Rockfordian offers poetry book

Rockford poet, painter, musician and spoken-word artist Timothy “Kimo” Brien has just put out his first book of poetry, Throwing Myself At The Ground (and missing).

This book contains 29 works ranging from his earliest writings from 1993 to recent works written in 2007. The book can be purchased online at in either book format or downloaded directly to the reader’s computer. Official release date was June 23 at, and will be made available soon at Phoenix Traders in Rockford and through national retail channels.

Brien said: “This is the way to go for every writer out there that wants to see their book in print. I recommend it for those who delve into the genres that don’t get much attention like poetry or short story collections.”

While in the Air Force, Brien first started writing and performing in an Abilene, Texas, coffeehouse called Espresso Europa. After leaving the Air Force, he came back to Rockford, where he joined with the Friday Night Writers Workshop and hosted poetry readings at Cannova’s in Loves Park. When obtaining his bachelor’s degree in technical theater at Southern Illinois University, he was the master electrician/lighting designer for the Mentos Junkies (Carbondale, Ill., Improv Comedy Troupe) and Grey Light Theater (Murphysboro, Ill., Theater Troupe).

In 2000, Brien was working on his master’s of fine arts degree in theater pedagogy at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., and was a regular featured poet at various coffeehouses. Upon his return to Rockford in 2003, he has worked with other spoken-word artists and readings around town, namely Mary’s Place Third Thursday Open Mic Poetry and Voices at Borders. He hopes to put out another book in late 2007 that will be featuring short stories. The tentative title is No Name Heroes, and will be available through

For more information, contact Timothy Brien at (815) 621-7394 or e-mail at

from the July 25-31, 2007, issue

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