It's an embarrassment of riches poets and poetry fans - here are two fabulous upcoming poetry festivals - both local, one planned by Yours Truly. Come on out and show your love for the art!
First Day Poetry Bash - Creative Alliance - Baltimore, MD
Creative Alliance celebrates the New Year with a wildly diverse day of words and music. Join Charm City Kitty Club stars Rahne Alexander and Lucky Baltimore, Underground Poetry Godfather Blaster Al Ackerman and literary luminaries Stan Plumly, Clarinda Harriss, Michael Salcman, and Linda Joy Burke. Throw in the Baltimore Improv Group, CA Resident Artist and beatbox master Shodekeh (and so many more fabulous people we can't list them here) and you've got one awesome creative community all gathered under the Patterson's roof for an epic day of poetry, in the spirit of the annual marathon festival at St. Mark's Church in NYC.
Big plus: It's all to benefit Creative Alliance's Arts Education programs.
DO NOT miss this incredibly cool start to 2008!!
Details: January 1, 2008, 11 am - 5 pm
Cost: $5 per person
Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness - Washington, DC
You are invited to our nation’s capital for a festival that celebrates our great tradition of poetry of witness and resistance.
Split This Rock Poetry Festival will feature readings, workshops, panel discussions on poetry and social change, youth programming, films, parties, walking tours, and activism—a unique opportunity to hone our activist skills while we assess and debate the public role of the poet and the poem in this time of crisis.
As citizens and artists, our obligation has never been greater. We call on poets of conscience to move to the center of public life as we forge a visionary new arts movement for peace and justice.
Featured poets: Chris August, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Melissa Best (aka Princess of Controversy), Robert Bly, Kenneth Carroll, Grace Cavalieri, Lucille Clifton, Joel Dias Porter (aka DJ Renegade), Mark Doty, Martín Espada, Carolyn Forché, Brian Gilmore, Sam Hamill, Joy Harjo, Galway Kinnell, Stephen Kuusisto, Semezhdin Mehmedinovic, E. Ethelbert Miller, Naomi Shihab Nye, Sharon Olds, Alix Olson, Alicia Ostriker, Ishle Yi Park, Sonia Sanchez, Patricia Smith, Susan Tichy, Pamela Uschuk, and Belle Waring.