WELCOME TO POETRY LP LIVE! On May 21st San Diego's badass independent publisher, Puna Press, hosted an insanely awesome beautiful rowdy poetic musical cool fun loud quiet eclectic event entitled Poetry LP. It was held out one of Puna's personal favorite spots: The Whistle Stop Bar in South Park, San Diego. The event served as a release party for the new poetry books by Anna Zappoli and Adam Greenfield. It was also the first time in a long time that all of Puna's writers were together in one place and each of them did a special reading, along with several other wildly talented San Diego poets and a musical performance by the groovy Dani Bell & the Tarantist. Hosted by Puna's own Ted Washington, Poetry LP was more than just an excuse (though we did indeed party hard), it was an occasion which brought together a real family of artists and writers to share one another's company, work...and a beer (or five). This Say Something, Anything special is a series of the captured recordings by Puna Press's writers from Poetry LP. So power through them all or listen to each one at your leisure, but either way join the drunken love-fest, as Ted says in his intro: "We're having the party now."
More on Adam Greenfield and the purchase of his book, Regarding the Money, can be found at: http://punapress.com/contributors/adam-greenfield/
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Spoken word poet Rolland Tizuela tells the full story of how he went from backpacking across the Pacific Rim to founding the super rad art / poetry group, Glassless Minds (Try and figure that one out. Or just read about it on their Facebook page.) The story is part kismet (something about a disappearing guy with an espresso machine), part pure love (think secretly placing hand-bound poetry books into the shelves at Barnes & Noble), and includes Rolland’s own induction into the fascinating world of spoken word. Star Wars metaphors, 8 Mile references, and another bar. We talk about finding your own voice, and though Rolland came into slam poetry learning from some of the “heavy hitters” as he puts it, his own voice is loud and clear, and evident through the TRULY incredible poems he reads (and has memorized). Don’t miss this one. And stick around for – or at least skip ahead to – the Columbus poem at the end.
Glassless Minds: https://www.facebook.com/glasslessminds
Urban Spellbook: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7sUZutTAsdruOJM7AdMNtw/videos
In the very first episode of poetry podcast "Say Something, Anything", renowned San Diego poet Chris Vannoy reads two of his beat-esque poems. He also addresses teaching poetry in the academic setting and how that can stifle creativity. His solution? Poetry in bars, open mics, performing with musicians. Chris Vannoy reads his poetry with an exuberance which parallels his belief that poetry is exciting, unexpected, and the best way to connect with an audience.Chirs Vannoy's new poetry book, available on Amazon, is Strange Summer.