Poetry Readings, An Interview, and much Gratitude

Deep, deep appreciation and admiration goes to Abigail Browning and Ray Crampton, for the tremendous job you guys are doing over at Tate Street Society, and for inviting me to come by last month and talk about Women Writers of the TriadSable Books, and some of the projects and work I’ve been honored to be a part of.  (You can listen to the podcast here, if you are so inclined.)

What a generous interview and you do such a professional job.  Thank you, thank you.

Also note that along with their literary interviews, In The Margins is also working on Robert Pinsky’s Favorite Poem project. Watch Sandra Beasley read one of my most favorite poems, Sonnet 43 (How Do I Love Thee), by Elizabeth Barrett Browning here.

Poems and loves forged during distance can be really powerful.
— Sandra Beasley

You can catch Sandra this Friday night at Scuppernong Books here in Greensboro, reading from her own work, Count the Waves, alongside Dan Albergotti and sponsored by Cave Wall. I’m looking forward to this. (NC Poetry Lovers: she’ll also be at Flyleaf this Thursday and at McIntyre’s Fine Books on Sunday.)

And along with being Managing Editor at Tate Street Society as well as an accomplished dancer and dance instructor, you can catch Abigail reading her poetry alongside Janice Fuller at Second Saturday at Tate Street Coffee House this weekend at 7:00pm.  Open mic follows so bring a piece to share.

With a lush thunderstorm as backdrop, the reading July 1st at Scuppernong Books with Richard Krawiec, Debra Kaufman, Kevin Boyle, and Ralph Earle was wonderful —  fun, engaging, relaxed — and we had a terrific crowd. All around, it was a beautiful evening.

Also a quick report that things here on the homefront are as difficult and beautiful as ever, but at the end of the day there is a back porch with a cross-breeze, a glass of wine, music coming from inside the house, and mostly blessings in the form of the amazing people who grace or touch our lives in their myriad ways — whose paths run somewhere near or right alongside mine — I am filled to spilling over with gratitude for you, especially my beloveds, who have my back or my children’s backs — who tell my children they are good people, those who welcome, inspire, and love them, who treat us like family — I thank you with my whole self. You know who you are.

With much love, always.

m.

 

Women Writers of the Triad Hosts Poets and Open Mic with Tate Street Coffee

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Second Saturday, September 14th, at Tate Street Coffee House, at 7:00pm.

Featured poets are Ann Deagon and Michael Gaspeny. This is going to be WONDERFUL.

Michael Gaspeny won the 2012 Randall Jarrell Prize for “Shore Drive.” His latest chapbook Vocation is available from Main Street Rag.

Ann Deagon

Ann Deagon‘s work includes There is No Balm in Birmingham, The Polo Poems, Carbon 14, and Poetics South. She was named Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for 2011-2012.

After the reading, an open mic follows. Bring a poem, bring a song, or just come and grab a coffee or a glass of wine and listen. We had a huge turnout for open mic last month so space may be limited. Bring your best work and get there early!

Join here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/698475600169186/

Women Writers of the Triad and Tate Street Coffeehouse announce Second Saturdays

Women Writers of the Triad is pleased to announce Second Saturdays at Tate Street Coffee House, starting in August. Mark your calendars for wonderful evenings of poetry and community.

We’ll have Featured Poets* followed by open mic. Come out and support the amazing talent in the area and have a wonderful evening.

Starts at 7:00pm, goes til about 9:00pm.

August 10 — Featured poets:  Kelly Rae and Jessie Carty

September 14 — Featured poets:  Ann Deagon and Michael Gaspeny

October 12 — Featured poets:  Jaki Shelton Green and Terry Kennedy

November 9 — Featured poets:  Steve Cushman and Jacinta White

*Featured Poets to be announced.

Great literary happenings over the next two weeks in the Triad

Okay, lots of good stuff happening:

Tomorrow is the Soul Collage and Writing Workshop. Judith Behar, Donna Anthony, Kim Goldstein and myself will be facilitating. Cost is nominal. Let me know if you’re interested and I’ll put you in touch with Judith.

Monday, June 17, is Monday Night Poetry at the Central Branch of the Greensboro Public Library.

Thursday, June 20, Elaine Orr reads and signs copies of her debut novel, A Different Sun at the Central Branch of the Greensboro Public Library.

