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George Hollie (GH)
Bob Hickman (BH)
selected and edited by Judy Hardin Cheung
DANCING POETRY FESTIVAL PROGRAM, 2015
Welcome back by Master of Ceremonies Raoul Epling
Artists Embassy International Golden Seal Book Awards
Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California First Poet Laureate written by Aleta George, published in 2015 celebrating the 100th anniversary of Ina Coolbrith becoming California’s First Poet Laureate. Ina Coolbrigh became California Poet Laureate at the 1915 California Exposition.
San Francisco Peace and Hope edited by Elizabeth Hack with inspiration and forward by Al Young. A poetic peace effort of gathered voices and visual artists from San FranciscoBay area and beyond.
Awards to 2015 High School Poet Laureates, Sophia Moore and Ellie Dodds from AlamedaLearningCenter
Poem Home –Gift of the AlamedaMulticulturalCommunity Center in remembrance of Mary Rudge. Thanks to Zoe Holder, Marcus Holder, Michele Walker.
Dancers of the Pharoahs Artistic director and choreographer Shukriya Devine. I Try It, Poem by Richard Angilly. DancingWith Swords, Poem by Claire J. Baker, Read by Natica Angilly; Dancers: Loywanner Haddadou, Faith Dunham Sims, Ronda Hollie, Mary Petersen,Wanda Ingmire, Cindy Levinson, Sandy Salizar, Takako Miyashita,
Prize Winning Poets
1. Allegra Silberstein, Davis, CA, Sestina for My Long Lost Sister
2. Gary Turchin, Berkeley, CA, The Obituary Writer
3. Stan Zumbiel, Fair Oaks, CA, Landscape with Birdbath Mixed with Beckoning Voices of Birds
The Power of Cat Poem by Cat Crawford - Performed by The Mighty Pens Poetry. Dancers: Sophia Moore and Ellie Dodds from AlamedaCommunityLearningCenter, teacher Cathy Dana
Prize Winning Poets
1. Nancee Kincaid Maya, Patterson, CA, when Chilito played his flutes
2. Garrett Murphy, Oakland, CA, Song of a Former Fool
3. Noel J. Doyle, Leesburg, VA, Afterglow
Ikibana Dance Poem written by Takako Miyashita and read by Natica Angilly; Dancers: Takako Miyashita,
Loywanner Haddadou, Wanda Ingmire, Nancy Merritt,
Prize Winning Poets
1. Rex Valentine, Elma, WA, Dancing Humor (Special recognition for his poetry book)
2. Raynette Eitel, Las Vegas, NV, Going Under the Music
3. Amy (Filomena) Estrada, Alameda, CA, My Webster Street Friend--Mary Rainey
Prize Winning Poets
1. Jabez Churchill, Ukiah, CA, Monarchs
2. Carol Frith, Sacramento, CA, Wisteria
3. Bert Glick, Santa Cruz, CA, Executive Order 9006
Designs and Destinations Grand Prize Winning Poem by Catherine Moran, Little Rock, AR. Read by Natica Angilly, Dancers: Wanda, Nancy, Loywanner, Cindy, Sophia, Ronda, Takako, Sandy.
Prize Winning Poets
1. John Rowe, El Cerrito, CA, Migration
2.Lavern Frith, Sacramento, CA, In Search of the Rare and the Ancient
3. Jan Dederick, El Cerrito, CA, For John
Delta Eco Revisited--Water Wish, by New Dance Company from Stockton, CA.
Poem written and read by Ann Bailey; Artistic Director, Lisa Rie; Costumes by Rico Reyes;
1. Kay Renz, Santa Rosa, CA, Inner Passage Reflections
2. Nicole Dobson, Santa Rosa, CA, Mermaid Tears
3. Mary Loughrad, Alameda, CA, Happy for the Memory of a Parachute, A sestina
4. Cathy Dana, Alameda, CA, I Write Poems
Sabrosura(Delicious) – Banat El Hoggar with Artistic Director Loywanner Haddadou;
Poem: Breakfast in Nicaragua by Wanda Ingmire and Poem: Can You Feel It by Ronda Hollie ,
read by Richard and Natica Angilly, Dancers: Loywanner Haddadou, Ronda Hollie, Wanda Ingmire, Cindy Levinson, Takako Miyshita, Nancy Merritt, Faith Dunham Sims, Mary Peterson, Sandra Salizar
Farewell to our poet friends of extraordinary gifts of creation and performance and all friends of poetic dance by Master of Ceremonies Raoul Epling and your poetic dancers.
Please keep creating and sending your poetry that promotes peace and understanding.
Thank you again for honoring poetry and supporting poetry and dance as a unified art form.
We hope to see you here again next year
Our expressive and dynamic MC, Raoul Epling, welcomed us back and led us through the exciting and varied second half of our afternoon of poetry and dance as a unified art form.
Richard Angilly, president of Ina Coolbrith Circle, presented Aleta with the Artists Embassy International Golden Seal Book Award. 2015 is the 100 year celebration of Ina Coolbrith becoming the first Poet Laureate of California, and the first state poet laureate in the USA.
Aleta George received the first AEI literary award for the afternoon for her biography about Ina Coolbrith, "The Bittersweet Song of California's First Poet Laureate."
Elizabeth Hack, author, was awarded the AEI Golden Seal Book Award for her new book, "San Francisco Peace and Hope." She was accompanied by Al Young, previous poet laureate of California, who wrote the preface for her anthology of contemporary, local poets.
