Monday, August 18, 2014

Bettendorf Library calls for poetry contest entries

Bettendorf Library calls for poetry contest entries: The Bettendorf Public Library is seeking entrants in its poetry contest.

In commemoration of Banned Books Week, the Great Endings poetry contest at the library challenges poets to use the last line from a banned book somewhere in a poem. A list of possibilities can be found on the website or in hard copy at the Bettendorf Public Library.

There are two contest levels: youth (middle school through high school) and adult (beyond high school). Poets must live within a 50-mile radius of the Quad-Cities. Up to two poems may be submitted, each no longer than one page. The final judge will be author Chris Crutcher.

Submissions must be postmarked no later than Sept. 5 and should include name, contact information, level and where the “great ending” you used came from. Read more

The Bettendorf Public Library is located at 2950 Learning Campus Dr, Bettendorf, IA 52722You can also go to Bettendorf Public Library for more information

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Hot Poetry Fun during ITCAC Summer Breeze Open Mic

What an amazing night at the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center, on Saturday August 9, 2014. The “Summer Breeze” Open Mic Poetry readings were impeccably done by some wonderful and talented poets attending the event. This hot evening of poetry featured the center’s veteran and new poets who came together for a spectacular fellowship.

 Michael Faulkenberry, Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center
Michael Faulkenberry
Christian George, Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center
Christian George
Michael Faulkenberry kicked off open mic night with a very touching and heart-felt tribute he wrote entitled My Grandmother. His poem really left the audience a little choked up, because everyone could relate to the emotion he felt due to the recent loss of his grandmother, whom he loved dearly.

Christian George, one of the new featured poets, read four poems he wrote: Question, Oceans and Dreams, Never Gone and Human Fortunes of Love. Christian gets his inspiration from a myriad of places and is known to create a poem during his lunch break, while at work.

 Dwight Roth, Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center
Dwight Roth
Ruth Roth, Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center
Ruth Roth

Dwight Roth, who is one of our monthly poetry club poets and a resident artist, read his poem, Call Me Superficial. His wife Ruth Roth, who is also one of our monthly club poets, read a poem written by Mary Oliver called Flair. This dynamic couple began their community poetic journey at the Cultural Arts Center, since it launched in September, 2013.

Dr. James Wooten, who recited some of his poetry during the center’s National Poetry Month event in April, read four poems from his book of poetry and prose. He read the following poems: Losing a Good ThingDrinking SpreeMaster Jim and When Death Fell.

Dr. James Wooten, Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center
Dr. James Wooten
Erin Penland, Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center
Erin Penland

Multi-media artist Erin Penland, who drew sketches of what she was interpreting from the poems the poets read during the evening, recited a poem by Jenny Lindthurst called Consequences of Silence. She felt personally connected to this particular poem, which was published in Sanskrit Literary-Arts Magazine by UNC-Charlotte.

Monique McKenzie, Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center
Monique McKenzie
Tyler McKenzie, Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center
Tyler McKenzie

Monique McKenzie, who co-authored a children’s book, My God is Awesome, with her daughter Kyla read two of her poems, A Lost Child and Changes during the reading. Her 10-year old son Tyler read a poem that she wrote entitled Mirror and recited a poem that he wrote called The Bag. Tyler noted that his poem reflected how individuals should not judge people by their outward appearance, because everyone metaphorically speaking is a bag, and they contain the good along with the bad. Quite powerful!

Ryan Petty, Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center
Ryan Petty

Ryan Petty read two poems from his chapbook Ambience of Dusk, entitled Changing Shifts and Kindred Points. Ryan’s universal essence depicted in his poetry shares both creative common samples and examples of his experimental projects.

Mark Hassler, Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center, Comic Book Artist
Comic Book Artist, Mark Hassler

Comic Book artist Mark Hassler, joined us with his interpretation of the poetry being read during the evening’s festivities. He noted that when he began painting during the recitals, his art was leaning more towards a happier tone, but suddenly when the poetic atmosphere shifted towards more sentimental and deeper stanzas and verses, his painting took on a darker turn. Many pieces of Mark's artwork is on display at the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Cener and he also teaches crash courses in his medium.

Susan Didier, Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center
Susan Didier
This was indeed a HOT night of Summer Breeze poetry that was a delight for everyone. Next month, Moderator and N.C. Poet Kym Gordon Moore will celebrate 1 year of open mic poetry readings and conversations at the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center with Susan Didier, the center’s Community Development Specialist. If you live in the Charlotte/Mecklenburg vicinity, be sure to stay tuned for our special anniversary announcement for September. Mark your calendars and plan to attend this end-of-the-summer poetry celebration. 

If you have any questions about participating in our monthly open mic poetry events, contact Susan Didier, CDS for the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center, at

Friday, August 15, 2014

Poets for Hunger Launches a Benevolent Poetry Movement

Poets for Hunger, Poetry, Poets, Poets for a Cause
Feeding the Mind, Body and Spirit through Poetry!

Be sure to check out Poets for Hunger, a not-for-profit mission designed to rally poets into bringing greater awareness to the issues of hunger, through the efforts and support of the poetry community. Check out their premier video:

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Why Not Write a Poem for Kool-Aid Days?

Kool Aid Man, Kool Aid, Kool-Ade, Edwin Perkins
Image Credit: Wikipedia

Are you a Kool-Aid addict? Do you write poems about this beverage and all of the things you can make with it? What's your favorite flavor? How can you not smile when you see that iconic Pitcher Man, you know as the Kool-Aid Man, created by Marvin Potts in 1954? In 1927, Edwin Perkins introduced Kool-Aid (Kool-Ade) in 6 delicious flavors! Can you believe that a packet of Kool-Aid sold for only 5 cents? Read more about the history of Kool-Aid whose home is in Hastings, Nebraska! Click here to read more!

Although "Kool-Aid Days" festivities ended this weekend, Kool-Aid is going to be around for a long time. Check out this wacky Kool-Aid commercial from 1978!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

What's Your Favorite Summer Poetry Read?

There is just a little over a month left before our summertime poetry reading series ends. Please feel free to share with us a collection of poetry or poem with us that is among your favorites. We would love to hear what others are reading. Stay tuned for more poetry news coming your way!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Summer Breeze Poetry Open Mic

Summer Poetry Reading, Kym Gordon Moore, Open Mic Poetry, Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center

Mark your calendars for Saturday August 9th, from 6:30-8:30, for a sizzling hot evening of open mic poetry, at the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center! Don't miss it!