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Natica Angilly’s Poetic Dance Theater Company performs at the 2012 Meet the Artists Reception at the Alameda Museum
Mark your calendars for January 19, 2013, 11:30-3:00. The AEI Annual Meet the Artists Reception will be an afternoon of art, dance, poetry, food, friends, contacts and general good fun.
Artists and poets, if you belong to AEI, please send in your proposals to be included in the show to Natica Angilly, at email@example.com or 510-235-0361 by December 5. Featured poets to read will be AEI and Guest Poets. Dancers with negotiations being finalized include Natica Angilly’s Poetic Dance Theater Company, Dancers of the Pharoahs, Banat el Hogar, and guest dancers from the Dancing Poetry Festival. Approximately 25 artists are currently on the list to receive wall space.
19th Annual Dancing Poetry Festival, 2012
This year’s Dancing Poetry Festival was, as are all years, our best ever! During the afternoon, over 30 poets read their poems, 12 dance troupes performed and 3 Grand Prize Winning Poems were read by the poets then performed in spectacular glory by Natica Angilly’s Poetic Dance Theater Company. It was a gloriously exalting afternoon!
In addition to our poetry and dance presentations, we had many awards ceremonies. Artists Embassy International’ Literary Cultural Arts Awards for 2012 were given to Dennis J. Bernstein, Alameda, for his poetry book, Special Ed, Voices from a Hidden Classroom, and to Malcolm Margolin, Oakland, for 25 years of publishing news serving the California Native American. A Special AEI Meritorious Membership Award went to Bob Rodrigues from Tetonia, Idaho, for his decades of service to AEI and Natica Angilly’s Poetic Dance Theater Company. This award was accepted by his widow, Alisha, 1st VP of AEI.
We celebrated the Life Achievement of Harriet Moore, famous sculptor, who created the statue of St. Francis as a Leaf Dancing in the Wind that was a sister city, AEI project installed in Assisi, Italy and stands on a pedestal of rose granite, native to the area, with a plaque with many of our names on it. She also created the sculpture of Hygeia that is soon to be rededicated at UCSFMedicalCenter in San Francisco. Look for AEI reception dates.
AEI and Mary Rudge, Poet Laureate of Alameda and POV member recognized the High School Poet Laureates from Alameda. Robin Levy, from St. Joseph/Notre Dame High School, with her teacher, Elizabeth Norris; Alexandra Barajas, Poet Laureate of Encinal High School, with her teacher, Lydia Martinez; and Sophia Starling-Shirley, Poet Laureate of Alameda Community Learning Center High School, with her teacher, Cathy Dana. Each High School Poet Laureate read one of their original poems on stage.
AEI lost two dear friends this past year, so the afternoon was dedicated to them. All Performances were dedicated to Bob Rodrigues. The Festival was dedicated to Dr. Guo-I Lee, mother of our esteemed friend, Dr. Kenneth Kuanling Fan. Dr. Lee was a poet who wrote past the age of 100. She died just past her 103rd birthday.
Pages 2 and 3 of the 11-12 AEI NL has photos of the Dancing Poetry Festival. Please click on the tab 2012 Winners and Fest to see photos and captions. Photos were taken by Judy Hardin Cheung with the assistance of George Hollie. Thank you to all of the performers, staff, and organizers of the Dancing Poetry Festival for presenting such a colorful, varied afternoon program of uplifting intercultural, multi genre entertainment.
Alameda Art Show and Related Events for January, 2013
***For further information and additional activities, please contact Natica at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit www.dancingpoetry.com.
JANUARY 1. YOUR POETRY WELCOMED! DANCING POETRY FESTIVAL POETRY CONTEST OPENS!
January 5: You Are Invited to the Artists Embassy FREE – FUN multi-arts workshop at the AlamedaMuseum. Gifts of the ancients & meaning in motion includes musical messages & tantalizing tambourine fun - 1 to 3:00 – 510-235-0361
January 12: Jack London’s Birthday Party (and Natica’s too), 1-3:00. Alameda Poet Laureate Mary Rudge Hosts.
ALL Jan. events are at the Alameda Museum Gallery at 2324Alameda Ave, Alameda.
January 19: ALL ARTS ESTRAVAGANZA – AEI GALA Entertainments -. fun and food includes a snack table open all afternoon. Festivities and Performances begin at 11:30 until 3:15! Love to see you there!
