Highlights from the Long Beach Poetry Festival

They should call it the Long Beach Poetry Marathon, as that’s what it seems when you walk in and encounter nothing but a stage, a gaggle of chairs, and a day’s long list of poets. But the Long Beach Poetry Festival, doesn’t feel like a race, or a competition. The day goes by like a breeze. It is one of the most enjoyable days of poetry I’ve ever experienced. The level of talent was beyond even what I had expected. So, thank you to the festival and it’s awesome team of hosts and organizers for both bringing the event to Long Beach for the 4th year in a row and for inviting me to read. It was a great day.

Wonderful hosts and organizing team, from left to right: Clint Margrave, Tamara Madison, Kevin Lee, Donna Hilbert, and Paul Tayyar Photo by Clint Margrave
Festival Program. All the awesome graphic design was done by Kevin Lee. Photo by Robert Jay
Clint Margrave hosting
Clint Margrave hosting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I got caught on camera in all kinds of strange poses while reading prose poems from my manuscript. Thanks to my kind friends for capturing the magic. 

Photo by Victoria McCoy
Photo by Victoria McCoy
Photo by Thomas R. Thomas
Photo by Thomas R. Thomas
Photo by Denise R. Weuve
Photo by Denise R. Weuve

Talent on top of talent!  Photo by Shawnte Orion
Talent on top of talent!    Photo by Shawnte Orion
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Books!

 

 

 

 

 

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Staring at the spread on the Gatsby Books table, I could have easily spent $100 on worthy reads. I settled for just three, but I’m very excited by these picks. I’ve already read 1 1/2 of them! It was an especially cool thing to meet Shawnte Orion and discover we have mutual friends in Phoenix, AZ. His book, The Existentialist Cookbook was a delicious read. I marked at least 8 poems in the book as my favorites (an honor reserved for about 4-5 poems in most poetry books). One of the most quotable lines was “I try to ignore missing you in the hush of the fireworks.” Mmmm-mm! Let’s all consider this day a success.