Thursday, December 20, 2018

Poetry Makes Late Night With Jimmie Fallow

Poets have had a chance to share their work in some unlikely places this year. For example, Instagram sensation, Poet Rupi Kaur reads from her collection The Sun and Her Flowers Jimmie Fallow
See reading here.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Academy of American Poets -Editors for Poem-A-Day

  Academy of American Poets has a great programs which increase awareness of poetry 365 days of the years.  They have announced the editors for 2019 Poem-A-Day. For more on these outstanding poets click below.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

We Are Not Done Yet

Had a chance to catch some back interviews from the Daily Show with Trevor Noah the other night.
I saw an interview with one of my favorite actors, Jeffrey Wright, (Angels in America and West World fame). He told a moving story of how he had become involved with working with Veterans on producing a short film.

  Some of the things he share about not knowing if he was the right person had a familiar right, we we started working with the Veterans at Charlie Norwood VA here in Augusta I felt the same well. It looks like his fears where unfounded. The documentary has released and it is of the caliber that I would expect from Mr. Wright. Wanted to share it and his sit down with Trevor Noah here. As we enter the holidays, (see below, if I missed one out I'm sure someone will let me know).

Hanukkah 2018 
will begin in the evening of
December 2  and ends in the evening of 
December 10

Christmas Day 2018:Tuesday
December 25

Kwanzaa 2018 
will begin on
December 26 
and ends on 
January 1, 2019

After you say thank you for your service. Ask how's the family and then......... listen and learn. That is how you show you really care. The Poetry Matters Project will be celebrating our third year of reading and listening to the words of these heroes in April.
For documentary with Jeffrey Wright click here
For interview with Trevor Noah  Daily Show
Posted by Lucinda J. Clark
Founder Poetry MattersProject

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Miami Book Fair 2018

Lucinda Clark, the founder of the Poetry Matters Project, visited the Miami Book Fair at Miami-Dade College this past week. Ms. Clark visited the Wynwood Campus of Miami Arts Charter School where she met with Helena Berdote, the public relations person for both the Wynwood and Homestead campuses. She learned much about the changes going on in both schools and saw the broad range of talent in all areas of the arts on display.
Clark had a chance to meet with Jen Kartnick, former creative writing director, world famous poet, and food and travel blogger.
The two worked together for many years before they met this year. A second opportunity for Clark to see the incredible writing spoken word talent of the students presented itself at The Porch, a community stage at Miami Book Fair. The poetry was shared by teen writers, including poets from Miami Arts Charter middle and high school.

The students of Miami Arts Charter have been taking top prizes in the middle and high school category for several years now. Jen Karnick passed the baton to a new group of creative arts writers who stand ready to continue the tradition of excellence that has become a trademark of the school.

Monday, November 19, 2018

We are one in Sorrow

It is with saddness that we post this tribute to Stephanie L. Luty, daughter of Joan Lacombe, Aiken Poet Laureate. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Joan and Harvey as your mourn Stephanie's passing. From this tribute she will be terribly missed. 

Stephanie L. Luty

1948 ∼ 2018

Stephanie Luty
On November 09, 2018 Stephanie Luty succumbed to lymphoma and the Cape community lost a dear friend.
Stephanie was born the daughter of Phyllis Lauritsen and Harvey Lacombe and lived her early childhood in Old Town, Maine. The family moved to Connecticut when she was six and she was educated in the East Hampton school district. She went on to Rider University in New Jersey graduating in 1971 with a degree in management and received her MBA from the University of Hartford. She began her career as a human resource officer for the Caldor Company in the state of Connecticut and it was at Caldor that she met her future husband, Phil. She and Phil had prosperous careers with Caldor for several years while sharing a dream to own their own business. Their dream became a reality when they purchased The Potted Geranium, an established business in West Harwich, in 1988. They settled in Brewster and enjoyed early morning coffee and papers from the Brewster General Store as well as quiet moments at Paines Creek. Over the years they became a strong retail presence on the Cape making many friends in the business community. These friendships as well as those fostered with her loyal employees, reps, vendors and customers were an essential part of Stephanie’s life. The present and former Potted Geranium family thank her for setting such a high bar as a wonderful employer!
She was predeceased by her loving husband and partner, Phil in 2001, and her mother, Phyllis Lauritsen Lacombe. Stephanie leaves her brother Gregory Lacombe and his wife Lucille of Antrim, NH, her father Harvey Lacombe and his wife Joan of Aiken, South Carolina, her brother-in-law, Jeffrey Luty and his wife, Kathy of Longmeadow, MA, a nephew, Thomas Luty of NYC and many long time friends. She will deeply missed by her Potted Geranium family and her many loyal customers. At Stephanie’s request there will no service or calling hours.

