Poets & Events, TTOT

Ten Things of Thankful – October 23 2020

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Happy Friday and TTOT day! No, I did not move to the desert, but I ran into the photo when I was working on a project and just love the colors. So, what’s happening on this week? A lot, I would say, so let’s get the party started!

  1. You know I am going to tell you how excited I am about tomorrow’s event and I am thankful that we are getting there without too many hiccups. And you know I have to share about it! So, here it is. Ya know…it’s virtual, right? hint hint What it is to be a Woman

2. Another poetry book has been edited and produced for LaVan Robinson. I posted about it HERE

3. The Prolific Pulse Poetry Podcast is going well. I am learning as I go and the important thing is to be open to new things and positive changes. I am grateful to be learning. It’s good to challenge the brain.

4. Daughter has received fabric and patterns and is making scarves and bunnies for folks who are in need. I am so proud and grateful. She is also making masks for folks.

5. Remote controls. What did we do before them? Oh yeah, get up or leave it on the same channel. Daughter’s remote took a dive and I think it has resulted in an appreciation for such devices.

6. Animal photos. I love to look at cute animal photos. In these days of news blasts and political mumbo jumbo, it’s nice to watch kittens and puppies and other critters having fun.

7. Bravery of a sweet soul with coming forth about abuse. I am grateful that they found the courage and they know they have the support.

8. The ability to pray and send positives to those in need. There has been an upswing in these requests and I am grateful that I am asked to do this. It means somebody believes I do what I am asked and I do.

9. A sense of humor. We all need a good laugh and I get tickled a lot by my friend, Missy and her blog Midlife Margaritas. She interviewed this comedian and I think it is worth sharing. Be sure to view the video. Another Hilarious Woman in Comedy: Meet Tara Brown

10. YOU! So, are you coming to the table this week, because we always have something good to serve up! Let’s see what you have in your covered dish.

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Marcella Remund – LaVan Robinson – Maxima Kahn Presenting at Poet’s Connection September 26 2020

Marcella Remund

MARCELLA REMUND is a native of Omaha, Nebraska, and a South Dakota transplant, where she teaches English at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She is the author of a chapbook of poems, The Sea is My Ugly Twin (2018 Finishing Line Press) and a full-length collection The Book of Crooked Prayer (2020 Finishing Line Press). She and her husband live in a multi-generational, multi-species household in Vermillion. 

The Book of Crooked Prayer

Remund will be reading from her latest book of poetry The Book of Crooked Prayer on Saturday, September 26 as one of three featured poets for the special Poet’s Connection presentation.

LaVan Robinson

LAVAN ROBINSON is a 13 year veteran of the military. Born as Larry Richardson he started writing poetry in high school and as of this January 2020, he self published his first poetry book. Richardson shared, “I love poetry and will use it to inspire people and bring them closer to God.” He writes under the pen name of LaVan Robinson in honor of his mother, Mary Robinson. His poetry book Songs of Lala is available by direct contact.

Robinson will be reading from his latest poetry book Songs of Layla the poet Part 1 on September 26 at the Poet’s Connection special event.

Maxima Kahn

MAXIMA KAHN is a writer of poetry, essays and fiction. Her debut collection of poems, Fierce Aria, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2020. Her work has been featured in numerous literary journals and on popular blogs and she has twice been nominated for Best of the Net. She has received scholarships and fellowships to the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and the Vermont Studio Center. 

Her popular workshops and one-on-one mentoring in poetry, creative writing and The Artist’s Way have helped hundreds of people to unleash their creative gifts, realize their aspirations and create lives of passion, purpose and deep play. Having taught formerly at the University of California, Davis Extension, she now teaches and blogs at BrilliantPlayground.com. You can get intimate, insider access to her creative projects and process at Patreon.com/MaximaKahn.

She is also an improvisational violinist, an award-winning composer and a dancer.

Fierce Aria
Fierce Aria

Kahn will be reading from her latest book of poetry Fierce Aria at the Poet’s Connection Event on September 26.

Poet’s Connection was started before the pandemic changed lives. We met in person in Raleigh NC and from then on became virtual. We have participated in many activities to strengthen our lives as poets. With workshops, such as the one conducted by Justine Quammie last month, to learning poetic forms, writing to art inspired themes, and supporting each other, Poet’s Connection has been a lot of things to the area poets.

By presenting these poets from other parts of the country, we are able to hear words from as far as California, Pennsylvania, and South Dakota. Nonetheless, our own poets will have opportunities to share their works, as well.

We are grateful for Living Poetry, the largest network of poets in the area. They organize the Meetup events for Living Poetry, run a great website livingpoetry.net Facebook Page Living Poetry and Podcast. I encourage you to check out these resources.

Here is the link for Meetup on September 26 at 10 a.m. ET to noon.

It is preferred that attendees register for the Meetup event. If this is not possible, please message me via the Contact form on this blog and I will follow-up.