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Late Summer Events
Multi-Cultural Poetry Reading and Pot Luck Lunch AEI was a major part of the 11th Annual Multi-Cultural Poetry Reading and Pot Luck Lunch held at the Redwood Empire Chinese Association in Santa Rosa, CA. This event is cosponsored annually by AEI, RECA and Poets of the Vineyard chapter of California Federation of Chaparral Poets. Alameda Island Poets are always our honored guests with a large contingency attending. For more photos of this event, please go to MultiCultural Poetry Reading 2011 of this website.
Poets from the North Bay and East Bay areas gathered with a fabulous pot luck lunch. Food included everything from lasagna to chicken encheladas to Viet Namese egg rolls to the “Happy Poetry AEI, POV & RECA cake. Poets got to meet new people, look at poetry and choose partners for the “Pick-A-Partner” Read-around.
After lunch, we gathered in the dance studio turned auditorium to watch the exquisite RECA Teen Cultural Dancers have a public dress rehearsal of their number they would be performing for the Dancing Poetry Festival. After, we had our read-arounds.
Poetry’s Modern Muses of America Honored
At Alameda South Shore Mall
Mary Rudge, Poet Laureate of Alameda asked AEI to join her in a gala event at the Alameda, CA, South Shore Mall. Mary chose various poets from who have distinguished themselves in various ways and honored them as Modern Muses of Poetry. Poets and titles included:
Muse of the Publishing World, Julia Park Tracey Muse of Tanka (Japanese Form), Jeanne Lupton Muse of Renga (Japanese form), Florence Miller Muse of Ekphrasis, Judy Hardin Cheung Muse of Ars Poetica, Andrena Zawinski Muse of Poetry Education, Tobey Kaplan Muse of Irish-American Poetry, Eileen Malone Muse of African-American Poetry: Shia Shabazz Smith Muse of African-American Poetry: Wanda Sabir Muse of Spanish Language, Gloria Rodriguez Muse of Korean Language, Angela Cheung Reiss Muse of Cantonese Language, Dolly Ci Wai Fong Muse of Cherokee Language and Culture, Nanette Bradley Deetz Muse of Tagalog Language, Amy B. Estrada Muse of Philippine-American poetry, Lourdes Costales
Muse of Hungarian and Polish Cultures,Mary Kavalitsky Muse of TV Media, Jerri Lange
Photo by George Hollie. Modern Muses of Poety pose with Mary Rudge at the South Shore Mall in Alameda. Natica Angilly (L) and her Poetic Dance Theater Company heralded each muse onto the stage with an arch of clarions and a glorious introduction.
Dancing Poetry Festival, 2011
CaliforniaPalace of the Legion of HonorArt Museum, San Francisco, CA
September 24, 2011, Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Artists Embassy International and hosted by Natica Angilly’s Poetic Dance Theater Company
Photos by Judy Hardin Cheung unless otherwise indicated For more photos, please look at Dancing Poetry Festival, 2011 on this site.
Natica Angilly’s Poetic Dance Theater Company opened the show with an homage to Greece in honor of the 22nd World Congress of Poets held in Larissa, Greece, June 29-July 3, 2011. First they heralded in the poets and dancers with clarions dancing to Richrd Angilly’s Voice of the Poet, then they did a lively tambourine dance, with Greek style moves, to a poem by WCP President, Dr. Dimitris P. Kraniotis, M.D., titled To the Dean and Unpublished Poet.
The Vice Consul from the Greek Embassy in San Francisco accepted the award on behalf of Dimitis who could not attend due to his brother-in-law’s wedding in Greece. Officiating were Arthur Chang, Richard Angilly, Natica Angilly and Mary Rudge, Poet Laureate of Alameda.
Twenty-five poets came from 7 states and all over California to read their prize winning poems at the podium and receive their awards from Judy Hardin Cheung, DPF Contest Chair. Here, Judy presents Don Feliz of Screamento, CA, for his poem Journal Entry: Leaving Mount Vernon.
Seven dance troupes in addition to NAPDTC performed dance to poetry, including the Tamara Grose Classical and Contemporary Dance performing Snow by AEI member Susan Coons of North Bend, Oregon.
Tanya Joyce, well known Bay Area poet and artist gave a brief talk on art fusion—how to combine poetry, dance, music and art, and what can be gained from the medley.
Dancers of the Pharoahs performed It’s All About Balance, with swords on their heads. This poem was by Mary Rudge, Poet Laureate of Alameda and was done as part of the 100 Thousand Poets for Change Celebration occurring throughout the USA.
Raoul Epling was our illustrious Master of Ceremonies with a new tuxedo for every act.
Grand Prize Winners, 2011
Claire J. Baker, Pinole California, Grand Prize Winner, 2011, with her Amazing Masks.
Carol Frith, Sacramento, California, Grand Prize Winner, 2011, with her Indeterminate Breeze, Stone Fountain.
Elaine Christensen, Sandy, UT, Grand Prize Winner, 2011, with her If the Moon Can Float
Natica Angilly created the artistically, double-mounted masks for this piece. Each dancer carried two masks, back to back to depict the interactions we have with ourselves and each other.
