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Penny Tration of Ru Paul’s Drag Race Season 5 to appear in Norfolk, VA for Pet Food Benefit

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Contact: Patrick Bradley,, 757-771-9132

Eunita Biskit says, don’t miss this drag show in Norfolk, VA!

(Norfolk, VA) Penny Tration, of Ru Paul’s Drag Race Season 5, will make a special appearance in Hampton Roads on January 11th, 2013 at 10:30 pm at the HeBar, in the back of the Hershee Bar at 6117 Sewells Point Rd in Norfolk, Virginia.  Cost of admission is $5 worth of non-perishable pet food or cash. Jello shooters will be available and all monies received along with those received at the door will go to the Pet Food Pantry.

Penny Tration, Ru Paul’s Drag Race Season 5 Viewer’s Choice Contestant, will star in a benefit show this Friday for the Mr. Wiggles Pet Food Pantry at the Hershee Bar in Norfolk. Ru Paul’s Drag Race is a popular reality drag competition show on the Logo network that starts its 5th season on January 28th. Penny started performing in 1992 and honed her skills before embarking to New York City from her native Cincinnati in 2000. She returned home to Ohio two years later and focused on a career in a self- produced local cabaret as well as producing many benefits for HiV/ AIDS & breast cancer charities. This past November she was selected as RPDR Facebook fan favorite and a contestant in this season’s competition.

The event is hosted by local drag sensation Eunita Biskit, also known as ‘That Crazy Bearded Lady’ who has emceed drag shows in the Hampton Roads area for over five years. The show includes other local drag queen performers, such as:  Sharon Husbands of Richmond, Jasmine Spaulding, Lily Dolce & Alessandra McQueen of Hampton, Virginia.  The Infamous Ms. Biskit hosts a Friday night show at Hershee Bar and is known for her benefits and comedy shows.

Mr. Wiggles Pet Food Pantry is a non-profit organization assisting pet owners who are dealing with financial difficulties due to loss of job or other unexpected crisis. The organization has recently depleted most of its supplies sending much needed items to people in New York & New Jersey affected by Hurricane Sandy. In addition to pet foods, they graciously accept donations of new or slightly used pet accessories.

Hershee Bar has been at its 5 Points location in Norfolk for nearly 30 years and has hosted many benefits for the lgbt Hampton Roads community.

Author CAConrad Reads at Malaprop’s in Asheville on March 17th

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

CAConrad will give a reading at Malaprop’s Bookstore in downtown Asheville, NC on Thursday, March 17th, at 7pm.  Malaprop’s is located at 55 Haywood Street.  The direct phone number is 1-800-441-9829.

Details for the event and other links can also be found on the author’s event page:

In The Huffington Post poet and novelist Eileen Myles cites CAConrad as one of the most influential contemporary poets.  Eileen Myles also wrote the Afterword of his latest title, The Book of Frank (WAVE Books, 2010).  This book is the recipient of The Gil Ott Book Award for Chax, as chosen by Nathaniel Mackey and Myung Mi Kim.  In the Afterword Myles writes, “In piecing together, configuring and releasing his extreme miniatures – agonized fables, poems about America, CAConrad includes us all in the enormous outside of his heart.  Which is the world in all its possibility.”  For more details on The Book of Frank, visit

Other titles by CAConrad include Advanced Elvis Course (Soft Skull Press, 2009), Deviant Propulsion (Soft Skull Press, 2006), a collaboration with poet Frank Sherlock titled The City Real & Imagined (Factory School Press, 2010), and a forthcoming book of (Soma)tic poetry in Fall of 2011 with WAVE Books.

CAConrad is the son of white trash asphyxiation whose childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift.  He lives and writes in Philadelphia with the PhillySound poets.  He is the editor of JUPITER 88:  a video journal of contemporary poetry.  He is also the poetry editor of Bardic Sephulchral, an imprint of Fairies in America, published out of Asheville, NC by publisher Elizabeth Kirwin.  Visit JUPITER 88 and Bardic Sepulchral can be found at

CAConrad is also the author of (Soma)tic Midge (Faux Press, 2008), which was the first of many (Soma)tic Poetry Exercises and their resulting poems.  In (Soma)tic Midge he ate a single color of food for a day for seven days, resulting in poems for red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and white.  Since (Soma)tic Midge he has been creating (Soma)tic Poetry Exercises, which he posts monthly for FREE on his website  He has taught (Soma)tic Poetry Workshops at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, at City University of New York, the University of Pennsylvania, as well as at St. Mark’s Poetry Project, NYC.

