Tribes Poetry Marathon will Explode at the Museum

Steve Cannon, founder of A Gathering of the Tribes, was my mentor and friend. I am so happy to see him getting some of the attention that he so richly deserves, as part of the Whitney Museum Biennial Exhibition. Not only have they recreated his living room, they are hosting a two-day poetry marathon that I am really excited to be a part of.

It feels a little like I am going to a reunion. I see the names of people who I have not encountered in years, or even a couple decades, but who I used to collaborate with or just see often. Since the days that I worked on A Gathering of the Tribes Magazine in Steve’s home office I lived on the west coast and then moved down here to the south.

I have been working on a poem for Steve ever since I confirmed that I would be there, and I am looking forward to sharing it with some of the multitude of people who are A Gathering of the Tribes. I may post it here after the marathon. There are many great poets and writers who are scheduled to read. I plan on attending both days to hear as many of them as I am able. If you are in New York City this weekend, I hope that you can join us too. If you can’t make it in person, it will also be live-streamed on the Whitney Museum Youtube Channel.

Correct link on Facebook for live video recording

On Thursday I posted the wrong link for a live video recording from the Five Forks Library in Simpsonville. So I deleted that post. ūüôā I had fun performing for the first time with Shannon Hoover on upright bass, and Matt Dingledine on guitar.

Here is the correct link:

For those of you who don’t go on Facebook, there will be a highlights video soon….feedback always welcome and appreciated!

April is Poetry Month for me too…

In celebration of Poetry Month I’ve been invited by the Greenville Library and the Greenville Jazz Collective to combine my poetic lines and rhymes with the musical lines and rhythms of Shannon Hoover on bass and Matt Dingledine¬†on¬†guitar.¬†


Thursday April 18 from 6:30-7:30 pm at the Five Forks branch in Simpsonville.  

Greenville County Library – Five Forks
104 Sunnydale Dr, Simpsonville, SC 29681, United States

Phone# 864-234-4904

I’ll be heading down to the jam session tonight at Chicora Alley to dip my toes in the flow of music and work out some of my kinks…

Book Release Party for Word: An Anthology

Steve Cannon has been the engine behind A Gathering of the Tribes the magazine, gallery, performance series, community gathering that is Tribes, for decades. Word, An Anthology is a collection of works by some of the cast of characters who passed through and left something while they were there. It would probably be impossible to include everyone, but I am happy to say that I have a few of my note poems in there. I haven’t laid my hands on it or even seen the cover¬†yet, but I can’t wait to read through every page.

I¬†wish that I could be there for this event, which would be nostalgic for me if I did go. If you’re in the NYC area on April Fool’s day, please get to this HOWL! ¬†Happening in Loisaida, a¬†reading and book release party. While you’re there say hello to everyone¬†for me and tell them¬†I sent you!

Boedicea was Bad

On Tuesday October 27 from 5-7pm I’ll be in Spartanburg, SC at the Hub City Bookshop to share some stories and poetry from Dreamscape, Real Dreams Really Make a Difference. If you’re in the area please come by and share a little of your time with me.

Here’s a little clip from a poem story about Queen Boedicea that I performed live on WBAI Radio with Bobby Vidal on upright bass back in the nineties in New York City. The animation is by my daughter Crystal Clear Waters.

Poetry in Leopard Forest

Every second Friday of the month, the Leopard Forest Cafe in Travelers Rest, SC, hosts a poetry open mic that follows a reading by a guest poet. I went a couple months ago, the first open mic I attended since moving to Greenville, and was invited to return as the guest poet on Friday, Nov. 13 at 7pm, by the nice folks at Trillium Arts Center in Travelers Rest, who host the monthly series.

I’m looking forward to sharing poetry with my new neighbors and getting to know the poets and poetry lovers where I now live. Please join me, and bring some of your poetry for the open mic afterwards. They sell some great coffee too! I buy it by the pound to make at home.

26 S. Main St. Travelers Rest, SC
$2, 864-834-5500,