What a great day for our nation and a difficult day for the world. The crisis in North Africa; the war in Mali, snows in Paris and not much of anything in New York. Continue reading
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Master Writing Class—Seven Weeks: from Winter to Spring at CALABAR IMPORTS
Master Class for accomplished poets and writers. The focus will be on generating new work, revision and prosody. This is the fourth year of this class. Continue reading
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The Millay Colony for the Arts Workshop Retreats 0f 2012 with Carole Maso and Tracie Morris; Weekend Workshops with Frances Richard, Rachel Levitsky and Christian Hawkey, and Patricia Spears Jones.
Patricia Spears Jones is the author of three collections books of poetry: Painkiller, Femme du Monde, and The Weather That Kills. Jones was the co-editor for Ordinary Women: Poems of New York City Women. Continue reading
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Tagged Carole Maso, Christian Hawkey, Femme du Monde, Millay Colony, Ordinary Women: Poems of New York City Women, Painkiller, Patricia Spears Jones, Poetry Project, Rachel Levitsky, Sometimes it becomes a crutch, St. Mark's Church, The Weather That Kills, Tracie Morris; Weekend Workshops with Frances Richard
Listen to the HW Radio Podcast show with host Danny Tisdale as he talks with poets Patricia Spears Jones and Harlemite Eliza B as they read from their work and discuss poetry month.
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Today Tuesday, April 24th, at 2 pm, listen here. Continue reading
Up South, Inc.
VOICES AND VISIONS OF NEW AMERICAN DREAMS
Celebrate the release of Farai Chideya’s fiction debut, Kiss the Sky. Hear memoirist Lori
Tharps, poet Patricia Spears Jones, and Farai Chideya read excerpts from their latest books and
dialogue with these dynamic authors about their lives and work.
In celebration of national Poetry Month, we asked friend and poet Patricia Spears Jones to contribute work of her art for the celebration.
Here’s a work titled Audra MacDonald sings “Come to Jesus”. Patricia stated that the, “Audra MacDonald poem was started during the Presidential campaign”:
Audra MacDonald sings “Come to Jesus”
Where once the dream was to find delight in the berry’s moisture
Or in the moist hands of a dark eyed suitor
Where once the dream was to weep as the lover scandalized
Or walk dark roads un-brutalized
When once the dream was unfurled, a flag for waving
To wake each morning with the possibility
to charm the valley
or build a city.
Where once the walk was head high and bright-eyed
There is now talk of unlimited power.
Whose hands will hold it?
What will manifest?
Where will the riots start? What spells will break?
Where are the plutocrats’ tunnels?
Who will dam them up?
Patricia Spears Jones
The Schomburg Reading Room: Writers on the Cutting Edge
January 29, March 19 and April 23
Jones moderates three evenings of conversation between acclaimed writers in this new literary series curated by Quincy Troupe. Jones will host ‘Singing through the Evocative Language of Poetry,’ with Victor Hernandez Cruz and Ntozake Shange, ‘The Powerful Masters,’ a conversation between Lucille Clifton and Ishmael Reed, and will moderate a conversation between Pulitzer Prize Winners Junot Diaz and Rita Dove.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 135th Street and Lenox Avenue, New York, NY