Poetry Café Bellas Artes

Thursday, March 21, 5-6pm
Bellas Artes, Hernández Macías 75

Poetry Café Bellas Artes

Poetry Café Bellas Artes presents:
Readings from Fridays at Ten: Six Poets Meet in San Miguel

by Sallie Kravetz
On March 21st, Poetry Café Bellas Artes will host the launch of Fridays at Ten: Six Poets Meet in San Miguel. The poetry anthology features works by US and San Miguel poets who have been meeting during winter months for the past three years. The poets' geographical homes are spread far and wide. So too are the scope, breadth, and depth of the poems they will read.

Master poet and former educator Beth Spencer conceived the idea to create the book. She designed, edited and coordinated twenty-seven revisions by email, cell phone, and Adobe Send and Track from her Minnesota home. The poets featured in the book are:

Lois Read (Connecticut) is a retired art teacher and painter turned poet, who is active in San Miguel Playreaders, the Poetry Cafe and Sunday Poetry Share. Lois has produced three chapbooks and six poetry collections. Some are illustrated with her watercolors.

Libbe Dennard (Texas) is a fourth-generation Texan. Finishing Line Press published her chapbook, A Journey. She is completing an MFA in creative writing at the University of Arkansas. Her work appeared in Solamente en San Miguel, Volume III.

Kristen Hall (North Carolina) had two of her poems submitted by the North Carolina Poetry Society for consideration in the recent selection of North Carolina's Ninth Poet Laureate. Another poem is included in the society's annual anthology, Pinesong.

Bernadine Lortis (Minnesota) began concentrating seriously on writing in June 2016. Since then Bernie has had fiction, creative nonfiction, flash fiction and poetry published in over 20 online journals and anthologies.

Sallie Kravetz (Maryland and San Miguel) authored Ethel Ennis: The Reluctant Jazz Star, the biography of a Baltimore Jazz legend. Sallie also authored photobooks Streetwalk: Mexico City, Afternoon in the Drawing Room, and Sitges, Barcelona. Her work is included in Solamente en San Miguel, Volume III. Sallie is a member of the Poetry Cafe Advisory Planning Committee.

Beth Spencer (Minnesota) published Mill Door and C- in Conduct. Her poetry has appeared in a wealth of publications including: Oasis, Solamente en San Miguel, Martin Lake Poetry Journal and in several online journals. Recently, a poem was selected for an artist-poet collaboration at the Crossings at Carnegie in Zumbrota, MN.

Fridays at Ten: Six Poets Meet in San Miguel will be available for purchase at $200p.

Founded in January 2016, Poetry Café meets on the third Thursday, September through April. It is an all-volunteer organization featuring local and visiting poets (established and emerging) who share their work in a casual setting.

Please arrive a few minutes early. Seating is limited.

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