and that’s probably not the case), I’ve supplied a link below to the Amazon listing.

https://www.amazon.com/Recession-Neverland-Timm-Wherry/dp/0985614846/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488063446&sr=8-1&keywords=recession+in+neverland

Happy Halloween!

 

A few years ago my short story collection “Jack of Diamonds” was released as an ebook. It contains what is still one of my favorite stories that I’ve done, “October 31, 1998.” As the title suggests, it’s a Halloween themed one. So in the spirit of the season, here’s one on me. Warning: this one contains offensive language, i.e. kids being immature. Enjoy!

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Buy “Jack of Diamonds” on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Jack-Diamonds-James-Benger-ebook/dp/B00FGJLKHW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1477799107&sr=8-1&keywords=james+benger

Prompts! A Spontaneous Anthology

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Last Wednesday “Prompts! A Spontaneous Anthology” was released by 39 West Press. Among the amazing poems is my little one called, “Literally How it Happened…Figuratively Speaking.” Huge thank you to Jeanette Powers for putting the book together and for including my poem. A big thank you also to all the poets who contributed to this anthology. I’m immensely proud to be a small part of this book. Check below for a link to 39 West Press’ page on the anthology.

https://39westpress.com/prompts