Saturday, May 20, 2017

Borsenik's 2017 Boldly Going Car Trek Poetry Tour!

(photo by Jeanette Powers, 2016)
 
With summer coming fast upon us, I'm announcing
Borsenik's 2017 Boldly Going Car Trek Poetry Tour!

I'm spaced out about poetry, and I have a number of new pieces, written over this tumultuous past year. Some poems are actually about space.  Outer.  Inner.  Making.  Taking.  The space between us all.  (Yes, I'm referencing "Within You, Without You," one of my very favorite songs of all time.) 

Of course, I shall continue to be irreverent and naughty.

The following is a list of dates and venues where I'll be powered by poetry, at times solo, at times with friend John Burroughs, at times with other dear friends.

I'd love to hook up with all y'all for some summer grooviness, with poetry and hugs abounding!  The good times are gonna be...out of this world!

See the Upcoming Events page on this blog for the details about each event. 
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(update, August 7, 2017: the events here have been completed, and were a blast!)
 
Tuesday, June 6 -- Words and Wine -- Rider's Inn --Painesville, OH

Saturday, June 10 -- The Killer Bs of Poetry Sting Sandusky! -- Mr. Smith's Coffee House -- Sandusky, OH

Thursday, June 15 -- A Decade of Poets! 10 Features -- Mac's Backs -- Cleveland Heights, OH

Saturday, July 8 -- 2017 Summer Festival of the Arts -- Youngstown, OH -- Kilcawley Center, Y.S.U

Saturday, August 5 -- 11am to 5pm -- Book & Zine Fair at the Indie Lit Fest
Saturday, August 5 -- 2pm to 4pm -- Sidewalk Pulp reading at the Indie Lit Fest
Saturday, August 5 -- 7pm -- Speakeasy reading at the Indie Lit Fest -- Michigan City, IN

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(update, August 7, 2017: the events here are upcoming, and are going to be a blast!)

Sunday, August 13 -- Workshop "Punch the Envelope: How to Make an Editor Notice 
Your Work" -- Toledo, OH
Sunday, August 13 -- Poetry Uncloistered -- Calvino's Wine Bar -- Toledo, OH


Friday, September 8 -- The Second Friday Fete -- Kitamu  Coffee Shop -- Hilliard, OH

Saturday, October 14 -- Frostburg Indie Lit Fest -- Frostburg, MD

Saturday, October 21 -- Rodman Public Library -- Alliance, OH

Monday, November 27 -- The Poetry Forum -- Columbus, OH
 
 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

5th Not-Exactly-Annual Haiku Death Match! The Strawberry Stormbringer!


It's National Poetry Month, and this time next week, I'll be flexing my creative muscles and preparing for battle in the
5th Not-Exactly-Annual Haiku Death Match!




The Haiku Death Match, sponsored by Heights Arts Collaborative, Inc., will be held at the Dobama Theater, 2340 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, OH, on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 7 P.M.!

In this Death Match, eight poets will fiercely compete against each other with haiku (meditative, seventeen-syllable poems): "the audience votes for the poems they like best, competitors are eliminated, and the last poet standing is the winner. It's poetry, theater, talent show, and a jousting match rolled into one." 

"The poets in the ring will have to fight hard for the trophy.  In the first half of the Death Match, poets will read their contemporary haiku on the subjects: personal relationships, politics, animals in our life, the daily grind, and all things Cleveland.  Poets with the hightest scores advance to the second half, in which they will read only classical, nature -oriented haiku.  The winner of the classical round is declared the 2017 Haiku Death Math Master."

My competitive warrior name is the Strawberry Stormbringer, and I will be going up against some worthy and intimidating adversaries. Oh yes, and their blades will be wicked-sharp, I'm certain!  But the Stormbringer intends to huff, and puff, and blow down their houses!

"Returning champions and contestants include Dianne Borsenik, poet and founder of NightBallet Press, Michael Ceraolo, retired firefighter/paramedic and writer, Celeste McCarty, artist and performer, Ray McNiece, actor, poet, and former Haiku Death Match champion, Mary Turzillo, poet, science fiction writer, and fencing champion, Geoffrey Landis, NASA physicist, poet, and science fiction writer.  A few Death Match 'virgins' have entered the fray as well, including Christine Donofrio, artist, writer, and film maker, and Cordelia Eddy, 'zine writer and East Coast ex-pat."

(Quotes are from the event posting at Heights Arts.)

You can make a difference by voting for your favorite competitor through a donation to the cause, or you can buy a ticket and become a part of the Haiku Death Match by audience!  The funds will help raise money to support Heights Arts Poet Laureate program and its Ekphrastacy series.  Tickets ($15) can be purchased at the door, or online at Heights Arts.

This amazing and entertaining event will blaze across the Dobama stage next Saturday night...please come and support me, and join in the fun and fury of the 5th Not-Exactly-Annual Haiku Death Match!  I'd truly love to see you there!