Berlin Reading

In Fred’s new recording, available to listen to here, he tackles a trio of poems written during a six-month sojourn in Berlin during 2015. In a prologue to the reading, Fred recounts a personal history that dovetails with the history of Germany, where his parents served in the liberating U.S. Army in World War II helping survivors of the concentration camps. His father was a doctor at Auschwitz and his mother was a nurse at Dachau. The spectre of... Read More

Extents

Extents is an introspective poem, of anxiety and achievement, part of Fred’s collection of poetry written during his time spent in Spain. Written sharply and earnestly, the “I” of the poem is the central anchor to the thousand spinning tops of dreams, one after another falling, breaking, as the “I” continues to keep the dwindling lot in velocity of motion, hoping to keep one going until the end. Contained within this... Read More

Lamento, Claustro, and Entrada

Inspired by a recent trip to Spain, Fred Chandler’s recent poetry draws from a rich culture of bullfighting and flamenco, and the architectural influence of monasteries and the city views of Barcelona. He reads three poems from this new collection: Lamento, Claustro, and Entrada.  Moving across the landscape of Spain in Entrada, guided by an astute observer, we enter a flamenco performance in Sevilla. A flurry of colors and movement, love and... Read More

The Lure

Fred Chandler’s poem, “The Lure” was published in the latest issue of Voices Israel Annual Anthology.                 A day after walking on Laguna Beach in California, the image of a bird’s footprints wiped away by the last turn of the ocean’s wave proceeded to haunt him. This generated a poem, rising within him as a bird taking flight, and thereby came “The Lure.” ... Read More

Spring Reading at Beyond Baroque

On April 7, 2013, Fred Chandler read at Beyond Baroque’s spring reading. New to this site is a recording of three poems read at the historic Venice, California venue: “Renew,” “Sanctioned,” and “The Lure.” “Renew” is a snapshot of both the spring season as well as a metaphor for rebirth and new beginnings. The poem succinctly captures the small and often unseen mechanisms of life that are easily... Read More

‘Wind in Her Hair’ Poster available in the Shop

While supplies last, get a limited edition (38″ x 27″) ‘Wind in Her Hair’ poster signed by both Fred Chandler and Bruce Botnick in the shop today! Shop Now  Read More

Singing To You and Chapters

Fred Chandler has a new recording up on this site of two poems read at Beyond Baroque this winter. “Chapters” delves into the nature of human existence, carefully mapping out the quotidian texts we inscribe on the figurative walls of our lives: playground walls, schoolyard walls, backyard walls, and finally, graveyard walls. On these walls, behind the running shadows of children, we “play out stories in dreams.” These stories,... Read More

Recent Publications

Fred’s poems, “Key Performances,” “Playgrounds” and “Mending Tools” were selected for publication in Issue 21 of Crack the Spine. Visit their website to read the poems: http://www.crackthespine.com/ “Mending Tools” was chosen out of hundreds of submissions for the print publication of Crack the Spine’s Spring 2012 Anthology. “Your Cross,” a new poem penned this fall, will... Read More

Crack the Spine Publication

Fred Chandler’s poems, “Key Performances”, “Playgrounds”, and “Mending Tools” have recently been published in the magazine Crack The Spine. The poems can be viewed here. Please share you comments below. We look forward to hearing from you!  Read More

New Audio Release - Beyond Baroque Select Collection

Fred’s new recording includes six new selected poems performed in the 
last three months at Beyond Baroque’s Sunday night open readings:
“Treasure Map,” “Kisses of Music,” “This Remains,” “Prodigy,” “The 
Hypocrite,” and “Mental Penitentiary.” “Thunder and rain plays like an orchestra…” Fred opines. Much like
 the lyrical play in his poems,... Read More

Black Lantern Publication

Fred’s poem “Treacherous” was published in this month’s issue of Black Lantern. This long-awaited issue is available in a gorgeous, full color, high gloss print edition, or as a downloadable PDF. Get your issue here. We’d love to hear what you think. Please leave your comments on the Wall here.  Read More

Tribute to 9/11

On October 2, Fred hosted Beyond Baroque’s open reading night. Texas Poet Laureate Cleatus Rattan was the guest reader. In addition to hosting the evening’s event, Fred  closed out the night with his own poem, “A City In Mourning”, which was a tribute to 9/11. He recounted a story about his cousin who, upon an instinct, did not go to work on that fateful day. Last month, Fred was in New York and the city was silent as he walked the... Read More

eBooks now available for iPad, Kindle & Nook

Get your copy of Fred Chandler’s amazing chapbook collections, ‘X Factor’ and ‘A Flying Frog’, for your eReader today! Shop Now  Read More

A Tribute

Fred played host to this holiday weekend’s reading at Beyond Baroque, which took place on Sunday. He kicked off the reading with the poem, “The Western,” which was featured on KCET as a poem of the month. Next, Fred read four short poems dealing with the central themes of death, fear, and the coming end: “X Factor,” “Baptized,” “A Spinning Earth,” and “What Exactly.” The reading then... Read More

'Fred Speaks' available on iTunes

It’s official! Fred’s collection of poems on CD, entitled “Fred Speaks, Volume 1,” is available on iTunes now. The album contains 35 spoken word poems, for sale individually and as a single album. All the tracks can be previewed and downloaded. The CD was produced and recorded with Bruce Botnick, the record producer best known for his work with The Doors. Visit iTunes to get Fred’s first audio recordings and hear him... Read More

