Wednesday, Nov 19 * Innisfree Bookstore * 1203 13th St, Boulder, CO 80302 * FREE

Innisfree Poetry Bookstore, Third Man Books, and Third Man Records are pleased to present a live event featuring six poets from Language Lessons: Volume 1, the first literary publication from Third Man Books.

“Language Lessons succeeds in presenting a variety of work that generates sparks as the poetry, prose, art, and music rub against each other in one package.”


A mighty object to behold...enchanting...a complicated, intriguing development in the power struggle between the analog and the digital.”

—Los Angeles Review of Books 

Brian Barker earned a BA from Virginia Commonwealth University, an MFA from George Mason University, and a PhD from the University of Houston. He is the author of two collections of poetry, and has been published in journals such as Poetry, Indiana Review, Sou'wester,Pleiades, and River Styx. Barker’s first collection, The Animal Gospels (2006), won the Tupelo Press Editor’s Prize. The Black Ocean (2011), his second collection,won the Crab Orchard Open Competition in 2011. Barker is the recipient of various awards and honors, including two Pushcart nominations, an Academy of American Poets prize, and the 2009 Campbell Corner Poetry Prize. Barker teaches at the University of Colorado, Denver, where he co-edits Copper Nickel, a journal of art and literature. He is married to poet Nicky Beer. 

Nicky Beer is the author of The Diminishing House, winner of the 2011 Colorado Book Award for Poetry, and The Octopus Game (forthcoming 2015). She has received awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. She is an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Denver, and a co-editor of the literary journal Copper Nickel.

Sommer Browning writes poems, draws comics, and tells jokes. She is the author of two collections published by Birds, LLC, Backup Singers (2014) and Either Way I’m Celebrating (2011), as well as three chapbooks, most recently The Bowling (Greying Ghost, 2010) with Brandon Shimoda. Her poems and drawings have appeared in The New York Quarterly,Typo, Octopus, past simple, Free Verse, The Stranger, and other places.

Noah Eli Gordon is the co-publisher of Letter Machine Editions, an editor with
The Volta, and an assistant professor in the MFA program in Creative Writing at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where he currently directs Subito Press. His recent books include The Year of the Rooster, The Source, and Novel Pictorial Noise.

Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum is the author of Ghost Gear (University of Arkansas Press, 2014), series editor of the Floodgate Poetry Series: Three Chapbooks by Three Poets in a Single Volume (Upper Rubber Boot Books, 2014), editor of Warning! Poems May Be Longer Than They Appear: An Anthology of LongISH Poems and Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days (Upper Rubber Boot Books, 2012), and founder and managing editor of His poems, reviews, interviews, and podcasts have appeared in journals such as The Writer's Chronicle, The Southern Poetry Anthology, Glimmer Train, American Literary Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, The Missouri Review, storySouth, Blackbird,, and Hayden's Ferry Review among others. Andrew holds a Masters of Fine Arts Degree from Southern Illinois University -Carbondale, is Acquisitions Editor for Upper Rubber Boot Books, is Founder and Editor of, and is a contributing-editor for The Southern Indiana Review. He is also an award-winning freelance Editor, Writing Coach, and instructor of Creative Writing and English at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Wayne Miller is the author of three poetry collections: The City, Our City (Milkweed Editions, 2011), The Book of Props (2009), and Only the Senses Sleep (New Issues, 2006). A fourth collection, Post-, is forthcoming from Milkweed in 2016. He has also translated Moikom Zeqo’s I Don’t Believe in Ghosts (BOA Editions, 2007) and Zodiac (Zephyr Press, 2015; forthcoming) and is a co-editor of three books: New European Poets (Graywolf, 2008; w/ Kevin Prufer), Tamura Ryuichi: On the Life & Work of a 20th Century Master (Pleiades Press, 2011; w/ Takako Lento), and the forthcomingLiterary Publishing in the 21st Century (Milkweed Editions, 2015; w/ Travis Kurowski and Kevin Prufer). The recipient of the George Bogin Award, the Lucille Medwick Award, the Lyric Poetry Award, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, the Bess Hokin Prize, and a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award to Queen's University Belfast, Miller lives in Denver and teaches at the University of Colorado Denver, where he edits Copper Nickel