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Poetry Cabaret Collective’s Annual Asheville Party

Posted in Uncategorized on August 19, 2016 by C.C. Beissert

I’ve been working in collaboration with the Poetry Cabaret Collective to produce an annual party for Asheville. The show mixes live poetry, music, burlesque performances and other art forms to celebrate creativity and sexuality while also starting conversations about social justice, gender equality, racial empathy, and spiritual diversity. Versions of the show have been performed on the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival, and a special Buckminster Fuller edition will be performed at the Reviewing Black Mountain College 8 conference on September 24 of this year. Please “like” Poetry Cabaret Collective on Facebook for more updates and to find out how we can bring Poetry Cabaret to a venue near you. poetrycabaretIV_poster3update2

Poetry Cabaret 2

Posted in Uncategorized on August 8, 2014 by C.C. Beissert

Check out this cool happening in Asheville, NC, on August 19. Poetry Cabaret II brings together a true variety of spoken word artists and musicians with dance, comedy, and much more. The fine bartenders at the Crow and Quill (106 N. Lexington Ave.) will be serving up special poetry-themed cocktails. One hot night only. No open mic.

august 19, 2014, asheville, NC

designed by Michael Coyle

Readings at The Banshee Labyrinth

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on August 20, 2013 by C.C. Beissert

Words continue to float like dreams in the invisible city of Edinburgh, where time seems forgotten. Today I’m giving readings in a medieval dungeon turned metal bar–as if this trip hasn’t been surreal enough. And a fine spot for poetry it is. Earlier: brilliant poet from London Keith Jarrett read the Spanish of my English translations. Later: returning star James McKay and I will attempt a seance of Walt Whitman, 5:30 PM in the dungeon.

Still more to come during this last week of this jam-packed fest. The PBH Free Fringe is the epicenter for poetry on the planet these few weeks and for artists “on the fringe.”


Posted in Art, Happenings, Poetry, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on September 2, 2012 by C.C. Beissert

Live poetry, cabaret music, and burlesque performance happening in Asheville, NC, on Sunday, September 2, 2012, at 8 p.m. Doors at 7. Ticket $8. Guests are encouraged to attend in costume.

“The Locomotive”

Posted in Uncategorized on December 16, 2011 by C.C. Beissert

Translated from the Spanish of Pablo Neruda by Caleb Beissert



So powerful, so wheat-bringing, so procreative and whistling and roaring and thundering! It threshed grain, winnowed sawdust, felled forests, sawed lumber, cut timbers, threw smoke, grease, sparks, fire, blasting off whistles that shook the plains.
        I love it, because it looks like Walt Whitman.



—first appeared in the International Poetry Review, 2011, courtesy of Fundación Pablo Neruda


Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on June 1, 2011 by C.C. Beissert

Here’s a little video of “Symphony” by Josh Gaines read by Caleb Beissert, Andrew Procyk, and Gaines at Vanuatu Kava Bar Poetry Open Mic on May 18th, 2011. This clip is part of a feature reading by Gaines.

Gaines is a poet, photographer, U.S. military captain, and the author of Cigarette Sonatas, a collection of poems and short stories. He now lives in Chicago, where he is studying writing at the Art Institute. The poet also has fine taste in single malt Scotch.