Kenneth P. Gurney Features at East of Edith on Monday, November 7th!

Hey! *taps the mic…….*

It’s time for some more good poetry news! This coming Monday, November 7th, at 7:00 pm, at the Projects 3614 High Street NE is our open mic night known as  East of Edith. This week you’ll get a chance to hear feature poet Kenneth P. Gurney share his poetry!

A refresher for you or if you’re new, about the East of Edith Open Mic at the Projects: all poets on the open mic are invited to share two poems, four minute limit (the poets can opt to either read their own work or works by other poets).  The East of Edith Open Mic night has been very busy being awesome – have you been yet? You should come. You should totally come and listen or read or do both. Please come early to get a cup of juice or coffee and some snacks and then dig on all the things happening at the microphone…and all for whatever you can offer for the hat pass. Which is to say,  pay what you can if you can. Come, enjoy the poetry. So much good poetry, every Monday night, at East of Edith.

A little bit about Ken:

Kenneth P. Gurney grew up outside of Chicago in the town of Glen Ellyn, IL.  Currently he lives in Albuquerque, NM, USA with his beloved Dianne.  During the “in between” he lived in 7 different US states: either near family or national parks.

He started writing poetry in 1993 after 17 years as a visual artist.  He picked up the poetry bug in Milwaukee, WI where he participated in the slam scene with little success at slams (1 win in 408 attempts).  Gurney’s poems appear on line and in print by publications in the USA, England, Ireland, Austraillia and Canada.  Over the years he’s garnered 3 nominations for pushcart prizes, though there are no wins tucked into is belt.
Gurney’s latest book is titled This is not Black & White.  There are four other collections published and available to the public.
His first adventure in publishing poetry occurred in Milwaukee, WI with Hodge Podge Poetry, which went from 1995 to 1998.  The second publication he edited was Tamafyhr Mountain Poetry from 1998 to 2006 that lead him to the internet and the web.  He had a short stint as editor of Origami Condom in 2007 & 2008.  In 2010 he started up the anthology Adobe Walls which contains the poetry of New Mexico.  He is very proud of the 60+ issues of the magazines and anthologies he helped place into the literary world.
Over the years Gurney has hosted open mics in Milwaukee; WI, Frederick, MD; Port Angeles, WA; and Albuquerque, NM.  He has greatly enjoyed the Soup Bowl poetry parties he hosted in past homes, as well as the living room salon in Albuquerque.
Although he has won several minor prizes for his poetry, he is most please with one of his poems being selected to be spray painted on an anonymous wall by a graffiti artist somewhere in New Jersey.
For a list of publication credits and links for book purchases please visit


The East of Edith Poetry Open Mic takes place every Monday night at the Projects, 3614 High Street NE. Sign-up to read between 6:30 and 6:50 pm.

Hope to see you all on Monday night!

-Rich Boucher