Happy New Year, Living Poets!
Before we get to our member news, a gentle reminder that our get-together to celebrate Living Poetry’s 9th Anniversary is coming up. If you have not already, RSVP for our anniversary celebration. While 9 years is a big milestone, we will also celebrate more than 800 members! We’ll meet at Breakaway Cafe in Chapel Hill (at the Briar Chapel development entrance) on Saturday, January 20th at 2p. In addition to a friendly crowd-sourced poetry on demand, we’ll also have a book swap of poetry books. For the Poetry Book Swap, bring a copy of your book (if you’ve written one) or a favorite poetry book to swap. Grab a raffle ticket when you arrive to learn when you’ll get to pick from the poetry book swap selection.
Chris Abbate will be reading from his new book of poetry, Talk About God (Main Street Rag Publications), at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill on Thursday, February 8 at 7:00 PM, and at Lucky Tree in Raleigh on Wednesday, February 21 at 6:30 PM. Click on his name for more information about his upcoming readings, along with sample poems from his book and Chris’ blog.
Bartholomew Barker published his second collection of poetry, Milkshakes and Chilidogs, a chapbook of food
poems, in August. The title poem was also included in the anthology Silent Screams: Poetic Journeys Through Addiction & Recovery in October. His poem Kokopelli, written at a Living Poetry prompt workshop in the spring was featured on Postcard Poems and Prose in September.
Two Living Poetry poets were published in this year’s Halloween issue of Oddball Magazine. The LP Virtual Workshop critiqued several versions of Mary Elmahdy’s poem Sligo Cemetery, which is about ghosts in Ireland. The good folks in the Sharing Creativity: Poetry Critique Workshop helped JeanMarie Olivieri with Costume Identity, which is about dressing to impress. Oddball publishes poetry, prose and commentary.
Alice Osborn Reads Her Poetry and Plays Her Original Songs at Litchfield Tea & Poetry, Thursday, January 11, 2018 at Waccamaw Library, 41 St. Paul Place, Pawleys Island, SC. 3 to 4 p.m. FREE and Open to the Public! The twelfth year of tea and poetry–kicking off the year is Alice Osborn of Raleigh and Ann Bodman of Mt Pleasant. Each featured poet will read for about 20 minutes with a Q&A.
Art Opening + Open Mic on Saturday, January 13th from 6p-8p at Pittsboro’s Center for the Arts. Enjoy the opening night of this three artist show featuring works by Hillsborough’s Doug Stuber, Boone’s Dee, and Fuquay-Varina’s Yvette. Artist/Poet/Organizer Doug Stuber says, “the three mix the mystical with abstract and the spiritual when it comes to expressing human emotion in paint.” The event will offer an open stage round robin with five minute blocks allowed for presenting “poetry, drama, song, dance, mime” which will start “when people gather”. All are invited to join in! Visit the event page for more info.
Keep on writing!