Lee Patterson (center) will lead in November
SUNDAY AFTERNOON WRITER'S WORKSHOP
The Ancient City Poets will present a workshop on Sunday November 24 at the Gallery Cafe of St. Augustine, Florida (in the Staples Plaza). Please register at 1:30 p.m. The workshop begins at 1:45 p.m. Lee Patterson will be this month’s workshop leader. Lee will have three poems and an essay in Florida Speaks, scheduled for release on St. Augustine’s Poet Plant Press, in the January. A small fee of $10 at the door is request to participate, which provides for bottomless coffee and sweat treats to ignite the write and feed the need to create. You will learn how to cultivate a poem seed and help it grow with feedback from other workshop participants.
"I encourage you, if you're a regular poem-writer, to bring a draft of something you've already prepared to workshop if you'd like," says Patterson. "If you've got a poem that's developed, but unfinished, print out a few copies and bring it on in. At last month's workshop we had time to critique two poems from each writer, so hopefully we can do that again."With that said, the following itinerary might very well be altered to accommodate writers who have poems that they wish to cultivate. It is also possible that we might break off into two groups: those without a poem and those with words that have already been written.
1:30 pm: Registration
1:45 to 1:50 pm: Introduction
1:50 to 2:00 pm: Brainstorming Session
2:00 to 2:15 pm: Draft Poem
2:15 to 2:35 pm: Group Critique
2:35 to 2:45 pm: Re-writeHERE IS THE FACEBOOK EVENT LISTING FOR MORE INFO:https://www.facebook.com/events/232128983617047/
The Ancient City Poets will hold a Sunday Afternoon Poetry Workshop on October 27 at the Gallery Cafe of St. Augustine, Florida (located at 1974 US-1 South, in the Staples Plaza). This month's workshop will be hosted by Palm Coast poet Robert Waldner. Robert is a spoken word performer who has two poems in the Fall 2013 issue of FM Quarterly. A small fee of $10 is requested to participate; which provides for bottomless coffee and sweat treats to ignite the write and feed the need to create! Arrive with no poem and leave with a newly created poem. Plant-A-Poem and watch it grow in an hour with the Ancient City Poets and Robert Waldner.LINK FOR FACEBOOK EVENT LISTING:
100 Thousand Poets for Change Gathering
September 28, 2013 marks the third annual global event for 100 Thousand Poets for Change, a grassroots organization that brings communities together to call for environmental, social, and political change within the framework of peace and sustainability. “Peace and sustainability are major concerns worldwide, and the guiding principles for this global event,” says Michael Rothenberg, Co-Founder of 100 Thousand Poets for Change. “We are in a world where it isn’t just one issue that needs to be addressed. A common ground is built through this global compilation of local stories, which is how we create a true narrative for discourse to inform the future.”
A local observation has been planned for Sunday September 29th from 1:30 to 2:30 pm at The Gallery Café of St. Augustine (located at 1974 US-1 in the Staples Plaza). Workshop for Change, with Ancient City Poet Rich Cardone, is open to all ages and skill levels. Everyone attending should bring a poem on the subject of change and something to write with. The cost is $10 per person for the afternoon’s activities to pay for bottomless coffee and sweet treats.
