Featured Artist: Bill Wolak

by on July 25, 2015 :: 0 comments

Mad Swirl is proud to introduce to you our latest visual artist, Bill Wolak. If his name is ringin’ a bell it might be because his words have appeared in our Poetry Forum since 2011. This time Bill comes to us sharing some of his poetically mad visuals. Most of these canvases are exclusively black, white, and grey – somewhat …

The Best of Mad Swirl : 07.18.15

by on July 18, 2015 :: 0 comments

(photo of Swirve’s Chris Curiel taken by Dan “The Photog Man” Rodriguez) “You can play a shoestring if you’re sincere.” ~ John Coltrane ••• The Poetry Forum ••• This last week in Mad Swirl’s Poetry Forum… we got real (no shit, we did); we sang what we would, poorly poured if we could; we tried to pass on one who …

The Best of Mad Swirl : 07.11.15

by on July 11, 2015 :: 2 comments

“almost exquisite, the slight madness” ~ James Tate ••• The Mad Gallery ••• “Battle Fatigue” (above) by featured artist Paula “Pd” Lietz. To see more Mad works from Pd, and our other contributing artists, please visit our Mad Gallery. ••• The Poetry Forum ••• This last week in Mad Swirl’s Poetry Forum… we found bird kill to be no thrill; we …

The Best of Mad Swirl : 07.04.15

by on July 4, 2015 :: 0 comments

“When I work, and in my art, I hold hands with God.” ~ Robert Mapplethorpe ••• The Mad Gallery ••• “Self” (above) by featured artist Paula “Pd” Lietz. To see more Mad works from Pd, and our other contributing artists, please visit our Mad Gallery. ••• The Poetry Forum ••• This last week in Mad Swirl’s Poetry Forum… we bounced our …

Notes of Gratitude to the Mad Ones : 07.01.15

by on July 2, 2015 :: 1 comment

What a night it was in the land of Swirl’n mic Mad-ness this past 1st Wednesday (aka 07.01.15)! As Swirve started their jazzy madness, the crowd found their way into and filled the VIP lounge with their heads boppin’ and their fingers snappin’. As the last notes were fading away, hosts Johnny O & MH Clay introduced our feature act, …

The Best of Mad Swirl : 06.27.15

by on June 27, 2015 :: 2 comments

••• The Mad Gallery ••• “Stay Syrbarite Stay” (above) by featured artist Paula “Pd” Lietz. To see more Mad works from Pd, and our other contributing artists, please visit our Mad Gallery. “Poetry is a matter of life, not just a matter of language.” ~ Lucille Clifton ••• The Poetry Forum ••• This last week in Mad Swirl’s Poetry Forum… we …

Mad Swirl Open Mic : 07.01.15

by on June 23, 2015 :: 1 comment

Join Mad Swirl this 1st Wednesday of July (aka July 1st) at 8:00 sharp, when we will swirl it up madly in the LIVE way that we do every month now for OVER 10 years! This month we are featuring the dynamic musical duo of John Kelley & Stefan Prigmore! After our feature set we urge you stick around to …

The Best of Mad Swirl : 06.20.15

by on June 20, 2015 :: 2 comments

“Impulse” (above) by featured artist Paula “Pd” Lietz. To see more Mad works from Pd, and our other contributing artists, please visit our Mad Gallery. “That’s one of the great things about poetry; one realises that one does one’s little turn – that you’re just part of the great crop, as it were.” ~ Paul Muldoon ••• The Mad Gallery ••• …

Featured Artist: Paula “Pd” Lietz

by on June 18, 2015 :: 1 comment

Mad Swirl is proud to bring back longtime Contributing Poet & Artist, Paula “Pd” Lietz. Pd isn’t a newcomer to our Mad Gallery (3x now), but she certainly keeps us excited each time we get to sneak a peak! This time around, we sense a loose theme – lots of wings & allusions to nature & trees. But like usual, …

The Best of Mad Swirl : 06.13.15

by on June 13, 2015 :: 8 comments

“Technicolor Thought” (above) by featured artist Brett “BA” Ardoin. To see more Mad works from Brett, and our other contributing artists, please visit our Mad Gallery. “The work of art is a scream of freedom.” ~ Christo ••• The Poetry Forum ••• This last week in Mad Swirl’s Poetry Forum… we attempted an atomic bond, bombed instead; we succumbed (again) …