In the Wildflowers Field 2017

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My grandma, Marguerite wrote me a letter to share with my friends about Osteoporosis when she was suffering from it. In French her name means daisy.  In the wildflowers field is a place where there’s beauty in loss.

I am making cards in honor of my grandma, writing poems to read and making art for In the Wildflowers Field.

I would like to invite you to participate!

Saturday, August 19

2 pm to 4 pm

1045 Elmwood Gallery for the Arts

Buffalo, NY 14222

Write a poem, sing a song, perform an act about beauty in loss.

IMG_5357[1]Create art for the Water Bottle Garden and bring it to grow the garden.

Bring something you like to share at the Pot Luck.

The deadline is August 2 to sign up for reading by e-mailing me:

rachelbswn@gmail.com

rachelj9@gmail.com

In the subject line, please type In the Wild. Also if applicable, please list times available to participate and any related concerns.

Thank you for your interest and support!

Rachel L Johnson

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Submissions, Readings, Oh my!

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5th Palettes & Quills Chapbook Contest

Poet and Professor Alan Britt is this year’s judge.  The Prize is $200 plus 50 (Valued at $500) copies of the winning book.  We accept both digital and paper submissions.  See our Website for for more information.

Deadline September 1.

http://palettesandquills.simplesite.com/

Plur·al·ity Press Con·course call for Submissions

Plur·al·ity Press seeks unpublished scholarly articles or essays on the intersection of literary and visual arts for its interdisciplinary journal Con·course, which publishes the works of scholars operating in traditional and non-traditional settings. We are particularly interested in the works of budding and independent scholars. The theme for the inaugural issue of Con·course is: Public Modes of Transportation. 

Deadline is September 1.

http://www.pluralitypress.com/submissions.html

 

Circleformance Poetry and Music Event

Wednesday August 24 7 to 9pm

El Buen Amigo at 114 Elmwood Avenue (near Allen Street)

Featuring poetry by Martha Deed and John Marvin and music by Verneice Turner with five slots available to open mic. $4

Dog Ears 4th Friday Poetry Series

On August 26th the Dog Ears 4th Friday Poetry Series will again be guest hosted by Paige Melin and Vincent Cervone the editors of steel bellow: a purely buffalo literary magazine.

The featured reader for the night will be Rachelle Toarmino. She is the author of the visual poetry chapbook Personal & Generic (PressBoardPress, 2016). Her poetry and prose have appeared in Shabby Doll House, Alien Mouth, Metatron, Potluck Mag, Alien She Zine, Ghost City Review, and other places online and in print. She is a teacher at St. Mark School, clerk at Talking Leaves Books, and co-founder and curator of Peach Mag, a new literary magazine.

There will be open reading slots as well. 7:00 pm start. A $4.00 donation goes to support the programs offered by the store.

Ground and Sky Buffalo Poetry Series

Rust Belt Bookstore

Bring some poems, we’ll all send them up together. No mic, no list, no podium. Work-song poetry. Poem for poem. Always free, always at 7.

Poetry Writing Workshop

Saturday: September 17, 2016

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

Where:  Carnegie Art Center

              240 Goundry Street

              North Tonawanda, NY 14120

              694-4400

 

Description: We will meet at 10 AM at the Carnegie Art Center to write poetry inspired by the relationship between art and language. Our field of exploration will encompass the Buffalo Society of Artists’ Members’ Exhibit. Each participant will write in response to a work of art and develop a piece of creative writing. On Thursday, September 22nd we will reconvene at 6:30 PM to share the writing that was developed in the workshop. This public reading will also feature poets Theresa Wyatt, George Grace, and the instructor Karen Lee Lewis. All are welcome to either session.

 

Cost: $20 / $15 Members of Carnegie Center / Pre-Registration appreciated

Please see http://www.carnegieartcenter.org to register.
INSTRUCTOR: Karen Lee Lewis is a Teaching Artist, poet and an award winning photographer. She teaches creative writing and develops programming for many non-profit organizations throughout Western New York for a variety of age groups in various settings. Recently, Karen opened “The Blue Plate Studio: A Creative Writer’s Workshop” in North Tonawanda where she offers adult writing classes. Uniquely talented, Karen also designs textiles for VIDA, a clothing manufacturer. Karen serves as a Board Member for the Buffalo Audubon Society, as an advisor on the Literary Advisory Council for Villa Maria College and is a fellow of The Banff Centre, Canada’s creative leader in the arts and the Western New York Writing Project. Widely published in many genres, she is the author of What I Would Not Unravel (The Writer’s Den) and Solitude, a poetry chapbook illustrated with her photography. Karen’s photograph “Inside Out” won first prize at the Carnegie Art Center’s 2016 member show. She is looking forward to her first solo show there in 2017.