Jean Rodenbough is the featured poet at Tate Street Coffee House next Saturday night, June 22, at 7pm. Come out and hear Jean and have a coffee or something sweet. There’s an open mic to follow if you’re so inclined!

On Sunday, June 23, WWOT Critique happens at Deep Roots Market. Sharon Burkitt is facilitating. Thank you, Sharon!

June 25, Andy Irwin’s workshop on Humor, Wit & Storytelling.  Greensboro Public Library, Central Branch,  6:00pm.

 

Whew. I probably forgot some.

Read. Write. Love. Perform. Support the local arts. Be nice to each other.

Love,
m.

Keith Flynn Poetry Workshop Coming to Greensboro

This is a phenomenal opportunity to spend a few hours writing with Keith Flynn and other area writers. Join us for an afternoon of ideas and rhythms to jumpstart the creative process.

Sunday, June 2, 2013, 2:00-5:00pm, Kathleen Clay Edwards Branch of the Greensboro Public Library
Cost $25  | Register at Eventbrite here.

keith_flynnThe photographer, Cartier-Bresson, believed that his lens had to be aimed at the decisive moment, when the photograph was willing to surrender, or when the confluence of events was at its apex. Most professional writers can’t wait for inspiration to strike, or for the abiding image or core theme of the work to emerge.

We’ll use writing exercises designed to spark the imagination and talk about making your work more musical, muscular, and dynamic. Bring a poem to discuss with the group if you like — and you have a chance for publication in The Asheville Poetry Review.

How great is that?

Sponsored by Women Writers of the Triad and open to the public.

Cost: $25

Keith is founder and editor of The Asheville Poetry Review and a tremendous speaker and teacher. His last workshop in Cary got lots of positive response and we are thrilled to have him join us in the Triad!

And don’t forget — you have the opportunity to meet Keith the night before at Tate Street Coffeehouse.  Join us as Keith reads from his latest collection, Colony Collapse Disorder.  Open mic to follow!

COMING SOON Greensboro – Save the Date | Keith Flynn

Saturday, June 1, 7:00pm, Keith Flynn joins us here in Greensboro to read from his latest collection, Colony Collapse Disorder, with an open mic to follow. Tate Street Coffeehouse.ccd_keithflynn

Sunday, June 2, at 2:00-5:00pm, Inspiration Station, a creative writing workshop with Keith at the Kathleen Clay Edwards Branch of the Greensboro Public Library. Cost: $25 

REGISTRATION HERE.

Keith is founder and editor of The Asheville Poetry Review and a tremendous speaker and teacher. Participants should bring at least one poem for the group to discuss and 20 copies of the manuscript. Any work deemed exemplary will be considered for publication in The Asheville Poetry Review.

Sponsored by Women Writers of the Triad and open to the public.

Join the conversation on Facebook.

Read more about Keith here.

Grab Your Calendar – April is National Poetry Month | Poetry GSO

So much wonderful for April and National Poetry Month from Beth Sheffield, the Greensboro Public Library and Poetry GSO:

Poetry GSO 2013 Featured Events and Programs

Monday, April 1 at 7 pm at the Central Library

Silly Poems at Monday Night Poetry kicks off the National Poetry Month celebration.

Saturday, April 13 at 1 pm at the Central Library

High School Poet Laureates Program  — Hear the students who were selected as their school’s poet laureate read their winning poems.

Monday, April 29 at 7 pm at the Central Library

NC Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti reads at our Monday Night poetry event. A reception and book signing follows.

LifeVerse Poetry Project Training

LifeVerse is looking for volunteers who would like to be trained to take poetry programs to nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Prospective volunteers should e-mail Steve Sumerford or call 336-373-3636. The training sessions for LifeVerse are from 1-4 pm April 8 and from 10 am to 2 pm April 20.

Check out the Poetry GSO 2013 calendar for all events and programs.

Monday Night Poetry

Come to the Central Library on the third Monday night of each month for themed open-mic events and occasional special guests.

Join the Triad Poetry Meet Up for e-mail alerts about poetry events in the Greensboro area.

Sign up for the Poetry GSO e-Newsletter

via City of Greensboro, NC : Poetry GSO.