KOOP Radio (91.7 FM) invited Janet Kuypers as a special guest for an hour-long radio show in Austin Texas, where they talked not only about what they have been reading (for Janet it is usually submissions to the literary magazines she edits, cc&d magazine and Down in the Dirt magazine), but also Janet’s past work as the host of the Chicago open mic the Café Gallery and what compels her to write.
Janet Kuypers' poem "Entering the Lake of Fire" on KOOP 91.7FM Radio 4/27/16 Sony
The group finished their hour-long show with Janet reading two poems, “Entering the Lake of Fire” (the first poem she wrote IN Austin, about moving to Austin), and Us, Actually Touching (as a better end cap to the evening about literature).
Located at Bagdad Cemetery in Leander Texas (since Janet Kuypers moved from Chicago Illinois since the past Poetry Bomb) Janet Kuypers read poetry with two different themes (because of two different weather patterns), because the annual Poetry Bomb is an effort to get poetry out in public — too often writers read their work at poetry open mics and features, but things poetic can be seen everywhere in the world… This is why in this repeating annual venture, poets go out somewhere where people usually don’ read poetry, to perform it for people that are otherwise going about other business).
After making the decision to read poetry at a place where some of the movie The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was filmed (and yes, people did come the cemetery while she was there), Janet Kuypers read two sets of different styles of poems (in honor of the weather change during the 2016 Poetry Bomb). In the first part of the readings (while the weather was still sunny), she read only a few pieces relating to death, but then switched it up to shorter more novel pieces of never-before-read poetry. In the second (longer) set of readings (once the weather turned overcast, how fitting for hanging out at a cemetery), she read mostly never-before-read poems about her mother’s death, and ended the longer set with a poem or two she wrote just after she was almost killed.
Janet Kuypers' poem "the Sky is Always Blue", Bagdad Cemetery for the 2016 Poetry Bomb 4/24/16 Sony
After the reading (because no one knew with the weather how much poetry could be performed), Kuypers also released (via Scars Publications, as a supplement release to cc&d magazine) a chapbook of an online PDF file of the poems she performed (in the order of their performance) the day of the event of the 2016 Poetry Bomb at Bagdad Cemetery (available as a free download any time).