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A Gaggle of Hoogalins

Round 2 of the Mongolian Yurt Poetry Reading series was an interesting venture.  The past couple months, Nostrovia! Poetry has been swinging around Tucson, Arizona.  We have been building a base through organizing events, wandering empty streets free styling, throwing wine gatherings, and cooperating with the passionate cats that inhabit this city.  Gathering together the underground’s underground, we’re working to participate with the Tucson community to create an open minded / creative space for artists to gather & share their passion.

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In a way, a light has published itself at the end of the road that landed us here.  Nostrovia! is moving forward, putting focus on grass roots literary activism and pushing its boundaries through the underground towards whatever that light may manifest as.  We’ve taken our thumbs off the road and letting the desert peer inside our skull.

Shout out to Christoper Morgan & Zander Buxton for driving a 13 hour journey & supplying home cherished sanity wine.

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The Mongolian Yurt Reading kicked off with an intimate cipher in the yurt.  We passed through the circle, providing a quieter space prior to show’s kick off for folks to become comfortable and get to know the other artists.  We transitioned from here to the court yard, and the show began.

The main reading features a 10 slot open mic followed by a collaboration between hip hop + poetry + music + traveling kids + campfire singalongs & ember crinkling features.

Jos Charles / A. Razor / Steve Roggenbuck / Jeremiah Walton / Romeo / Neeko Ford / Farzana Marie / Chris Burke / & Christopher Morgan composed the feature list, providing a diverse atmosphere of people with roots scrambled across a wide variety of different histories.

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Bottlecap Press + Fruita Pulp + Punk Hostage Press vended with us.  Our community drawing board was tagged up and is now hung in Nostrovia!’s House.

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Many of the people who hit the open mic read publicly for their first time.  We made sure to provide the loudest applause possible, louder than they may ever experience again, something to live up to.

Round 2 was successful, and we’re looking forward to seeing where our next events take Nostrovia! Poetry and the artists we’ve been growing with.

What’s next?

From here, we’re moving forward into hosting our next show, the No Mic Open Mic (@ Shot In The Dark Cafe) on Friday the 13th, March.  If you’re in the Tucson area, this is another free event we want you to attend with us.


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Christopher Morgan

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Steve Roggenbuck

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Jeremiah Walton is wary of bios, but there's the current sign they're flying: “Jeremiah Walton is founder of Nostrovia! Press & traveling bookstore Books & Shovels. They’ve featured at the NYC Poetry Festival, Oakland Beast Crawl, San Francisco Lit Crawl, Death Rattle, the Kansas City Poetry Throwdown, Cleveland’s Guide to Kulchur: Snoetry, among other lit fests, street corners, & living rooms across the country. They loath-themselves, & are struggling to find a healthy extension of the poem that incorporates publishing. Consistently confused, & trying to make space for compassion for the parts of myself I hate.” That feels like tattooing "love me" across my neck, but hopefully you get to know me thru my poems, not the accolades that are nothing more than memories to let go of.

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