poetry

Josue Vazquez

An international evening of dance, music and literature is planned for Wednesday night. Sponsored by Alianza Latinoamericana, the evening starts off with dance--specifically, the Tango. Don't know how to Tango? Josue Vazquez says not a problem.

"We will have a tango lesson--Argentine Tango lesson. My friend Manuel Lobo will be teaching the lesson. We have a large selection of tangos. It will be basic tango for people who never done it. If somebody is there has done it before, we can accommodate them, too."

For over 40 years Wings Press has publishing works of poetry – fiction and non-fiction. As a small and remarkable independent publisher it has fought to bring diverse voices into the world. Bryce Milligan has been the man behind the press for most of those years. Milligan is an accomplished writer himself and has recently published his own book of poetry “Take to the Highway.”

Milligan’s work is being celebrated at Bihl Haus Arts Saturday from 2 to 4 with An Afternoon with Bryce Milligan – along with a retrospective exhibit of his book design work.

The way Jimmy Santiago Baca tells it, poetry saved his life — but he's not speaking in hyperbole. Long before the poet won an American Book Award, Baca was in prison on a drug conviction, where he was facing down a prison-yard fight with another inmate.

Baca sought padding however he could get it.

Fame is the coin of the realm in today's media world where the unaccomplished Kardashians are exalted and everyone is only a YouTube video infection away from enjoying the quick-to-fade-glitter of celebrity.

But what is fame? Is it just having your name on the lips of the masses? Why do so many today want to be well known? Or can one be famous to just one person?

The poem "Famous" is one of Naomi Shihab Nye’s most famous works. Shihab Nye has written more than two dozen books of poetry. Her poem "Famous" has been illustrated in a new book by Lisa Desimini.

Writing can be therapeutic and reading makes us feel less alone--these aren't very original ideas but they bear repeating because they are so true.

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