Foundlings, the magazine dedicated to local poetry and the cultural benefits that come with supporting a strong poetry scene, is launching its second issue. This significant undertaking will be marked by an event at The Sterling, which is free and open to the public. The event will also feature a number of readings from contributors that are featured in the second issue.
The first Foundlings issue was released to the public last May. The commemorative launch saw the release of a plethora of poems and found images, bundled into a handy print product that flooded the city’s coffee shops (among other distribution points). Artists included in the release included Justin Karcher (Ghost City Review editor and author of Tailgating at the Gates of Hell).
In anticipation of the volume two release, the Foundlings editors have prepared a short mini-zine — an appetizer — available as a free download through the magazine’s Gumroad store. This mini-zine features a note from the editors and four poems from volume two contributors Jason Irwin, Samuel Shrub-Foreman, Lytton Smith, and Gerry Crinnin. Follow this link to download your copy.
The release of volume two expands the scope and the range of the project by doubling the number of works included. Feature poets and contributors include Noah Falck, Just Buffalo Literary Center Education Director and author of Snowmen Losing Weight; Lytton Smith, SUNY Geneseo Professor and author of The All-Purpose Magical Tent; Gerry Crinnin, author of Haiku to the Chief; Jason Irwin, Pittsburgh-based poet and playwright and author of Watering the Dead; and Don Berger, professor at Johns Hopkins University, author most recently of the bilingual collection The Long Time, and Poet Laureate of Takoma Park, Maryland.
Aside from publishing issues of Foundlings, editors Max Crinnin, S. James Coffed, Aidan Ryan, and Darren Canham have also been busy putting some of the poetry in the medium of video. The first episode (Friends and Foundlings) can be found online, featuring the work of poet Justin Karcher.
To top it off, the Foundlings team has been traveling down the political road. First, they held a launch party at Founding Fathers – the party was held to recognize the most recent collection of Gerry Crinnin – Haiku to the Chief, which dedicates one haiku for each U.S. president in office.
That event led a four-city reading tour (Rochester, Fredonia, Syracuse, and Toronto) that coincided with the four recent election debates. Local poets Crinnin, Karcher, Megan Kemple and Ben Brindise joined a number of poets from host cities. The traveling reading series came to a close with a reading from Toronto’s prized poet Robert Priest.
Now, back to Buffalo, the team is excited to roll out this second issue, while spreading the good word of local poets far and wide. Come join them on Thursday, December 29, starting at 7pm at The Sterling – 1487 Hertel Avenue.
Copies of Foundlings One and Two will be available for purchase.