Monday, May 28, 2018

Sistah Joy Alford

Poet Sistah Joy has published a new website  with information about her work, her writing and her ministry with words. “Poetry allows spirits to take flight and soar,” she writes, and within a few seconds of scrolling, one can see just how her words have moved so many—poets and non-poets alike—to reach beyond complacency towards an energetic field where potential is just the beginning.

We hope you’ll take a minute to go to Sistah Joy’s page and relish all that’s there.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

A Splendid Wake 6: Check Out Our Video!

Our sixth year came to an end with a truly wonderful program, and we are so grateful to those of you who came to the event, as well as to this year’s speakers: A.B. Spellman, Kim Roberts, Truth Thomas, Maritza Rivera and Abdul Ali. The book raffle was a big success and several guests went home one inscribed book richer that afternoon.

Of course, none of this could have been done without the tireless work of the committee, and you’ll be reading more about them in another blog post.

You say you wish you’d been there?  Well, have a look at this year’s video, put together by the talented videography company, C and C Video:

Sunday, January 28, 2018

A Splendid Wake 5: Last Year’s Program on YouTube

Many thanks to Racheal Langosh for her videotape talents. And while you’re here, check out Barbara Goldberg’s talk about the late poet Moshe Dor. David Fry reads a tribute to Nan Fry; Myra Sklarew, along with the 2017 Youth Poet Laureate of Prince George’s County, Samantha Jackson, and 2017 Youth Poet Ambassador Isaiah Holloway  presents a multi-vocal tribute to Sterling Brown and the Howard University Poets. Patrick Washington shares a multi-media reminiscence of the history of the DC poetry slam. Kimberly Schraf and Jaqueline Jules present a lively discussion of kid’s poetry in DC. And the young poets share poems by Gwendolyn Brooks in order to honor her.

We were fortunate to have DC poet Ginger Ingalls emcee for us.