by Heather Cook
LEWISTON ARTS CENTER POETRY AND MUSIC
Lewiston Opera House, 732 Center St. Free for all members, $2 for others.
On Tuesday (6/9), come experience rich poetry and music presented in a 1960’s coffee house-style atmosphere, where folk-music and words come alive. Lewiston Council on the Arts (artcouncil.org) and Just Buffalo Literary Center (justbuffalo.org) collaborated to launch this new event. The featured poets Randy Rumley and Lynn Ciesielski, along with the musician Davey O will add new dimensions of the meaning “poetry reading.” The event is hosted by Perry Nicholas and Maria Sebastian-Nicholas. It will be considerably different than your average reading venue and/or theater. This is the perfect opportunity to absorb culture and mixed art medias.
PURE INK POETRY SLAM MAKES NATIONALS
The Pure Ink Poetry Slam runs monthly at the Gypsy Parlor (376 Grant Street), bringing poets and spectators together through spoken-words. This poetry collective has created quite a buzz across Buffalo and its surrounding area, recently registering as a certified slam by Poetry Slam Inc, the non-profit organization charged with overseeing the international union of poetry slams. Pure Ink’s relatable topics, wit and ability to move an audience through different moods also helped them feat the “Win and you’re in” slam, qualifying them for Nationals in August in Oakland, California.
According to Pure Ink, “the flight to Oakland and back is the most expensive part of this adventure” and they cannot do it alone. Because of this, The Pure Ink Poetry Slam has started a Gofundme (gofundme.com/njy7wk): a website that stands as a platform to raise money for various life events, from starting a business to getting through graduate school. Pure Ink’s goal is to raise $4,500 to pay for their flights. To date they have raised $377 on Gofundme.
Wouldn’t it be something to see Buffalo back in the National Poetry scene? Pure Ink appreciates the community’s support thus far, and so they would like to return the favor and “represent you well at Nationals and work hard to bring that title to Buffalo.”
Monday, 6/8: Don’t forget to join the kick-off Buffalo Reading Invasion flash mob event held this month at Bidwell Park, east of Elmwood Ave. The event begins at 7pm and is free. Bring a book, a chair/blanket, a friend, and join the community for an hour of quiet reading in one of Buffalo’s most popular public spaces.blog comments powered by Disqus
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