Angie Trudell Vasquez – an interview with the Poet Laureate of Madison, WI

Angie Trudell Vasquez is a Mexican-American writer and the current poet laureate of Madison. She holds an MFA in poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). Finishing Line Press published the first half of her MFA thesis, In Light, Always Light, in 2019, and will publish the second half, My People Redux, in 2022. She became a Macondista in 2021.

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Bankhead Theatre “Double Take” exhibit features ekphrastic collaborations with local artists and poets

LIVERMORE, CA–Livermore’s Bankhead Theatre for Performing Arts, in partnership with Cynthia Patton (Poet Laureate – Livermore, CA) opened “Double Take“, an exhibit featuring ekphrastic collaborations between local artists and poets (January 20 – March 27, 2022). The exhibit pairs a visual art creation (photograph, painting) with an original poem inspired by the art. The result is a unique journey into the creative process, through images and words.

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Poet Jessica Sabo discusses her chapbook “A Body of Impulse”

Jessica Sabo is a former classical ballet dancer and writer whose work focuses on the intersection between eating disorders, trauma, and sexuality. Her poems and essays have appeared in publications by 805 Lit + Art, Inklette Magazine, and the Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, among others. Her work has been anthologized with ChannelMarker Literary Journal, Adelaide Literary Magazine, Damaged Goods Press, and is forthcoming with Quillkeepers Press. Jessica was selected as a finalist for the Adelaide Literary Award in Poetry in 2020 and is also the author of a chapbook, A Body of Impulse, (dancing girl press & studio, 2021). A west-coast transplant and Virginian at heart, she currently lives in southern Nevada with her wife and two rescue dogs, one of which has wings. Jessica’s poem Death March was included in the Scary Poetry episode of the Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast (Oct 2021).

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NIU School of Music Students Transform Haiku into Music

DEKALB, IL–I was privileged to play a role in a unique event organized by musician, author and poet Regina Harris Baiocchi, in collaboration with the Northern Illinois University (NIU) School of Music. Haiku contributed by poets from around the world were transformed into Haiku-length morsels of music by a diverse set of composers. The Haiku compositions were part of the two-day 9th NIU New Music Festival.

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Three poets and three poems: Nicole Farmer, Jerome Berglund, and Patricia Cannon

On this week’s episode of the Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast, which has featured interviews with poet Olivia Gatwood, artist Kari Byron, musician-poet Lisa Marie Simmons, director-animator Gaia Alari and many more, we are excited to feature three poets performing their poetry. Nicole Farmer performs Why the girl? and Animals, Jerome Berglund recites Paint Chips Haiku, and Patricia Cannon shares Solitary Song. Host James Morehead closes the episode with shadow’s play from his book canvas: poems.

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The Importance of Editors and Copyeditors: an Interview with Brittany Smail

Brittany Smail is a copyeditor and writer who helps major book publishers, corporate clients, and indie authors polish a wide range of writing, from full-length book manuscripts and poetry chapbooks to ad copy and client presentations. She holds an MFA in poetry and literary translation from San Francisco State University and a professional certificate in editing from UC Berkeley Extension. We spoke with Brittany in the latest episode of The Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast. Excerpts from the interview are included below.

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The Value of Poetry Workshops and Coaching

Poetry workshops and critique groups are a critical to consistently crafting wonderful poetry. Just as athletes need coaching, writers need editors and critical feedback. In the latest episode of The Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast you’ll hear poems recited by member of the Tri-Valley Writers Poetry Critique Group I attend twice a month, and from my poetry coach. All of these poets have challenged and encouraged me, and helped elevate the quality of my writing.

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