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New Poetry Chapbook by Frank Mundo Released Today by Kattywompus Press

I’m happy to announce that my new poetry chapbook, “Touched by an Anglo,” was officially released today by Kattywompus Press. 

The chapbook is a collection of 26 poems written and published over the last three years. 

Grab your copy today at kattywompuspress.com.

“Frank Mundo, author of the widely published essay, “How I Became a Mexican,” wields a knife you’ve seen, straight out of the kitchen drawer but somehow sharper than you remember, to carve the everyday tragedy and comedy of life right down to the bone. Mundo spares neither our sense of horror nor our funny bone, with poems that speak from the page like your childhood best friend peering over your shoulder.”

My other books, The Brubury Tales, Gary, the Four-Eyed Fairy and Other Stories, and Different are available in paperback or for Kindle at Amazon.com

Thank you for your support!!!! 

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POETRY VIDEO: Frank Mundo Reading a Sestina at Occidental College

I was invited to read poetry at Occidental College a few months back. I’m not sure if this link will work, but here is a video of me reading a sestina I wrote for my brother called, “Waste of Shame

If you want to read the poem, it was published in Angel City Review Issue 3.

According to poets.org, the sestina follows a strict pattern of the repetition of the initial six end-words of the first stanza through the remaining five six-line stanzas, culminating in a three-line envoi. The lines may be of any length, though in its initial incarnation, the sestina followed a syllabic restriction. The form is as follows, where each numeral indicates the stanza position and the letters represent end-words:

7. (envoi) ECA or ACE

The envoi, sometimes known as the tornada, must also include the remaining three end-words, BDF, in the course of the three lines so that all six recurring words appear in the final three lines. In place of a rhyme scheme, the sestina relies on end-word repetition to effect a sort of rhyme.

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Classical Carousel Reviews The Brubury Tales

I am honored and so grateful for the amazing reviews and responses to my book The Brubury Tales that continue to come in.

Just today, an in-depth book review of The Brubury Tales was posted at Classical Carousel, an exceptional literary blog that reviews classic books by dead authors almost exclusively. But, because the site was already taking on  Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, The Brubury Tales (my homage to Chaucer’s amazing work) was chosen to be included in a side-by-side reading challenge of old and new! That decision alone was a huge honor and an awesome reminder to me of how lucky I am to keep finding an audience for such an unusual book — based on a work that means so very much to me.

You can read the full review of The Brubury Tales here.

And please be sure to check out the full reviews of The Canterbury Tales as well, and all the many Classical Carousel reviews of some of the best books by some of the best dead writers ever.

The Brubury Tales is available in paperback and ebook formats at Amazon.


The Brubury Tales is an ambitious homage to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. It takes Chaucer’s story and frame to Los Angeles just after the riots, where seven security guards on the graveyard shift swap tales in a hilarious storytelling competition for Christmas vacation time.


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Frank Mundo Reads from The Brubury Tales at Beyond Baroque Bookstore

Frank Mundo reads and signs The Brubury Tales, a modern version of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in Los Angeles, at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center and Bookstore.

Date: June 15, Friday, 2012
Time: 7:30 PM

Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center and Bookstore
681 Venice Bl. Venice, CA 90291
310-822-3006  Get directions
$7, $5 students, seniors & kids

About the Book
An ambitious homage to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, The Brubury Tales takes Chaucer’s story and frame to Los Angeles just after the riots, where seven security guards on the graveyard shift swap tales in a hilarious storytelling competition for Christmas vacation time. The tales themselves are “readable” updates of classic stories by Dostoevsky, Dickens, Boccaccio, O Henry, Poe, Twain, Gilman, Crane, Saki, Anderson, Bierce, and even Khayyam’s Rubaiyat.

The Brubury Tales, a bestselling Amazon.com poetry book in the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain, won a Poet Laureate Award nomination for UCLA and Berkeley, Reader Views 2011 Reviewers Choice Award for Poetry Book of the Year and the 2011 Bookhitch award for Most Innovative Poetry Book of the Year. The book has also won a Reason to Rhyme Award from Byline Magazine, was selected for Powell library’s month-long WORDS… exhibit, and an excerpt was published by Indiana University.

