Jim Trainer


In Uncategorized on December 9, 2012 at 9:48 am

CONTACT: Maleka Fruean: 267-205-4546, malekakay@gmail.com

Philly/Austin Poet and Musician Jim Trainer Releases His First Full Length Poetry Collection

December 9, 2012, Philadelphia, PA:

I don’t know why
between trouble&the Blues
We’re expected to function this way 
some small window 
some real gamble 
we may have 
day in the sun 
we may ride high 
some fearless Nights 
we will have to come back down 
we will have to hash it out 
between trouble&the Blues.
-from “between trouble&the Blues” by Jim Trainer 

December 9, 2012, Philadelphia, PA:
Jim Trainer will read from his debut poetry collection, Farewell to Armor, on December 15. The book release party will also open with award-winning Philly poet Lamont Steptoe, and journalist Maleka Fruean.

Jim Trainer is a communicator. Growing up in the hardcore punk scene of the early ’90s taught him everything he needed to know about real work. And Trainer put in the work, playing a vivid mix of blues/folk music around venues up and down the east coast, across the country, and many, many Philadelphia bars, house concerts, and coffee shops. It gained him a following, becoming known for his intense style that rode the artistic fine balance of romantic longing and unexpected social commentary. Trainer also read his poetry out extensively, and one of the readings led to his first full-length poetry book, Farewell to Armor, being published this month by local press WragsInk.

Trainer took inspiration from a Bukowski biography, learning that the great poet didn’t start writing until he was 35. That’s when he really got serious about getting the words down, on a President XII manual typewriter for $17. “I devoted myself to the simple line,” says Trainer, who now resides in Austin, Texas, and plays a regular rotation of music and poetry there. “I remember mornings coming off a graveyard shift, just beat-to-hell tired, pulling into the Shell, getting a quart of beer and heading home where I’d type and drink into the 8-9-10 a.m. hours. Looking back, I think I was forging a new language for myself. I had to get those lines down simple, and quick, because I was working three jobs. It was my only release. Writing has always been a means of survival for me.”

He’s carried the torch for independent media, broadcasting as one of the early voices of Radio Volta 88.1FM while writing for the Philadelphia IMC’s wire in the early ’00s. He currently serves as contributor, editor and curator of Going For The Throat, a semi-daily publication of cynicism, outrage, correspondence and romance.

For more information about the book release party, or Farewell to Armor, please contact Maleka Fruean: malekakay@gmail.com, 267-205-4546.

Farewell to Armor Book Release&Reading
w/Lamont Steptoe&Maleka Fruean
Saturday December 15, 2012
Imperfect Gallery
5601 Green Street
Philadelphia, PA


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