Al Young gave us a few words of inspiration. He also received Golden Seal Awards for his books and for his contributions to "San Francisco Peace and Hope."
Many contributors to "San Francisco Peace and Hope" joined Elizabeth and Al on stage. Some also said a few words.
Ellie Dodds, elected as one of two High School Poet Laureates for Alameda Learning Center, 2015-2016, read a poem she wrote.
Sophia Moore, one of two elected high school poet laureates for Alameda Learning Center, 2015-2016, read a poem she wrote.
Crowning the Alameda Learning Center High School Poet Laureates are Judy Hardin Cheung, AEI VP, and Natica Angilly, AEI Pres.
Ellen Hickman received a student incentive award and was also crowned as an AEI high school poet laureate by AEI treasurer, Richard Angilly, unexpectedly placing the crown from above. She is home schooled in Santa Rosa, CA.
Ellen Hickman, Santa Rosa, CA; Ellie Dodds, Alameda, CA; and Sophia Moore, Alameda, CA, three high school poet laureates. Ellen's poem was read earlier in the program as she danced.
Zoe Holder, Marcus Holder and Michele Walker from the Alameda Multicultural Community Center were honored for seeing that the Poetry House created by 1st Alameda Poet Laureate Mary Rudge was maintained and now placed in the Alameda Public Library.
Dancers of the Pharoahs performed "Dancing With Swords" written by Claire J. Baker, and "I Try It..." written by Richard Angilly
A stage full of flashing swords is always exciting.
With swords put down, Dancers of the Pharoahs continued to thrill the audience with their lively, swirling, twirling dance.
Allegra Silberstein, Davis, CA, read her "Sestina for My Long Lost Sister." (GH)
Gary Turchin, Berkeley, CA, enjoys his award presented by Judy Hardin Cheung, after reading his prize winning poem, "The Obituary Writer." (GH)
Stan Zumbiel, Fair Oaks, CA, read his "Landscape with Birdbath Mixed with Beckoning Voices of Birds."
The Mighty Pens Poetry Club of Alameda Learning Center performed "The Power of Cat," a poem by student Cat Crawford and danced by Sophia Moore. (BH)
Quick as a cat, faster than the eye (or camera) can see with clarity. (GH)
Camera effects sometimes add to the effects. The Mighty Pens here are very ethereal, appearing to ascend into the ether beyond this realm as they read their poem. (GH)
Nancee Kinkaid Maya, Patterson, CA, read her "When Chilito played his flutes."
Gerrett Murphy, Oakland, CA, read his, "Song of a Former Fool."
Noel J. Boyle, Leesburg, VA, read "Afterglow."
Takako Miyashita created the Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) Dance and wrote the poem which was read by Natica Angilly. (GH)
Piece by piece the ikebana flower arrangement grows. (GH)
Even the most twisted twig has significance, as does each word of the poem written by Takako and read by Natica. (BH)
The top piece, almost too tall to reach, is gloriously added to the apex. (GH)
Takako and her assistants present the glory of the completed work. (BH)
Rex Valentine, Elma Washington, told us all about his "Dance Humor." Rex also received Gold Seal Book Awards for his poetry book, "Two Poets." (BH)
Raynette Eitel, Las Vegas, NV, read her "Going Under the Music." (GH)
Amy Estrada, Alameda, CA, presented, "My Webster Street Friend--Mary Reiney." (BH)
Carol Frith, Sacramento, CA, read to us about "Wisteria." (BH)
Bert Glick, Santa Cruz, CA, read about "Executive order 9006." (GH)
Cathrine Moran, Little Rock, Arkansas, read her Grand Prize winning poem, Designs and Destinations." (BH)
Seeds/ arose to become a breathing creature/ who fumbled and fought for a place." (BH)
"We evolved into all the shoulders and fingers/ striving to survive." (GH)
All the rhythms of our breathing start in a glance,/ then string out/ like eyelashes blinking at a vast eternity." (BH)
Catherine Moran takes her on stage bow with the dancers and receives congratulations from Natica. (BH)
To read the entire poem and see more exciting photos of the performance, please click on the tab for "GP Designs and Destinations."
John Rowe, El Cerrito, CA, read his "Migrations."
Laverne Frigh, Sacramento, CA, read his prize winner "In Search of the Rare and the Ancient." (BH)
Jan Dederick, El Cerrito, CA, read "For John Rowe," a tribute to her husband.
New Dance Company from Stockton,CA, performed "Delta Eco Revisited--Water Wish," poem written and read by Ann Bailey. (BH)
Artistic Director for the New Dance Company is Lisa Rie
Nearly every move was unique and unexpected.
Leaps and bounds had the audience on the edge of their red velvet chairs.
Kay Renz, Santa Rosa, CA, read "Inner Passage Reflections."
Nicole Dobson read about "Mermaid Tears."
Mary Loughran told us about being "Happy for the Memory of a Parachute, A sestina." (BH)
Cathy Dana read "I Write Poems."
Banat El Hoggar, directed by Loywanner Haddadou, performed "Sabrosura (Delicious)"
Costumes were spectacular (BH)
Banat El Hoggar gave a very colorful and lively, exciting grand finale to our program. (BH)
Artists Embassy International and Richard and Natica Angilly's Poetic Dance Theater Company with MC Raoul Epling bid you all farewell until next year.
We all paid special tribute to Sarahanne Lum (center) for her long life of service to Artists Embassy International and the Poetic Dance Theater Company. She keeps on dancing and being an inspiration to us all.