October 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Informal reading, reception, and refreshments to celebrate the newest issue of the Birmingham Arts Journal.
Bring your friends. Introduce them to the writers and artists whose creations appear in this edition of the BAJ.
Hosted by the Leeds Area Open Circle Poets & the Leeds Arts Council
Escape the heat and come to the Open Circle Poetry Group on Monday, July 25, 6:30 (note time change).
Here are suggestions for writing, if you need a jumpstart:
1) Summer heat – It doesn’t necessarily have to be about the weather; there are all kinds of summer heat. Politics?
2) Continue with the “This Is Where I’m From” template and poem.
3) Bring an award-winning selection to read. We are eager to hear Ramey Channell’s two winners from the 2016 Alabama Writers’ Conclave. Congratulations, Ramey. Well done!
4) Bring something that you’re working on. We’re good sounding boards.
“Other Things” – Consider attending these events:
• Thursday, July 28, 6:30 – Birmingham Arts Journal reading and reception (free) at Mountain Brook Emmet O’Neal Library. This is the Hackney Award edition, and Frank Dawson will read his Hackney Award-winning poem. Congratulations, Frank.
Leeds Area Open Circle Poets
Monday, January 26, 6:30 pm – a little earlier than usual
Leeds Arts Center in Downtown Leeds
8140 Parkway Drive, Leeds 35094
Cool refreshments, of course!
Thank you to the Leeds Tribune for keeping its readers up-to-date on our events here at the Leeds Arts Council!
Dear Poetry Fans:
It’s Mardi Gras time! If you plan to attend the Open Circle Poetry Group meeting, you’ve picked a good month to do it. We’ll have beads and refreshments, and we’ll be in a playful mood. The meeting will be Tuesday evening, January 26, at 7:00. (Normally we meet on Monday, but it’s Tuesday this time!)
Some of you may have poems you composed about the holidays – Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year – so bring those if you have them. The poetry challenge for this meeting is “Mask” – whatever that means to you. If you have time, see what you can create with that topic. After we hear your poem(s), let’s think about what form you used and how you crafted the final product. And, as always, you don’t have to write/read a poem at all. We love our poetry listeners!
Monday September 28 at 7:00 pm LAC hosts the Leeds Area Open Circle Poets meeting. From Joan Dawson: “Have you been outside to revel in the signs of the change of seasons, the change from flowers to seed dispersal, the visitations from bees, wasps, butterflies? Can you write a poem about the change of the seasons or about the changes in your garden or yard? Or about the signs of preparing for new life next year? Or about your own preparations?
Listen to your muse and just write. You choose the topic if the ones above don’t work for you. Please bring copies of your poems if you can.
In addition to reading our poems and enjoying refreshments, we’ll make plans to host the Birmingham Arts Journal meeting on October 29.. Please think of how you can help with refreshments.”