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”

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”

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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Submit Your Poetry to the Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast

Since launching the Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast in 2021 we’ve featured interviews with remarkable poets and artists (including A.E. Stallings, Olivia Gatwood, Sean Singer, Lisa Marie Simmons and more), along with poetry submitted to Viewless Wings and read by the authors. We’ve been blown away by the quality of the submitted poetry and performances by the poets and encourage you to submit your poetry for the opportunity to appear on a future episode of the podcast.

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City of Dublin Poetry Walk 2022 Combines Poetry and Local Businesses

DUBLIN, CA–Viewless Wings, in collaboration with the City of Dublin, today launched Dublin’s first ever Poetry Walk as part of the City of Dublin’s 40th Anniversary and National Poetry Month 2022. For the month of April, 26 locations across Dublin are displaying poems curated from over 150 submissions by Tri-Valley residents and beyond. Submissions were curated by City of Dublin Poet Laureate James Morehead. Residents and visitors are encouraged to share selfies with poems on social media using the hash tag #DublinPoetryWalk. Viewless Wings will select up to five Poetry Walkers to receive free signed copies of Morehead’s books “canvas” and “portraits of red and gray“. Explore the City of Dublin and read them all!

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Lexicographer Philip David Morehead on dictionaries and the evolution of language

A veteran of over thirty years as pianist and conductor at the renowned Lyric Opera of Chicago, Philip Morehead has extensive experience in the operatic repertory. He has conducted a widely varied list of concert works and contemporary music and performed in as varied a repertory of chamber music. A consummate musician, he has coached singers in operatic and concert repertory and given master classes in vocal and chamber music interpretation and performance. Philip Morehead is also my dad who I interviewed for the latest episode of the Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast.

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Poet Tyler Mills discusses her new book “City Scattered: Cabaret for Four Voices”

On the latest episode of the Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast host James Morehead sat down with poet Tyler Mills to discuss her new book City Scattered: Cabaret for Four Voices. Tyler is the author of City Scattered (winner of the Snowbound Chapbook Award), as well as Hawk Parable (winner of the Akron Poetry Prize), Tongue Lyre (winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award), and Low Budget Movie (co-authored with Kendra DeColo and winner of the Diode Editions Chapbook Prize). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Guardian, The New Republic, and Poetry, and her essays in AGNI, Brevity, River Teeth, and The Rumpus. She teaches for Sarah Lawrence College’s Writing Institute and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center’s 24PearlStreet, is a Founding Editor of The Account, and lives in Brooklyn.

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