City of Dublin 40th Anniversary Kicks Off with James Morehead’s Poem “In the Crossroads”

DUBLIN, CA–The City of Dublin kicked off a year of celebrating its 40th Anniversary at last night’s City Council meeting (held exactly 40 years after Dublin’s incorporation on February 1, 1982). James Morehead (Poet Laureate – Dublin, California and Founder of Viewless Wings) recited an original poem written for the City of Dublin’s 40th Anniversary celebration at last night’s City Council meeting.

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Angie Trudell Vasquez on Serving as Poet Laureate of Madison, WI [INTERVIEW]

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” [INTERVIEW]

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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Brittany Smail on the Importance of Editors and Copyeditors [INTERVIEW]

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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Translating Poetry – Two Italy-Themed Poems Translated into Italian

This week’s episode of The Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast takes a trip to Tuscany, featuring two Italy-themed poems originally written in English, and translated into Italian by a translator based in Italy who specializes in translating poetry. “limano” is inspired by Limano, Italy, a town hundreds of years old tucked along a mountain ridge. “torta di riso” captures the experience of learning how to bake the favorite creation my mother-in-law makes each Easter.

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Publisher and Writer Ruchi Acharya on Creating Wingless Dreamer [INTERVIEW]

On the latest episode of The Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast we interviewed Ruchi Acharya is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Wingless Dreamer, a global platform for those passionate about writing, art, and design; a space where authors and artists are free to express themselves. Ruchi is an Oxford University summer graduate in English Literature. She has been a contributor to multiple journals The Pangolin Review, Muddy River Poetry, Borderless Journal, and Mulberry Literary review among 50 others.

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Dr. Deon Nielsen Price on Creating the Music for James Morehead’s “gallery” [INTERVIEW]

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–In the latest episode of The Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast, James Morehead (Poet Laureate – Dublin, CA) and Deon Nielsen Price (composer, educator and pianist), discuss their collaboration on “gallery” for baritone and piano, based on Morehead’s poem of the same name. “gallery” will be premiered at The Presidio Chapel as part of the Sunday Concerts series (event details) on Sunday Nov 14, 2021 – 4pm, performed by Welsh baritone Jeremy Huw Williams and pianist Paula Fan. Excerpts from the interview are included below. The full interview is available on The Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast, streaming on all major podcast platforms.

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“Gallery” by Composer Deon Nielsen Price and Poet James Morehead World Premiere at The Presidio Chapel Sun Nov 14

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA–“Gallery” for baritone and piano, composed by Deon Nielsen Price, with words by James Morehead (from his poem of the same name), will be world premiered Sunday November 14 – 4pm PST, as part of the free ICP Sunday Concert series. “gallery” will be performed by Welsh baritone Jeremy Huw Williams, accompanied by Paula Fan on piano. James Morehead (Poet Laureate – Dublin, California and author of “canvas: poems”) will recite his poem “Gallery” before the performance. The program also features pieces set to poems by Dana Gioia (Poet Laureate – State of California), Charlene Derby and E. E. Cummings, and songs by Welsh and American composers. Free tickets are available.

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Dublin Arts Collective Scary Art Show Poetry Winners Announced

DUBLIN, CA–At the Dublin Arts Collective Scary Art Show (F.CO. Art Gallery, Oct 14-31), the winners of the Viewless Wings Scary Poetry Contest were announced, and their poems placed on display for the duration of the show. Over 50 poets submitted poems with the winners selected by Dublin, CA Poet Laureate – James Morehead.

Each selected poet also recited their winning poem for the most recent episode of The Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast:

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Creating “canvas” and “tethered” – an Evening with Poet James Morehead (Oct 21 7pm EST)

James Morehead (Poet Laureate – Dublin, California), in partnership with the Lake of Bays Township Public Library, will be hosting a special live, virtual event on Thursday October 21, 7pm EST (register for free tickets here). James will read selections from his book “canvas: poems”, discuss his writing process, and field audience questions.

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Poet and Musician Lisa Marie Simmons on the Intersection of Poetry and Song [INTERVIEW]

Lisa Marie Simmons is a Boulder Colorado native, singer/songwriter, essayist, and published poet currently based in Italy. She recently joined the Grammy award-winning artists signed to the American label Ropeadope Records who released her poetic/musical album NoteSpeak in March 2020, which received a four-star review from the iconic Downbeat magazine.

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