Contact CAConrad for interviews, workshops, readings, or other engagements by emailing or calling 215-563-3075. Poets at The Jubilant Thicket Literary Series, Philadelphia

Friday, February 4th, 2011

(Philadelphia, PA) On February 13th at 7 p.m., The Jubilant Thicket Literary Series will present Elizabeth Kirwin, performing the Fairy Gothic Ballads with the music of LiamSckhot, Jonathan Pogoda reading poetic fiction, and poetry by Quincy Scott Jones. The event will be held at The Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Avenue, in Philadelphia, PA. Donations are accepted.

Debrah Morkun founded The Jubilant Thicket Literary Series, where she has created a venue to showcase the work of avant-garde poets, featuring them alongside artists of different media and scholars. The series takes its name from the Selected Poems of Jonathan Williams. Debrah Morkun recently published a selection from her new book, Hera Calf, 2. Her calf whispering room in Bardic Sepulchral, the section of that features the poetry of fairies, witches, friends of the fairies, the literary avant-garde and more. Bardic Sepulchral is edited by CAConrad, who recently published an expanded version of The Book of Frank with Wave Books.

Elizabeth Kirwin, the editor and publisher of, has been collaborating with the music composer LiamSckhot for three years on the Fairy Gothic Ballads, an audio collection of tales of magic sprung from Ireland in the 18th Century. LiamSckhot is a master percussionist and he illustrates the ballads with electronic and acoustic music. Kirwin is of Irish American lineage and she is a performance artist who dresses as her magical male character — the bard. The performance at Jubilant Thicket is the first public presentation of the ballads.

The Fairy Gothic Ballads are imaginary narratives of the land and the people of Ireland, and tell of their precarious relationship to the faeries, a sublime race of beings who rule the wilderness areas and make incursions into the human realm. Visit the Fairy Music section of to listen to free podcasts. was founded in 2007 to document the cultural, spiritual, sexual and gender revolution being sparked by the faery movement, an eclectic branch of neo-paganism. is open to submissions in gender, sexuality, music, spirituality, art, writing, poetry and more. The website has published the work of Michael Rumaker, Penny Arcade and other writers and artists. is currently seeking section editors. Email to submit work or inquire about editorial positions.

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CAConrad is the Poetry Editor for

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

(Philadelphia, PA, December 31, 2009) The publisher of is pleased to announce a new poetry editor for Bardic Sepulchral, CAConrad. He is reviewing all poetry submissions for Bardic Sepulchral and can be reached at

CAConrad is a nationally acclaimed poet and performer. The son of white trash asphyxiation, his childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift.

Over the course of the last 2 years, CAConrad has published three books: Deviant Propulsion, by Soft Skull Press, a book that inspired a Publisher’s Weekly reviewer to draw parallels between his work and the poetry of Allen Ginsberg; The Book of Frank, a magical book of poems that brings to life an alter ego character who speaks a continual stream of uncensored truths, won the Gil Ott Book Award and was published this year; and The Advanced Elvis Course, also by Soft Skull Press in 2009 is a rollicking and surreal book about the mythological Elvis. In 2010, Factory School will publish a collaboration with poet Frank Sherlock titled The City Real & Imagined.

Elizabeth Kirwin, publisher and editor of, is pleased to be working with CAConrad. She wanted to bring his approach to poetics to

Kirwin remarked, “During the 1990s, CAConrad introduced me to the American Pagan movement and the radical faeries, feminism, and the art of writing concise verse. CAConrad was the first person to help me to understand my shifting gender identity was a way of manifesting my own magic. CAConrad also made me see that the divisions within the GLBT movement were simply imagined, and could easily be overcome by everyday personal action.” Website visitors will notice a pansexual approach to the faery movement (representing all sexualities on the continuum) and a wide scope on gender.

CAConrad will be giving public readings of his recent work in 2010. On February 3rd he will perform at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. Lucy Gallun will give a lecture on her video installation at 6:30pm, and a book party for The City Real & Imagined (Factory School, 2010) by CAConrad & Frank Sherlock will occur at 8pm with Zoe Strauss. Zoe Strauss provided the book cover photograph, and will be presenting a slide show of her work and also selling her photography book America (AMMO Books, 2008).

On February 4th CAConrad & Ana Bozicevic will read at Stockton College in New Jersey. CAConrad will read at Philadelphia’s Temple University on February 11th for the Creative Writing Program. Look for these and other related events to be posted on the home page of or at was launched in April 2008 as a collective effort to accurately represent the creativity and unique philosophies of the faery community. The website publishes performance art, music, poetry, writing and visual art. also features essays on sexuality, gender, spirituality and more. Currently, membership to the website is free and those who join may post to the blog, or comment on blogs or pages on the website.

Email to contribute original poetry for inclusion on the website or visit Bardic Sepulchral.