Dorsey: Words Dance magazine marks tenth anniversary with poetry festivalWritten by John Dorsey | | email@example.com
I often find myself on the road spreading the word about the latest in modern poetry — my own and that of other artists working in the trenches of small press literature around the globe. Nothing makes me happier. This year has been no different, except in addition to my latest adventures as a Greyhound VIP, I’ve also taken on volunteer duties as a contributing editor for Words Dance magazine.
Words Dance, which was founded in 2003 by publisher Amanda Oaks, got its start as an old school DIY print publication. But as times have changed, so has the magazine’s format and scope, paving the way for the current www.wordsdance.com and the magnum opus that is the upcoming First Annual Words Dance Poetry Festival, set for Oct. 5, at Mahall’s 20 Lanes in Lakewood, Ohio. Mahall’s is located at 13200 Madison Ave. For directions call (216) 521-3280. While the bulk of the featured readers have been selected, there are a few spots still open, there will also be an open mic and the magazine is always looking for work.
Words Dance recently posted a request for material for the festival on Facebook and while they received a good amount of work, very little of it came from authors here in the Glass City. I’f you’re looking for an opportunity to share your passion for words, this may be the chance you’ve been waiting for.
Organizers will pass the hat for featured readers and all readers can of course sell merchandise such as books and T-shirts. In addition to her work with Words Dance, Oaks is the founder of Verve Bath Press, which publishes quality e-books of original literature, so why not come wow her and pitch your latest collection? All featured readers are required to contribute to the magazine, submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Open mic performers are encouraged to submit as well, though this not a requirement to perform.
The list of readers confirmed for the event includes Oaks, Tammy F. Brewer, Dianne Borsenik, Barton Smock, Steve Brightman, Robert Lee Brewer and myself. I plan on reading the work of other poets. Marissa Hyde and Alex Nielsen will serve as hosts throughout the evening, which begins at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
If it had been up to me, this event would’ve been hosted right here. But it’s my hope that if we can just get enough people together to make a little noise — next year it will be. Until then, I’ll race you to the Greyhound station. In the coming weeks look for event updates on Facebook and at the Words Dance website. All questions and concerns can also be directed toward me at email@example.com.
Until next time … keep your pencil sharp.
John Dorsey is a widely published poet.
His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.