Poetpalooza 2012

Happy National Poetry Month everyone! I hope you’re writing a poem-a-day and getting out to some awesome readings (and giving some awesome readings!). Thinking of readings, there is a very cool event coming up in a few weeks – Poetpalooza! The Reservoir Dogwoods will be heading the closing night! Very exciting!

Get all the details at the official Facebook event page.

Here is a brief description: 

Village Lights will host POETPALOOZA 2012: A Tri-State Poetry Summit, Friday, April 27th, through Sunday, April 29th, with hourly readings and signings by sixteen acclaimed poets from our region (IN, KY, OH), including two published poets from Madison and five Poets Laureate of Kentucky and Indiana, in a flow-through setting. Come for one, or come for all! Live music Friday evening with The Chestnuts. Community open mic session Saturday evening. Sunday the Dogwoods are damming the Ohio! Why? Because we’re the beavers of the poetry kingdom.

Here is the line up:

Friday, April 27

5:00p Live music with The Chestnuts

6:00p Richard Hague & Michael Henson (OH)

8:00p Live music with The Chestnuts

Saturday, April 28

1:00p Jack Ramey, Professor of English, IU Southeast (IN)

2:00p Richard Taylor, Kentucky Poet Laureate, 1999-2001

3:00p Karen Kovacik, Indiana Poet Laureate, 2011-2012

4:00p The Airpoets (IN)

7:00p Community Open Mic Night

Sunday, April 29

1:00p Jill Kelly Koren (IN)

2:00p Jonathan Greene (KY)

3:00p Maureen Morehead, Kentucky Poet Laureate, 2011-2012

4:00p Reservoir Dogwoods (IN)


The Blood an Bone Show – Spoken Word Tour!

Let’s hit the road again! I’ll be hitting the road with my good friend and fellow Reservoir Dogwood, Matthew Jackson. We’ve been meaning to tour together for a while and he has a new, nifty book out in November so it all came together like a tasty, tasty cake. We’ll be doing old pieces, new pieces, duet pieces, and all kinds of hijinks. You’ll just have to see it to believe it! Check out the events page for more information!


Laboring Over Labor Day Weekend

Greetings One and All: I hope everyone has had a fantastic summer. Mine has been extremely grand and busy. Sadly, summer doesn’t have the same magic as when you’re in school. Sure, it’s nice outside but the air isn’t as sweet with possibility. But at least it’s not cold.

Anyway, I’ll be taking part in the 4th St. Festival in Bloomington this Labor Day weekend. There is a Spoken Word Stage and that’s where I’ll be. I have a solo set on Saturday and a set with the Reservoir Dogwoods on Sunday. Here is the Facebook event page for all the details.

Have a great holiday, and perhaps I’ll see you at the festival. Cheers!

The Big Show with Buddy Wakefield

Buddy Wakefield Poetry Performance at YES Cinema

Columbus, IN.  Performance poet Buddy Wakefield appears at YES Cinema on Sunday, September 12 at 7pm. Indiana’s own spoken word group, Reservoir Dogwoods, will be opening Wakefield’s show.

Born in Shreveport, LA, Wakefield now calls Seattle his home.  In 2001 he left his position as the executive assistant at a biomedical firm in Gig Harbor, WA, sold or gave away everything he owned and “set out to live for a living,” touring North American poetry venues.  Since then, he has shared the stage with nearly every notable performance poet in the world.

Local poet Matthew Jackson of Reservoir Dogwoods arranged for Wakefield to appear at YES Cinema which is managed by Lincoln-Central Neighborhood Family Center (LCNFC).  “We’re very fortunate to have this internationally known poet appear in Columbus,” said Jackson.  “I’m also pleased that the Reservoir Dogwoods will have a chance to share the stage with him.”

Buddy Wakefield is one of the nation’s most notable performance poets, known for delivering raw, rounded, high vibration performances of humor and heart.  In 2004 and 2005 he won the Individual World Poetry Slam Championships, a competition where poets recite original work and are judged not only on their poetry, but the manner of deliver and passion behind their words.

Advance tickets for the performance are $10 for adults and $5 for students.  At the door tickets will be $12 for adults and $7 for students.  Tickets can be purchased at YES Cinema.  For additional information, please call LCNFC at 812-379-1630 or visit www.lcnfc.org.

The Columbus Area Arts Council is a public, not-for-profit corporation supported by private donations, the City of Columbus, the State of Indiana through the Indiana Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For Immediate Release

Date:  7-28-10

Contact Person:  Donna Stouder

Marketing and Public Relations Director

Columbus Area Arts Council

417 Third Street

Columbus, IN  47201

Phone:  812.376.2534

Fax:  812.376-2589



Reservoir Dogwoods @ Columbus, IN this Friday

This Friday the Reservoir Dogwoods are performing at the Still Frames Art Gallery in Columbus (IN). We haven’t given a feature performance since May so I’m stoked to get back on the stage with Jason, Matthew and Tony. We always have a great time with some great poetry and great crowds.

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about the group pieces I do with the Dogwoods. I think may throw in some more performance elements to our pieces. And I don’t even know what this means but something more “artsy.” And this may be something I think about for our entire show. Gonna have to think about this.

You should come out to the show on Friday. You’re gonna hear some new poems from the Dogwoods, and there will be beer. What else do you want?