Sunday, April 18, 2021

Vaccinated, Beat and 4/22 Focus on Ferlinghetti

Hi, friends! It's been an eventful past week. On Wednesday the 14th I drove to Hartville to receive my second Covid-19 vaccine shot. I experienced a little soreness in my arm and a slight malaise the next day, but it was not as bad as it was after my first shot last month (and that wasn't so bad either).

On the 17th, I had the honor of reading online with several Beat Poets Laureate for National Poetry Month (hosted by the National Beat Poetry Foundation). I led off the event and shared four poems: "Will (or a Way of Heming)," "Flagging," "Disciples" and "Random Rules." Then poets David K. Leff, William F. DeVault, Tammi Truax, Leo Jarret, Virginia Shreve and Ernel Grant followed, all with strong performances. Thank you to all who attended! If you missed it (or want to watch again), the NBPF plans to post video on their YouTube page in the next week or so.


I'm still doing a lot fewer events than usual, due to the pandemic. But I have one more coming up this month. On Thursday 22 April at 8 p.m. Eastern, I will participate in Focus on Ferlinghetti, a tribute to the late great Lawrence, hosted by Joliet Junior College and Bill Yarrow. Besides Bill and me, the other writers who will share include Mike Hainzinger, Pam Miller, John Raffetto, Joani Reese, and Bud Smith. This is a free event. Click here to register.


Friday, April 16, 2021

April 17th: My 1st Poetry Reading Since October

This is just a reminder that my first reading since October will occur via Zoom on Saturday April 17th at 1 p.m. Eastern. I will have the privilege of reading with several Beat Poets Laureate, hosted by the National Beat Poetry Foundation, Inc. Please join us on Zoom. [4/18 UPDATE: YouTube video of the event will be coming soon if you missed it.]


Readers (in order of appearance):

John B. Burroughs - Ohio Beat Poet Laureate (2019-2021)
David K. Leff - Lifetime Beat Poet Laureate, New England (2018-Present)
William F. DeVault - US National Beat Poet Laureate (2017-2018)
Ron Whitehead - Kentucky Beat Poet Laureate (2019-2021)
Tammi Truax - Maine Beat Poet Laureate (2018-2020)
Leo Jarret - Michigan Beat Poet Laureate (2020-2022)
Barry Graham - Michigan Beat Poet Laureate (2018-2020)
Rich Ferguson - California Beat Poet Laureate (2020-2022)
Virginia Shreve - Connecticut Beat Poet Laureate (2020-2022)
Ernel Grant - Connecticut Beat Poet Laureate (2017-2019)

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Thursday, April 1, 2021

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Beat Poets Laureate

The National Beat Poetry Foundation, Inc. will celebrate National Poetry Month with Zoom readings by various Beat Poets Laureate on each Saturday afternoon in April. I'm honored to be one of their featured readers on the 17th. Here is the schedule as it stands so far. More details are forthcoming.


Saturday 3 April 2021 at 1 p.m.
Watch on YouTube
Featured poets (in order of appearance):

George Wallace - 1st US National Beat Poet Laureate (2015-2016)
Carlos Dufflar - New York City Beat Poet Laureate (2020-2022)
Andy Clausen - New York State Beat Poet Laureate (2020-2022)
Carlo Parcelli - Maryland Beat Poet Laureate (2017-2019)
Thom Woodruff - Texas Beat Poet Laureate (2020-2022)
Chryssa Velissariou - Lifetime Beat Poet Laureate (Greece), 1st International Beat Poet Laureate -Greece (2017-2018)
Ngoma Hill - New York State Beat Poet Laureate (2017-2019)
James Paul Wagner - US Beat Poet Laureate (2020-2021), Long Island NY Beat Poet Laureate (2017-2019)

 


Saturday 10 April 2021 at 1 p.m.

Watch on YouTube
Featured poets:

Lori Desrosiers - US National Beat Poet Laureate (2016-2017), Massachusetts
Bengt O Björklund - Lifetime Beat Poet Laureate – Sweden (2018-Present)
Gabor G Gyukics - Lifetime Beat Poet Laureate – Hungary (2020-Present)
Amelia Matus - Wisconsin Beat Poet Laureate (2020-2022)
Daniel McTaggart -
West Virginia Beat Poet Laureate (2017-2019)
Larry Jaffe - Florida Beat Poet Laureate (2018-2020)
Michael D. Amitin -
International Beat Poet Laureate (2020-2021), France



Saturday 17 April 2021 at 1 p.m.:

Join on Zoom
Featured poets:

John B. Burroughs - Ohio Beat Poet Laureate (2019-2021)
David K. Leff - Lifetime Beat Poet Laureate, New England (2018-Present)
William F. DeVault - US National Beat Poet Laureate (2017-2018)
Ron Whitehead - Kentucky Beat Poet Laureate (2019-2021)
Tammi Truax - Maine Beat Poet Laureate (2018-2020)
Leo Jarret - Michigan Beat Poet Laureate (2020-2022)
Barry Graham - Michigan Beat Poet Laureate (2018-2020)
Rich Ferguson - California Beat Poet Laureate (2020-2022)
Virginia Shreve - Connecticut Beat Poet Laureate (2020-2022)
Ernel Grant - Connecticut Beat Poet Laureate (2017-2019)



Saturday 24 April 2021 at 1 p.m.:

Zoom Link Forthcoming
Featured poets:

Paul Richmond - US National Beat Poet Laureate (2019-2020), Massachusetts Beat Poet Laureate (2017-2019)
Richard Wayne Horton - Massachusetts Best Poet Laureate (2019-2021)
Lorraine Currelley - Bronx, NY Beat Poet Laureate (2020-2022)
Annie Petrie Sauter - Colorado Beat Poet Laureate (2017-2019)
Nordette N. Adams - Louisiana Beat Poet Laureate (2019-2021)
Chris Vannoy - US National Beat Poet Laureate (2018-2019), California, San Diego Beat Poet Laureate (2017-2019)
Donna Allard - International Beat Poet Laureate Canada (2019-2020)
Darlene (Dee Trupoetry) Fernandez -
Connecticut Beat Poet Laureate (2018-2020)


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