New Normal? First Poetry Reading Since March

Talk about kickstarting the muse! This afternoon I had the pleasure of doing a poetry and chatter session with Amy Zoellers of Hipness and Outrage fame. Check her Instagram out here!

We took turns reading our work and discussing the inspirations behind it. I even got choked up halfway through talking about Carts Full of Air (also posted to PoetryNook here).

That was a good way to start August. I haven’t done a reading since March, I think a day or two before we all shut down. It was the first time to do anything like this on IG. I look forward to more.

I love Amy’s beatnik influences and the way she incorporates the senses into her work. Suffice to say at the end of it I had a crush on a dead guy and a craving for banana cream pie. But why listen to me prattle on about it?

Watch it for yourself here and laugh at all our mishaps, including cameos from a variety pack of pets.

The World Needs Poetry Part One

The World Needs Poetry Part Two


About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit or
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