Birds

On Sunday, Fred read at Beyond Baroque’s monthly open poetry reading. This week, he chose a selection of bird themed poems, including “Interrule,” “Herald,” “Visage,” and “Hawk in the Window.” The last poem can be found on the website in the Works section. All poems were received well and Fred looks forward to sharing more of his work with audiences soon. Come to Beyond Baroque on the first Sunday... Read More

Rodeo Reading

On Saturday, May 28, Fred read an assortment of poems at Beyond Baroque’s Rodeo Reading. A live band played music, improvising with poets who read their poems aloud. All the poems were well received with applause from the audience. Fred’s poems, “The Door” and “11th Round” were received with special applause. The band and Fred’s poetry really worked well together, creating a harmonious panoply of words and... Read More

Beyond Baroque - Love and Relationships

Last Sunday, Fred read at Beyond Baroque’s monthly open reading. This event takes place the first Sunday of every month. Fred announced to the audience that he would be reading a series of poems that were about love and relationships. He then proceeded to read 8 poems uninterrupted.  Fred read the following poems in order: “You,” “What Follows,” “Engagement Ring,” “Inexplicable,” “Inevitable,”... Read More

Beyond Baroque Recap

On Sunday, Fred read at Beyond Baroque’s monthly open poetry reading. A crowd of poets and dedicated poetry lovers sat in a darkened room listening raptly to readers who stood behind a podium beneath a single spotlight. Fred read three poems regarding the theme of angels, which were all received with applause by the audience. As he read Angel Comedy, laughter rose and filled the room. Later, a featured poet referenced the poem in his own reading.... Read More

Beyond Baroque Feedback

On Sunday evening, Fred read three poems at Beyond Baroque in Venice. He opened his reading with the poem “Twisted,” which was just published in the UK magazine Splizz. Next up, Fred read “Crab Apple,” and he closed with “The Disclaimer.” The last poem ended with a punch line, and the audience responded with laughter. All poems were met with applause and we were quite happy with how well the evening went. Fred... Read More

Beyond Baroque

Fred will sign up for Sunday’s open reading at Beyond Baroque. The monthly reading is open to all poets who will read two poems or for five minutes. Please come join us to hear Fred and other poets read their work. We will have chapbooks and CD’s available. Beyond Baroque is an independent literary and arts center located in Venice. In addition to readings, Beyond Baroque offers workshops and education programs, among others. We look forward... Read More

Beyond Baroque

Fred will sign up for Sunday’s open reading at Beyond Baroque. The monthly reading is open to all poets who will read two poems or for five minutes. Please come join us to hear Fred and other poets read their work. We will have chapbooks and CD’s available. Beyond Baroque is an independent literary and arts center located in Venice. In addition to readings, Beyond Baroque offers workshops and education programs, among others. We look forward... Read More

To DC and Back Again: AWP 2011

This weekend, we spent three days at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs in Washington DC. The convention took place at two hotels, which were bustling with writers from every corner of the nation, publishers, agents, editors, writing program directors, and professors. Snow blanketed the streets and sidewalks of DC, but convention-goers were occupied with more important things – reading, writing, and dialoging about the written word. ... Read More

Now accepting purchases

The shop is now up and running. Click on the SHOP tab at the top of the page to order Fred Chandler’s chapbooks, CD, and posters. We have partnered with doors.com to offer readers an opportunity to purchase Fred’s poetry – only available here. The link on the SHOP page will take readers to the website doors.com where they can get the goods. Visit the Shop  Read More

Hello for NYC

Hello all, I’m in NYC and dealing with the snow and the cold. Makes it hard getting around but I love it. I got to see John Thomas’ sculptures at the OK HARRIS gallery on 383 West Broadway. I think John’s work is amazing. He works with different rectangular shapes. Then he paints them with unusual colors with shadows. Ah, he’s tricky because some of the shadows are not painted. They are real! I saw a little girl touching one... Read More

AWP Conference & Bookfair - February 2-5, 2011

The annual AWP Conference (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) & Bookfair will take place in Washington DC this year at the Marriott Wardman Park & Omni Shoreham Hotels. This year’s keynote speaker is Jhumpa Lahiri, author of Interpreter of Maladies, which won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and her first novel, The Namesake (2003), was adapted into the popular film of the same name. Continue reading “AWP Conference... Read More

AWP Conference

Hello everyone, I just wanted to fill you in on my up coming trips. I am flying to NYC on Monday and will be there for two weeks. John Thomas, an artist friend of mine, has a gallery showing of his sculptures. He is personally going walk me through the gallery to show them to me. We are then planing on going to dinner later to discuss how poetry and sculpture can work together. John’s work is showing at the OK Harris Gallery at 383 West Broadway... Read More

We want to hear from you!

The site, as many viewers may know, kicked off this week to wonderful feedback. We are still putting the finishing touches on the site, such as getting the shop fully functional, and plugging in a few more images here and there, but for the most part, the site as you see it is what we envision it to be. We have had some feedback from readers, which we are always interested to read, and we encourage all visitors of the site to comment. One reader commented... Read More

Behind the curtains

“Listen, real poetry doesn’t say anything, it just ticks off the possibilities. Opens all doors. You can walk through any one that suits you.” – Jim Morrison  Read More

The Western

Fred’s poem, “The Western” has been published on the KCET website for National Poetry month in the community poems section. The poem can be viewed here. Please share you comments below. We look forward to hearing from you!  Read More

Welcome to Fred Chandler's website

Welcome to Fred Chandler’s website, an interactive space where visitors can read selections of Fred’s poetry, view unique artworks created specifically for Fred’s poems, listen to recordings of Fred reading his works, and participate in ongoing forums about writing, art, and publishing. This blog will provide readers with updates on Fred’s poetry, readings and events, as well as publications in addition to general news related... Read More