Photo by George Hollie. Reflection in a mirror, exchange-ing, sharing, turning, examining— all in the poem and danced.
Photo by George Hollie. Claire J. Baker takes her on-stage bow with the audience. Richard read the poem on stage during the performance.
Wanda danced this Grand Prize Winner as a solo while Natica read.
Unique in its performance, this grand prize winner was poignant in its stark simplicity. Many in the audience wept.
Photo by George Hollie. Wistfully, Natica and Wanda contemplate at the end of the piece.
Poet Carol Frith takes her on-stage bow with Wanda and Natica.
“If stars can blink on in the dark…
Photo by George Hollie. Inspirational, filled with hope overcoming despair, serene, dynamic, fabulous!
“If the moon Can Float….then I can face morning / arms outstretched…
Elaine Christensen takes her on-stage bow with the dancers.
Dancing Poetry Contest Winners List, 2011 This year, we had 653 poems from 226 people from 9 different countries, 33 US states and 3 Canadian Provinces Poems are listed according to prize won then alphabetically by surname of poet
Grand Prizes (3)Each poem danced by Natica Angilly’s Poetic Dance Theater Company, videotaped for poet, certificate suitable for framing, $100, invitation to read at the Dancing Poetry Festival to be held Saturday, September 24, 2011, Noon to 4 at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park, San Francisco, CA. Poem will be published in the DPF Souvenir Program and might be danced or published with the poet’s credits around the world. Amazing MasksClaire J. Baker, Pinole, CA If the Moon Can FloatElaine Christensen, Sandy, UT Indeterminate Breeze, Stone FountainCarol Frith, Sacramento, CA First Prizes (6) Each poet receives $50, a certificate suitable for framing, and an invitation to read at the podium at the Dancing Poetry Festival, 2011 EightJudith Arcana, Portland, OR VivaldiBarbara DuBois, Socorro, NM Statue ChildMary Halliburton, Hope Hull, AL Recipe for Dragonfly ChickenAaron E. Holst, Sheridan, WY Sidestepping the ImportantCatherine Moran, Little Rock, AR Ode to the WindJulia Paul, Manchester, CT Second Prizes (12) Each poet receives $25, a certificate suitable for framing, and an invitation to read at the podium at the Dancing Poetry Festival, 2011 Woman Shaking a RugElaine Christensen, Sandy, UT Cromwell’s HorsesDorothy K. Fletcher, Jacksonville, FL Baccarat at Deauville, 1928Laverne Frith, Sacramento, CA The Lady ShiguraZoe Harber, Asheville, NC Fashionable OpinionsSandra Inskeep-Fox, Clear Spring, MD Love Poem for the Purple GallinuleJen Karetnick, Miami Shores, FL The Crop DusterMary Loughran, Alameda, CA When I Return to SardiniaKatharyn Howd Machan, Ithaca, NY Tossing Night and Day AroundCatherine Moran, Little Rock, AR Chosen to SurviveIna G. Perlmuter, Northbrook, IL ScoreKay Renz, Santa Rosa, CA In East Africa—the Girls in the TreeMartin Steele, Delray Beach, FL Third Prizes (30) Each poet receives $10, a certificate suitable for framing, and an invitation to read at the podium at the Dancing Poetry Festival, 2011 The Stars Still ShineDavid LaRue Alexander, Pontiac, IL The Map to EdenKaty Brown, Davis, CA A Little Night MusicElaine Christensen, Sandy, UT At DuskJabez W. Churchill, Ukiah, CA Half Moon BayMona Clark, Sandy,UT Obon FestivalLourdes Costales, Alameda, CA about her bodyCathy Dana, Alameda, CA New LifeJan Dederick, El Cerrito, CA Bound to CompostelaMariano deSouza, Madrid, SPAIN Making the Dresses MoveChristina Wos Donnelly, Buffalo, NY Jazz in the LoungeRaynette Eitel, Las Vegas, NV Journal Entry: Leaving Mount VernonDon Feliz, Sacramento, CA Night FlowersJoan B. Gerstein, Oceanside, CA Saffron GatherersPeggy C. Hall, S. Miami, FL Exchamsiks WomanRuth Hill, Chetwynd, BC, CANADA Angel of My HeartReem Hisham Adeeb Hijiawi, Long Beach, CA NewsRachael Z. Ikins, Liverpool, NY The Fat ManJohn Laue, La Selva Beach, CA ReprieveKathleen McClung, Son Francisco, CA The Old Dancer AsksBruce Moody, Crockett, CA Nuts in ChargeGarrett Murphy, Oakland, CA The ViewJohn Rowe, El Cerrito, CA Leah High upon My ShouldersArt Schwartz, Rockville Center, NY Kitchen Table Peace TalksLinda Schwartz, Santa Barbara, CA Daybreak DepartureNick Sweet, Shepherd, TX Retro-specs Judith Terzi, Pasadena, CA LazarusMarianne Tynan, Mountlake Terrace, WA Moon Magic SestinaLorraine A. Vail, Sanibel, FL Water WhispersMaureen Wallner, Moline, IL Once A Year, Pause Under A Sidra TreeDiana Woodcock, Doha, QATAR
AMAZING MASKS! By Claire J. Baker, Pinole, CA
There are all these masks— colorful, glistening, riveting, full of possibilities.