Poetry Reading at the Carnegie Art Center

An Evening of Art Inspired Writing

Thursday, September 22, 2016

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

 

Featuring Theresa Wyatt, George Grace & Karen Lee Lewis

With special guests: Participants from the September 17th Poetry Workshop

Free and Open to the Public

 

Carnegie Art Center

240 Goundry Street

North Tonawanda, NY 114120

694-4400

 

Theresa Wyatt is a retired teacher and former visual artist. As a poet, she explores historical biography and utilizes writing as a therapeutic tool. Her poems have appeared in the American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine, Pulse, Steel Bellow, The Healing Muse, The Medical Literary Messenger, and the recent anthology, A Celebration of Western New York Poets, Buffalo Legacy Publications, 2016 (Amazon). Theresa’s poem entitled “Dementia,” dedicated to her father, was featured on public radio through SUNY Upstate Medical’s “Health Link on Air” program. Her chapbook Arrowheads Everywhere is her first collection

 

George Grace is currently serving his fourth term as President of the Buffalo Society of Artists. He is a tireless, multi-genre creative writer, artist and teacher. A long commitment to the arts and social activism has seen his literary work published many times in the form of plays and poems. He is an award winning painter whose artwork has been selected numerous times for inclusion in juried regional and national exhibitions. Wearing many hats throughout his lifetime, George has been a World Open Chess Tournament player, a musician, a steelworker and a home improvement contractor, to name just a few. His two full length books of poetry, Night Wanes, Dawn (2012) and Steeling America (2014) both published by the Writer’s Den, reflect his many incisive observations and rich life experiences.
Karen Lee Lewis is a Teaching Artist, poet and an award winning photographer. She teaches creative writing and develops programming for many non-profit organizations throughout Western New York for a variety of age groups in various settings. Recently, Karen opened “The Blue Plate Studio: A Creative Writer’s Workshop” in North Tonawanda where she offers adult writing classes. Uniquely talented, Karen also designs textiles for VIDA, a clothing manufacturer. Karen serves as a Board Member for the Buffalo Audubon Society, as an advisor on the Literary Advisory Council for Villa Maria College and is a fellow of The Banff Centre, Canada’s creative leader in the arts and the Western New York Writing Project. Widely published in many genres, she is the author of What I Would Not Unravel (The Writer’s Den) and Solitude, a poetry chapbook illustrated with her photography. Karen’s photograph “Inside Out” won first prize at the Carnegie Art Center’s 2016 member show. She is looking forward to her first solo show there in 2017.

Part Time Junkies Get Their Shakespearean Eats

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I had many part time jobs. Still today I work a couple of them. I started to write poems just about part time jobs and joked about putting them together in a chapbook collection called, Part Time Junkies. When I mentioned this to my friends, it seemed they wanted to also share part time job stories so came the theme for this event and of course I could not resist to include Shakespeare since it’s his 400th anniversary of his death so we are making Hamlet Sandwiches, Shakespeare Shakes. To start we have an improve skit, Hats for All,  followed by readings by local writers! 

I would like to invite everyone to:

Part Time Junkies Get Their Shakespearean Eats

  • Read a story
  • Recite poetry
  • Act out a skit
  • Sing a song
  • Cook a Shakespearean Dish

Perform any or all of the above – or share another creative endeavor of your choosing to the topic:

Part Time Jobs.

Saturday, July 30 

6pm to 9pm 

Sewing Souls Studio 

356 S. Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY

Warm Regards,

Rachel L. Johnson

rachelj9@gmail.com

Reading today at Burning Books

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Today July 13 – Joey Nicoletti is reading his new chapbook, Counterfeit Moon, along with poets Dianne Borsenik, John Burroughs, and George Guida.The reading starts at 5:00 pm and will go until 7:00 pm at Burning Books 420 Connecticut St Buffalo,NY

 

Local Experienced Comic Book Publisher Gives Advice

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Comic book store, Gutter Pop is opening June 18th in Elmwood Village. Stephen Floyd is the owner and also publishes comic books.

