Featured Poets 2012

September 5th, 2012-Jane Cassady

For the Comfort of Automated Phrases: West Coast Debut

Jane, being Jane

Plus, Virtual Jane reading live, via the magic of the interwebz


“To live with an open heart is dangerous
and Jane wants us to know the risks…”

- Brendan Constantine, author of Birthday Girl with Possum

One of our favorite poets ever makes a triumphant (and virtual) return to the Ugly Mug via the magic of something we like to call the tubes of the interwebz.  That means we don't have full details on how we're working it out yet, but we will have it ironed out by Sept. 5th, when Jane Cassady invades the Ugly Mug to treat us all to her poetry and... um... stuff.  More info about Jane and the book below:


The Book. For the Comfort of Automated Phrases is a bottle of wine on a blanket in the park. It’s a night on the couch with your girlfriend, your boyfriend… or both of them. It’s making soup for a friend with a sick child. It’s the beautiful unpretentious. At its heart, this is a book of love poems written starry-eyed to board games and geography, to pop culture and pop music, to nephews and cats and cities and singers. Cassady’s full-length debut is the poetic equivalent of a mix tape – one you’ll keep rewinding and replaying – one that could easily be the soundtrack to your life.

The Poet. Jane Cassady probably wants to hug you. She writes “Poetic License Horoscopes” for Sibling Rivalry Press, The Legendary, and Critical Mass, the Philadelphia City Paper’s arts and culture blog. Her poems “In 1992, Almost Immediately, It Got Better” and “For the Comfort of Automated Phrases” can be heard on Indiefeed: Performance Poetry. She has been featured in decomP, The Ballard Street Poetry Journal, Lavender Review, and other journals. She has performed at such venues as LouderArts in New York City, Valley Contemporary Poets in Los Angeles, and The Encyclopedia Show in Chicago. She also writes a blog about happiness, love, and pop-culture called The Serotonin Factory.



Order your copy of Jane's book from Sibling Rivalry press here and if you do it now, you can participate in our first ever bi-coastal poetry readalong!  Heck yeah!