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Forgotten Voices Poetry Group at Telford Library, Telford, PA* [Mon 04.11.16]: Hosting a Reading:
1:oopm – why orderly type they energy any
Writing poetry can be a pretty difficult thing to do, but it can also be a lot of fun. So let’s do just that! And let’s get granular. Let’s go i-n-s-i-d-e the wonderful words we chose and use, and take a look at the letters that get us where we never knew we could go.
1:oopm – Painted Bride Quarterly presents: Four Dope Poets at Black Sheep Pub, Phila, PA: details to come* [Sat 04.16.16]: Moderating a Panel:
Philly Loves Poetry Festival, Art Sanctuary, Phila, PA* [Thurs 04.21.16]: Judged a Recognition:
12:00pm-1:30pm – Power Chords: Music & Poetry
To some poets, music is a major part of their work – both in process and in content – because music is a major part of who they are. Come hang with a few local poets as they discuss how songs, instruments, beats, musicians, and genres of music impact the writing, reading, and performance of poetry. Paul Siegell (moderator) with Kirsten Kaschock, Camae Defstar, and Ernest Hilbert
PA Center for the Book’s Public Poetry Project with Nicole Steinberg, Dawn Lonsinger, Peter Oresick, Michelle Lin, and Tameka Cage Conley, Foster Auditorium in Paterno Library, State College, PA* [Sat 04.30.16]: Presenting on a Panel:
LitLife Poetry Conference, Rosemont College's Lawrence Auditorium, Phila, PA
Panelists: Dr. Valerie Fox (moderator), Kelly McQuain, Paul Siegell, and Catherine Staples.
Fantastic Ekphrastic: What is poetry's relationship to other art forms? An ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a work of art, but the idea of ekphrasis need not stop there. What are some of the new ways in which Philly poets are combining poetry projects with visual art, dance, portraiture and other hybrid creations? What role can concrete poetry play? What are good starting points for writers wishing to tackle art as a subject area, and how can one best collaborate with contemporary peers as well as artists of ages past? Join these Philly poets to see how they infuse their poems and poetics through collaboration with art via multiple modes.
“All I can do is be me, whoever that is." —Bob DylanThat these, these aren’t even the things I care about the most.
"It's true. My focus as a person and poet lately has centered around race, racial experience, and anti-blackness. This focus has come from the dubious position of being white. But I've contended that silence for a white poet on matters of race - and to be clear I'm not talking about if one is silent on this topic on Facebook - is a privilege. In my headspace, white poets should, in addition to all their other obsessions, write poems about their racial experience and some obviously are. The path into those poems should be paved with the gravel of vulnerability, ugliness, and daring and there will be failures, but rather than release an artist statement, those poets should merely ask to be forgiven. At a recent reading in Philadelphia, Paul Siegell jumped into the arena in his own way and I was glad to be there."
"no frets unless upon my mandolin"