Rachel: What advice can you give to people who want to publish their comics?

Stephen: I think one of the great things about comics is they’re so easy to self-publish. Max Weiss is a Buffalo cartoonist and he just made his first comic, Papa Time and he just went to the copy shop and just did it all himself and so you can for very little money self-publish. You know it takes a lot of time.

R: Yes yes.

S: You can just start going to shows. It’s really great. We went together to TCAF in Toronto. Unfortunately for a lot of people who are drawn to making comics aren’t extroverted. They’re introverted so that is sometimes a tough hurtle because they would rather spend all their time at the drawing table. But as far as self-publishing, that’s getting out there and meeting people like making connections. I always encourage people to trade to plan on not necessarily breaking even but treating the comics as a promotional thing so you know you trade in with people and are exposed to new stuff and that can help supplement if you have a comic collecting problem like I do. Then it helps so when I publish a book, usually I trade hundreds of comics and I can get copies of other people’s awesome stuff.

R: That’s smart.

S: So I don’t have to spend more of my own money so that yea just communicating and you know it’s like any arts community. Most people are very excited to engage like if you got your stuff put it out there and talk to people. If you just kinda hang in there.

For me it’s always been slow. I’ve never been super ambitious because we publish slice of life stuff so it’s never gonna be huge. It would be bad if it was a lot of marketing and hype. It would take away from this understated quality of the material. When you discover it organically by picking it up at a book store or a convention where you flip through it, there’s a quality to it that you’re drawn to it or you see a little scene you can relate.

R: Yea.

S: So I’ve never been super ambitious in terms of making it a huge thing but it just for doing it ten years I’ve defiantly noticed just by sticking in there for ten years just those connections keep coming up and it’s very valuable just like a cool experience to just see the people who stuck in there.

 

For more of the interview, check out next week’s post from Interpunct Blog http://www.pluralitypress.com/rachel-l-johnson

 

Gutter Pop 1028 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, NY http://gutterpopcomics.com/

Writing a Book, Begins with Loving.

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In the English Department at Buffalo State, Rachel L. Johnson interviewed Dr. Ann C. Colley about her water colors and advice for writing a book.

Book about animal skinsRachel: Do you write poetry?

Ann: No. No. No. When I do write it’s very visual. (She refers to her book.) There are 60 images. Press was very good about that.

R: I find writing and visual go hand in hand.

A: Yes.

R: It’s impressive all the research that goes into books.

A: Oh, it’s awful. (She laughs.)

R: You say it’s awful.

A: It’s fun doing it. Many years to gather it. Sure there’s an idea at first but it changes over time. Putting it together. Writing it. It’s about five year’s work, I guess.

R: Advice to young researchers?

A: Really have to love what you are doing. Several years. Doesn’t always get acceptance.

A: I find it always comes out of personal kind of interest. You have to be patient and work at it all the time. Not just in the summer. Loose track. Away from it. Pick up where you were. Whereas water colors quick and immediate. Finished in two hours.

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Watercolor of woman in Morocco.

For more watercolors and the interview, check out the link next week May 16.

Invitation to the BSPBF Farewell Party

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Although this was the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair’s final year, many presses, writers and artists came together throughout the years to create a community resource in Buffalo, NY. Throughout the ten years, Buffalo State Writer’s Network only was a part of it for the 9th and 10th year. Still, many opportunities sprouted from those two years.  Art and literature resources will be shared at this party and an open table for stories from the fairs. Please join Buffalo State Writer’s Network at one of the parties.

Buffalo Small Press Book Fair Farewell Party

Two parties on Wed April 27 

El Buen Amigo

114 Elmwood Avenue

(Between North St. and Allen St.)

5:00 pm-6:00 pm

Ashker’s Community Room

 1002 Elmwood Avenue

7:00 pm-8:30pm

Hosted by Buffalo State Writer’s Network, Rachel L. Johnson.

A time to come together after the fair and talk about current resources for writers & artist and stories from the fairs. Open to the public. Free. Bring snacks to share.

Rachelbswn@gmail.com

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