Showing posts from 2013

poem in The Buffalo News

2 poems in The New Yinzer, Fall, 2013

Book Release Party for Scott Silsbe


"Trajectory" in Slipstream #33

"Checkpoint" @ Willits Shakespeare Theatre

Review of "Civilization" by Terry Shea

The second half delves into weightier territory with the Kate Lester-directed Civilization, written by Jason Irwin. A slightly longer effort than the rest, Civilization attempts to pack hours of treatise into a small package and mostly succeeds. It’s a Mad Max world where Samuel Beckett reinterprets Pink Floyd’s Animals and throws three archetypes of the Western paradigm into a wasteland on the way to an elusive, and possibly illusory, paradise in the desert. Us and Them, the circular logic of history, the subjective nature of safety, love and conflict … it’s a lot to cover in a short tale, but Blanche Case, Alex Duckworth and John Carpenter grasp this slightly overwritten material with gusto and Lester’s direction keeps the tension high. Civilization is one of those works that seems custom-built for a post-show talkback and will play well in academic settings, but almost swallows its own tongue in this particular package.…

CIVILIZATION @Artists' Exchange One Act Festival 8/4/13


"Civilization" @ Artist's Exchange 8th Annual One Act Festival


poetry & music on the radio 88.3 fm @ CMU


Jee Koh's Great Review from 2008

Cucumbers in The Missing Slate

I just found this review of Watering the Dead by C.L. Bledsoe. It was originally posted 6/21/12

Watering the Dead, poems by Jason Irwin. Ohio: Pavement Saw Press, 2007.

I’ve been meaning to get to this one for a while, but I had a baby, so…but I finally had a chance to read this collection and I loved it. Jason Irwin first came to my attention with his phenomenal chapbook Some Days It’s a Love Story, which I reviewed here. Pretty much what I said about the chapbook is true for the full length collection. He's done exactly what he should've done; expanded the solid chap. into a really good collection.
Irwin dealt with working class life, hard times in the rust belt. His language was clean and powerful. I was excited to see such a profoundly talented new voice. In Watering the Dead, Irwin continues with these themes. He's incorporated several poems from the chapbook into this debut collection, so it's got a solid core. Here's a link to the website with several of the better poems.
Several of Irwin's poems d…

Inheritance @ Summer Scribes

Celebrating Sound @ two moon cafe



New Yinzer Reading Series

Poem for Joanie

The New Yinzer Presents



poetry reading @ the hungry sphinx

two poems in Vine Leaves