POETRY AT THE PORTFOLIO CENTER: I'm delighted to announce that the new open mic and reading series has a home: The Portfolio Center. Sponsored by the Georgia Writers Association, we are slated to begin on Friday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. with a featured poet to be announced. The open mic and reading will be held the first Friday of every month, just as the series at Barnes & Noble at Georgia Tech.

The most exciting thing about this new series is the space itself and the many possibilities. PC is located at the end of Bennett Street (just off Peachtree between Buckhead and Midtown), which is known for being "artist row" in the city. The IMAGE film center is there, the TULA art center and dozens of galleries and shops. Mick's restaurant will offer a great place for after-poetry dinner or drinks. Parking is free and plentiful. The walls of PC are adorned with rotating art produced by its students and we'll also be providing refreshments.

As with the old series, readers will have five minutes to read their work and we won't limit it to poetry. If you want to sing a song, play a piece of music or read from a novel or short story, the mic will be yours. We want Poetry at the Portfolio Center to be a nurturing and welcoming place for all poets/writers regardless of age or style. Many, many thanks to poet and PC teacher Tania Rochelle and PC president Hank Richardson for welcoming us to the new space.

In other news, the London police have rounded up all four suspects in the July 21 attempted bombings of the tube trains and a bus, including one who had fled to Rome. Amazing work!

Last night, I went to Cliterati to hear S. Bear Bergman and Scott Turner Schofield do excerpts from their show Words Can't Describe (being staged this weekend at 7 Stages theatre), which offers insight into their lives as self-proclaimed "gender jammers" and "tranny poster children." Their work was funny as hell and I plan to catch a performance. I also got talked into reading, so I rolled out cleanskin/lilywhite and, by request, Why I Want To Be Pam Grier.

There's so much coming up in the poetry world in the next five months. I'll be out in LA again, doing a reading (maybe two) for the release of the Red Light: Superheroes, Saints & Sluts anthology, performing at Theatre Gael in A Soldier's Song, working with the new Word Diversity Collective (a post on that is coming soon) and hopefully making my way to London.

UPDATE! I just confirmed this morning that Sarah Maclay will be the featured poet on Oct. 7 at Poetry at the Portfolio Center! Sarah's book, Whore, won the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry. I'm so excited to have Sarah finally out here on the east coast. Her poetry is brilliant.

Comments

Peter said…
Collin: I'd love to see: "Why I Want To Be Pam Grier." I loved her in Jackie Brown.
Collin said…
Hey Peter...the Pam Grier poem originally appeared in Blaze. Here's the link. You may have to cut and paste it. This is the poem that's going to be in the Red Light Anthology...so I'm very excited.

http://www.sundress.net/blaze/vol1sum03content.html
Peter said…
Thanks, Collin. Great poem. Love it. Especially: "I want to pull a gun out of my hair/and blow your head off." Hahaha. And ending with the images from Jackie Brown, blurring the person and the persona. Wonderful.
Collin said…
Peter...thanks so much for your comments. I'm honored. I need to get you on my radio show The Business of Words soon. Love to hear you read some of your work and talk about poetics...Collin
Charles said…
Thanks for posting the Imbruglia info—I previewed some of the album and it sounds good. Much better than the other two (although I admit to being unable to part with her first album....even with its awful lyrics).
Peter said…
Collin: I'd love to. Never been to the south before (unless Duke University medical school counts?).
Ryan said…
I am talking to my Mom we will make it down soon. I think is something I need to do for me.
Collin said…
Ryan...that's cool. If you need directions or an idea of what to expect, just drop me a line....Collin

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