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Book Launch – LaVan Robinson’s – January 2022 Debut “Hard Pressed”

Come to the Book Launch and Open Mic event on January 23 at 6 p.m. EST

Bring your poetry and share in this event. It’s going to be fun!

LaVan will be reading from his books to date and hopes to hear your fine works.

Available on Prolific Pulse .com

Event Link on Meetup.com

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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.

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Poets Coming Together to Do Poetic Kinds of Things

Photo by S O C I A L . C U T on Unsplash

What is poetry to you? Does it bring joy to your life? Is it a release from stress? Is it a way to send a message about social justice? Is it a way to express love? Is it a tool to balance your brain? Does it make the rest of life make sense?

As you can see here, poetry affects us in multiple ways. It is not all roses and French colognes. It is messy. It smells acrid. It rustles up souls. It raises awareness. It shows appreciation. It releases bad dreams. It even conjures up dreams. It creates restless dreams, calling the poet up at 4 a.m. because they are visited with poetry. The list goes on.

How about joining us at Poet’s Connection and sharing the beauty of poetry?

On September 26 at 10 a.m. until noon Eastern Time Zone, poets will be coming together for a special event. Poet’s Connection has been meeting monthly and went online because of the pandemic. We gather each month to share what we have written, to learn new forms, to interact with other poets, to support each other. And we bring in guests. Last month we had a workshop with Justine Quammie. This month we are being visited by three poets who will share their works.

We will come together at 10 a.m. Eastern Time and readings will begin at 10:15. We gives us time to get into the room and share. After the last reading, we will also have time for sharing.

As Poet’s Connection is a virtual event, this allows for others to be involved. Who knows when there will be the possibility of in person meetings? Online meetings will continue, regardless of when in person meetings start back. This is because there is an apparent need for online meetings, especially for those of us who cannot get to in-person meetings, as well as offering a more international approach.

Who, you may be asking, is going to present as the special guests on September 26, 2020? Well, here is the scoop.

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.

Kahn will be reading from her latest book of poetry, Fierce Aria.

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Larry Richardson AKA LaVan Robinson

Larry Richardson is a 13 year veteran of the military. Richardson started writing poetry in high school and have of this January self published my 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 penname of LaVon Robinson in honor of his mother, Mary Robinson. His poetry book, The Song of Lala, available by direct contact.

Richardson will be reading from his poetry book, Songs of Layla the poet.

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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.

Remund will be reading from her newest book, The Book of Crooked Prayer.

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Poet’s Connection

This poetry meeting will be via Meetup. A link will be posted for those who RSVP. If you are not on Meetup, but wish a link, please contact me on this platform and I will respond. @ljtomey

Link for Poet’s Connection Meetup