We are on day 7 of fundraising for The Poetry Circus! I’m delighted to say we are only $585.00 away from funding the return of The Los Angeles Poetry Circus. I’ve spoken with Juan, the owner of the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round, and he is happy to have us return Saturday, September 19th for the second (hopefully annual) Poetry Circus. As soon as we reach the $2,000.00 mark, I will begin planning and programing for this event.
Please give, share, and know we are very close to celebrating the return of The Poetry Circus to LA.
I have more great news for the world of Poetry Circuses! Traveler, teacher, writer, and advocate for the arts, Annette Schiebout, will be our co-producer for The Minneapolis Poetry Circus. We have tentatively scheduled this event for the weekend of July 24-26. Again, we must raise approximately $2,000 to produce a Poetry Circus in the home of Purple Rain.
Besides providing crafts for kids, a book fair, and free entertainment (poetic, musical, and performance), The Poetry Circus would also like to create a Poetry Circus anthology. Again, the more funds raised the higher the tightrope, the longer the trapeze drop, the greater number of pink poodles we can have.
Also, a big goal of mine is to give modest honorariums to the poets, musicians, and performers; artist should be honored, yes? Yes!
About the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round
Located in Park Center between the Los Angeles Zoo and the Los Feliz park entrance, the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round has been a Los Angleles family attraction for over five generations. Built in 1926 by the Spillman Engineering Company and brought to Griffith Park in 1937, the Merry-Go-Round boasts 68 horses, everyone a jumper. Each horse is finely carved with jewel-encrusted bridles, detailed draped blankets and decorated with sunflowers and lion’s heads. A Stinson 165 Military Band Organ, reputed to be the largest band organ accompanying a carousel on the West Coast, plays over 1500 selections of marches and waltz music.
er 1500 selections of marches and waltz music.
About Annette Schiebout (The Minneapolis Poetry Circus)
Annette Schiebout a traveler, a teacher and a writer. As an active member of Minneapolis’ art scene, she participates in literary performances throughout the Twin Cities, including TIC, Saint Paul Almanac, Cracked Walnut, the Lit6 Story Stage and helping manage the Prairie Fire Lady Choir. Annette is the recipient of the Loft Literary Center – Creative Non-Fiction Mentor Program 2014-15, and an Intermedia Arts SASE Writer-to-Writer Mentee (2009). She is published in rps, and Ó Bhéal and others. Her poetry film “A Short History of My Addictions” received an Audience Choice Award at the Co-Kisser Poetry and Film Festival in 2012. Annette received an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Hamline University. She lives in Minneapolis, MN with her dog Bella.
This Monday! A Performance of “Course Contents” at Chaffey College
Course Contents is a collage poem / interactive poetic experience made from images and texts taken from a two volume binder set of a 1960’s charm school teacher. Her 9 week class divided into 6 lessons: make-up, wardrobe, figure control, visual poise, personality, and voice. When she set about developing, opening, and graduating her first charm school class, she was diagnosed with cancer. She knew she was sick; she didn’t expect to die eight months after her diagnoses. With a husband and seven year old son, she left this world with these binders her final note in the margins, “who am I.”
Anyone who participates will get to keep a chapbook. Anyone who attends will leave in sparkle and with their own certificate of training completion. Welcome to Poetry Charm School.