You’re Our Man – Leonard Cohen Birthday Poem

“The Eating of the Jews” spoken word track included on Jewels of Elul Music Sampler

Jewels Vol. IV: A High Holy Days Music Sampler
Excited to have my first spoken word track published…my piece “The Eating of the Jews” is a bonus track on the new “Jewels Vol. IV: High Holy Days Music Sampler” produced by Craig Taubman as part of the annual Jewels of Elul Project. There are so many great artists on this collection and I couldn’t be happier to be standing in this virtual room with them. Download the whole recording here: http://cl.ly/XAvt (or whatever individual tracks strike your fancy…I hope one of those is mine!) Happy almost Elul! Click here to check out the collection.

2 New Poems Published in The Bicycle Review Issue 28

Thanks very much to the good folks at The Bicycle Review for including 2 new poems of mine in their latest issue which you can check out embedded below. The entire issue is well worth reading and I’m very excited to be included on its virtual pages with the entire roster. If you’re looking for my poems you’ll find them on pages 39 and 66. Both are brand new, and will appear in a forthcoming collection called “Professor Clown on Parade”. Thanks Bicycle Review!

I Am From Ork – Poem for Robin Williams

“How Close Was Mars” read by John Gardiner on KXOne Laguna

kxonelagunaThis is pretty cool! John Gardiner with his co-host Polina Hryn read my poem “How Close Was Mars” on their Laguna Beach based radio show “Spoken Word / Spoken Song” yesterday immediately preceded by a reading of Brendan Constantine‘s earthly “Last Night I Went to the Map of the World and I Have Messages For You.” The reading of these 2 poems starts at about the 7 minute mark in the show but listen to the whole thing as there’s a lot more poetry, humor and music worth going in your ears in it! Thanks John and Polina! Click here to listen.

Friday Night Live Tribute Poem published in L.A. Jewish Journal

Friday Night Live with Craig Taubman and Rabbi David Wolpe

The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles just published a poem I wrote to honor the final Friday Night Live service led by Rabbi David Wolpe and Craig Taubman. Thanks Craig for asking me to write this and for giving me the space to read it last Friday night! Check out the text here…and the full article about this last Friday Night Live with Rabbi Wolpe and Craig here.

A glimpse into the 2014 Beyond Baroque Awards Dinner

Well if you missed the 2014 Beyond Baroque Awards Dinner at which I received the Distinguished Service Award and Bill Mohr received the George Drury Smith Award, here’s a glimpse at the festivities. Background music by Mason Summit.

2 new poems published at Yay L.A. Magazine

2 poems by Rick Lupert at Yay L.A. Magazine
Whoa, thanks to Yay L.A. Magazine for publishing 2 more new poems of mine! “Familial Costume” about the adventures of dressing up as your spouse, along with “I Don’t Want to Go Long” (a tribute to those of us who think that before we get up to do our time at the microphone.) Thanks Yay LA! (and check out all the other cool stuff there!!) L.A.!! Check ‘em out here.

Finally “Matzah” get’s it’s own epic poem.

An epic poem about Matzah. Written for Craig Taubman’s “Downtown Seder” at the Pico Union Project, April 2014. If you need the text for any reason here’s a PDF.

“Earthquake Poem” published at Yay L.A. Magazine

Photo by Yang Li
Thanks to the folks at Yay L.A. Magazine for publishing my poem “Earthquake Poem” today along with a cool photo by Yang Yi. I wrote this a couple of months ago after my friend Zach Singer sent me an “emergency” request to write a poem about the 20th Anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake…which occurred a couple of days before the first Tuesday night open reading at the Cobalt Cobalt Cafe. (Just a month or so before I started hosting that weekly event in 1994.) Thanks Yay L.A.! Check out the poem here.