Though you couldn’t call Laramie a big city and it can be a little remote (especially in winter), it’s still home to a lively music scene. One of our favorite troubadours, David Dondero, makes regular stops here to play the Buckhorn Bar. Dondero was named one of NPRs Top 10 Living American Songwriters in 2006 and, though doesn’t have the name recognition of some of the other songwriters on that list, he absolutely deserves it.
He also wrote a really fantastic song about Laramie called “It’s Peaceful Here,” whose lyrics are as good an argument as any as to why Laramie is great.
The past two weeks in Laramie have marked an eventful end of the semester. We said farewell to our beloved program director, Beth Loffreda, before she goes on sabbatical in the spring. MFA graduate, Estella Soto, hosted the Laramie Writers of Color Reading which featured Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Miguel Kaminski, and Rattawut Lapcharoensap. Faculty members Andy Fitch and Danielle Pafunda gave a house reading to remember. And last night was the final MFA reading of the year with Brock Jones and Miguel. Enjoy these photos from the events, and have a wonderful break!
Q&A session with Stella, Miguel, A, and Kali
Stella at the Laramie Writers of Color Reading
Julian Saporiti entertains all with his musical talent
Rattawut reads. Everyone is in awe.
Andy and Danielle read from their latest works
Last night’s crowd was all smiles
Miguel read… in a coat.
Brock reading his astounding poetry
Rebecca Estee doing what she does – being a great reading series organizer
Miguel reading while making people laugh and maybe cry
- Special thanks to Kali’s grandfather and Chelsea Biondolillo, without whom there’d be no photos.
in the words of our dearest scott pinkmountain:
Much chatter on the network this week, but things are afoot. It’s been a busy 50,000 years of sapien sub-dominance finally coming to mezzo-fruition. If you know what I mean.
Anyway, without further ado, the second EYES record is now finished and available for download. This record was a labor of love and tears and we hope it brings you something good. The album is called DUST and we recorded it to 8-track tape back in the German mid-70s.
In case you weren’t around at the end of the last decade, EYES was a band I played in back in the Bay Area phase of my experimentation.
I hope this finds you all well and with hungry ears.
download the album at the link above, and check out EYES at their own blogspot.