To every time there is a season...a time to be born and a time to die...a time to dance and a time to mourn. We have lived and laughed with Stephanie. Now we mourn...not only for her but for our own loss. Stephanie is at peace and will live forever in the hearts of those who loved her. Stephanie believed that we are here on this earth for an unspecified time and what we do with that time defines us. Stephanie was well defined by her generous and caring spirit. Her door and her heart were always open to those seeking donations for local organizations and causes - or those needing a hug. The Potted Geranium will be her legacy...well done, Stephanie.                              
       April 30, 1948 - November 09, 2018
Stephanie and Phil had a strong commitment to the Cape community, the place they chose to make their home. This commitment was most evident in their faithful and generous support for Cape Cod Hospital. Stephanie wished to thank Dr. David Lovett and the entire oncology team for their highly skilled treatment and compassionate care during her illness as well as the medical staff on Mugar 4.  Donations in Stephanie’s name to the Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation, PO Box 370. Hyannis, MA 02601 would be greatly appreciated to continue her support for our local community hospital.
Burial will be private.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Fall Festival Season Opens!


We are excited to share some fall festivals news. Xavier Clark, co-contributor  View From the Middle of the Road V New Observations,  will be reading at the Emerging Writers Stage at Decatur Book Festival on Saturday, September 1st at 2:45 p.m. For more on all the great poetry and other literary forms that will be shared. Visit Decatur Book for festival schedule.

Arts in the Heart- September 14-16, 2018  Check out  Festival Schedule


 We share a program sponsored by Dodge Poetry Festival. It's titled Ask a Poet. This month one of my favorite poets is featured. Jericho Brown

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

P.R.A. Publishing Poets at Poet's House


P.R.A. Publishing Poets, Geza Tatrallyay and Emmanuel Kane have their releases on display at annual Showcase! The only event of its kind, the Showcase is a free exhibit featuring over 3,000 books of poetry published in the preceding 18 months. For over 25 years, Poets House has gathered poetic texts and ephemera from more than 700 commercial, university, and independent presses, offering a panoramic view of the diversity of the nation’s poetry activity.
 (Check out the brand new 2018 Showcase catalog here.) 

Please visit the exhibit, which is on view during regular library hours, through
August 18.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Poetry For Life

Learned About this from a fellow poet. What a great project.

Alzheimer’s Poetry Project (APP)
The mission of the APP is to improve the quality of life of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia by facilitating creative expression through poetry. We do not set boundaries in our beliefs in what possible for people with memory impairment to create. By saying to people with dementia, we value you and your creativity; we are saying we value all members of our community.

Gary Glazner
Gary Glazner is the founder and Executive Director of the Alzheimer's Poetry Project, (APP). The APP was the recipient of the 2013, Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving Legacy Award and the 2012 MetLife Foundation Creativity and Aging in America Leadership Award in the category of Community Engagement. The National Endowment for the Arts listed the APP as a “best practice.” NBC's “Today” show, and NPR's “All Things Considered” have featured segments on Glazner’s work.

In 2013, the U.S. Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey, choose the APP for the initial broadcast of her PBS NewsHour series, “Where Poetry Lives.” Harper Collins, W.W. Norton and have published his work. Glazner is the author of “Dementia Arts: Celebrating Creativity in Elder Care,” on Health Professionals Press, 2014. To date the APP has held programming in 26 states and internationally in Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Poland, and South Korea serving over 35,000 people living with dementia.


