FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Two Poets from Long Beach (TPLB)

October 24, 2011 - November 6, 2011: RD Armstrong and G. Murray Thomas: Two Poets from Long Beach (TPLB): Reading Dates, Places, Times

Contact: RD Armstrong;; 562-331-4351;

     RD Armstrong (author of E/OR – Living Amongst the Mangled, Lummox Press, 2010) will be joined by G. Murray Thomas (author of My Kidney Just Arrived, Tebot Bach, 2011) on a poetry tour through Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona, to promote their new books. Armstrong will also be promoting Working the Wreckage of the American Poem (Lummox Press, 2011) at the Outlaw Poet’s Summit (OPS) in Boulder and Denver, CO.





Norwood, CO – Oct. 24 (TPLB) TBA

Telluride, CO – Oct. 25 (TPLB)   TBA

Boulder, CO – Oct. 27 (OPS) Innisfree Bookstore, 1203 13th St. Ste A Boulder, CO 80302 Tel. 303-579-1644 with Mike Adams, RD Armstrong, Art Goodtimes, John Macker & Tony Moffeit at 7 PM

Denver, CO – Oct. 28 (OPS) Glovinsky Gallery, 800 West 8th Ave. Suite 116 Denver, CO 80204 with Same Lineup at 7 PM

Pueblo, CO – Oct. 31 (OPS) The Daily Grind Cafe and Espresso Bar, 209 S. Union, Pueblo with Tony Moffeit et al 7pm



Albuquerque, NM – Nov. 2 (TPLB) The Blackbird Buvette, 509 Central Ave NW ABQ 8PM Don McIver (host)

Las Vegas, NM – Nov. 3 (OPS) @ the Roadhouse (John Macker’s ) 7 PM



Flagstaff, AZ – Nov. 6 (TPLB) Uptown Billiards, 114 N. Leroux St. Flagstaff, AZ  1 PM

    E/OR – Living Amongst the Mangled is based on Armstrong’s experiences as a diabetic and L.A. County health-care patient. After being diagnosed as diabetic and nearly losing his right foot to infection, back in 2008, Armstrong began his journey through the health maintenance system provided to the poor and indigent members of Los Angeles County. It has been a wild ride thus far. Armstrong, a stranger to any sort of health care, has survived with a wicked sense of humor and a fatalistic philosophy about human nature.

     My Kidney Just Arrived is based on Thomas’s experiences as a dialysis and kidney transplant patient. After seven years on dialysis, Thomas received a new kidney in April 2010, as part of a chain donation. His kidney came from Jodi Tamen, an altruistic donor in Chicago, who had no idea who would receive her kidney. In return, Thomas’s sister, Jeananne, donated a kidney to a man in Salt Lake City, whose wife then donated to another patient. In the end, five people received new kidneys from this chain.

      RD Armstrong (that’s RD, not R.D.) is a somewhat enigmatic figure in the Southern California poetry scene. He has featured all over SoCal, including the Redondo Poets, Beyond Baroque in Venice, Book Soup in Hollywood, and the Artists Union Gallery Reading in Ventura. He has also read in the Bay Area and at the Sacramento Poetry Center, as well as in Grass Valley. Between 1995 and 2006, he published and edited The Lummox Journal, a monthly lit/arts magazine, distributed via subscription across the United States and to 7 countries worldwide. He also operates the Lummox Press, which publishes the Little Red Book series and has also published 28 full length titles (including 5 of his own books). He has previously published six full length collections of poems and one of short stories (see bibliography below), and nineteen chapbooks. He has also edited twelve publications (6 books, 5 chapbooks, 1 magazine).

     G. Murray Thomas is a longstanding figure in the Southern California poetry scene. He has featured all over SoCal, including Laguna Poets, Beyond Baroque in Venice, the Ugly Mug in Orange, and After the Carnival in Long Beach. Between 1994 and 1998, he published and edited Next... Magazine, a monthly poetry calendar and newsmagazine, distributed for free throughout SoCal. He has previously published one full length collection of poems, Cows on the Freeway from iUniverse, and five chapbooks. He also edited Paper Shredders, an anthology of poetry and prose about surfing.

    E/OR – Living Amongst the Mangled is published by Lummox Press, a one man, micro press in San Pedro, CA. The mission of the Lummox Press is to publish writers based on the quality of their work, and to demonstrate the power of poetry to transform lives through readings and publications.

     More information about RD Armstrong and E/OR – Living Amongst the Mangled and the Lummox Press, can be found at .

     My Kidney Just Arrived is published by Tebot Bach, a non-profit publishing house in Orange County, CA. The mission of Tebot Bach is to strengthen community, to promote literacy, to broaden the audience for poetry by community outreach programs and publishing, and to demonstrate the power of poetry to transform life experiences through readings, workshops and publications.

     More information about G. Murray Thomas and My Kidney Just Arrived can be found at More information about Tebot Bach is at









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