Kinetic Poetry producer and creator Rachel Skye recently won 1st place at the Supershag Pole Fitness Championships in Boston. Her artistic pole routine to a cover of Depeche Mode’s “Stripped” reflected a new age persona of a modern romance. Her routine incorporated gravity-defying holds and audience-shocking drops. “I was really excited about debuting my new tricks that I’ve been working on for a while as well as evolving my signature tricks!” says Rachel. The result ended with a true crowd-pleaser and award-winning routine. She can’t wait for what’s next to come.
A Reading poet once again has made international waves with his words.
Juan Antonio Franqui-Gonzalez was named the International Poet of The Year at the 5th Annual National Poetry Awards last week. He is the first Latino to earn the distinction.
“It is still surreal, it really is,” Franqui-Gonzalez, 39, said. “To know the caliber of poets there makes it all more special.”
The event was held in Norfolk, Va., and invited poets from all over the country to compete for various titles in the craft of poetry.
Franqui-Gonzalez is better known by his pen name Egedeme (pronounced Eh-hey-dae-mae). The name is the phonetic pronunciation of the Spanish acronym for El Gallo Del Microfono (the rooster of the microphone).
“I love poetry because it is more of a challenge,” Franqui-Gonzalez said. “You don’t have beats and hooks, you just have your voice and that makes it more powerful because you really have to grab people’s attention with your words.”
Voting was held online from June 20 to July 21, pitting Franqui-Gonzalez against poet Ike Boat, a poet from Ghana, for the title.
The award comes as the latest in a long line of successes for Franqui-Gonzalez, having represented the United States at the 17th International Poetry Festival Ditet e Naimit in Macedonia last October. “I wasn’t afraid of losing, I was afraid of letting people down,” Franqui-Gonzalez said. “Just like in Macedonia, I had Reading and Puerto Rico on my back.”
Not only was he the first Puerto Rican to attend the event in Macedonia, he also took home the title of the year’s best poet, beating out poets from 25 different countries. A book of his poetry was published in Macedonian.
Born in Puerto Rico, he lived in Miami before moving to Reading in 2008. Franqui-Gonzalez spent several years working with I-LEAD charter school and in juvenile detention centers to promote poetry. Franqui-Gonzalez, a disabled veteran, said that poetry holds a transformative power that has helped him cope with post traumatic stress disorder.
He currently travels back and forth from Puerto Rico, performing with his seven-poet ensemble, Ovejas Negras (Black Sheep), across the island.
Franqui-Gonzalez is heading off to Ukraine in October as a featured performer and competitor at the Terra Poetica Festival.
“I’m super excited but my family has some fears about it because of the war,” Franqui-Gonzalez said. “But I’m always pushing for the poetic revolution, raising awareness about poetry to the youth and keeping the art alive.”
Source: Reading Eagle, by Anthony Orozco. 610-371-5015 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Walk In Art Center in Schuylkill Haven invites poets to the following events for an art and poetry collaboration.
Sept 7th at 11:30am “Meet the Artists”
Come meet the artists that want to illustrate your poetry and draw inspiration from their artwork on display at this amazing location.
October 19th at 7pm “Kick Up Your Heels”
The Walk In Art Centers largest public event of the year and the unveiling of selected illustrated poems along with poets interpretation through poetry of selected artwork.
Submission Deadline – Sept. 5th
Send up to 10 poems. No more than one page in length of any subject and style. We welcome formal poems, free verse and experimental. We are looking for previously published and unpublished original works that have a strong visual appeal for illustration. Do not send cover letter or bio. We are accepting work that stands on its own.
Should your work be accepted for illustration, you grant us the non-exclusive right to publish your work however we choose for our Kick Up Your Heels event in October of 2013. Copyright remains with the writer in all cases.
Please send poetry submissions to Angie Knott at the follow address.
Angie Knott, Poetry Coordinator
In the Title box of your email, put “Poetry Submission: [insert your name]“.
Please send each poem as an attachment on a separate word document and include your name, email address and phone number.
The Walk In Art Center
110 West Columbia Avenue
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
Reagan “Mr. Rigz” Mendoza originally ‘slammed’ the stage at Albright Theater for the first annual Kinetic Poetry in 2011. His electrifying performance lit the stage on fire.
With over a decade of stage experience, as well as numerous poetry slam championships under his belt, Reagan “Mr. Rigz” Mendoza has every right to be boastful. Yet, it’s his easy-going attitude, combined with powerfully emotional performances and a passionate, lyrical poetry style that has made him a favorite at spoken word venues and poetry festivals all across the country.Rigz won his first poetry competition, the Delray Beach Grand Slam, in 2008. The win earned him a place on the Delray team as they competed in the National Poetry Slam Championship. Being turned on to the national poetry scene was a huge inspiration. Upon returning to South Florida, Reagan immediately went to work, forming his own poetry group, Chaos Theory, and performing in venues from Atlanta to Minnesota. In 2010, Rigz won his second Delray Poetry Grand Slam. In 2011, Rigz and Chaos Theory placed 2nd in the Southeastern Regional Poetry Slam. And in 2013, he was nominated for Slam Poet of the Year by the National Poetry Awards. In addition to countless poetry venues, Rigz has performed at a number of colleges and universities around the country, including the University of Miami, Northwestern University, Loyola University, Columbia College Chicago, St. Paul University, Duke, UW-Madison, and Johnson & Wales. He has been a featured artist on spoken word radio shows around the country including: Poetry Is…, Verbal Moxie, Inoculated Radio, Sounds From The Underground, PennSound Radio and The Hive. In 2012, Rigz released an album of poetry performed to original music, and is currently planning a nation-wide tour to support it. He lives in Miami where he splits his time between writing & performing poetry and his second artistic love: music production. A powerhouse on the stage, Rigz delivers an experience that resonates with audiences long after the show is over and the curtain closes. We are very excited to welcome Mr. Rigz back!