"The Best of Mad Swirl : v2018" Book Launch

Join Mad Swirl this 1st Wednesday of May (aka 05.01.19) at 8:00 SHARP when as we swirl up the mic at our mad mic-ness home, The Regal Room (located inside of Independent Bar & Kitchen in the heart of Deep Ellum)!

This month, Mad Swirl Press will be officially launching our annual anthology, “The Best of Mad Swirl : v2018”

This full-color, 112-page collection is…

“…an anthology featuring 52 poets, 12 short fiction writers, and 4 artists whose works were presented on throughout 2018. Its editors reviewed the entire year’s output to ensure this collection is truly “the best of Mad Swirl.” The works represent diverse voices and vantages which speak to all aspects of this crazy swirl we call “life on earth.” Mad Swirl is a world-renowned arts and literature website. It is a platform, a showcase, and a stage for artistic expression in this mad, mad world of ours; a creative collective of as many poets, artists, and writers we can gather from around the world; from Nepal to Ireland, from England to China, from California to New York City and all the places in between. Our Poetry Forum features works from over 150 contributing poets, our Short Story Library has 140 writers and our Mad Gallery has 40 resident artists. This anthology is a great introduction to the world of Mad Swirl!”

To get the official launch kicked-off, we will be featuring these local & remote Contributing Poets & Writers:

Johnny Olson
Polly Richardson (Ireland)
Rob Dyer
Madelyn Olson (Austin)
Harry McNabb
Chigger Matthews (Missouri)
Tyler Malone (Colorado)
Mike Fiorito (NYC)

…and more? We shall see!

If that teased ya the way it should have, then come and join in on this launchin’ & get you a copy for the most excellent price of $20!

Mad musical grooves from Chris Curiel’s Swirve, with special guest Monte Espina, will start us off. After that, join in & share in the Mad Swirl’n open mic festivities.

Come to be a part of this collective creative love child we affectionately call Mad Swirl.

Come to participate.

Come to appreciate.

Come to Swirl-a-brate!

For you ‘bookers out there, check out our Facebook page about a week out from the show date and get yourself a spot on our pre-list!

Note of Gratitude to the Mad Ones : 04.03.19

(photo courtesy of Rosie Lindsey Photography)

This past 1st Wednesday of April (aka 04.03.19) Mad Swirl continued to whirl up our mic madness at our mad mic home deep in the heart of Deep Ellum… the Regal Room!

This month, Mad Swirl Press officially launched, “Black Sparrow Dress” by Dallas poet and spoken word performer Opalina Salas with illustrations by Mad artist Madelyn Olson. And what a launch it was! Opalina performed a handful+ of her poems from her collection to a standing-room only house. Almost every soul in the Regal Room bought themselves a copy and seemed pleased that they did.

If you didn’t get you a copy last night, here’s the official tease for Opalina’s full-color, 82-page poetry collection:

“Black Sparrow Dress is about recalling the past and letting go. It’s about the town I call home and the poets I call friends. It’s about love and remorse, outrage and abandonment, but also hope. It’s about a woman’s journey through changes; aging, addictions, laments, misgivings, to eventual empowerment.”

If that got your want going, visit Amazon NOW and get yourself your very own copy for the real-deal of $20! (for a limited time, 2 for $40;)

HUGE GRATS to all you mad poets, performers, artists and musicians who helped swirl us up a mighty fine & celebratory night!

Here’s a shout out to all who graced us with your words, your songs, your divine madness…


Johnny O
MH Clay


Chris Curiel (trumpet)
Clark Walker (drums)

Mad Mic Cast:

Johnny O
MH Clay
Tamitha Curiel
Carlos Salas
Cortlynn Blankenbaker
Suza Kanon
Chris Zimmerly
Lisa Carmen
Monika Bell
Brett “BA” Ardoin
Taylor Teachout
Ursa Minor
Lynette Sharp
Nico Loraine
Elliot Hill

BIG ol’ thanks to Swirve for stirring the Swirl the best way in the world!

More BIG thanks to Regal Room’s Thad Kulper for making us sound mighty fine on the mic.

And lastly, but never leastly, thanks to ALL WHO CAME to support our launch of Opalina’s creative love-child down in the Deep neck of the Ellum & shared this loving, laughing, lasting night of poetry and music with us!

May the madness swirl your way! ’til next 1st Wednesday…

Johnny O

P.S. In case you missed the LIVE feed, your eye can spy on the Swirl’n scenes that was right here…

Feature Set:

Open Mic:

Interested in Performing?

If you are a mad poet, musician, actor, singer and/or performer (circus freaks and Elvis impersonators always welcome) & live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, come to the Regal Room and strut–yo–stuff.

The show starts at 8:00pm and the mic closes when there's no one left standing.

Come one. Come all! Come to participate. Come to appreciate. Come to be a part of this collective creative love child we affectionately call Mad Swirl Open Mic!

Got questions? E-mail us at for further details that may not be listed here.

Mad Swirl Open Mic at The Regal Room. It's THE place to be on the first Wednesday of the month!

Where Doess This Madness Take Place?

The Regal Room at the Independent Bar & Kitchen is located at 2712 Main Street • Dallas, TX