Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Heading Home (Kind of...)

Heading back to Phoenix makes me feel like the star in the old Issac Hayes song, but I'm not sure if I'm the one leaving or the one being left. You have all kinds of strange musings when you return to your childhood home. Even as I type I'm sitting in the Velma Teague Library and wondering how I got here...I'm trying to channel some of this distant beauty while I'm back in Arizona.

Much to say, too, about my trip to San Francisco/Napa. My Heliotrope reading was wonderful and I have Myron Michael, the H.E.A.T. poets, Jeannie and Travis, James and plenty of other folks to thank for that. A poem is calling, so I'm off again, but wanted to send a 'thank you' shout out to the folks who have already made this a fabulous getaway...more soon.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Reading at Mama Art Cafe in San Franciso on Friday, 12/12 @ 7 PM

I'll finally be back on the West Coast for a little fun next week. I'll be reading in poet/MC/teacher/late-night phone guru Myron Michael's HELIOTROPE reading series at Mama Art Cafe on Friday night. I am so excited to see some folks in the Bay and share the stage with Myron's talented students. They'll open the set and I'll feature.

I am especially nervous because I'll be introducing the new work to the world at this reading. Conversion has been out for some time and the second manuscript, What We Ask of Flesh, is floating around out in the world, so I'm ready to break out the poems nestled there. Even I'll be interested to see what kind of connections I find between the two bodies because I've never let them exist in the same space before, as they are so very different.

The flyer is posted below, but here's the main info.:

What: Heliotrope Reading Series sponsored by Rondeau Records
When: Friday, 12/12/08 at 7:00PM
Where: Mama Art Cafe
4754 Mission St. (between RUSSIA and LEO)
San Francisco, CA 94110Mama Art Cafe

If you're in the Bay, please come out to share the word and hang for a little while...

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Back INSPIRIT -- NYC Dec. 4 - 6

INSPIRIT Dance Company is at it again in NYC and they are using one of my poems in their fall show, Dream and Visions. Here are the details:

The choreography of Christal Brown, the music of Farai Malianga, the poetry of Remica Bingham, the costumes of Trebian Pollard, and the performing power of INSPIRIT come together to make a Dream into a Vision.

Get your tickets now! Dreams and Visions runs December 4 - 6, Thursday - Saturday at 8pm. Tickets are $25, $15 students/seniors. BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center is located at the Borough of Manhattan Community College at 199 Chambers Street (between Greenwich and the West Side highway, accessible from the 1, 2, 3, A, C, E , N, R , 4, 5, 6, J, M trains New Jersey Path train and the M20 & M22 buses). For tickets or more information call 212-220-1460 or visit

Check out some buzz on the show here and please go out to support these wonderfully talented artists if you're in NYC.