Spectrum of Poetic Fire 2001-2002 Reading Series presents:


The Diva Squad Poetry Collective Frank Lima The Moving Company Bob Holman BWA CAAWC Edgar Silex Felicia Morgenstern Linda Zisquit Madison Smartt Bell FIRE Kyoko Mori


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When Divas Laugh: The Diva Squad Poetry Collective
-- InPrint Editions

Mt. Royal Station Auditorium - 7 PM - Friday, September 7, 2001

Join us for this book signing of When Divas Laugh (InPrint Editions, a subsidiary of Black Classic Press, 2001) and concert reading by Baltimore Writers' Alliance President, Linda Joy Burke, Lennet Nefertiti Allen, jaki-terry, and Spectrum Director, Chezia Thompson Cager. A spectrum of powerful voices combining the chanting of a love goddess, the lessons of a teacher, the warnings of a revolutionary, and the insight of an egungun (ancestral spirit) they poeticize historical events, human history, and the politics of racism and sexism in the latter 20th century. A celebration of American History, the Divas render homage to Baltimore's Royal Theater, Martin Luther King, The Diallo Shooting, and the global hair wars with passion, laughter, and the strength to endure.

Bonus Reading!!! At 6 PM, Chezia Thompson Cager personally invites you to the opening reading for the Spectrum of Poetic Fire 2001-2002 season as the members of the Maryland Institute College of Art Department of Language & Literature read from works in progress.

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Beatitudes: Frank Lima -- Hard Press

Bunting Center, Room 110 - 6 PM - Thursday, September 13, 2001

Born into the middle of the avant-garde in el Barrio (New York), Frank Lima speaks to the whole of humanity from an unbelievably down-to-earth, clear-sighted attitude. A premier reading in Maryland from his new book, The Beatitudes (Hard Press), Mr. Lima says, "My new book . . . is my take on the Bible . . . there will be controversy about poems called "Jesus Goes to Brooks Brothers" and "Jesus Jumps on the Cross. . . It's a new direction for me, but it takes me right back to . . . God . . ." (September/October 2000 Poets & Writers by Bob Holman)

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An Evening of Maryland Poetry:
Nancy Romita & The Moving Company

Mt. Royal Station Auditorium - 7 PM - Friday, September 14, 2001

An unusual and amazing 40 minutes of holding your breath, choreographer, dancer, and Labyrinth artist, Nancy Romita, brings her New York experience and educational expertise to bear on interpreting poetic text by Maryland's finest wordsmiths through movement. Dedicated to encouraging all facets of the community to participate in and appreciate the power of movement stories, Romita, Executive and Artistic Director of The Movement Company says, " . . . movement is a healing force. Dance is the conduit; movement is the vehicle leading us to wholeness and a clarity of mind and spirit."

Bonus Reading!!! Join us for a reception and 6 PM reading of Fire: MICA Student Poetry Journal VI.

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In With the Out Crowd (CD): Bob Holman
-- Mercury Recording, Inc.

Mt. Royal Station Auditorium - 6 PM - Thursday, September 20, 2001

A mixture of "Poetry, parody, vaudeville, and rock 'n' roll . . ." (Village Voice) Bob Holman fronts poetry into daily life by print, by sound, by visual. Author of five books, including his latest poetry collection, The Collect Call From The Wild (Henry Holt), a CD, In With The Out Crowd (Mercury Recording, Inc.), and the producer of the acclaimed PBS series, The United States of Poetry featuring over 60 poets, Holman is as prodigious as he is prolific.

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Book Signing!!! Founding editor of Electric Press and a founding editor of The Maryland Poetry Review, Gary Blankenburg has released his sixth collection of poetry and fiction, At the Edge of Beauty (Dolphin Moon Press - 2001), a profound collection of evocative poetry, bittersweet fiction, and darkly provocative images by Stephen John Phillips.

Bonus Reading!!! Join us for a reception and 7 PM reading of Fire: MICA Student Poetry Journal VI.

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An Evening of Poetry with the Baltimore Writers' Alliance
Host: BWA President, Linda Joy Burke

Mt. Royal Station Auditorium - 7 pm - September 21, 2001

See the BWA web release for this event at www.baltimorewriters.org/spectrum.html.

A multitude of voices representing the diverse BWA membership serving the Baltimore community, these selected poets deliver proof of the literary talent and cultural wealth surrounding us every day in Maryland.

With over 90 performances of his work to his credit, selections from Blair Ewing's 'sneakily political' works, Chainsaw Teddy Bear and Word Up Baltimore, will be featured at the Spectrum of Poetic Fire event.

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Published in over 80 journals, recipient of the Artscape Poetry Award in 1999 and the Washington Review's Poetry Ribbon, Hiram Larew's scheduled presence at Spectrum is eagerly anticipated by many of his fans.


 

Haitian born Marlene Rigaud Apollon's internationally published poetry and fiction addresses the needs of Haitian children to understand their society, and a spectrum of emotions in the hearts and minds of adults around the world.

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Member of the Cave Canem: African-American Poetry Workshop/Retreat family, Spectrum participant Reginald Harris received Individual Artist Awards for both Fiction and Poetry from the Maryland State Arts Council.




