Thursday, February 7, 2008

Concave Buddha by Thomas L. Vaultonburg

I remember the morning I received a letter from legendary surrealist artist and underground publisher Bradley Lastname that he was going to publish my first book. My only problem was he wanted a book of 60 pages and I had sent him only 30 pages. Those were all the poems I had written in my lifetime that I thought were even passingly deserving of being published. But he insisted on doing a full-length book and encouraged me, in true dadaist style, to just write the rest of the pages as quickly as possible. So I did. I wrote the second half of my first book in the next two weeks and much to the chagrin of many veteran small press poets I had my first book at 21, consisting mainly of poems I had written as a teenager. On the cover is a work by the artist Joel-Peter Witkin

Concave Buddha by Thomas L. Vaultonburg
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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

About The Poet Thomas L. Vaultonburg


Thomas L. Vaultonburg  owns and operates Zombie Logic Press, in Rockford, IL.  Thomas is available for readings and workshops. Born in 1969, Thomas L. Vaultonburg grew up in the shadows of the Byron Nuclear plant. Despite this, or possibly because of it, he went on to have a distinguished career as a child, including winning three consecutive Presidential Physical Fitness Awards.

Thomas L. Vaultonburg began publishing poetry in the small press scene at age 19, and encouraged by poets like Ron Androla, Gerald Locklin, Todd Moore and Charles Bukowski, soon wracked up an impressive list of publications before he dropped out of the publishing scene altogether to pursue a career in the restaurant/bar business, where he worked 12 years as a bartender, bouncer, and finally owned his own bar, Castaways, with his brother Dan. Since 1997 Vaultonburg's poetry can only be read at Zombie Logic Press.

Thomas L. Vaultonburg is a poet, actor, editor, screenwriter, bloggist, painter and founder of the Zombie Party (Z). He unsuccessfully ran for Winnebago County Coroner twice, but undeterred by his crushing defeats has set his site on statewide office in 2012. He is a lover of the Chicago Cubs, Devo, Tab Cola, and Women's Flat Track Roller Derby.
Periodical Publications:
  • Karamu 1990
  • Red Cedar Review
  • Pearl, Paper Radio
  • Chiron Review
  • Onionhead
  • Minotaur
  • Slipstream 1991
  • Sulphur River Literary Review
  • Fox Cry
  • Trestle Creek Review
  • Caliban 1995
  • The Rockford Review
  • Black Buzzard review
  • Black Bear review
  • Black Moon 1996-1997
  • Bogg
  • Abbey
  • Gargoyle
  • Lilliput Review
  • The Plastic Tower
  • Yefief 1197-present
  • Danse Macabre 2011
Awards, Fellowships, Grants and Honors:
Book Publications:
  • Concave Buddha by Thomas L. Vaultonburg  1991 The Press of the Third Mind Chicago
  • Detached Retinas by Thomas L. Vaultonburg  ISBN 0=9670191-0-9 Zombie Logic Press Byron, Illinois 1997
  • Flesh Wounds by Thomas L. Vaultonburg  ISBN 0-9670191-1-7 Zombie Logic Press Rockford, IL 61103
  • Submerged Structure by Thomas L. Vaultonburg  ISBN 0-960191-3-3 Zombie Logic Press Rockford, IL 61103
  • Toughskin Rhinoceros Wrangler by Thomas L. Vaultonburg Illustrated by Jenny Mathews ISBN 0967019141 Zombie Logic Press Rockford, IL 61103

The poet Thomas L. Vaultonburg perhaps pissing on a wall.

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