Jan. 26: Creating New excitements for your presentations and performances - expansion arts workshop - includes Tips on creating your own artists statement andinventive fun crafts. Hope to see you at the Alameda Museum Gallery at 1:00 Saturday! Please Call to reserve your space and take-home arts materials. 415- 681-0618
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2012 Dancing Poetry Contest Winners List
The contest entries are judged anonymously by juries of AEI members
The 2012 contest had 704 poems from 36 states and 11 countries submitted by 249 poets.
Grand Prizes (3, all of equal merit):
Dancing With Tambourines, Claire Baker, Pinole, CA
The Dance of the Goddess, Suparna Ghosh, Toronto, Canada, and India
Artist’s Statement, Tanya Joyce, Emeryville, CA
First Prizes (6, all of equal merit):
Marie, Janet Ireland Trail, Greensboro, NC
Tornado, Kay Renz, Santa Rosa, CA
Not Beneath Nijinsky, K.R. (Joe) Massingham, Chisholm ACT, Australia
Casualty, Margaret Flint Suter, Hampton, IA
Receding Moon, Cynthia L. Anderson, Yucca Valley, CA
Cormorant and Dragonflies, Diana Woodcock, Doha, Qatar
Second Prizes (12, all of equal merit):
Morning, Ten Years After; Katharyn Howd Machan, Ithaca, NY
Alaska, Harry Bauld, Bronx, NY
Reflection, Joyce Gregor, Westcliffe, CO
Harvest Moon on Stipp Street, Joan Leotta, Calabash, NC
The Language of Flowers, Katy Brown, Davis, CA
Sing Like Solomon, Margaret Flint Suter, Hampton, IA
Bananamania, Charmaine Donovan, Brainerd, MN
Tonada de Tere/Teresa’s Tune, Jabez W. Churchill, Ukiah, CA
A Few Miles Away From the Sea, John Rowe, El Cerrito, CA
Beginning and Ending an Assignment in Logical Thought, Carol Frith, Sacramento, CA
Genuinely Wild Woman, Cathy Dana, Alameda, CA
Colors, Ziji Beth Goren, Hadley, MA
Third Prizes (30, all of equal merit):
Black Autumn, Regina Murry Brault, Berlington, VT
Flights to Morocco, Barbara Wilde Wilson, San Rafael, CA
Dresden China Factory Sojourn, Ruth Wilde Schuler, Novato, CA
Butoh for 200,000, Khadija Anderson, Altadena, CA
Wild Grapes, Katharyn Howd Machan, Ithaca, NY
Mexico, Diana Anhalt, Atlanta, GA
Tabula Rasa, Elizabeth Pelaez Norris, Oakland, CA
Pilgrims on I-80, Kathleen E. McClung, San Francisco, CA
Tango por la Tarde/Afternoon Tango, Lee Pelham Cotton, Locust Hill, VA
New World Spices, Carol Carpenter, Livonia, MI
Dandelions, Roberta Visser, Swanzey, NH
Looking in the Kaleidoscope, Marian Kaplun Shapiro, Lexington, MA
Paroles d’Amour/Words of Love, Tuy Nga Brignol, Ris Orangis, France
The Daily Tribune, Gordon Preston, Modesto, CA
Parings, Rozann Kraus, Cambridge, MA
The Bridge to Civita, Jeanine Stevens, Sacramento, CA
A Guest in the Home of the Ancients, Marjorie Lynne Wagner, Alameda, CA
What I Told My Grown Son at Dinner, Karen Stromberg, La Mesa, CA
Alice Springs Gift Shop, Maxine Williams, Sebastopol, CA
4 Songs of Tzu-Yeh, Wineshop Girl, Neal Whitman, Pacific Grove, CA
Heron Watch, Vera Ogden Bakker, West Bountiful, UT
Argentine Tango, Marion H. Younquist, Wauwatosa, WI
Sipping Whiskey With My Dad, Wulf Losey, Fremont, CA
Dancing Into Dark, Julia Montrond, Berkeley, CA
Beneath a Moon in China, Laverne Frith, Sacramento, CA
Points of Love, Mary Eastham, San Jose, CA
To Roy: for his 100th Birthday, Nick Sweet, Shepherd, TX
Melody and Lyric, Jo Barbara Taylor, Raleigh, NC
Pinned, Julie E. Bloemeke, Alpharetta, GA
Two Poets, Helene Knox, Oakland, CA
Calendar Highlights of Upcoming Artists Embassy International EventsFor further information and additional activities, please contact Natica at email@example.com and visit www.dancingpoetry.com.
Our schedule is always having new and exciting events added to it. Don’t miss out on the fun and opportunities.
The listed events are put on by AEI or are produced by similar organizations that promote art and culture.