Fiction writer, poet, and graphic artist Elizabeth Stevens, recognized for her Household Words, escorts her readers through the grief of death, purging sadness with a calm recognition of death as nature's vehicle.

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Bonus Reading!!! Join us for a reception and 6 PM reading of Fire: MICA Student Poetry Journal VI.

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The Carolina African-American Writers' Collective

Bunting Center, Room 110 - 6 PM - Thursday, October 4, 2001

Members of this Collective are currently featured in major anthologies, editions of national literary journals, newspapers, and magazines. "The Collective has blossomed into an organization that . . . struts - a proud line of creative expression for local African American writers," says Afefe L. Tyehimba, a multitalented writer and journalist for the Independent Weekly and a founding member of CAAWC.

Lenard D. Moore, haiku master, winner of the Margaret Walker Creative Writing award, and the founder of CAAWC, has published poems, essays, and reviews in over 350 publications in more than a dozen countries.




Victor E. Blue, a former journalist and winner of the Gwendolyn Brooks Award from Purdue University in 1994, has taught history at North Carolina Central University since 1997 and currently teaches writing in public school and prisons.

Darrell Stover, Scipoet, co-host of the nationally broadcast "Storylines Southeast Radio/Library panel discussion" funded by NEH and the American Library Association, directed the Spoken Word Performance Poetry Ensemble in Washington DC from it's beginnings in 1988 through 1996 and edited its anthology, Bad Beats Sacred Rhythms.


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Through All the Displacements: Edgar Gabriel Silex - Curbstone Press

Bunting Center, Room 110 - 6 PM - Thursday, October 11, 2001

A Native American Poet whose work explores the guilt carried with a suicide to the dynamics of every act of remembering, Edgar Gabriel Silex was Poet in Residence for the Howard County Poetry & Literature society in 2000 and a primary participant in the Dialogue Among Civilizations For Peace Through Poetry readings in March 2001. Presenting poems that are "forceful and effective" (Publishers Weekly), Silex takes his readers on a sacred journey of the power of the spoken and written word and the healing power of forgiveness.

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The night mother earth told father sky she was tired of the missionary position: Felicia Morgenstern - Compass Rose Press
Unopened Letters: Linda Zisquit - The Sheep Meadow Press

Mt. Royal Station Auditorium - 6 PM - Thursday, November 1, 2001

This dynamic duo hails from opposite ends of the Jewish Diaspora but each uses the same discerning artistry to spiritually intuit the signs of the times.

With poems described as "political in the finest sense of the word," (Barbara Simon, managing editor, Maryland Poetry Review) and "musical, youthful, and alive" (Woody Ranere, composer/singer/songwriter), Felicia Morgenstern writes poetry that "could get a girl kicked out of a biker bar."

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With her poetry described as "the expression of the clash of modern woman's awareness with the asperities of Israel's history and rabbinic prescriptions." (Graham Christian, Harvard Review), Linda Zisquit explores the realms of passion and the internal dialogues of women from Eve to Rachel to now.

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Master of the Crossroads: Madison Smartt Bell - Pantheon

Mt. Royal Station Auditorium - 7 PM - Friday, November 16, 2001

While Elequa is the master of the crossroads in Old World Africa, Gede is the master of the crossroads in the New World, and the man who would be his master must wear more than one face. Join thriller writer, Madison Smartt Bell, author of eleven works of fiction including All Souls' Rising, as he shows us the many faces of war-torn Haiti from the exoticism of fear to the suspense and dark fantasies that lie within our own hearts.

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Bonus Reading!!! Join us for a reception and 6 PM reading of Narrative and Drama Workshop Readings by MICA Students.

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FIRE: MICA Student Poetry Journal

Bunting Center, Room 110 - 4 PM to 6:45 PM - Thursday, December 6, 2001

Containing an amazing range of styles and content, destined to entertain and astonish, MICA poets present their final book projects. Join us as we explore the next generation of emerging poetic voices. Books also for sale.

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Saint Valentine's Sunday Poetry Marathon

Noon - 6 PM - Sunday, February 10, 2002

This 21-year old day of poetry has always featured diverse works by more than 30 poets who graciously share 7 minutes of their work during the 6 hours of programming. Led by Michael Collier, the new Maryland Poet Laureate and the director of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, this year Spectrum would like to feature new and emerging voices in the poetic genre to complement last year's focus on veteran poets. This marathon will be featured in a film and CD planned to document the Spectrum program.

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Kyoko Mori
Fallout (poetry) - Tia Churcha Press
Shizuko's Daughter (novel) - Juniper
Polite Lies: On Being a Woman Caught Between Cultures (memoir) - Fawcett Books

Mt. Royal Station Auditorium - 6 PM - Thursday February 21, 2001

As a poet walking between genres and publishing in them all, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference instructor, Kyoko Mori, uses the cultural resonance from her historic Japanese past and divergent Asian American present to create a startling awareness in all of her writing. An author of poetry, essays, a memoir, and fiction, Mori says, " the best thing about being a writer is that we get to make up things and tell the truth at the same time." (Ballantine Author Profile)

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