Congratulations Poets & Writers, Inc. on your Sixth Annual Connecting Cultures: Cross Cultural Reading! On April 23rd, 2015 I had the privilege and honor to participate in this yearly event. My organization Poets Network & Exchange, Inc. was one of four organizations selected. We were acknowledged for our service to our literary community. Representing a diversity of organizations funded by Poets & Writers. Funding which enables our respective organizations to offer payment to our featured poets and writers. Individually we thanked Poets & Writers, Inc. for helping to make our programming possible.
Poets representing each organization had to introduce via brief biography and read a poem or prose piece by an ancestor poet.
I arrived early at La Casa Azul Bookstore with featured reading Edward D. Currelley. We were both met with welcoming greetings by Founder and Owner of La Casa Azul Aurora Anaya-Cerda and staff. La Casa Azul is a reader and lover of books dream. It’s filled with colorful books and its walls are adorned with beautiful art. Books are in Spanish and English. My favorite artwork is that of the beloved Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. While exploring the La Casa Azul I found myself happily engaged in conversation with patrons and Raul K. Rios, Latinos NYC one of the four selected organizations. Soon others joined in and we took photographs.
Groups selected represented a diverse community of poets and writers. They were Brooklyn Community Pride Center with featured readers Arhm Choi and Marshall Thomas introduced by Bianca Garcia. Kundiman featured readers Sahra Vang Nguyen and Monica Sok were introduced by Vikas Menon. Raul K. Rios, Latinos NYC introduced featured readers and Poets Network & Exchange, Inc. , Inc. featured readers Heather Archibald and Edward D. Currelley were introduced by Lorraine Currelley.
Connecting Cultures: Cross Cultural Featured Readers
Bonnie Rose Marcus, Director, Readings & Workshops (East) and the Writers Exchange welcomed guests and introduced Elliot Figman, Executive Director of Poets & Writers, Inc. She then turned the program over to Wo Chan, Program Assistant, Readings & Workshops (East) who introduced selected groups. It was a fun, wonderful and inspiring evening of incredible poets and writers and passionate readings. Audience members interacting with readers. There were shouts of approval as each organization representative read.
Poets Network & Exchange, Inc. is proud of the wonderful readings of our member representatives Heather Archibald and Edward D. Currelley. Heather Archibald’s ancestor poet was former professor and friend the late Virginia Ruth Scott who died in 2014 after a short bout with cancer. Heather Archibald read Virginia Ruth Scott’s poem Snow. Edward D. Currelley’s ancestor poet was Pablo Neruda and he read Neruda’s poem Poetry.
Connecting Cultures: Cross Cultural Audience Celebrants
Thank you, Poets & Writers, Inc., Aurora Anaya-Cerda, Founder and Owner, La Casa Azul Bookstore and Elliot Figman, Executive Director, Poets & Writers, Inc. and our fellow literary community, family and friends who came out to celebrate and support.
To learn more about La Casa Azul Bookstore
Read more about Poets & Writers, Inc. Readings/Workshops program www.pw.org/funding.
©Lorraine Currelley 2015. All Rights Reserved. (Photo Credit Lorraine Currelley)