Reading #29 – 7/27/2018 – Kota, Feichthaler, and Buhrman

Had a chance to listen to some of my favorite poets while also hearing some exciting new voices. I even got to share a couple new poems that were well received. Great night,  great feel, great time!

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Getting Back on Track

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It’s been a while! I’ve been busy with various projects and trying to get myself together over the summer. I am back on track, refreshed, and ready to rock and roll!

I haven’t been completely idle. As the picture above suggests, I’ve been reading at events and open mics, and I am working on some new projects. I will hopefully have some big announcements in the next several months (fingers crossed!) so we’ll see what happens.

I am also up to reading number 28 out of 50 for 2018 – I’ve been keeping track, and am on my way to reach my goal of 50 readings this year.

See you soon!

Readings #19 and #20 – 5/23 and 5/27 Temenos Art Salon and Pen and Pencil Club

As you can see, I’m a little behind in posting these events. Both were fantastic with work from talented writers, musicians, artists, and performers. These events reminded me that art brings people together. We are unified by our desire to create, and we must never forget that.

Reading # 18 – 5/8/2019 – James Feichthaler and Shan-Tay Mercedes Watson

Last night I had the pleasure of being at this great reading at Barnaby’s in West Chester. It was a great night to reconnect with some people that I have not seen in some time.

Someone who was in attendance last night said spoke about the atmosphere of the reading, both the readers’ willingness to share and the audience’s willingness to listen. In a way, the reading space was a safe space where people could express themselves without fear of judgment. In order for art in any form to thrive, there must be freedom of expression.

Reading #17 – 5/6/2018 – Mad Poets’ Young Writers Contest Reading

This reading was very different compared to the other ones on this list. Brooke had been asked to judge the contest, and so we got to see the kids read. It reminded me of my past, my childhood, and the things that ultimately led me to start considering writing seriously.

It also made me think about children and honoring their perspectives and voices. One day, they will inheret the world we give them, and so they definitely have a say in what happens to it.

Reading #16 – 5/2/2018 – Ryan Eckes interview and reading

I have heard Ryan read before, but it was really cool to hear him talk about his work. At one point, he made the comment that politics and political parties divide us, and that the real struggles that we have come from economics. That made me think of something I once heard, that we have more in common with one another than we have differences. Maybe art is supposed to show us this. I don’t know – something to think about for a couple years… 🙂

Anyhow, thought-provoking and interesting event!

Reading #15 – 4/22/2018 – Philly Poetry Festival

Okay, so I’m a little late getting this one up, but I had to write about this cool event. It was an all day affair featuring readers from all over as well as poets selling books, and different organizations that hosted events in and around Philly. It was nice to re-connect with some old friends, but it was just as nice to meet new ones. It re-energized me, and reminded me of the scope and influence of the Philly Poetry Scene.