Last weekend, I had the chance to read with a jazz band and some other poets at the AFA Gallery, as part of the weekly drawing social. At first, the challenge of reading with a band was not easy, and I may have read a little too fast through the first two poems or so, but after a while, I feel into a groove, and slowed down the rhythm for the band to chime in, which featured a harp, sax, cello, and drums. As I said during the reading, I’m a fan of combining art forms as a way to draw other people in who may not care about poetry, or jazz, or art. I hope to participate in more events like this in the future. Here are some pictures that my friend Rich Howells took. He also read and was a co-organizer of the event.
This Saturday, I’m reading at the Hawley Silk Mill with my friends and fellow writers Alexis Czencz Belluzzi and Susan Luckstone Jaffer. Following our reading, there will be a Q and A session and open mic. Check it out if you’re in the area. I haven’t been to this venue yet, but I’m excited to read there.