|Whaling City Review LIVE at Gallery X
||[Jul. 11th, 2007|10:07 pm]
Saturday July 21 at 3 p.m. |
Whaling City Review LIVE at Gallery X, 169 William Street in downtown New Bedford, presents New London poet Rhonda Ward and New Bedford poet laureate John Landry.
Rhonda Ward lives and writes in New London, CT. Her poetry explores African-American culture with a universal voice, taking everyday situations to visual levels that transport listeners into the world of her childhood with surgical attention to details. She shares her experiences of the past and present, handling her subjects with a combination of grace and spunk. In April of 2007, she organized Poets for Darfur, a reading to benefit the victims of the genocide in Darfur at the Mystic Arts Center in Mystic, CT. New Bedford poets laureate John Landry and Everett Hoagland were two of the guest readers.Ward currently serves on the Board of Directors of Soul Mountain Retreat, a retreat for poets founded by former Connecticut Poet Laureate, Marilyn Nelson, and formerly served on the Board of Directors for The Writers' Block InK, an organization dedicated to encouraging youth to explore and share their world through writing and the performing arts. She has also conducted youth writing workshops. She also participated in the HOWL 50th anniversary reading June 3rd, 2006 at Gallery X.Ward's poems have appeared in Long Island Quarterly, Poetry Bay, The Day, and online as featured guest poet at Burning Word (www.burningword.com) among other publications.
John Landry, New Bedford's poet laureate, recently returned from San Francisco, where he read with Jack Hirschman, poet laureate of San Francisco, Bill Berkson, Duncan McNaughton, Sarah Menefee, Sharon Dubiago, and others at the New College celebration of the publication of a new book of writing by the late Boston poet John Wieners. He also read at the Oakland Public Library with California poet laureate Al Young, with Neeli Cherkovski, poet and Bukowski biographer, at Red Hill Books, and at the Beat Museum and Café Prague. His poems appear in the New College Review (www.newcollege.edu/review) and the coming 50th anniversary issue of Beatitude, a San Francisco poetry magazine begun by Bob Kaufman and Allen Ginsberg, for which Landry is a contributing editor.
Whaling City Review LIVE readings take place on the 3rd Saturday of every month at 3 p.m. Open Mic session begins at 3. THESE READINGS ARE FREE and open to all.
For information contact 508-992-2675, www.galleryx.org, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org