Monday, May 25, 2009

Poetry Reading and Art Exhibit Invitation

What is poetry if not art? I'll be be reading poetry on the theme Celebrating the Female; Spirit, Mind and Body at Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N. Ave 50, Highland Park, CA 90042 ( on May 30th, from 7-9 p.m.

The reading is in conjunction with artist-photographer J. Michael Walker ( His exhibit runs through to June 7. The subject is of "empathic images wherein the revealed body discloses the essence within." I have seen some of these nude photos and they are fantastic. The one in this post has been decorously cropped, though that was hardly necessary. His photos of women--from the top of their heads to their tippy toes--are not the stuff of girly magazines but comments on beauty as surely as those paintings of Hans Holbein. Nobody would think of cropping his work.

Still, the world being what it is today, you must come to the studio to see Walker's work and to hear some poetry on subjects relating to women.

Hosting this presentation is my critique partner and mentor, Lois P. Jones. She is guest host of Poet's Café that airs at the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at noon on Pacifica Radio, KPFK 90.7 fm. Both of us will read. She is featured in one of Walker's works of art.

I hope many of my blog visitors can make it. It's not often one gets this combination of artwork with one's love of poetry. (-:

Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This Is the Place; Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered; Tracings, a chapbook of poetry; and two how to books for writers, The Frugal Book Promoter: How To Do What Your Publisher Won't and The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success. Her FRUGAL book for retailers is A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. She is also the author of the Amazon Short, "The Great First Impression Book Proposal". Some of her other blogs are, a blog where authors can recycle their favorite reviews. She also blogs at all things editing, grammar, formatting and more at The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor blog.

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