Journey into Cold War USSR in James Morehead’s “portraits of red and gray”

DUBLIN, CA–“portraits of red and gray“, the new collection of memoir poems by James Morehead (Poet Laureate – Dublin, CA) takes readers on an unforgettable journey from the Cold War USSR to Savery, Wyoming, from the mountains of Tuscany to the peak of Yosemite’s Half Dome, from the Canadian wilderness to the beaches of Normandy.

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Cynthia Good Explores Mortality Through Poetry in “What We Do with Our Hands” [INTERVIEW]

Cynthia Good is an award-winning author, journalist and former TV news anchor. She has written six books including Vaccinating Your Child, which won the Georgia Author of the Year award. She has launched two magazines, Atlanta Woman and the nationally distributed PINK magazine for women in business. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous journals including Free State Review, Main Street Rag and Terminus Magazine. Cynthia’s new chapbook What We Do with Our Hands from Finishing Line Press will be published this summer. Cynthia is also a frequent speaker and global women’s advocate.

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Poets at the Mic featuring James Morehead, Caitlin Conlon, and Morgan Liphart (Aug 25 – YouTube Live)

Viewless Wings Live, which organizes virtual and in-person poetry readings and open mics, is hosting Poets at the Mic – a YouTube Live reading and discussion on Thursday Aug 25 (4pm PST / 7pm EST) with poets James Morehead (Poet Laureate – Dublin, CA and author of canvas and portraits of red and gray), Caitlin Conlon (poet and author of The Surrender Theory) and Morgan Liphart (poet and author of Barefoot & Running). The event will include a mix of poetry readings and discussion, and live questions. Free tickets are available on Eventbrite:

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Tina Cane (Poet Laureate, RI) on Capturing “Year of the Murder Hornet” in Verse [INTERVIEW]

Born in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City, and raised in the Village, Tina Cane serves as the Poet Laureate of Rhode Island where she is the founder/director of Writers-in-the-Schools, RI. Her poems
and translations have appeared in numerous publications, including The Literary Review, Spinning Jenny, Tupelo Quarterly, Jubliat, and The Common. In her capacity as poet laureate, Cane has established her state’s first youth poetry ambassador program in partnership with Rhode Island Center for the Book, and has brought the Poetry-in-Motion program from the New York City Transit System to Rhode Island’s state-wide busses.

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Six Poets Recite (Durell Carter / Sarah Bitter / David Radavich / Mary Amato / Jai-Michelle Louissen / Nicole Farmer)

The Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast July submitted poems episode features contributions from six wonderful contributions read by the poets. Different forms and themes are featured. The Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast explores the art of poetry through interviews with poets and artists including A.E. Stallings, Olivia Gatwood, Regina Harris Baiocchi, Kari Byron, Lisa Marie Simmons and more. Subscribe today.

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“She is San Francisco” by James Morehead Premieres on the SF Chronicle Total SF Podcast

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–James Morehead (Poet Laureate of Dublin, California) premiered his new poem “She is San Francisco” on the July 15 episode of the San Francisco Chronicle’s Total SF podcast. Total SF is “A San Francisco culture podcast featuring celebrity guests, non-celebrity guests, personalities from the San Francisco Chronicle and a celebration of Bay Area life. Hosted by culture critic Peter Hartlaub and columnist Heather Knight and recorded on the streets, hilltops, parks and landmarks of San Francisco.” .

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“Light Work / Shadow Play” a Poetry-based City of Dublin 40th Anniversary Public Art Project 

DUBLIN, CA–“Light Work / Shadow Play” is a collaborative artist and youth project incorporating the work of artist Thomasin Dewhurst, the poetry of James Morehead (Poet Laureate – Dublin, CA), Livermore art students, and Dublin’s Eta Carinae, a student-led performing arts group. The installation can be viewed at the City of Dublin Civic Center in front of the clock tower.

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Cutter Streeby on Exploring the Intersection of Visual Arts and Poetry [INTERVIEW]

Cutter Streeby holds an MFA from the University of East Anglia and an MA in Literature from King’s College, London. He has delivered many lectures on poetics, translation, and translation theory, including “Navigating Lèse- Majesté: Translating the Poetry of Zakariya Amataya” at universities across Thailand and Malaysia while teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Publications, translations, and anthologies include The White Review, Anthology of South East Asian Poets (Vagabond Press), Chicago Quarterly Review, Chestnut Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Cincinnati Review and World Literature Today among others. He successfully exited his first marketing startup in 2020.

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Poet Beth McDermott on Displacing Silence in Her New Collection “Figure 1” [INTERVIEW]

Beth McDermott is the author of Figure 1 (Pine Row Press) and a chapbook titled How to Leave a Farmhouse (Porkbelly Press). Her poetry appears in Pine Row, Tupelo Quarterly, Terrain.org, and Memorious. She’s an Assistant Professor of English at the University of St. Francis and recipient of a Distinguished Teaching Award, an Illinois Speaks Micro-Grant, and first place in the Regional Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest.