Daniel Kaplan, PhD, LICSW, LMSW, CSW-G, QDCS
Dr. Kaplan is a clinical social worker with expertise in mental and neurological disorders. He earned his doctorate at Columbia University School of Social Work and now has an NIMH-funded postdoctoral research fellowship at the Institute for Geriatric Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. His research plans include both intervention and implementation studies that will optimize care services, clinical interventions and supportive environments for older adults with mental and neurological disorders living in the community.
Dr. Kaplan is the former National Director of Social Services for the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, where he supervised a team of social work clinicians, designed and managed service programs, and worked closely with program innovators from around the United States. He has also worked in an Elder Protective Services and Elder at Risk program-conducting forensic investigations and extensive interventions on behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He recently developed and continues to teach a course, entitled "Social Work Practice with Individuals with Dementia and their Families," for graduate social work students at Columbia University.
He holds clinical social work licensure in New York and Massachusetts, as well as an NASW certification in advanced gerontological clinical social work. In addition, Dr. Kaplan currently works as a consultant program evaluator for the Hartford Geriatric Social Work Initiative, the Hartford National Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence, and the Geriatric Social Work Practice Fellows Program.
Jennie Smith-Peers, BFA
Jennie Smith-Peers is the Executive Director of National Center for Creative Aging, a national service organization that is a catalyst, conveyor and connector, promoting research and public policy that enables the development of evidence-based best practices and model programs in the field of creative aging. She was the Executive Director of Elders Share the Arts from 2010 to 2016. Before ESTA, she led parallel careers as a professional actress and administrator in aging services.  

She is an alum of We Are All Brooklyn Fellowship (2011), and of New York City’s Arts and Business Council’s Leadership Institute (2012). She holds a BFA in Acting from Emerson College, and is currently finishing her graduate degree in Drama Therapy from NYU with a focus on the impact reminiscence in late-life depression. She is a guest lecturer for CUNY’s Applied Theater Program, and has been a trainer for numerous arts and aging organizations, locally and nationally, on the best practices of creative aging and how to build sustainable arts programming for older adults. She is a Board Member on the State Society on Aging, a member of Release Aging Prisoners Project, and a founding member of Emerging Professionals in Aging NYC in partnership with American Society on Aging.

For more visit

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Jubilant July by Joan LaCombe

Jubilant July

For Americans, July is a star-spangled month,
Starting with a bang on the Glorious Fourth.
Fireworks, concerts, crowds cheering,
 marching bands, flags waving.
Hooray for the Red, White, and Blue!
Patriotism personified.
All celebrating our independence!
Happy 242nd Birthday, America!

Still there are wars and unrest,
We are put to the test.
We pray--
For faith, freedom, family, and country,
  For statesmen, rather than politicians.
For life and liberty, now so clearly in jeopardy.
For encouraging truth, not redefining it.
For a return to sanity, eliminating profanity.
For Members of Congress–that they will be 
Profiles in Courage 
Rather than silhouettes of timidity!

The month, named so aptly for Julius Caesar,
A nominal reminder-- 
“Let us render to Caesar what is Caesar’s
And to God what is God’s.”  

–Joan M. Lacombe
                   Aiken's  Poet Laureate
 July 4, 2018

Posted by Lucinda Clark
Poetry Matters Project

Thursday, June 7, 2018

New Release on the way for Poetry Matters Founder and Son

  Poetry Month This year was full of wonderful experiences for me. I have had a chance to work with young and senior. Poets in foreigns lands and in my home town. The experience that gave me the greatest pleasure was when I did a talk with podcast interview at S.C. Library with my son Xavier.  We discussed all matter of topics with our cool interviewer  Curtis Rodgers. ...Click to listen

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Our World by Pete Klimek

This such a cool combo of pictures and music. Had to share it.

