Songs of Selah with guest, Elisabeth Horan

Songs of Selah Episode #77
October 21, 2019
9-11 PM EST

Elisabeth Horan will be joining the program tonight to talk about and read selections from her new book, Self-Portrait, from Cephalopress. Adedayo Adeyemi Agarau will also be appearing as the two discuss another new collaborative book, So Righteous We Go Flying.  

The second hour will include an open mic segment so please feel free to call in with questions for Elisabeth and Adedayo, and to read a few pieces of your own at 646-668-8757. Tune in live at the link below (or listen to the archived episode later at the same spot)…

Self Portrait by Elisabeth Horan

Inspired by Frida Kahlo

Published by Cephalo Press September 30th 2019

I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone,

because I am the person I know best. – Frida Kahlo

Self Portrait

About the book: This book of poetry explores the life and work of Frida Kahlo, suffusing the intensity of her life into a dual-language collection. In her love of language and Frida, emerging poet Elisabeth Horan offers a beautiful meditation on art and that which inspires it. Her connection to Frida is drawn out through the vivid poems and imagery, embedding the personal into a life-story that has become well-known. Horan’s collection illuminates a new approach to Kahlo’s life in its emphasis on shared experience and poetic tribute.


About the Author: Elisabeth Horan is an imperfect creature from Vermont advocating for animals, children and those suffering alone and in pain – especially those ostracized by disability and mental illness.

She is Editor in Chief at Animal Heart Press, and Co-Editor at Ice Floe Press. She has several chaps and collections coming out this year including Bad Mommy / Stay Mommy at Fly on the Wall Press, Odd list Odd house Odd me at Twist It Press, Was It R*pe, from Rhythm and Bones Press, and Just to the Right of the Stove, with Hedgehog Poetry Press. She is a poetry mentor and proud momma to Peter and Thomas. She recently earned her MFA from Lindenwood University and received a 2018 Best of the Net Nomination from Midnight Lane Boutique and a 2018 Pushcart Nomination from Cease Cows. Follow her @ehoranpoet  & Her other books are available to buy from:


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The Velvet Note

Reading from Of Sand and Sugar and Abstract Visions of Light at The Velvet Note jazz club in Alpharetta, Georgia. Thank you to Dr. Tarece Johnson for organizing and hosting the Velvet Voices event, and to Tai Davis for recording my performance after having given her own. The atmosphere at the venue is relaxed and chill. It was a fun night.

Of Highways and Hiding Spots

I’ve heard tell that enlightenment comes as a crack in the foundation. I certainly wouldn’t know. Consciousness has a story of its own, but it told me that its lips are sealed. And I always believed every word of it, no matter the iffy look in those eyes. But I also knew that everyone was playing the same game with different rules. And I heard them say that when you awaken, you’ll be sorely vexed at the disturbance of dreams, but then must make a choice whether to remain lucid or beg the light to go away. Hint, hint: it never does. It’s a mad, mad highway, and there is not a single space designed to serve as a hiding spot.

I have met seven each from all thirteen sides of the war. Some of them were sweeter than others by degree, but down to the last they all had their reasons to curse and shake sticks. Righteous with their stones and sabers. But I, too, have run my mouth afoul at times, missed the mark, and perhaps even wallowed in the undertow of my own woeful wrongs. But so what? It’s sort of part of the process of making peace with your conscience. We grow up, dust off, move on, correct course, and make right. Signed, stamped, and delivered to the doorstep of karma. There are two scales that measure the balance between order and chaos in this world, but there is only one power great enough to judge the truth of your heart.

The Velvet Note: September 18

I’m excited about reading tomorrow evening at The Velvet Note jazz club in Alpharetta, Georgia. Huge thank you to Dr. Tarece Johnson for setting up the Velvet Voices event. Looking forward to taking in performances by Mila Konomos, Tai Davis, and Dr. Yusef Abdus Salaam as well. Tickets are available at the link below if there is anyone in the greater Atlanta area who’d like to make it out…

The show kicks off at 7 PM EST on Wednesday, September 18th. It’s going to be a fun night (and will also be streaming live on The Velvet Note’s FB page). Hope to see you there. Cheers, my friends!

The Velvet Note Promo

Songs of Selah with Guest, Mela Blust

Songs of Selah
September 11, 2019
9-11 PM EST

Mela Blust joins the program tonight to talk about and read selections from her new book, Skeleton Parade. The second hour will include an open mic segment so please feel free to call in with questions for Mela and/or to read a few pieces of your own at 646-668-8757.

Tune in live at the link below (or listen to the archived episode later at the same spot)…

Skeleton Parade


Mela Blust is a poet, a trauma survivor, and a mother. Since seeking publication just over a year ago, Mela’s work has been nominated twice for Best Of The Net, and has appeared or is forthcoming in The Bitter Oleander, Rust+Moth, The Nassau Review, The Sierra Nevada Review, South Florida Poetry Journal, Collective Unrest, and many, many more.

Her debut poetry collection, Skeleton Parade, is available now from Apep Publications.

She is Head Publicist and Social Media Manager for Animal Heart Press, a contributing editor for Barren Magazine, and a poetry reader for The Rise Up Review.

She can be followed at

Mela Blust


Songs of Selah with Guest, Luke Johnson

Songs of Selah
Saturday, August 31
4-6 PM EST

Luke Johnson will be joining the program in the first hour to talk about his new book, and the second hour will include an open mic segment. Call in with questions for the guest and/or to read work of your own at 646-668-8757.

Listen live at the link below on 17Numa Radio…


Luke Johnson lives with wife and three kids on the California Coast. His poems can be found in Kenyon Review, Florida Review, Narrative, Nimrod, Tinderbox, Greensboro Review, Connotation Press, and others. He was a Finalist for both the Pablo Neruda Prize and Brett Elizabeth Jenkins Award. His chapbook, :boys, 2019, was published by Blue Horse Press. 

Find out more about his work at