DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival Presents: “Hockey, Welding, & Ice Cream: A Love Story” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Paula Neuhaus   
Monday, 11 March 2013 11:55

A Reading Featuring the Work of Thax Douglas, Al Johnson’s Final Flu, & Ryan Werner

[Dubuque, IA] DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival will host a reading entitled “Hockey, Welding, & Ice Cream: A Love Story” on Saturday, March 30, 7-9 p.m. at Eronel Art +Music Venue, 285 Main Street. The evening features a reading of original work from writers Thax Douglas, Al Johnson, & Ryan Werner. This rock-n-roll inspired reading serves as a fundraiser for the 36th annual DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival scheduled for May 17-19, 2013 in downtown Dubuque.

American rock poet Thax Douglas is famous for creating literary snapshots of popular bands’ performances and as a long-time fixture on the Chicago, New York, and Austin music scenes, reading his original poems inspired by bands as introductions to their sets. His self-published work includes several collections of poetry inspired by music. Al Johnson pushed the boundaries and destroyed the rules of rock as founder and front man of the band U.S. Maple. Al Johnson’s Final Flu is now pushing boundaries in the field of writing as a contributor to Vice Magazine as well as his writing website, AlJohnsonisDecent.com. Local fiction writer and rocker Ryan Werner‘s short story collection Shake Away These Constant Days was recently published by Jersey Devil Press. His work is quirky, world-wise, and as joyfully rambunctious as your favorite punk rock song.

The public is invited to meet the writers, enjoy the reading, and buy their books. DubuqueFest t-shirts and signed, limited edition silk-screened posters by artist Rich Rossignol will be available for purchase. A sliding scale donation of $5-$10 is suggested. All proceeds from the door support DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival. More information or donate directly at dubuquefest.org


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