On Wednesday August 14th, 2013 Poets Network & Exchange’s Words Be Our Voice triumphed at Modern Restaurant & Lounge! The evenings featured poets were Mercy L. Tullis Bukhari, Lorraine Currelley, Charlie Giardino, Kevin Jenkins, Elizabeth Lara and Garito resident poet Peter Velotti. The evening started with guest being greeted by Poets Network & Exchange members. Mary A. Miller a long time Poets Network & Exchange supporter greeted guest and facilitated a surprise raffle. Five guest won poetry and literary anthologies.
Mercy L. Tullis Bukhari spoke of her experiences as a mother, relationships and lost. Mercy L. Tullis Bukhari is a new and exciting voice on the literary stage! We can look forward to hearing great things from this talented young poet and writer. Charlie Giardino shared thoughts of his beloved deceased wife Maryann and an older man meeting and being infatuated by a young woman. Kevin Jenkins opened with a joke, leaving the room in an explosion of laughter. Kevin Jenkin’s poems were inspirational and left us with lots of food for thought. Elizabeth Lara’s poems were historical and addressed life and societal issues. Some of her selections were infused with humor. Peter Velotti dedicated a love poem to his fiancee Mary A. Miller. Lorraine Currelley’s poem Una cancion para una Afro Latina encouraged Afro Latina to embrace her African ancestry with pride.
Open Mic guest were Francesca Barilla, Virginia Gilley and Kevin Stewart. Kevin Stewart a dynamic speaker spoke of his deceased son in a powerful and gripping poem. Francesca Barilla, petite power house spoke of sexism and the strength of a woman. Virginia Gilley paid tribute to the environment.
Thank you, to all guest in attendance. Special thank you to poet Cyd Charisse Fulton and poets/publishers Gary Johnston and CD Grant, Blind Beggar Press for their attendance and support of this event. Thank you, Mary A. Miller for your support and hosting the raffle! Thank you, Modern Restaurant & Lounge, you’re being commended on the service, professionalism and hospitality of your staff!
Poets Network & Exchange congratulates and thanks everyone who contributed to the success of Words Be Our Voice! Success does not happen in isolation, it indeed takes a village! Firstly, it takes a vision, commitment and work. As a result Poets Network & Exchange guest and members experienced a wonderful evening of spectacular poetry, exquisite fine dining, community and hospitality!
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