To learn more about 100 Thousand Poets for Change and more than 550 events planned in 100 countries go to the organization’s website, www.100TPC.orgFACEBOOK EVENT LINK:https://www.facebook.com/events/147500542126448/
POETRY SERIES CONCLUDESThe Ancient City Poets concluded their four year series last month. The event was held at The Gallery Cafe of St. Augustine (in the Staples Plaza). Known as the Heart Pour Sunday Matinee, the group’s poetry readings were held on the last Sunday of every month, dating back to August of 2009. Chris Bodor was presented with a plaque by fellow poets Michael Henry Lee, Rich Cardone, and Limmy Van Kooten in grateful appreciation for his years of outstanding service and devotion. Bodor announced that although the group will no longer hold monthly poetry readings, they will continue to offer poetry writing workshops in the upcoming months. The final gathering highlighted the talents of Glenda Bailey-Mershon and Leny Kaltenekker who both contributed to the book Jane’s Stories Press IV – Bridges and Borders. Equally talented poets Joe O’Hearn and Nick Fouriezos approached the group’s microphone for the first time to share their well-crafted words. Veteran readers Missy Ortega, Lee Patterson, Rob Waldner, Lin Dosing and Mary Yeck rounded out the final gathering of the Heart Pour Sunday Matinee series. In conclusion, founding member Michael Henry Lee reminded the audience that they are the true stars of the series, because art is not much without an audience to receive it. The entire group is grateful to the audiences who opened their ears and their hearts month after month for the last four years. Spoken word is alive in the Nation’s Oldest City.VIDEO: TOM SITTEN reading "Coffee"
Emcee Chris Bodor
ACP WRITER'S WORKSHOPSunday Aug 25 (BEFORE FINAL READING) Join Ancient City Poets for an hour long workshop on Sunday August 25 at the Gallery Cafe of St. Augustine, Florida (in the Staples Plaza) directly before the group's poetry reading. Enjoy bottomless beverage (coffee, ice tea, water) and sweet treats while writing a poem on the spot during the first 15 minutes of the workshop. Then learn how to cultivate a poem seed and help it grow with feedback from facilitator Rich Cardone and other workshop participants. The cost for this session is $10.00 in advance/ $12.00 at the door. Contact Poet Plant Press today to reserve your spot. Payment is accepted at www.paypal.com under the email address email@example.com or cash at the door.
BODOR ENDS POETRY SERIES THIS SUNDAY
Join the Ancient City Poets on Sunday August 25 from 3 to 5 pm for the final gathering of a four year series of monthly poetry readings at The Gallery Café of St. Augustine, Florida (located at 1974 US-1 in the Staples Plaza). Known as the Heart Pour Sunday Matinee, the group has been holding free community open microphone readings on the last Sunday of every month since August of 2009. The group will continue to offer poetry written workshops at the same location in the upcoming months. Bodor will dedicate the next year to the writing of his new manuscript of original poems. He will also serve as editor for an anthology of Florida themed poems.
Join Ancient City Poet Rich Cardone on Sunday July 28th, from 1:30 to 2:30 for an hour long poetry writing workshop at the Gallery Café of St. Augustine, Florida (1974 US-1, in the Staples Plaza). Mr. Cardone, the workshop facilitator, lives in St. Augustine with his wife, Amber. He plans on pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Health at the University of South Florida in the spring of 2014, with a minor in English. One day, he hopes to complete a book of short stories that he will be able to read to his future children. There will be a small charge for the workshop. $10 in advance/ $12 at the door. Workshop attendants are encouraged to present the poem that they wrote during the workshop to an audience at the free poetry reading held at the Gallery Cafe that afternoon from 3 to 4:30 pm. For more info call the cafe at (904) 825-9944
Here is the schedule for the afternoon:
Location: Gallery Café of St. Augustine
(1974 US-1 in the Staples Plaza)
8:00 AM to 1:00pm: All You Can Eat Brunch
Brunch Cost: Please call the Café for Cost Info (904) 825-9944
1:30pm to 2:30 pm: Ancient City Poets Plant-A-Poem Workshop: with Rich Cardone
Work Shop Cost: $10.00 (per person)
3:00pm: Read your new poem at Ancient City Poets Open Mic
4:00pm: Presentation by haiku enthusiast Michael Henry Lee. Reading from his new book Against the Grain
* 4:30pm: Book Signing / Meet & Greet with Michael Henry Lee
Poetry Lovers Digging The Scene Photo (C) 2013 by Chris Bodor
POETRY SCENE SEEN & HEARD
