Enjoy this gallery of pictures of poets presenting Oct 7 and 8 during Riley Fest. This was an Indiana Bicentennial Poetry Event of ISFPC and Indiana Poets. The event took pace in Greenfield, Indiana, at the boyhood home of James Whitcomb Riley. The weekend included a visit to the Riley Museum, a Riley reenactors, the unveiling of a new Riley statute, and of course lots of pride in the poetry of Indiana! Many of our own ISFPC poets read their poets during this 2 festival. Great job, all! Pictures courtesy of Caroline Dewey.
Hello, POEts out there! No, that's not a typo, it's a callout for you fans of Edgar Allen Poe. You're invited to hear a dramatic reading of Poe's works by poet Patrick Kalahar:
Jenny Kalahar tells us more about the event:
"Tania, the bookshop owner, decorates for the Halloween season and has tea/cider/coffee and snacks. Pat reads The Raven by candlelight, dressed as Poe with his hair and mustache dyed, and then takes questions about Poe's writing and life. He's done this for a few years. Started off with maybe five people in the store to listen, to a full house the last three years. One girl came a couple of years ago who had Poe's face as a large tattoo on her thigh! Now, that's a Poe fan!"
They look pretty similar, don't they? Good job, Patrick, and good luck!
Brick Street Poetry Inc. is seeking submissions of original children’s poetry – poetry for children written by either adults or kids of any age. Poems submitted must have never been published anywhere before. Poets are permitted to submit a maximum of three poems.
Each poem is to be contained to one page of a Microsoft Word document, prepared in Times New Roman 12-point font, with one- inch margins on all four sides. The poet’s contact information - name, address, email and phone number - are to be placed at the top of each page. Preference will be given to poems that contain one or more of the following characters: a frog, a moose, bees and bears. However, poems without these characters will still be considered.
Deadline for submissions is Sept 22. Please email your submissions to: email@example.com with your poems sent as attachments.
The poems selected will be published in a book before the end of 2016 and given to children who are patients in Indianapolis hospitals. The cost of publishing was made possible by a grant from the Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr., Memorial Foundation.
Brick Street Poetry Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit based in Zionsville, Indiana that sponsors the monthly poetry series, Poetry on Brick Street, publishes the Tipton Poetry Journal, and hosts a wide variety of other poetry-related projects.
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Lots of great opportunities to network with other poets and hone your craft this Fall! Hope you join in the fun.
1 We have til the end of the month to register for ISFPC Fall Rendezvous. This is a weekend gathering of poets for reading, workshops, fellowship, and nature at Spring Mill State Park, Oct 14-16. Shari Wagner, Poet Laureate, will be our keynote speaker. Info here: http://www.isfpc.org/fall-rendezvous.html.
2. One of the main events at Fall Rendezvous is hearing ISPFC Annual Contest results. It’s time to submit in up to 27 categories! Contest ends Sept 1st. http://www.isfpc.org/annual-contest.html.
We need a leader like Lincoln today! Not only was he an outstanding politician, he was a poet!
NI POETS /ACPL present:
The Poetry of Lincoln
If you "Like" ABRAHAM LINCOLN you will love the Lincoln speaker, Sara Gabbard, as she shares the Poetry of Lincoln.
Main ACPL (Ft Wayne Library)
7-8:30 pm Wednesday 8/10/2016
Begins at 7:00 p.m. sharp.
Come to the Globe Room
Adult artists of any medium and experience level are invited to our NICE Creativity Workshop! Gather with your fellow creatives at Logan Street Sanctuary to brainstorm about great works of literature, and we want YOUR creative ideas! We are especially looking to increase the representation of writers and poets.
What is the NICE Creativity Workshop, July 23-24?
NICE stands for Noblesville Interdisciplinary Creativity Expo. It is a signature event at Logan Street Sanctuary, but participants need not live in Noblesville to contribute their art. We are delighted when people from out of town are involved, as long as they or someone they delegate can be present at our main event to show off their art.
My partner in crime, Alys, and I picked 4 quotes from classic pieces of literature. The works this year are Macbeth, Rebecca, Alice in Wonderland, and Wynema: Child of the Forest. Wynema is not as well-known but it’s the first novel written by a women of Native American descent (in the late 1800s). We wanted to hear voices from a range of authors. Artists of ANY medium (music, painting, cake decorating, textiles, poets, writers, dancers, ANY medium) create works of art inspired by these quotes, or the works as a whole. The idea is we use the quote as an entry point to explore great works of literature through art.
Our NICE main presentation will be in the Fall, Sept 30-Oct 1. This is when artists present or display their finished works. The workshop on July 23-24 is so artists can begin to prepare their works. It is intended to be a 2-day workshop (4 hours Saturday, 3 hours Sunday), but it is not required anyone attend both days.
Day 1 will focus on the quotes by themselves. Day 2 will focus on the quotes in context of the work or play as a whole.
Among the things we will cover:
On Day 1:
· Take a tour of Logan Street Sanctuary http://loganstreetsanctuary.org/, a local artists venue and registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
· Discuss what makes a timeless literary classic and how we can use a quote as an entry point.