#peteklimek #picoftheday #songoftheday

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

London Book Fair 2018: My Take

Yes, poets are center stage at the book fair

It was my first time at a book fair and I was entirely unprepared for what I saw. I doubt there was another place in the world between the 10th and 12th April other than Olympia in London that was as full of people walking with books, talking about books, and selling books. Every time a badge would come into my vicinity, I could see ‘writer’, ‘bookseller’, ‘publisher’, or ‘student’, in other words, people whose lives generally revolve around books and their production. It was overwhelming and exciting at the same time.
Something similar could be said about the seminars. The choice was incredibly diverse and answering to any tastes. Over the span of three days, I visited 12 seminars, and it still seems like a tip of the iceberg. One of the highlights was #MeToo: Passion, Politics & Poetry: The Power of the Collective, their open discussion about the importance of awareness and support when it comes to sexual abuse victims was very inspiring. The idea to integrate poem-readings into the discussion was brilliant and added the sense of immediacy and unity to the event, I got the instant urge to read that poetry collection from cover to cover. Next one has to be The Tension Between Universality and Diversity: A Reading and Audience Discussion with Author Selina Siak Chin Yoke The author gave a brilliant talk and managed to touch on the important social issues when it comes to diversity, as well as make it funny and entertaining. The talk prompted me to read the book, the signed bunch of which, luckily, Selina Siak Chin Yoke was giving away at the end of the seminar together with a piece of Malaysian traditional cake (Putri Salat)!

As a Poetry Matters Project’s intern, I was looking forward to Poet of the Fair: Imtiaz Dharker in conversation with Jen Campbell and was in no way disappointed. The interview was open, honest, and insightful for both, writers and editors alike. Imtiaz shared her impressions on modern poetry and the ways in which she sees poetry, “poetry is something that is in everyday life” for her.
Last but not least, Bringing the World to Your Bookshelf: The Art/Importance of Translating Fiction for Children and YA was particularly interesting to me personally, as it discussed the questions of book distribution, publishing, and editing. Since I wish to become a book editor in the future,
I found the talk educational and inspiring. Insights into reviewing process from
 Alex O'Connell were especially interesting.
Overall, the stands were overflowing with people and coffee cups, but no one seemed to mind. Every space was open, so the background of shouting and laughing was an inseparable part of the experience. It was the London Book Fair, so being surrounded by words seemed like an appropriate setting. After visiting such an event, I am determined to find out more about international book fairs and attend them as often as possible, it was an invaluable experience for me!

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Submitted: April 18, 2018

Rada Kuznetsova-Intern
Poetry Matters Project 2018  

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Young Poets Recognized at Statewide Event

This year Kwame Alexander will be featured Poet.

Submitted by Lucinda Clark
Founder of Poetry Matters Project

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Bells and Whistles 2018,McCormick S.C.

It was a dark, stormy rainy day when I pulled up to the McCormick Park stage yesterday. We quickly assessed and determined that we needed to go to plan be. The major thought that I had was that it is Poetry Month and the diverse poets that were scheduled to gather should have a cozy, dry place to share  their beautiful words.
We were able to set-up in an area inside the MACK. What happened next is the best in what Poetry Month is about.  Pastor James Kinsler appeared and a local merchant, Barbara, began gathering the people for the blessing of the festival! The people came and we learned how the festival got its name. After a blessing which included request for rain to cease, it did not, we began as best as we could.  We had young and seasoned: Americans, (from McCormick, Augusta and Pennsylvania) and Bengali, S. Africa and Zimbabwe citizens sharing their voices and listening.
 Emcee Vanessa Harris flowed effortlessly between poetry stage to entertainment stage at S.C. Wilds.  There were singers and music. Michael Jacob came all the way from Tennessee. 
It was the best opening of poetry month I have participated in recent memory. 

Pastor Kinsler blessing the festival

Soma Mukhopadhyay AU professor reading in two languages 
Aaron Benzuidenhout GRSP student from Zimbabwe

Rudrasankar Asst. Professor at Emory  shares in Bengalese

Sa Jules, Selma Simms and Zana Seymour take a minute before reading
L-r Soma Mukhophyay, Zana Seymour, Sa Jules, Selma Simms, Vanessa Harris, Aaron Bezuidenhout,  Rudra Sankar, Xavier Clark l-r front Liz Gilmore, Belinda Jamison and Lucinda Clark

Submitted by Lucinda Clark
Founder Poetry Matters Project
April 8, 2018

Monday, March 19, 2018

Our Partners Celebrate Women's History Month

Please join us for a special awards luncheon and program 
to recognize and celebrate the lives and work of 
the 2018 National Women's History Honorees.

