Bliss Central for Triangle NC This Weekend is Katena

I am SO excited, because I just found out that one of my favorite unusual art forms will be on display this weekend in Raleigh, NC! On May 19-21, downtown Raleigh will be host to one of its biggest annual art festivals, Artsplosure.  As usual, Artsplosure will feature all varieties of the arts:  visual arts, … More Bliss Central for Triangle NC This Weekend is Katena

Poets for Science

Not only is April host to Earth Day, but it also National Poetry Month here in the US.  Those two events intersected yesterday in a program that Academy of American Poets Chancellor Jane Hirshfield developed called “Poets for Science.” Hirshfield is one of the most accomplished contemporary American poets, and environmental awareness has long been … More Poets for Science

Celebrating Community

I had a glorious weekend the past couple of days.  How about you? For me, it wasn’t just that the weather was ideal and my community is alive with all the signs of spring–birds singing, colorful blossoms in the sky and on the ground, that special spring green color of brand-new leaves, or the people […]

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Mending Wall

I teach both middle school and high school group literature classes, and once a month I do a poetry unit with the students.  While some of them are into it, others doubt the relevancy of poetry to their lives.  I tell them that many times, particularly during events of high emotion or great significance, poets can … More Mending Wall

The Power of Comedy

So if you weren’t invited to an Inaugural ball, why not have a ball instead?  Because it look like after VAE is done with its love-in, they are hosting a laugh-in. Atlanta-born 35-year-old Lauren Gunderson is currently the most produced living American playwright.  This award-winning author’s works are known for their wit, intelligence, and heart and … More The Power of Comedy

Spend January 20 With Some Nasty Women in Durham, NC

Do you know about the Nasty Women movement?  It takes its name from Donald Trump’s comment during the third Presidential debate where he called Hillary Clinton “such a nasty woman.”  On November 9, 2016 (the day after the election), New York artist Roxanne Jackson issued a call to action on her Facebook page that said: … More Spend January 20 With Some Nasty Women in Durham, NC