· Learn several brainstorming techniques for drawing artistic inspiration from a literary quote. These will involve balloon outlines, theater improv games, musical “conducting” using our favorite words from each quote, and. All the brainstorming techniques are designed so ANYONE can participate regardless of skill level in that particular art. We want to be a safe place for artists to experiment and exchange ideas. Our exercises will include movement, writing, rhythms, and color.
· “Free play” – We encourage participants to bring their art supplies with them – anything from pen and paper to paint to knitting needles – whatever your thing is! During free play, you can start to create your work, continue brainstorming, or even collaborate with another artist.
On Day 2:
· Learn the history of each work as a whole, characters, plotline.
· Participate in collaborative visual art.
· Discuss major themes in each book.
· More free play. Our goal by the end of the workshop is that most participants will be ready to submit a proposal form for our NICE event on Sept 30-Oct 1. The work does not have to be finished for the artist to submit a form – but they should have a clear idea of what they will be creating and how it fits one of our literary works. We also hope at least some artists will be inspired by each other and wish to collaborate. We would love some cross-pollination of the arts – a musician writes a piece for a dancer, a poet writes a poem and a painter writes it on canvas with illustrations, etc.
We would love to have you come! Adult artists of any kind and any experience level are welcome. The workshop is a great value – just $15 for both days, and there is a group rate of $10 per person for groups of 4 or more. More info at: http://loganstreetsanctuary.org/nice-noblesville-interdisciplinary-creativity-expo or like our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NICE.Noblesville.Interdisciplinary.Creativity.Expo/?fref=ts.
Thursday night I attended a special poetry reading sponsored by Brick Street Poetry at the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library in Zionsville. Poets delighted us with excerpts from the recent publication, Mapping the Muse: A Bicentennial Look at Indiana Poetry. This event was an official Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Project, and every poem of the evening treated us to a different view of an Indiana landmark, the Hoosier lifestyle, or our state landscape.
JL Kato served as Master of Ceremonies. He opened with a couple collaborative poems. The first was a collaborative poem by ISFPC about Indiana State Parks. Each poet was assigned a different state park and contributed a stanza. Authors include: Joyce Brinkman, Alice Couch, Nancy Simmonds, S. Evan Walters, Marlene Million, Alys Caviness-Gober, Jenny Kalahar, Kathy Maves, Mary Couch. The group includes a Poet Laureate, Premiere poet, and several members from my club, the Noble Poets (yea!). JL Kato and Susan Miller read the next poem, entitled “Prairie,” by John D. Groppe, Pat Kopanda, Carlee Tressel Alson, Marcia Smith-Wood, Maia Hawthorne, Shannon Anderson, Doris Myers, J. Patrick Lewis, Gus Nybergm, Sally Nalbor, Alyssa Cook, Connie Kingsman, and Joyce Brinkman.
Individual poets who presented their works represented 6 different counties. I’m including some of my favorite lines. Apologies to anyone I unintentionally left out!
I bought the Kindle version of Mapping the Muse as soon as I got home (too eager to wait for a hard copy). The book is also available in softcover on Amazon and at the libraries of the poets included in the collection.
Let me tell you, you are in for a treat. The general tone of the book is nostalgic, as many poets reflect on the landmarks and atmosphere of their home counties. But the book hits plenty of other tones - ranging from humor to awe to tragedy. It covers subjects from Hoagy Carmichael to tornados to covered bridges to county fairs to Quakers. Small but beautiful nature photographs accompany some of the collaborative works.
I was impressed with the range of experience levels represented in the book. A 5th grade class submitted a poem, as did a 90 year old. All four Indiana Poets Laureate are featured in the front: Joyce Brinkman, Norbert Krapf, Karen Kovacik, and George Kalamaras.
I recommend this collection as a great way to reflect on Indiana in our bicentennial year. Reading it felt like sitting down on a leisurely afternoon and eating a Hoosier pie, with each slice giving me a little taste of a different county. (The poets represent 59 counties.) Well done, poets, editor Barry Harris, JL Kato, Brick Street Poetry, and all the many people involved in this project (including lots of ISFPC members)!
Brick Street Poetry will sponsor a special poetry reading at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 23 at the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library, 250 N. 5th Street, Zionsville. Poets will read their work from Mapping the Muse: A Bicentennial Look at Indiana Poetry, which was published by Brick Street Poetry to celebrate and honor Indiana's 200th birthday. Mapping the Muse is an endorsed Bicentennial Legacy Project, recognized by the Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016. The event is free and the public is invited.
Singer and songwriter Tom Barmes lives in Elwood, Indiana. His songs, Big Boy Ballads, were written during his children's formative years. His love for children is expressed in all his songs, including "Sam's Song," which he included in his performance at ISFPC Spring Meet. Sam is an enjoyable entertainer with stories to tell, and an easy "folksy style."
The Indiana State Federation of Poetry Clubs is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and creative process of poetry.