Touring America through the Spring and Summer of 2009, The Lightning Bug Romantics are 2008 Individual World Poetry Slam runner-up Jason McBeth and Michael Roberts, author of the Puschcart Prize nominated collection “No More Poems About The Moon” (2008 Write Bloody Press).
As a pair, these two touring performance poets are polar opposites. Peanut butter and Jelly and siamese twins. Michael Roberts is trustworthy, heroically humble, and a recognized saint in seven different religions in 32 languages. He has been the opening act for indie rock bands at the famous Troubadour in Hollywood, has shared the stage with such spoken word legends as Buddy Wakefield, Derrick Brown, and Beau Sia, and recently toured eastern Europe, performing in Prague, Czechoslovakia; Budapest, Hungary; and Split, Croatia.
Jason McBeth is currently the second ranked performance poet in the world and among the many venues at which he has performed are London’s Globe Theater, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, The Western Regional Poetry Slam in Big Sur, and Hollywood’s Da Poetry Lounge.
In addition to “No More Poems About the Moon,” Roberts contributed to the Write Bloody Anthologies “The Last American Valentine” and “The Good Things About America.” McBeth also contributed to “The Good Things About America” and his first book, The Cities Under Your Tongue’ is to be published this spring by Write Bloody. For more information: www.myspace.com/lightningbugromanticstour
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