In January of 2017, I was living in the South Broadway neighborhood in Denver. I was in love with it. Jim Norris, the owner of Mutiny Information Cafe calls that area The Mile of Lost Boys, which is spot on. I felt I had finally arrived home as a poet. It wasn’t long after moving to this neighborhood that I went and saw Jim, barely knowing him at the time, and asked him if I could start a poetry open mic at his store.
From there, it all just kept coming.
Two months later, I was quitting my corporate job to focus on writing, and to self-publish my book of poems. I was running around like a crazy person trying to hit as many events as I could and realizing more than I ever had before just how vast and important a poetry scene Denver had. Meanwhile, the city was getting more expensive and the culture that I loved was noticeably fading.
I started Punch Drunk Press to try to fight back. To do my small part to make the art of Denver’s people impossible to ignore. We have a long way to go still, but I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished so far, and I can’t wait to see what’s to come.
Poetry and writing have saved my life a thousand times over.
Thank you for stopping by,