Brass Tacks Poetry + Spoken Word Open Mic

Brass Tacks Featuring Crocker, Dorsey, & Crocker

The Brass Tacks Poetry + Spoken Word Open Mic series continues at The Low Beat on Tuesday, July 16 with featured poets Daniel Crocker, John Dorsey, and Margaret Crocker!

Daniel Crocker‘s work has appeared in The Los Angeles Review, Hobart, Big Muddy, New World Writing, Stirring, Juked, The Chiron Review, The Mas Tequila Review, and over 100 others. His books include Like a Fish (full length) and The One Where I Ruin Your Childhood (e-chap with thousands of downloads) both from Sundress Publications. Green Bean Press published several of his books in the ’90s and early 2000s. These include People Everyday and Other Poems, Long Live the 2 of Spades, the novel The Cornstalk Man and the short story collection Do Not Look Directly Into Me. He has also published several chapbooks through various presses. His newest full-length collection of poetry, Shit House Rat, was published by Spartan Press in September of 2017. Stubborn Mule Press published Leadwood: New and Selected Poems—1998-2018 in October 2018. He was the first winner of the Gerald Locklin Prize in poetry. He is the editor of The Cape Rock (Southeast Missouri State University) and the co-editor of Trailer Park Quarterly. He’s also the host of Sanesplaing.

John Dorsey lived for several years in Toledo, Ohio. He is the author of several collections of poetry, including Teaching the Dead to Sing: The Outlaw’s Prayer (Rose of Sharon Press, 2006), Sodomy is a City in New Jersey (American Mettle Books, 2010), Tombstone Factory, (Epic Rites Press, 2013), Appalachian Frankenstein (GTK Press, 2015) Being the Fire (Tangerine Press, 2016) and Shoot the Messenger (Red Flag Press, 2017) and Your Daughter’s Country (Blue Horse Press, 2019). His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.



Margaret Crocker lives and works in southern Missouri. Her work has been published in As It Ought To Be magazine, The Gasconade Review, and Alphabeat Press. This is not an inclusive list. She’s produced two books, When I Was a Girl Like Me and Throw Like a Girl through Green Bean Press.

If you have been to this series before, you know about the great poetry and spoken word that is shared on stage. If you have never been to the Brass Tacks open mic, you are in for a treat.

Bring your words and bring your friends for a great night of art, literature, and community!

Sign up starts at 7:00 PM. Open Mic starts at 7:30 PM.