Just in time for National Poetry Month: Poetry & Music on April 10th!

Spring is here, and my favorite thing about spring is that April is National Poetry Month.

To mark the occasion, I’ll be at the Redwood Library and Athenaeum in Newport for a special hour of poetry and music on Sunday, April 10, at 3 p.m. I’ll be reading alongside Kate O’Kula, president of Ocean State Poets, as well as fellow poet Margie Flanders.

Poet David Dragone, editor of Crosswinds Poetry Journal,  will read from his new book. Also joining us will be musicians EmmaLee Holmes and Ealain McMullin of The Newport String Project.

Admission is free and the event is open to the public. For more details, visit here. If you’d like a convenient flyer to take with you, you can print out the image below.

Hope to see you there!

Poetry and Music 4-10-16 Flyer

 

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Give Words a Space with me on Sept. 18

Hello all,

I’ll be participating in Give Words a Space, an OutLoud event at the Jamestown Arts Center next Thursday, September 18. This exciting evening of poetry readings, music, and dramatic monologue will kick off at 7 p.m. with refreshments. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. There is a $10 suggested donation at the door.

Joining me are Robert Carothers, Craig Watson, David Dragone, and Rossible Kurz. You can read more about them below.

The Jamestown Arts Center is located at 18 Valley Street in Jamestown, RI. For more information, visit their website at http://www.jamestownartcenter.org.

Robert Carothers has the distinction of being a poet, a lawyer, a professor and university
administrator. His first poems appeared in 1965 in magazines and journals while he was a
graduate student at Kent State University and he has continued publishing work ever since.
He has published three small books of his poetry. In 1969 he taught his first of many poetry
workshops for student writers at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania and his last one at the
University of Rhode Island in 2012. In the meantime, he served as president of Southwest
Minnesota State University, chancellor of the Minnesota University System, and for 18 years
as the president of the University of Rhode Island.

Craig Watson is the author of Sleepwalking With Orpheus, Secret Histories, True News and
four other books. He has worked in the performing arts, corporate arts, literary arts and
emergency arts, among other oddly grouped activities. In 2010 he retired as the Associate
Artistic Director for Trinity Repertory Company, a professional theater in Providence. Except
for one generation, his family has owned property in Jamestown since the mid-1700s.

David Dragone has been self-employed in Rhode Island as a piano tuner and violin
teacher for over ten years. Many of his poems have been published in national magazines
such as California Quarterly, Common Ground Review, Bryant Literary Review, and Avocet.
Three of his poems have appeared in the Sunday Providence Journal, and he was an award
winner in Newport Life’s inaugural writing issue. David’s poetry has been repeatedly featured
on Rhode Island NPR and Trinity Repertory Company performed one of his poems as part of
their radio theatre program. He lives in Middletown with his wife and college age son, and is
the proud new grandfather of Nathan Fullerton.

Rossibel Kurz is a freshman at NECC pursuing a degree in American Sign Language. She
is passionate about dance and was most recently seen in the High Mowing High School
productions of Finnian’s Rainbow in the role of Silent Susan and as The Cuban Dancer in
Guys and Dolls. Rossibel loves to write poetry, paint and work with stained glass. She
received the Most Valued Player for soccer in her junior year.

Pix from Monday Night’s Newport Library Reading

I was a guest of RI Poet Laureate Emeritus Tom Chandler this past Monday, November 18, at the Newport Public Library. The reading is part of their Poet Laureate Series. To find out more about their upcoming events and monthly poetry readings, visit the library’s calendar at http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=NEWPORT.

RI Poet Laureate Emeritus Tom Chandler reads his work at the Newport Public Library monthly poetry reading. Photo by Melissa Martin Ellis.

RI Poet Laureate Emeritus Tom Chandler reads his work at the Newport Public Library monthly poetry reading. Photo by Melissa Martin Ellis.

Reading at Newport Public Library's monthly poetry reading Monday night. I was the guest of RI Poet Laureate Emeritus Tom Chandler, and shared some pieces from THESE ONYX HOURS, my poetry collection coming in March, 2014 from Finishing Line Press. Photo by Melissa Martin Ellis.

Reading at Newport Public Library’s monthly poetry reading Monday night. I was the guest of RI Poet Laureate Emeritus Tom Chandler, and shared some pieces from THESE ONYX HOURS, my poetry collection coming in March, 2014 from Finishing Line Press. Photo by Melissa Martin Ellis.