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Poets at the Mic with James Morehead, Jessica Sabo, and Rachel Abramowitz

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–We’re excited to share the next Viewless Wings Live event recorded with poets James Morehead (Poet Laureate – Dublin, CA and author of “canvas” and “portraits of red and gray”), Jessica Sabo (poet and author of “A Body of Impulse”), and Rachel Abramowitz (poet and author of “The Birthday of the Dead”). The event, available now on YouTube and the Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast, featured a unique format: three poets, reading three poems, and after each performance a discussion of the poem. A round robin of readings and discussion.

Below is an edited excerpt, highlighting one of the three poems shared by each poet. The full event is available on YouTube and the Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast.

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Six Poems / Five Poets (Richard Evans / Dana Kinsey / Jeff Bien / Eliza Sible / Erika B. Girard)

The Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast kicks off June with six wonderful poems contributed and read by five poets. Different forms and themes are featured. The Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast explores the art of poetry through interviews with poets and artists including A.E. Stallings, Olivia Gatwood, Regina Harris Baiocchi, Kari Byron, Lisa Marie Simmons and more. Subscribe today.

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Maggie Queeney on Imagining the World of “Settler” [INTERVIEW]

Maggie Queeney is the author of “Settler” (Tupelo Press). Recipient of the 2019 Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize, The Ruth Stone Scholarship, and a 2019 Individual Artists Program Grant from the City of Chicago, her most recent work is found or forthcoming in The New Republic, Guernica, The Missouri Review, and The American Poetry Review. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University, and reads and writes in Chicago.

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Carmine Di Biase on Creating the Poetry of American Rondeau [INTERVIEW]

Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast host James Morehead interviews poet Carmine Di Biase about his upcoming chapbook American Rondeau (Finishing Line Press). Carmine writes about English and Italian literature, and his poems have appeared in various journals. Last year his English translations of thirteen poems by Cesare Pavese appeared in L’anello che non tiene: Journal of Modern Italian Literature. Occasionally he reviews books for the Times Literary Supplement. He has recently retired as Distinguished Professor of English at Jacksonville State University in Alabama.

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Poets at the Mic featuring James Morehead, Jessica Sabo, and Rachel Abramowitz (June 9 – YouTube Live)

Viewless Wings Live, which organizes virtual and in-person poetry readings and open mics, is hosting Poets at the Mic – a YouTube Live reading and discussion on Thursday June 9 (4pm PST / 7pm EST) with poets James Morehead (Poet Laureate – Dublin, CA and author of canvas and portraits of red and gray), Jessica Sabo (poet and author of Body of Impulse) and Rachel Abramowitz (poet and author of The Birthday of the Dead). The event will include a mix of poetry readings and discussion, and live questions. Free tickets are available on Eventbrite:

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Poet Rachel Abramowitz on How She Created “The Birthday of the Dead” [INTERVIEW]

We spoke with Rachel Abramowitz, author of the recently released collection of poems, “The Birthday of the Dead” (Conduit Press), about her new book and creative process. Below are excerpts from the full interview, available now on the Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast:

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Patagonia San Francisco Hosting Bay Area Poet Laureate Celebration Friday May 13

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–Patagonia San Francisco is hosting the Patagonia Poet Laureate Celebration on Friday May 13, featuring poets laureate from around the San Francisco Bay Area and headlined by Tongo Eisen-Martin (Poet Laureate – San Francisco), with performances by posts laureate from Orinda & Moraga (Amy Glynn), Dublin (James Morehead), Emeryville (Sarah Kobrinsky), Alameda (Kimi Sugioka), and Livermore (Cynthia Patton). The event is free with optional donations in support of a local charity. Each poet will perform for 15 minutes with light refreshments available.

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Seven Poems / Seven Poets on the Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast

The Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast kicks off May with seven wonderful poems contributed and read by seven poets. Seven different forms and themes are featured. The Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast explores the art of poetry through interviews with poets and artists including A.E. Stallings, Olivia Gatwood, Regina Harris Baiocchi, Kari Byron, Lisa Marie Simmons and more. Subscribe today.

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Unlocking Memories by Writing Poetry

On this episode of the Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast, host James Morehead (Poet Laureate – Dublin, California) demonstrates how writing poetry can unlock memories and connect readers with universal truths. James shares memoir poems from his first two books, “canvas” and “portraits of red and gray”, and discusses unlocking details from years or even decades ago through the poetic writing process. James also shares how he introduced “turns” into some of the poems, to make them more than personal memories. Below is a transcript of the episode with additional visual elements.

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Poet Nick Courtright Takes Readers to “The Forgotten World” [INTERVIEW]

Nick Courtright is author of The Forgotten World, Let There Be Light, and Punchline, and he serves as the Executive Editor of Atmosphere Press. His poetry has appeared in Harvard Review, Kenyon Review, Boston Review, Iowa Review, AGNI, Gulf Coast, and Southern Review, among dozens of others. His essays and other prose have been published in Huffington Post, Best American Poetry, Gothamist, and SPIN Magazine. With a Doctorate in Literature from the University of Texas, Nick lives in Austin with the poet Lisa Mottolo and their children. Nick shares his story on the Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast, including reading excerpts from The Forgotten World. An edited version of the interview is included below.

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