Laying the Groundwork of Listen & Be Heard Network

Since closing the doors of Listen & Be Heard Poetry Cafe in downtown Vallejo, Ca for the last time at the end of March 2008, I have been working on setting up the Listen & Be Heard Network. It has required building several websites and mailing lists, all ultimately connected by my involvement in the projects that inspired the websites I built. Continue reading

Laying the Groundwork of Listen & Be Heard Network

Since closing the doors of Listen & Be Heard Poetry Cafe in downtown Vallejo, Ca for the last time at the end of March 2008, I have been working on setting up the Listen & Be Heard Network. It has required building several websites and mailing lists, all ultimately connected by my involvement in the projects that inspired the websites I built. Continue reading

Freedom of Creation

Last week I was talking about some of the obstacles we faced as publishers of Listen & Be Heard Weekly in print, and our eventual decision to publish exclusively on-line. I mentioned also, that during the time we were printing thousands of copies of the newspaper each week, my husband Tony and I opened Listen & Be Heard Poetry Cafe in downtown Vallejo. A couple months ago, a little more than three years after we opened, we made the decision to close the cafe and move on. There were several different forces at work that led us to make the decision to close our physical doors. Continue reading

The Why of Switching from a Local to an International Point of View

Last week I wrote about the beginnings of Listen & Be Heard in New York City in the 1990’s. What developed there was the roots of what Listen & Be Heard became in Vallejo, CA. For those of you who might now be searching for a mate, let me suggest that you host a weekly open mic event and be very patient. Tony Mims showed up one Thursday night at Rafael’s, and we got married. He inspired me to make Listen & Be Heard more than an open mic event. I was already sending out a weekly e-mail with news about who we were featuring each week. He suggested we be more ambitious and print an actual newspaper that would be like an open mic in print for the arts community. Continue reading