MC Raoul Epling welcomed us back from intermission with yet another of his many coats of many colors
Artists Embassy International presented Literary Cultural Book Awards to many local authors who have recently published poetry books which promote intercultural understanding. Recognition and medals were also given to this year's High School Poet Laureates from Alameda. For names and works of recipients, please click on tab for awardees
Natica Angilly's Poetic Dance Theater Company performs one of their long time favorites, "With With Song" by Richard Angilly, and this year, with the prize winning art of Elizabeth Addison.
"With With Song" highlighted by the art of Elizabeth Addison. This piece won a contest put on by Salon's for Your Imagination, WOW! of San Rafael, CA
Prize for the art was bestowed upon the daughter-in-law of Elizabeth Addison since Elizabeth could not be there at the Festival
Mary Eastham, San Jose, CA, interacts with MC Raoul Epling while reading her two prize winning poems, "Priestess Who Sang at Midnight in the Garden of Lost Soulds" and "What He Did at the End of His Life
Elizabeth Norris reads, in Spanish and English, her poem "Un Pedcito de Pan / A Piece of Bread
"Drive" by Serpent Sirens with poem written by Susanne Dennis (Tatseena)
"Drive" by Serpent Sirens
"Drive" by Serpent Sirens
Barbara Loadman read the poem, "Drive", written by Susanne Dennis (Tatseena)
Joanne M. Clarkson of Olympia, WA, read her Grand Prize Winning poem, "Seamstress Masters Her Craft."
"Seamstress Masters Her Craft," by Joanne M. Clarkson as danced by Natica Angilly's Poetic Dance Theater Company. For text of poem and more photos, please click on tab for Seamstress Masters Her Craft
Joanne M. Clarkson takes an on stage bow with the dancers after the performance
Katy Brown read her "Up, Near the Crow's Nest."
Patricia Butkovich, Gautier, MS, reads her "Journey to the Creek
Scotti Fritts of Gold River, CA, reads her "Heavenly Dance of the Nymphs"
"The Day the Pajaritas Bloomed," written and read by Elizabeth Pelaez Norris, Alameda, CA
"The Day the Pajaritas Bloomed," danced by Katherine Hanover, marimba by Paula Cekola, bass by Ben Fowler all of St. Joseph/Notre Dame High School, Alameda, CA
Pajaritas are little white orchids that bloomed in the garden of the poet's mother
Getchen Fletcher, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, reads her "Upon a Beach at Nightfall
Tanya Joyce, Emeryville, CA, reads her "The Lotus Scroll (after a painting by Dr. Kenneth Kuanling Fan)
Yu-Hua Liao Rozelle, Fremont, CA read her "Autumn Leaves" in Chinese. Her reading partner read the poem in English
"Cycles" performed by Banat el Hoggar, poem written by Mary Rudge
Banat el Hoggar performs "Cycles" by Mary Rudge
Banat el Hoggar, directed by Loywannar Haddadou, performing "Cycles."