This unique novel-in-verse also contains a special foreword by California literary legend, Carolyn See, who says, “The Brubury Tales is a landmark book, in what is going to be — and already is — an exceptional, distinguished literary career.”

About the Author
Frank Mundo, the LA Books Examiner, is the author of The Brubury Tales and Gary, the Four-Eyed Fairy and Other Stories. Frank Mundo has been a writer and book reviewer in Los Angeles for almost 20 years, publishing hundreds of stories, poems, essays, book reviews and author interviews. Frank earned a BA in English from UCLA, where he completed the Creative Writing Program. Frank grew up in Los Angeles where he currently lives with his wife, Nancy, and their dogs, Jax and Rusty.

The Brubury Tales by Frank Mundo is available in paperback and eBook formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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Underground Heroes Feature: LA Poetry Scene

Wow, I was mentioned, along with my book The Brubury Tales, in this really great article by Mike Sonksen about the LA poetry scene called Underground Heroes on KCET’s page.


Check it out if you have a minute and please like the page.


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Rhapsodomancy Reading Series: Writers Read Their Work: Sunday, April 17

Join writers Sarah Manguso, Collier Nogues, Tomas Mournian and Jessica Goodheart as they read their work for the Rhapsodomancy reading series.

When: Sunday, April 17
Doors open at 7:00pm – Reading begins at 7:30pm
Where: The Good Luck Bar, 1514 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, 90027 (east Hollywood/Silver Lake: corner of Hollywood & Hillhurst)
Who: 21 and over only.
RSVP at rhapsodomancyla at gmail dot com (RSVP not required, but appreciated)
$3 suggested donation at door. There will be a cash bar.
The Writers
Sarah Manguso
is the author, most recently, of the memoir The Two Kinds of Decay. It was named a New York Times Editors’ Choice and a Best Book of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle and Time Out Chicago, and was published in five countries. Her other books include the story collection Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape, published as one of three volumes in McSweeney’s 145 Stories in a Small Box, and the poetry collections Siste Viator and The Captain Lands In Paradise, which was named a Favorite Book of the Year by the Village Voice. Honors for her writing include a Hodder Fellowship and the Rome Prize. After a decade in New York, she recently moved to Los Angeles, where she teaches poetry in her living room. Her next book, The Guardians, a prose elegy, is forthcoming next year from FSG and Granta Books.
Collier Nogues’ first book, On the Other Side, Blue, has just been published by Four Way Books. Poems of hers have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Pleiades, Jubilat, The Massachusetts Review, Blackbird, and The Pinch, and she was the 2010 Fishtrap Writer-in-Residence in Wallowa County, Oregon. She lives in Long Beach with her husband, and teaches at UC Irvine.
Tomas Mournian‘s widely praised debut novel, hidden, is about Ahmed, a 15 y.o. boy who escapes from a reparative therapy facility to San Francisco & underground network of safe houses. hidden was the subject of a short film produced by George Michael. Mournian has written for The Huffington Post, Queerty, Marie Claire, & Los Angeles, among others. Mournian was awarded the Eli Cantor Chair at Yaddo, studied at UC Berkeley & lives in Los Angeles.
Jessica Goodheart’s work has appeared in The Best American Poetry, The Antioch Review, Blue Arc West:  An Anthology of California Poets, Mudfish, Salamander, Cider Press Review, Pearl and other journals. Her poetry was featured four times in the Poetry in the Windows exhibit, sponsored by the Arroyo Arts Collective in Los Angeles. She was featured in the Newer Poets reading, sponsored by the Los Angeles Poetry Festival and Beyond Baroque for the ALOUD series at the Los Angeles Public Library.  Her first book, entitled Earthquake Season, was published by Word Press in 2010.  She leads a green jobs project for the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, an advocacy organization dedicated to building a fair and sustainable economy.
To learn more about the Rhapsodomancy Reading Series, visit http://www.rhapsodomancy.org/  

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Frank Mundo is the author of The Brubury Tales (foreword by Carolyn See), which is available on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and Borders in paperback and in eBook. The Brubury Tales won Reader View’s 2011 Reviewer’s Choice Award for Poetry Book of the Year and The 2011 Bookhitch Award for Most Innovative Poetry Book of the Year.

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