The awards celebration will be held at
The Hamilton Live
600 14th St. NW
Washington, DC

Saturday, March 24th from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm
Doors open at 11:00 am    Lunch 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Recognition Program 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

All 2018 Honorees will be recognized
The Honorees noted with * will be in attendance

Tickets are still available!  To learn more:  Twitter   Facebook

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Zana Seymour aka Nakia Jade Interview Smooth Jazz

Zana Seymour aka Nakia Jade was interviewed by Greater Augusta Arts Council Director 
Brenda Durant on her weekly radio program, Augusta Arts Council Weekly.  
Seymour shares her background and how she came to become a poet. She discussed the collaborations with Hire Grounds Cafe and ILMC literacy project. She even shared a poem she wrote! We at Poetry Matters Project are so proud of Zana and the contribution she has made to the CSRA community and Poetry Matters Project. As we bring Women's History Month to a close I offer another young woman to watch.  Nakia Jade. We thank Brenda Durant and Greater Arts Council for showcasing another woman of color! To listen to the interview Click Here

Zana Seymour (center) with students and members of the ILMC program.
Clock wise: Principal Jackson(l), Romona Nora, Chashawna Wesby, Vanessa Harris( r). Students Chance, Jimmy,Kenyon, and Jazzell. The students performed at monthly open mic at Hire Grounds Cafe this month.

Posted by Lucinda Clark
Founder Poetry Matters Project

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Women's History Month Post

 I attended the Deckle Edge Literary Festival for the first time this year. The keynotes were Nikky Finney and Terrance Hayes. Did a quick search of what Ms. Finney was up to. What I found can be seen here. Nikky Finney and Appalachian Culture.  We celebrate Nikky Finney and all the great women writers.

More on the celebrations taking place this month:2018 National Women's History Project Nominees

Posted by Lucinda Clark

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Deckle Edge Lit Festival Features Terrance Hayes

The South Carolina Book Festival discontinued a few years ago. It was the highlight of the southern book festival season. Now the festival is called the Deckle Edge Literary Festival. I have put it on my calendar because the keynote will be Terrance Hayes. I have been following his contributions to N.Y. Times poetry insert. I look forward to hearing what he has to to share. Want to learn more? More here

To hear him share his work Look here.

Update: CNN discusses poetry Hayes on CNN

Posted by Lucinda J.Clark

Monday, January 22, 2018

Derek Berry and 2018..

Poetry Matters Project Alum Derek Berry has big plans for 2018. Wanna see what he's up too? Visit his blog Derek's Blog. Try and keep up!

Derek reading as a winner of Poetry Matters Lit Prize winner. 
I know he hates pictures from his youth. We like to think of it as a this is how he started.

Posted by: Lucinda Clark, Poetry Matters Project Founder
January 22, 2018

Thursday, January 18, 2018

2018 Reading Challenge

We begin the new year with resolutions and reading challenges! Blue Marble Bookstore in Philadelphia has great website devoted to this helping you get started. Thanks Blue Marble Bookstore

 Have a challenge to add? By all means do so. Happy Reading!

Posted by: Lucinda J.Clark

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Great Article Advocating Poetry Out Loud

We are excited to be part of the Poetry Out Loud movement. Our work with the program is based in Columbia County School system. The transformation of the students from the act of memorization and recitation was powerful. Attached is an article explaining the programs impact. For more on Poetry Matters Project's efforts visit our Facebook @PoetryMattersProject or visit Finish the Poem


(R-L) Columbia County Alternative H.S. Principal Joe Lott, with winner Reid Hill and runner- ups Bria Miller and Andruw Gordon

Lucinda Clark-Founder 
Poetry Matters Project