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:

Viewless Wings Scary Poetry Contest Winners Read by the Poets 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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Poet Bianca Amira Zanella on the Healing Power of Poetry [INTERVIEW]

Bianca Amira Zanella is the Poet-in-Residence at Phoenix Books Rutland and host of an international monthly open mic. Her poems have most recently appeared in The Artful Mind, The Rutland Herald, The Mountain Troubadour, and The Reverie. In 2020, Bianca founded The Paper Poet, now offering healing poetic experiences to anyone experiencing suffering and continues to perform around the United States and, virtually, abroad. We interviewed Bianca for The Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast, below are excerpts from the interview.

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Perfecting Performing Poetry – An Interview with Ryan McRee [INTERVIEW]

Ryan McRee is a writer, dramaturg, and theatre director based in San Jose and Los Angeles. He graduated from USC in 2017 with a double major in Theatre and Narrative Studies, and while his focus is primarily in drama, he continues to explore screenwriting and poetry writing. He works for the Critical Studies department at the USC School of Dramatic Arts as a Course Assistant and prides himself as an educator as well as a working artist.

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Regina Harris Baiocchi Interview: Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast [INTERVIEW]

The latest episode of the Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast features an interview with Regina Harris Baiocchi. Regina is an author, poet and educator. Her music has been performed by symphonies and musical organizations across the US and around the world. Her poetry and prose have appeared in prestigious journals. She is the author of multiple books, fiction and nonfiction, poetry, prose and for the stage.

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Splatter Festival 2021: “Poets Take the Mic” – Side Yard Stage – Sat Sept 18 2:30pm

DUBLIN, CA–Calling all Tri-Valley poets and poetry lovers! The City of Dublin Splatter Festival (Emerald Glen Park) is returning on Saturday September 18 and includes a Side Yard Stage for local artists, musicians and performers. City of Dublin Poet Laureate James Morehead is hosting a 45-minute “Poets Take the Mic” performance (Sept 18 – 2:30pm) featuring local poets and spoken word artists. All performances will be appropriate for a general audience. Confirmed performers include spoken word artists and rapper Solachi Voz, San Ramon Poet Laureate Jenyth Jo, The Writer’s Spotlight and more.

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Poet Olivia Gatwood on the Art of Writing and Performing Poetry [INTERVIEW]

Olivia Gatwood is an internationally recognized poet and author of “Life of the Party” and “New American Best Friend”. Her poetry performances and workshops held at over two-hundred schools and universities, and videos online, have reached millions of viewers. Olivia has also worked as a Title IX Compliant educator in sexual assault prevention and recovery.

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Inaugural Poetry and Pizza Open Mic Fills Patxi’s Pizza (Dublin)

DUBLIN, CA–The inaugural Viewless Wings Poetry and Pizza Open Mic, held at Patxi’s Pizza (Dublin) on Wed. Aug 18, featured twenty local poets, ten artists from the Dublin Arts Collective, and filled Patxi Pizza’s outdoor patio. The event was hosted and organized by James Morehead, Poet Laureate of Dublin, California.

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Poet Morgan Liphart on Exploring the Tenacity of the Human Heart [INTERVIEW]

The latest episode of The Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast features an interview with Morgan Liphart. Morgan’s contemporary poetry has appeared in anthologies and journals across the United States and England, such as the University of Oxford’s Literary Imagination, The Comstock Review, and Chicken Soup for the Soul. Her work reflects on experiences and circumstances that she believes can connect us all, no matter our differences. Morgan’s debut poetry chapbook, Barefoot and Running topped several bestselling lists and has brought healing and comfort to readers worldwide. The full interview is available on all major podcast streaming services and includes Morgan reading and discussing a poem.

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