THE FLAGLER BEACH INSPIRED MIC SERIESAn open microphone series for writers will have their fourth gathering on Tuesday August 20 at 7 pm at The Beach House Beanery in Flagler Beach, Florida. The Florida Writers Association, Palm Coast chapter, is hosting this series that gives local talent the opportunity to share their writing with other writers, FWA members and guests. The only way you can sign up to read is by email to facilatator Michael Ray King:firstname.lastname@example.orgAncient City Poet Chris Bodor was number 7 on the list for the July 16th reading that boasted 22 performers and close to sixty poetry lovers in the audience. Michael Henry Lee, a founding member of the group, traveled down with Chris to soak in the scene. Here is a short video clip of the July event, featuring footage of Chris reading barefoot for the first, and maybe only, time:ANCIENT CITY POETS CHRIS BODOR AND MICHAEL HENRY LEE IN NEWS PIECEFor more info on this inspiring Flagler Beach spoken word gathering and other fun things going on in that neck of the woods please visit the cafe's web page:http://www.beachhousebeanery.com/
Michael Henry Lee photo by Chris Bodor
TALK ON THE CHILD SIDE with Feature MICHAEL HENRY LEEJoin the Ancient City Poets on Sunday July 28th from 3 to 5 pm for a free poetry reading at The Gallery Café of St. Augustine (located at 1974 US-1 in the Staples Plaza). All poets and poetry lovers are welcome to attend.Michael Henry Lee will be the featured author. Michael is a haiku enthusiast who has also served as the assistant editor of two anthologies published by the St. Augustine based Poet Plant Press. Beginning at 3:00 pm, the first hour of this month’s reading will feature a community microphone portion, open to all who wish to share an original poem or one from a favorite writer. The suggested theme for the afternoon is "Talk on the Child Side" - poems that we remember from our youth or poems written by little ones. At 4:00 pm, Michael Henry Lee will present poems from his new collection, "Against The Grain”, as well as other poems from his impressive body of work. After his presentation, the author will be available to sign copies of his book and the ones that he has worked on for Poet Plant Press. The two books that Michael has served as the assistant editor are available for purchase at Amazon.com and they will also be available at the reading in addition to his new book. For more info call the Gallery Café at (904) 825-9944.Attention Facebook users: Here is the event link (Facebook event info):https://www.facebook.com/events/388769504577166We hope to see everyone on the last Sunday of July. Please think about telling your friends about this great St. Johns County event. Free coffee. Free sweet treats. Free speech.
photo by Tami Johns
KIMMY VAN KOOTEN BOOK SIGNING JUNE 30, 3013Join the Ancient City Poets on Sunday June 30th from 3 to 5 pm for a free poetry reading at The Gallery Café of St. Augustine, Florida (located at 1974 US-1 in the Staples Plaza). All poets and poetry lovers are welcome to attend these free events that have been happening on the last Sunday of every month in the Nation’s Oldest City for the last three years.
Kimmy Van Kooten will be the featured author. Ms. Van Kooten is a mother of eleven who spends stolen moments writing poems and creating illustrations. She has illustrated book covers for Poet Plant Press and Avenue U Publications.
Beginning at 3:00 pm, the first hour of this month’s reading will feature a community microphone portion, open to all who wish to share an original poem or one from a favorite writer. The suggested theme is "Celebrate Summer". Poets do not have to follow the theme.
At 4:00 pm, Kimmy will present poems from her new collection, “Peace of Language”, as well as pieces from her prolific body of work. The author will be available to sign copies of her book after her presentation. Books featuring illustrations by Kimmy Van Kooten are available for purchase on line at Amazon.com and they will also be available at the reading. For more info find Ancient City Poets on Facebook.com or call the Gallery Café at (904) 825-9944.
Kimmy's book can be purchased on Amazon. Please go to the site and search by author name. Here is the direct link:
We hope to see everyone on the last Sunday of June. Please think about telling your friends about this great free event. Free coffee. Free sweet treats. Free speech.
SUNDAY MAY 26 The Ancient City Poets will hold a free poetry reading on Sunday May 26 from 3 to 5 pm at The Gallery Café of St. Augustine, Florida (located at 1974 US-1 in the Staples Plaza). All poets and poetry lovers are welcome to attend and participate. After opening comments and introductions by facilitator Rich Cardone, each poet will approach the podium with their May Day, Mother’s Day or Memorial Day observations. The reading will conclude when all who wish to read their words have shared. Join some of the areas most talented poets for free coffee, free sweet treats, and free literary entertainment on the last Sunday of every month. For more info find the group on Facebook.com or call the Gallery Café at (904) 825-9944.
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