Actor/Poet Michael Madsen’s Final Book of Poetry Released

MICHAEL MADSEN, who is best known for his role as Mr. Blonde in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, released his 9th book of poetry this month entitled Expecting Rain, with a foreword by Jerry Hopkins, co-author of No one Here Gets Out Alive.
By: Michael Naughton & Assoc.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Oct. 19, 2013 - PRLog -- Michael Madsen will be forever known as Mr. Blonde in Reservoir Dogs and Budd in Kill Bill, but it is his own words as a poet where fans will get to know the real Michael Madsen. His latest, and possibly last title, Expecting Rain (ISBN: 978-0976726081, October 18, 2013, ©13 Hands Publications), is released this month, and is his most personal.

“It took me a long time to write these poems,” Madsen said. “I can’t imagine being able to put another one (book) together.”  His publisher, Michael P. Naughton, Co-Founder of 13 Hands Publications, did confirm they will be releasing a compilation of Madsen’s work, The Complete Poetic Works of Michael Madsen, Vol. II: 2005-2015 scheduled for July of 2015, as a companion to the previously released Vol. I.

Expecting Rain is dedicated to the late Dennis Hopper, a friend of Madsen’s who worked with him on several films.  The book features new poetry and never before seen photos from his films and family life, and also has a unique, never before published Q & A about his work as an actor and poet.

Fans can take the opportunity to meet Michael in person and have a book signed at either of two Los Angeles book signing locations:  Booksoup on Tues. Oct. 29th, and Bank of Books in Malibu on Friday, Nov. 1st.  Michael will also be signing personalized copies through his publisher, 13 Hands Publications (­­­  If you can’t make an event, you can order a personalized copy online.


As an actor, Madsen is prolific and has appeared in over 170 films that span over 3 decades, and most recently gained worldwide attention in the video release of Justin Bieber’s As Long As You Love Me.  He has been a guest on The Today Show and Larry King Live.  His latest work in television has been in episodes of CBS’s Blue Bloods with Tom Selleck, Golden Boy and Mob Doctor with William Forsythe.

As a writer, his first book Burning In Paradise, won the Independent Firecracker Award in 1998, and was translated in Norwegian in 2008. He has been recognized worldwide as a poet and was invited as a guest to the International Poetry Festival in Genoa, Italy to be honored for his Bukowski style poetry. He was the Guest of Honor at the 2010 Crossing Border Festival in The Netherlands. The Complete Poetic Works of Michael Madsen, Vol. I: 1995-2005 (13 Hands Publications) is the only authorized book of Madsen's poetry dating up to 2005.  Signs of Life (2006, 13 Hands Publications), is dedicated to the memory of the late Chris Penn, and was Michael's very first book of photography. American Badass (2009, 13 Hands Publications) is dedicated to the memory of the late David Carradine, Madsen’s friend and Kill Bill co-star.


Jerry Hopkins is an American author and journalist. He is best known as the co-author (with Danny Sugerman) of No One Here Gets Out Alive (1980), the definitive biography of Jim Morrison of The Doors, which was a key source for Oliver Stone's film about the band. He has written nearly 30 books about music, food and travel, including three volumes on Elvis Presley. He has also written for Rolling Stone (where he was a contributing editor for 20 years), The Village Voice, GQ and numerous other publications. His most recent book as of December 2007 is an oral history of Don Ho. Since the early 1990s he has lived in Thailand.


Established in 2005, 13 Hands Publications is a poetry publishing house.  For more information or to request a literary interview or appearance by Michael Madsen, please visit: or contact:
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