Wednesday, October 21, 2009

My First Reading

by Jonterri Gadson
So I found my new drug...reading! I loved it. It went over very well. At UVA, one fiction writer and one poet read each week in our MFA reading series. We get up to 30 minutes to present our work. I did mine as an intro to me and took them from how I started writing poetry seriously (on internet poetry forums), through my writing sample, and on to what I'm working on now.
I tried a call and response with a poem for the first time (When I say "binge" say "love." When I say "purge" say "pain"). The crowd was down for it so that felt great. I'm very thankful. If you happen to be in central Virginia on a Tuesday night, you should stop by the UVA MFA reading.


  1. Yay! Sounds like you had a blast! You Tube?

  2. What fun! I am so addicted to giving readings now. Hmm...wonder where I could read in C-ville when my book comes out?

  3. I didn't have it recorded, Monica. That would have been nice.

    Jesse, I'll send you a quick list of places since I'm going to look at that info anyway. I've had it on my mind to send you some suggestions, so I'll just get that done. I'd love to see you read from your new book here in town!

  4. Sounds like a great time. Who knew? From online poetry forums to MFA, you do your thing ma'am! I like the call and response element added to the reading. I'm sure it made it fun and spicy.

  5. Congrats, JayTee! How awesome to have such regular readings scheduled in like that.


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