Most poetry was meant to be spoken, to have life breathed into it by its human interpretator. On a cold Saturday morning in Pittsburgh, 7 highschool aged competitors recited three poems each from memory and did so with with poise and style. White Gardenia Press thanks Mary Brenholz, of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Pennsylvania Arts Council for this fine event. The winner of this event will advanced to the regional contest and if advanced there, to the national contest. The event was held February 8, 2014 from 10 to 1pm and was sponsored by Pittburgh Filmmakers and The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, at the Melwood Screening Room in Pittsburgh.For more details explore online.
It is a rainy afternoon in the Bloomfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Lovers on the way to a late lunch or early dinner hold hands as they walk. Italian men and women smile and say hello. Little Italy, with silky, warm rain cascading down. It is just the right time to look for books. The Muse Stand Bookstore is one of three book stores on Liberty Avenue which offers books that vary highly between stores and reading preferences catered to therein. The other two bookstores are Big Idea and The Eastend book exchange. Find your books. Then, a nice expresso or pasta dinner. Afterwards, walk in the rain. You will never be happier than after you do these things. Oh, yes. The Muse Stand just added two comfy new red leather chairs. Enjoy them. They are positioned right by a nice view of lovely Liberty Avenue.
Nature and poetry go so well together. The University of Pittsburgh’s campus is both urban yet has trees and beauty. September 25,2013 was a lovely day. The trees were still green. Handsome and beautiful students hussled back and forth coming and going to classes. Birds took flight and landed in the warm summer air and poetry was read at Schenley Plaza under the curation of an excellent poet named Jay Carson. The poets included Christine Dorien Michaels, Michael Schneider and Heather McNaugher. The poetry was well received. Even Pan and his wood nymph stood up and applauded. If one looks at the photograph’s left portion they will see a white tent. The poetry was held there. This was the last of a series of readings for the current year. Come next year and enjoy. It was just as lovely as what you see. The Porch is an eatery very near, there are also fast food vendors. The library is within sauntering distance and there are numerous stores in the whole if the Central Oakland area of Pittsburgh. Other luminaries at this reading included Judy Robinson and more.
The Big Idea is a tiny book store in the heart of Bloomfield , an urban neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Bloomfield has a few bookstores because the population of the area are very literate and artistic. On Thursday, September 26, 2013 Gretchen Primack read concerning animal rights from her book Kind. She also conversed with her audience concerning the vegan lifestyle and much more. The book was well received by the audience as many of them were vegan from a vegan group well-noted in Pittsburgh which meets at the Big Idea. Ms. Primack’s poetry will soon be available in audio for she will be interviewed by Jan Beatty, the best interviewer of poets in these Americas. Ms. Primack’s website and Jan Beatty’s Prosody archives can be found by simply googling either them or their projects.
As stated in our last post, the honorable Lois Greenberg has passed. Lois Greenberg was published not just locally but in major national periodicals and was a humantarian who cared about humankind and the community of the world. She had a wry wit and made keen observations about everything and everyone. She was warm and energetic through illness after illness. Those in Pittsburgh who knew her can attend her memorial service, May 9, 2013 at Laughlin Funeral Home in Mt. Lebanon. It is scheduled for 10:00 AM. But, please call the funeral home or visit their website for more information. The phone number for the funeral home is (412) 531-5100.
White Gardenia Poetry Press is very sad to report the death of long time, Pittsburgh-based poet, Lois Greenberg. Lois Greenberg was a brilliant woman, a instructor, a psychtherapist and a licensed clinical therapist. Her poems were well-crafted and sharing. She took care of a poet named Jack Wofford at a time when he needed support through his last months fighting unsuccessfully against cancer. She had a fabulous almost bawdy laugh and could deliver a joke and take one. She lived her life fully and without regret but with apt, joyful reflection. May her soul know a thousand fold the joy and support she gave here on earth on its way to heaven.
This is an excellent contest. Deadline forthcoming. Many tremendous college and university affiliated poets have won this one. Public poets can submit work, as well. Richard Blanco was published by this Press. There are some minority titles, as well. But, finding premier contests like this for any poet is difficult. Commercial publishers tend towards commercial work. If readers know of options for the public poet and even the University poet, please contact White Gardenia Poetry Press. We would be honored to publish the information. Mean while, read signatures from the University Of Pittsburgh Press. The poets are excellent. They will re-shape your concept of what poetry is and its territories. It is not a positive sign that more people in general do not read and understand the important sociological work of the poet. The deadline for this contest is very, very near.
When one sees poets read, their style and capabilities become very clear. Yona Harvey is a poet of integrity and character. Her book “Hemming The Water, ” has just been released. The book is an homage to what it is to be a wordsmith. This book can be purchased on Amazon.com. It is a powerful opus, oracular by nature.
White Gardenia Poetry Press wants to thank Mt. Lebanon Montesorri Elementary School of Pittsburgh, for inviting the editor to do three day long sessions of poetry with their students. The students wrote many poems.Their talent and interest both were very keen. Their curriculum allows for much needed time to explain poetry and its various forms. Thanks once again. May poetry blossom in you forever. You have excellent teachers who wrote poems themselves. This was a wonderful experience.
Writing and the other arts, the creative realms there are may indeed be the only “white walls” there are left in contemporary society. They are a forum of worth and can birth integrity, grit, earnest truths if that is what the writer or other creative person wishes… The California Quarterly is such a periodical of purpose and has just released volume 37, number 4. “Moon 22” by Russell Salamon is included, as well as “Lum De Day” by Michael Wurster. There is a piece by Michael Faran on page 43 which is very interesting. It is titled “If I Told You” and is dedicated to Robert Creely. In this edition, there are many high quality poems. Most of those have a personal, confessional fervor to them. A passion. California Quarterly is published in California but publishes writers from across the nation. As suggestion, if you decide to send, it takes only standard, mailed submissions and you may need to try a few times, establish a rapport with them. Read samples of the work. Have others make suggestions on your work before sending. You can find their information online. They respond not with form letters most times but caringly if time permits. This is very important in our era.