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Poetry Event Tomorrow!


Come check out an amazing group of poets at the Shadow Lounge in East Liberty from 7-9 pm Tuesday, September 29. This is going to be an amazing event with poetry that will truly blow your mind. You don’t want to miss this!!

The tour is called the ELEPHANT ENGINE HIGH DIVE REVIVAL- the most compelling and notable Spoken Word experience- and will include performances by Buddy Wakefield, Anis Mojgani, Derrick Brown, Shira Erlichman and Andrea Gibson. The Revival will travel the country reviving, redeeming and relieving audiences of the heaviness of their lives, ushering scalpels out of the bounce castle, taking out the trash, so you can dance on a clean floor. Born to inspire, the Revival has engaged American audiences for the last three years with its trapeze of the soul, its tightwire acts of the mind! This year’s carnival is the biggest ever, with a cast of international performance poetry champions who have graced stages from The Tonight Show to the House of Blues to San Quentin State Penitentiary!

The tour is a fun and interactive event, which draws together pertinent backgrounds, demographics, sexualities and race present on every campus. The tour is consistently asked back to colleges because it draw a huge crowd, inspires them, connects with them and most importantly SPEAKS to them.

To learn more, check out the website:


09 2009

Writing Workshop Starting Soon! (17)

I hope you’ve enjoyed the poetry that I’ve included on the site so far. This is a preview for the types of material that will be included in the “Discover Your Voice” writing workshop beggining in November here in Pittsburgh. The workshop will explore poetry, short stories, dramatic monologues, and nonfiction articles and essays that touch on some of the themes associated with sexual violence.

Participants will learn elements of storytelling such as character, setting, voice, dialogue, etc and practice writing narrative poetry, spoken word poetry, and prose. There will also be a public speaking element woven into the workshop, because effective communication is so important when it comes to expressing your story.

At the end of the workshop, participants will put on a Benefit Performance that highlights their creative work. Performing will be optional, but all participants will have the opportunity to use their voice and listen to the voices of others.

Stay posted for more specific information!


07 2009

It’s almost time!

The Blogathon is almost here!

Tomorrow, starting at 9 am, I will be blogging every half hour for 24 hours to help raise money for RAINN and to help build awareness about rape and sexual violence.

Thank you to all my amazing supporters – I could not do this without you! And if you haven’t had a chance to donate yet, there’s still time!

Click here to pledge to End the Silence Campaign!

Note: I may have told you that I was blogging starting at 6 am. It turns out the Blog-a-thon begins at 6 am PACIFIC time, so here in Pittsburgh, the fun starts at 9!


07 2009

Blogathon 2009!!


Sponsor Me and Raise Money for RAINN!

I will be blogging all day Saturday July 25th to raise money for RAINN! This will be an intense day (every half hour for 24 hours!!) of blogging, so pledge to support me and follow the blog starting at 6 am on July 25th! If you want to show your support for the End the Silence Campaign and RAINN, please click here!

Sponsor End the Silence


07 2009

Great Writing Opportunity!

Safer Society Press (  is interested in receiving submissions of well-crafted, creative literature—poems, essays, short stories, and short plays—written by survivors of sexual abuse. The submissions are being considered for a forthcoming national literary anthology the press is planning. Entries can be about the experience itself, its short-term or long-term impacts, survival and/or recovery from such an experience, or other related, relevant topics.
Please limit short stories, plays, and essays to a maximum of 2,500
words in length; poems should be no longer than two pages in length.
Each submission needs to be accompanied by contact information for the author that includes, if at all possible, name, mailing address, phone number, and email address. Considering the sensitivity of the material to be published, full names of perpetrators will not be used, although, when appropriate, first names can be used. In most instances in the anthology, the press would prefer to publish submissions under authors’ first names, but in other instances will allow full names, a pen name, or the use of “anonymous.” A small honorarium will be paid to authors whose work is published in the forthcoming anthology.
*Please send submissions both by snail mail and email by August 15, 2009*. Please mail submissions to Marjorie Ryerson, Editorial Director, Safer Society Press, P.O. Box 340, Brandon, VT 05733. Please email the same submissions to [email protected]. Mailed materials will not be returned unless accompanied by an SASE. For questions, write the editor at [email protected], or phone 802-247-3132.


06 2009