Ongoing; Dance Poetics classes are open – Mondays at 5:45 Call Natica: 510-235-0361 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ongoing: Visual Art Shows: Natica Angilly’s Poetic masks, tambourine intrigues and unique abstract canvases. New installations by Natica and other AEI artists continue at Cafe Arrivederci Galleries 11 G Street, San Rafael.
Every Monday Night: “Salons For Your Imagination, Wow!” 5:30-9:00: Cafe Arrivederci, 11 G Street, San Rafael, CA, hosted by Angar Mora For upcoming presentations and reservations please call Angar Mora at 415-492-8870.
November 19: Judy reads her poetry at the “Salons for Your Imagination, Wow!” at Café Arrividerci, Dinner begins at 5:30. The program is over by 9:00. Judy is paired with visual artist Linda Ruiz-Lozito, a landscape painter.
November 26: Natica’s3rd eye -art inspirationspresentation at “Wow! Salon”at 5:30; call 415-492-8870 for reservations.
December 9: Artists Embassy International Annual Membership Meeting, Christmas Party & Board Meeting from 2:00. All members welcome. Please call Natica for information 510-235-0361 or 415-681-0618
December 14: Happy Birthday Cindy Levinson. Our Best Birthday Wishes and thanks for your wonderful AEI works!
***JANUARY 1, YOUR POETRY WELCOMED - THE 20TH DANCING POETRY CONTEST IS OPEN!
Please send your excellent and wonderful poetry so that your poetry might be acknowledged and honored. We again seek highest praises for the 20th Dancing Poetry Festival Poetry and appreciate all who enter their poems!
January 5: FREE Workshop at the Alameda Museum Gallery – Poets, Artists, Dancers, Enthusiasts Welcome! Join in the excitement of ART SPARK – working with meaning in motion, poetic senses, easy tambourine innovations, and gifts from the ancients. With artist/poet Tanya Joyce & festival/events director Natica Angilly, 1:00-3:30. Call 510-235-0361
Jan. 12: Jack London’s Birthday Party (& Natica’s too). Poetry Party Hosted by Alameda Poet Laureate, Mary Rudge with the New Muses, Alameda Island Poets and AEI visual arts exhibit at the AlamedaMuseum 1-3pm - Love to see you!
January 19: YOU ARE INVITED TO OUR ART EXTRAVAGANZA! Chat with poets, dancers, exhibiting artists. Meet new friends and contacts. Snack all day at the Alameda Museum 11:30 until 3:00 (See DPF Grand Prize Performances)
January 26: FUN Workshop: New Excitements for presenting your work – Tips on creating your own artist’s statement – hands on crafts! All at the Alameda Museum Gallery 1 to 3:30 with Tanya & Natica – Reserve your space, provided materials and gifts - Call 510-235-0361
Feb. 23: Redwood Empire Chinese Association’s Chinese New Year Celebration & Fundraiser - Santa Rosa Vet’s Memorial Building. Visit www.recacenter.org. For tickets, contact Judy Cheung, 707-528-0912, email@example.com.
March 17: Rakkasah’s presents Natica’s workshop: Secrets of Timeless Expression, Sensual Essentials, Gypsy Combos, Mask and Tambourine Dancing ( masks and tambourines provided) on opening day of the famed week long workshops. Sign up now at Rakkasah.com Classes are at Sportsman Hall, 5220 Glenn Ave., San Pablo, CA.
March 22-24: Rakkasah Middle Eastern Dance Festival and Bazaar, Richmond Auditorium, 413 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA, 94804. Please visit www.rakassah.com for more info. Sales booth for AEI fundraiser.
April: Look for our National Dance Week Celebrations
April 5: Close of proposals for performance at DPF - dancing poetry dance submissions for performing duos &companies)
May 15: Dancing Poetry Festival Poetry Contest closes with thanks for your much appreciated entries!
May thru September – Discovery, Excitement and Planning for our 20th Dancing Poetry Festival
SEPTEMBER 14: YOUR PRESENCE IS REQUESTED AND MUCH APPRECIATEDat our 20th
DANCING POETRY FESTIVAL at the CaliforniaPalace of the Legion Honor Your support of this unique AEI event is always very much appreciated!
Thanks again for your interest and ambassadorship in the arts!
Early Announcement: 2014 March 25-29: United Poets Laureate International’s 23rd World Congress of Poets will be held in Osaka, Japan. Please visit www.upli-wcp.org for more information. The Congress in Australia could not be satisfactorily finalized. The committee working on the Congress in Japan is optimistically enthusiastic for a wonderful event in Osaka, Japan, during cherry blossom time, 2014.