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Oakland Poetry Slam and Wide Open Mic

The Awaken Café is so California, they declare 4 days a week to be wi-fi free. Little signs on the tables remind you what people did in coffee shops in the pre-router days—reading, for example, or conversing. On certain Thursdays, Awaken patrons also can (and do) support the live arts, as our host Dre pointed out, at the monthly poetry night. With a dedicated stage, overhead speakers, and the no-nonsense DJ Kate filling the space between poets, it’s probably the best coffee shop venue I’ve seen (and that's saying something). Like the … Read More...

last goodbyes (for the Hubble Space Telescope)

science poetry on the fly

What better way to close out National Poetry Month than joining three fellow poets and an astrophysicist to write poems inspired by the Hubble Space Telescope? Okay, maybe that's not everyone's idea of a bangin' good time, but this poet is all about it. To recognize the Hubble Space Telescope's 25th year in orbit, the  North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences brought in a bona fide Hubble Fellow from NC State University to speak at their regular Science Cafe series. And they invited poets to listen and write a poem inspired by … Read More...

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National Poetry Month: Halfway Through (and then some)

Earlier this month I shared some of my initial takeways from the Found Poetry Review’s monthlong challenge affectionately known as PoMoSco. Granted, it’s not over yet, but I have more poetic waters behind me so an update seems appropriate.... I’m getting the hang of turning out a sharable first draft in a single sitting. This is good, because on April 30, I'll do the last challenge prompt live at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, writing a poem based on a presentation about the Hubble space telescope and reading it for the … Read More...

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National Open Mic Night: It’s a [Shure] Thing

Like all open mic faithful should, I follow my current favorite venue (Deep South the Bar) on Facebook. And just recently, it totally paid off in the form of Something I Didn’t Know But Would’ve Been Sorry To Miss. Turns out, a microphone/audio electronics company called Shure has declared a National Open Mic Night. Participating venues are holding sanctioned events across the third week of April. (I have no idea what it takes to become an official participant, whether they get free equipment to plug, or what.) Of course, it’s more about … Read More...

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finding value in found poetry techniques

Five days into National Poetry Month and the Found Poetry Review’s monthlong writing challenge and I'm happy to report that things are going well. Yeah, the 200+ writers I’ve joined with continue to outpace me in just about all ways, but I’m plucking along, following each day’s prompt, posting poems, reading and enjoying their work...trying to be a good citizen of our temporary digital artists' colony. I admit that a few of the techniques for finding poetry are proving (for me) so constraining as to make it impossible to turn out an … Read More...

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