In passing, we exchange. Your mask is now my mask, my mask now your mask. We can be each other. We can be no one who has ever lived before.
A mask is a portal for escape, to hide for awhile, to dream— to dream of what? That repeating dusty dream? A dear fresh dream? A dream as yet undreamed?
Wearing a new mask, you change inside & out, inside & out of yourself into another you once were and can never be again. Who were you then? Who are you now?
Eagerly you slip off a mask for there is a persona you may prefer, will try it on for size, see inside & out with your all-seeing eyes.
The stage of life excites you, invites you to assume an illusion, a fantasy, a mystery, a someone else, an elsewhere, a return to there, a leaving behind for here, a looking ahead & ahead.
There areall these masks.
INDETERMINATE BREEZE, STONE FOUNTAIN By Carol Frith, Sacramento, CA I have separated myself from the letters of the alphabet, from the stone fountain in the neighbor’s yard. I have forgotten what it is I need to know, what mysteries I need to listen for. I will parse the sentence of the afternoon, each word drifting like a frail leaf on an indeterminate breeze. Were my French good enough, I would translate my unrest into perfectly modulated French phrases. My French is no longer good at all. I shall put aside my small book and think of how long I have lived my life in youth. In age. I shall wear a warm scarf and contemplate the passage of the quiet years. I shall put on a modest dress and walk the neighborhood, counting pairs of courting flickers in the tulip trees. I shall focus on the clean beauty of time in its increase and time in its diminishment. I shall face the east to say my daily prayers. I shall walk until the evening turns to stone.
IF THE MOON CAN FLOAT By Elaine Christensen, Sandy, UT
If night can hunker like a thief in the foothills, waiting to steal tree by tree across the valley, Then I can kneel, an old woman in a dark room, prayers spiraling up the chimney, curling themselves in the coils of God’s ears.
If prayers can escape through layered shingles of my roof, through chinks in brick walls, then I can hide here, a velvet mole, safe from the yellow beak, bent and sharp, the flapping wings, that floodlight moon.
he moon can float all night in the lake, like a thin smile, an empty canoe, God’s all-seeing eye almost shut, then I can swim out into the black stream, a tiny minnow, a flash of quicksilver one fish in a school of stars.
If stars can blink on in the dark like street lamps, if street lamps can pool their light on every corner like gold coins, if gold coins can link their profiles into shining bracelets across the city, then I can face morning, arms outstretched, palms open, fingers extended, each, a ray of sun.
Calendar Highlights of Upcoming Artists Embassy International Events
For further information and additional activities, please contact Natica at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit www.dancingpoetry.com.
Our schedule is always having new and exciting events added to it.Don’t miss out on the fun and opportunities.
The listed events are put on by AEI or are produced by organizations that promote art and culture.
Ongoing: Visual Art Shows: Natica Angilly’s Poetic masks, tambourine intrigues (sound paintings) and unique abstract canvases. New installations by Natica continue at Cafe Arrivederci in San Rafael.
October 7-November 10: Art Show:Judy Cheung shows her ( poetography ) photography and poetry at Ristorante Aurora,8 Commercial Blvd., Novato, CA
October 10-16: Festival, Bazaar and week long dance workshops.Rakkasah East, Ukrainian Cultural Center, Somerset, New Jersey.AEI has a fund raising booth of art related to dance. Natica will be teachingclasses on Monday & Friday. Natica and RichardAngilly’s Poetic Dance Theater Co., andShukriya DeVine’s Dancers of the Pharoahsperform.
December 5: Judy Cheung teaches a workshop on making Christmas decorations from recyclables such as egg shells and medicine containers. Call about Monday art solons that include discussion, poetry and other arts.
December: Date TBA. AEI Board Meeting. All members are welcome.
January 1, 2012: Dancing Poetry Contest 2012 opens. We appreciate early entries. Deadline May 15, 2012.
January:at the AlamedaMuseum. AEI Artists Showings, Month long exhibition at Alameda Historic and Art Museum, Alameda, CA.Check gallery hours.
January 14: Jack London’s Birthday (and Natica’s too). Poetry party,reading and birthday party in the Alameda Historic Art Museum/Gallery.Poetry Muses of the USA, Lots of fun, cake, poetry and art!All welcome!
January 21: GALAArt Reception & Extravaganza with Entertainments, & Food!:11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.,
Celebrations with food all afternoon.Muses, Dancers, Artists, Poets, Food and Fun Featured!
January 28: WORKSHOP at Museum with Tanya Joyce and Natica Angilly. Enjoy sharing intriguing techniques with art dance magic and meaning.– PLEASEcall TO RESERVE YOURPLACE – and free materials!
Feb. 25: Chinese New Year Celebration, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. VetsMemorialBuilding, Santa Rosa, CA. For tickets & information, contact AEI VP Judy Cheung at email@example.com & visit www.recacenter.org.
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