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Chasing the serpent of Route One

Books & Shovels journeyed from Tucson, A.Z., up to the Grand Canyon, and through to Las Vegas, N.V..  From Vegas, we shot to the Bay Area, roaming around the passion & fire of Oakland, swept up in May Day protests, kicking it with open minded creatives, from gutter punks to poets in ties.

We departed the Bay Area after meeting with Nostrovia!’s Chief Bartender & Chapbook Editor, Christopher Morgan, creating plans for the 2015 N.Y.C. Poetry Festival and Books & Shovels 2nd venture along the West Coast, from Southern California to Northern this round.

Along Route One, we went thru Santa Cruz, Moneterey, Carmel, into the beautiful wordly depiction of imagination, Big Sur, down into the crowded desolation of Las Angeles.  We transitioned overnight from sleeping in the back of a truck in downtown L.A. to drinking wine in a 1.6 million dollar home in Orange County.  We were beyond out of place within the community, but hell, we had a great time in those bubbles and free styling.  Neeko + Sam + Hapgood + I all shot towards Redlands, crossing towards California’s deserts for the first time.

I write this in Tucson, A.Z., a home we found unexpectedly during the past couple thousand miles.  Driving back to Tucson felt more like going home than heading back to my New Hampshire roots.  I write this in a downtown cafe under dim lighting, coordinating Books & Shovels’ next tour route, solidifying shows & features, and prepping for our cross country rush from Beast Crawl Literary Festival in Oakland to the N.Y.C. Poetry Festival.

It’s good to be back in the desert.  We’ll be posting a moderately concrete tour route within the upcoming weeks before our departure to the highways at the crack of June.


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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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