Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Happy Holidays! The New Year with Maria Elena B. Mahler and "Woman in Metaphor" on January 26, 2014

The last Poetry Reading of 2013 at Bolton Hall Museum was held on November 26, 2013 and featured Ed Rosenthal, poet and Susan Dobay, artist. With best wishes for a lovely holiday season, and happy and healthy New Year 2014, we'd like to share another of Dobay's Visual Interpretations of Music.

Village Poets: L to R. Seated: Maja Trochimczyk, Kathabela Wilson, Justin Kibbe, Susan Dobay, Ed Rosenthal, and Joe Decenzo. Standing: Dorothy Skiles, Endre Dobay, Rick Wilson, Chris Wesley, Sharon Hawley, Don Krotser, Peter Larsen, Pam Shea,Alice Pero,  Janet Nippell, Mari Werner, and Marlene Hitt. November 26, 2013, Bolton Hall Museum. 


The first reading of Village Poets in 2014 will be dedicated to the presentation of a new poetry-and-art book edited by Maria Elena B. Mahler.  The reading will take place on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. and will include two segments of Open Mike - before and after the featured group reading, as well as refreshments.  

Dancer Upstairs with Marie Anne Favreau - by Stephen Linsteadt
About "Woman in Metaphor"

Poet and editor, Maria Elena B. Mahler, collected twenty-seven poems from twenty-seven accomplished, published, and award winning poets from different parts of the world. She invited them to write a poem based on one of StephenLinsteadt's paintings; paintings he created over the last thirty-five years.

The book contains an introduction and essay by Lois P. Jones, host of Pacifica Radio’s “Poet’s Café” (KPFK, Los Angeles 90.7 fm), and co-producer of the Moonday poetry reading series in Santa Monica. Lois is a four-time Pushcart nominee, and the winner of the 2012 Tiferet Poetry Prize and the 2012 Liakoura Prize. About this collection of art and poetry, Lois explains:

"When Stephen Linsteadt embarked on his metaphoric journey, he was striving toward a deeper sense of conception. If art implies a desire for the sacred it is, as Eckhart Tolle suggests, a portal or an access point which ultimately leads you to yourself. It is this portal that bids we enter, freely and without agenda. Each of the twenty-seven writers in Woman in Metaphor, all of various ages and beliefs – practiced poets or sensitive observer, transversed this threshold, returning with their own compelling visions."
Beyond Words by Stephen Linsteadt

"The artwork alone is worth the price of the anthology and the same can be said for the poetry. However, if you are expecting the usual classical female figure studies or poetry that sings the songs of love, requited or otherwise, this is not for you. Woman in Metaphor is not just about gender, it is an analysis of the meaning gender and all of the spiritual dimensions that it comprises. The poetry and art combine to give us what any great work of art strives for – a new way of envisioning a topic." - From a review by Ed Bennett in Quill and Parchment  
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List of Poets included in "Woman in Metaphor"

“Woman in Metaphor” is a global community of poets from diverse countries, including Argentina, Chile, Germany, Poland, England, Spain, and a Native American. Pushcart Prize nominees include: Lia Brooks, Lois P. Jones, Sharmagne Leland-St. John, Susan Rogers, and Marci Vogel. Other award winning poets include Katrina Naomi (Templar Poetry Competition), Kate Kingston (The Ruth Stone Prize, the Atlanta Review International Publication Prize, and the Colorado Council on the Arts Literary Fellowship in Poetry). Russell Thorburn is the current poet laureate of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Other published poets include: Sharon Alexander, Nancy Scott Campbell, Elsa S. Frausto, Anita Harmon, David Dodd Lee, Sylvia Linsteadt, Genie Nakano, Dean Pasch, Mary Kay Rummel, Maja Trochimczyk, Mel Weisburd, M.J. Whistler, Kath Abela Wilson, and Mariano Zaro. And the new voices of Meg Cox, Indiana Jane Linsteadt, and Taylor Wade.

The book's editor, Maria Elena B Mahler, is a poet whose work has been published in English and Spanish in Badlands, Solstice, Quill & Parchment, Global Alchemy, Saint Julian Press and Poets on Site. She was a finalist for the 2011 San Francisco-based Primer Concurso de Poesía Latinoamericana en Españoland is published in the anthology by Colectivo Verso Activo. Recently, her work was also selected for the Spanish anthology Se Buscan Quijotes, published by El Centro de Estudios Poéticos in Madrid, Spain. Maria Elena also co-authored the non-fiction book The Heart of Health (Truth Publishing Co.) and also enjoys writing fiction. She was raised in the South of Chile. After graduating with a degree in Communications, she lived and worked in Mexico and Canada, and finally settled in the Sonoran Desert of Southern California in 2003.

The painter, Stephen Linsteadt was featured at Bolton Hall Museum as a poet in 2012. Stephen Linsteadt is a painter, poet, and writer. He is the co-author of The Heart of Health; the Principles of Physical Health and Vitality. His latest book is titled Scalar Heart Connection. His poetry is published in Moments of the Soul (Spirit First), Solstice, Cradle Songs (Quill & Parchment Press), Saint Julian Press, Poets on Site, and others. His paintings have appeared in Reed Magazine, Badlands Literary Journal, and Birmingham Arts Journal and can be seen at StephenLinsteadt.com.