Spring 2014 Poetry Readings

Posted in Uncategorized on April 6, 2014 by paulscotaugust

I will be reading my poems at the following places this spring:

March 20th – Downtown Books, Milwaukee, WI.

March 27th – The Chazen Museum – Madison, WI.

April 21st – WFOP Fox Valley Poetry Series, Harmony Cafe – 233 E. College Ave., Appleton, WI

April 27th – Stoneboat 4.23 Launch Reading, Paradigm Coffee and Music, 1202 N. 8th Street in Sheboygan, WI.

April 28th – Middle Coast Poets Reading Series – River West Public House, Milwaukee, WI.


New Poem at Heron Tree

Posted in Uncategorized on April 6, 2014 by paulscotaugust

My poem Driving Home, Just North of Chetek appears here on Heron Tree.

Three New Poems at Connotation Press

Posted in Uncategorized on April 6, 2014 by paulscotaugust

I have three new poems just published at Connotations Press: An Online Artifact.

The Ice Finally Goes Out on Lake Chetek

Leaving Chetek on Sunday Night

Two Bedroom House For Sale in Chetek, WI

Associate Editor Julie Brooks Barbour introduces our lead poet this month:

These poems by Paul Scot August are haunted by desolate structures: a “shuttered canning plant” and the twisted pier on a lake. There is also spiritual desolation in these poems, but the speaker faces it head on—plunging feet into icy water or standing on the rails just after a train passes, “prepared for the darkness ahead.” Here is the risk of failure. Here’s a ticket out but the speaker dares to stand still and look back.

Two new poems accepted in Stoneboat

Posted in My Poems on January 2, 2014 by paulscotaugust

Two of my new poems were accepted for the next issue of Stoneboat.

They are: “Poseiden Near Burnham’s Island” and “Something About the Stars.”

They will appear in the Spring, 2014 issue of Stoneboat.

See more info about Stoneboat and subscribe or buy issues here.

WUWM Interview – Middle Coast Poets

Posted in General Poetry Stuff, Poetry Readings on August 31, 2013 by paulscotaugust

Robert Vaughan and I were interviewed by Stephanie Lecci on WUWM’s Lake Effect where we talked about the Middle Coast Poets reading series.

Read about it, and listen to the interview here.

New Poem in The Lindenwood Review

Posted in Uncategorized on June 13, 2013 by paulscotaugust

My poem Parallel Lines Meeting in Flame appears in the 2013 Issue of The Lindenwood Review.

Subscriptions and information about The Lindenwood Review can be found here.

The current issue features my poem online, too.

New Poem in The Louisville Review

Posted in My Poems on June 5, 2013 by paulscotaugust

My new poem Anywhere But Here appears in Issue 73, the Spring 2013 issue of The Louisville Review.

You can see the Table of Contents here, view a .pdf file, or purchase your own copy.

Middle Coast Poets – A Reading Series

Posted in Poetry Readings on April 23, 2013 by paulscotaugust

Robert Vaughan and I got together for coffee a few weeks back and over the course of getting caffeinated and catching up on each other’s current writing projects, we lamented the fact that there really wasn’t any national poetry month events going on in Milwaukee this year. We joked that we should create one, and then it wasn’t a joke, and the planning began, and the planning for a one-off NaPoMo reading turned into an idea for a quarterly reading series. And so the Middle Coast Poets Reading Series was born! You can find us on Facebook here. We will have poets from Milwaukee and the surrounding states, and touring poets read each quarter, and we will alternate between the Riverwest and Bay View neighborhoods.

And our inaugural reading will take place on Monday, April 29th, at the Riverwest Public House at 815 east Locust Street in Milwaukee. The reading will begin at 7pm and go to about 9pm. The house serves alcohol, and books will be available from several of the poets.

The poets will be reading a favorite poem by someone else, followed by a few of their own, and are as follows:

Nikki Wallschlaeger
Matt Specht
Sharon Foley
Kari Freitag
Dawn Tefft
Paul Scot August
Ed Makowski
Andrea Potos
David Tomaloff
Brittany Cavallaro
Robert Vaughan

Please join us at our inaugural reading and support poetry in Milwaukee!

Why people hate poetry

Posted in General Poetry Stuff on April 23, 2013 by paulscotaugust

Molly Snyder writes about poetry for OnMilwaukee.com and here she interviews several Milwaukee or Milwaukee-connected poets (including yours truly) about why they think people hate poetry.

“It’s funny, people I meet – non-writers – for the most part say they like poetry, but don’t seem to actually read much of it,” says August. “But so much poetry being written today is accessible and easier to relate to than maybe ‘The Wasteland’ or Pound’s ‘Cantos.’ And it is so good.”

Read it here and put Molly into your regular reading schedule. She’s a good one!

The Next Big Thing

Posted in General Poetry Stuff on February 20, 2013 by paulscotaugust

The Next Big Thing

Christina Lovin, author of the book A Stirring in the Dark (Old Seventy Creek Press, 2012) was good enough to tag me in the blog chain that is going around known as The Next Big Thing interview project. Thank you Christina! Here are my responses to the self-interview based on my (hopefully, someday) forthcoming full-length book of poetry Apologizing to Fish.

What is your working title of your book?

My first full-length manuscript is titled Apologizing to Fish. It is currently making the rounds at a whole bunch of poetry book contests and I hope it grows-up soon from a manuscript to an actual book.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

After several years of writing, revising, and publishing individual poems, themes and patterns presented themselves until it began to look like a book. The title of the manuscript comes from a poem I wrote about going fishing with my father and my son.

What genre does your book fall under?

Oh, it’s definitely poetry.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy for the love and relationship poems. Robert Duval to play the speaker’s father. Kathy Bates to play the speaker’s mother.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Narrative Explorations and lyrical bursts concerning dead and dying railroads, towns, parents, and relationships.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Well, hopefully it will win a contest and be published by a reputable press.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I think after about three years of writing and revising and publishing this group of poems, I felt it was time to compile them into a book.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I wouldn’t compare it to other specific books of poetry, but I would say certain books that I read during this time period gave me inspiration and pushed me to craft better poems than had I not read them. Other poets are my teachers.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

While writing this collection of poems, I was reading and constantly returning to poetry by James Wright, Richard Hugo, Larry Levis, James Harms, Robert Wrigley, Keetje Kuipers, B.H. Fairchild, Dorianne Laux, Kim Addonizio and many others. They were both inspiration and poetry guides.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

The amazing cover, which doesn’t yet exist outside of my head. For the book which doesn’t yet exist. But *I* believe it will, and it will be amazing, this cover. Trust me. You’ll love it.


Some other writers and poets I have chosen to “tag” and who will posting their responses at the links below:

P.J. DeGenaro’s blog can be found here.

Terry Lucas’ blog can be found here.

Christi Craig’s blog can be found here.

Johanna C. Dominguez’s blog can be found here.