Media Coverage Of The June Poetry Reading

Many thanks to Serena Agusto-Cox for her followup article about sharing her poetry at the first Gaithersburg Poetry Reading in June.  It’s a gutsy piece and I’m sure a lot of poets (and anyone who presents their work to an audience) can relate to what she says.

And very belatedly, many thanks to Culture Spot and The Town Courier for their wonderful feature pieces about our inaugural reading.  Thanks as well to Beltway Poetry, The Writer’s Center, the Washington Post, and other publications that kindly listed the reading on their community calendars.

 

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Video From The Gaithersburg Poetry Reading

Our poetry reading on June 11th at The Gallery at Chesapeake Framing was a huge success.  Many thanks to Mary Jo Moon and Rachel Payne at Chesapeake for offering us such a fabulous venue, and to all the poets, Gregory Luce, Leeya Mehta, Serena Agusto-Cox, Donald Illich, and Katherine E. Young and Marysol Hohl, as well as everyone who read at the open mic.

Lucinda Marshall, Leeya Mehta, Katherine E. Young, Gregory Luce, Donald Illich, Marysol Hohl, Serena Agusto-Cox, phot by Rachel Payne

 

If you were not able to attend the reading, you can now enjoy it via video, courtesy of Serena’s husband Cris who had a camera rolling.  I had the pleasure to introduce all of the other readers, so I kept my own reading short, you can find it at the 10 minute mark on the third video.

We anticipate doing another reading in the fall, if you are interested in being a featured reader, please contact me.

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New Poem: Penn Station

Many thanks to One Sentence Poems for publishing my poem, Penn Station.  I’d excerpt it here but it’s a bit short for that.  Let’s just say that I managed to discuss trains, quinoa, and piss in one sentence.

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Another Great Year At The Gaithersburg Book Festival

We had a great time at the Gaithersburg Book Festival this year!  So proud of the teens from the Gaithersburg Teen Writing Club, which I co-mentor, for their flawless introduction of authors Meg Medina and Christine Kendall.

Lucinda Marshall and Robin Stevens Payes, photo by Pam Schipper

The creative writing workshop that I led with Robin Stevens Payes and Neal P. Gillen, who also mentor MWA teen writing clubs, was fantastic.  We had good attendance and the kids responded with great enthusiasm to the prompts that we gave them. Many thanks to Pam Schipper from the Town Courier for featuring our workshop in her coverage of GBF!

 

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Gaithersburg Poetry Reading and Open Mic

 

Please join poets Gregory Luce, Katherine E. Young, Leeya Mehta, Serena Agusto-Cox, Donald Illich and myself for a Poetry Reading and Open Mic at Chesapeake Framing and Art Gallery in Downtown Crown in Gaithersburg, MD–June 11, 3-5 pm.

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2 New Poems in GFT’s Spring Issue

Many thanks to Ground Fresh Thursday for including two of my poems, A Contemplation of Succulence in Sonora, and End/Beginning, in the latest issue of their print journal.

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New Poem–Beautiful Children

Many thanks to Indolent Books for publishing my poem, Beautiful Children as part of their What Rough Beasts series.  The poem was written in response to our fearless leader’s statement that he bombed Syria because of the alleged chemical weapons attacks on “beautiful children”.  If saving beautiful children is our litmus test for bombing attacks, we might want to start at home.  Read the poem.

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Creative Writing Workshop For Teens At The Gaithersburg Book Festival

I am delighted to be offering a Creative Writing For Teens  workshop at the 2017 Gaithersburg (MD) Book FestivalMay 20 from 4:00-5:00 at the Children’s Village Workshop Tent:

Using participatory writing prompts, teen writers will have an opportunity to experience and learn more about how workshopping techniques can assist them in their creative writing. They will have a chance to share their work and get feedback as time allows. They will receive information about MWA’s teen writing clubs which are offered without cost at libraries throughout the state as well as other resources to further their writing.

The workshop is free and open to all teens and a great chance to find out more about the ongoing MWA teen writing clubs and the experience of being a writer.

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New Poem–Just The Facts

In the midst of this national crisis of fake news, disinformation and pathological lies, it is an honor to have my poem, Just The Facts, published by The Turnip Truck(s) Writers Resist series.  This poem was first read at the Arlington, VA Writers Resist reading.  In this rather dark poem, brevity speaks to our processing of the bombardment of ‘information’ that we endure on a daily basis.

In a comment on their Facebook page, the editor describes the poem saying that it “cleverly reflects our unsettling, distorted political reality”.  That certainly is what I intended.

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New Poem–The Breakdown Of All Things

Many thanks to Indolent Books for including my poem, The Breakdown Of All Things, in their What Rough Beast series.

The poem begins,

Priests of old gods tell us
that we need a moral compass,

You can read the rest of it here.

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