his latest collection of poetry, cronicas de una tragicomedia incompleta,
tells of his painful, beautiful and comical personal experiences of
surviving in the aftermath of hurricane maria. his work is gripping,
playful and unapologetic.
it's always another blur into more and more days as each new week passes, in our overly busy american lives nowadays; we had a plentiful calendar for bard fest 2019 in april as berks bards. continuing with our monthly first thursday event at goggleworks center for the arts in the city of reading, here is information on upcoming featured poet readings before our regular open mics afterward.
and also at goggleworks center for the arts, the eclipse poem i shared two posts ago is something i made as a poem on a shirt earlier this year, while my fellow students mostly worked from drawn designs they made. below are some examples of my approach through a screenprinted t-shirt workshop with instructor abby ryder. this was my second time putting one of my poems on a shirt, a new concept people are liking, i've noticed.
i''ve been calling this words on shirts, aside from poems on shirts, poetry on shirts, etc.
here you'll see my second shirt design, followed by my first from late 2018 when i first took the workshop with my now 11-year-old nephew; i took the second this spring with my 11-year-old niece. it's definitely a nice way to spend time learning a new skill with somebody you love while also creating.
two poetry-collaging workshops are lined up for april 2019 as national poetry month. here is the first.
the second will be at kula kamala foundation & yoga ashram at 17 basket road, reading, pa 19606 on saturday, april 6 from 12.30 p.m. to 2 p.m. this is a part of the ashram's monthly first saturday event, with donations welcome to help support programming.
visit the blog for berks bards to see a full lineup of varied community poetry workshops, open mics, readings, and a celebration of our nonprofit joining the community 21 years ago in 1998.
long time no blog. rest assured, in a busy year of shifting priorities, i've been working on poetry in the background, including a lot of coordinating and organizing for berks bards, reeling in varied styles and voices of poets from the region and out of state to be featured at monthly first thursday events at goggleworks center for the arts and in what we call bard fest (2019 info pending posting!) in springtime. taking on the role of president of berks bards earlier in 2018 is a part of the hiatus from this blog. i had been with berks bards for a few years before this as a promoter and photographer. this volunteering in the community gobbles up a lot of time, but it's incredibly rewarding heart-wise and is a big part of what i believe in for what i know helps our world through language, vocal cords, and on many a page or piece of paper.
berks bards is a small, grassroots poetry-promoting nonprofit which began in 1998, so it turns 21 this year. i don't drink much or often, but we're hosting a party of poem-throwing with our fans to bring their own words in april 2019 as national poetry month at brandywine branch distillery & bistro in elverson. visit our facebook page to stay tuned for more info, or ask us to be added to our email list. we promote our own poetry readings and open mics but also workshops and other poetry-laced events hosted by other organizations and people, too, including when we stumble across local or national calls for submissions.
i'm also on a planning committee at RACC for the eighth berks county poet laureate competition and the fourth berks scholastic poet (high school-aged students) laureate competition. rules are here, and the electronic submission deadline is march 31, 2019.
for now, here is one of my favorite brief poems which i wrote on a chilly-as-a-curse-word winter evening. as i say, onward with poems.
not discourage anyone from participating in consideration of how life
is expensive and hard to keep afloat in financially sometimes, we're not
directly charging for this workshop. but for those who can afford to
support my teaching efforts as a visiting instructor and also the costs
to run culture den, in the vein of the art of asking by amanda palmer
of the dresden dolls, we'd greatly appreciate money-geared backing. we
hope it might be a balance to help across those who can and can't afford
to pay for our value. and this workshop has been enthusiastically
enjoyed several times across this and other venues in recent months.
be supplying all needed materials, but those who join us are welcome to
bring any of their own as well to make their collages even more
individualized and custom. and particularly awesome. join us!
unfortunately, the poetry-collaging workshop scheduled for tomorrow, sunday, july 29 at culture den in st. peter's village, is now canceled due to a plumbing emergency with all of the rain we've had recently. but we will be hosting a last summer workshop on august 26th at 3 p.m.