June has turned into my own personal National Poetry Month. Appearances have lined themselves up the way the planets are before sunrise.
Tonight I will be making an internet radio appearance on the program Speaking of Poetry. The show starts at 6PM EDT and you can tune in here. I should be making my voice appear in your speakers about 6:25.
Tomorrow is the Columbus Arts Festival. I will be reading at 2:20PM at the Word is Art stage. The complete entertainment schedule for the 50th anniversary of the festival can be found here.
On Sunday I will be taking part in a poetry reading for The Language of Art exhibit at the High Road Gallery in Worthington. The opening starts at 2:30, the reading at 3:30. You can read more about that here.
Next weekend I will be part of Team Columbus Collective along with Ellie White, Atticus Inch and one poet to be named later as we take on some incredible teams of poets in the Rust Belt Poetry slam. This event will start at 7PM on Friday night at Travonna Coffee Cafe, at North High and Fifth Avenue here in Columbus. My team will be slamming at 9PM on Friday and 1PM Saturday. The finals will be 7PM on Saturday night at The Nestor Hall Auditorium on the Columbus State Community College campus.
Best part. It's all free!
On June 18th I will be taking part in a fundraiser for the Writers' Block Poetry Slam Team, helping them get money together for their trip to Boston in August.
Here's the information on the fundraiser:
From end of show Friday (June 17th, 10:00 pm) to Saturday evening (5:00 pm) YOU can purchase time by the minute to perform!
Want to do a 15 (or more) minute feature? BUY IT!
Want to posse up with some of your poetry homies and do a whole showcase and invite all of your friends to see you? BUY IT!
Always wanted to run your own slam? BUY AN HOUR AND GO FOR IT!
Want to showcase your own poetry show from somewhere else? BUY IT!
Want to experiment with poetry and a live band? BUY IT!
THE STAGE IS POETICALLY YOURS IF YOU PAY FOR IT!
So long as you are consistently committing an act of poetry - and you can stay within your agreed upon time slot - we'll put you on! We will even sell your merch while you're there. Our crew will set the room up and provide sound just like we do for our regular shows.
CAUTION: Don't come trying to do some crafting or to get your band on...POETRY, people! If you can craft AND perform poetry at the same time, it's yours! If you want to Gil Scott-Heron it up with your band, it's yours! But don't try to pimp a pimp, son!
Cost is $1 per minute. $15/minute minimum!
Buy your block of feature/performance time now!
CONTACT: Scott Woods for booking and payment at email@example.com
DEADLINE: June 12 so we can advertise you properly!
Proceeds go to the WB Nationals team to send them to the National Poetry Slam in Boston/Cambridge.
So I've signed up for a half hour on Saturday from 4-4:30PM. This is going to be a straight set, no gimmicks, no stunts, no guitars, a few mentions of the race war. There will be some new poems read, some old ones, a few bonus tracks - what you'd get from the 20 minute set at the Arts Festival, with more cursing.
Again, admission is free but donations to the WB team will not be turned down.
Hope you can make it to some of these events. The first half of the month is a busy one!