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WOVEN VOICES: Poets Gloria Vando & Anika Paris at Beyond Baroque, Thursday 29 November, 7:30 PM


Thursday, November 19, 2012 | 7:30pm

Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center
681 Venice Blvd. Venice, CA 90291


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WOVEN VOICES: An Evening of Poetry & Music with Mother-Daughter Duo Gloria Vando & Anika Paris

With special music guests: Kristian Klikovitz on keys, Michael Saucier on bass, and singers Delbi Smart and Lynn Fanelli.
Refreshments!  Booksigning!  

“Woven Voices is like no other poetry book! Here is a gorgeous trio of poets who share family ties, a common Puerto Rican History, and the twists and turns of a diasporic journey.… You’ll find yourself singing along, entering a world of beauty and truth you didn’t know existed.”
—Ruth Behar, MacArthur Fellow

“This is but a glimpse into the numerous intersections of these three poets’ voices. And it’s interesting to take note of how the intertwined threads leave space to allow each poet to preserve the soloist song of “I” without blurring into a chorus-like “we.” The shared space is the book itself, a beautiful testament to a family tradition.”
—Rigoberto González, The Poetry Foundation’s Blog, Harriet

GLORIA VANDO is the founding publisher/editor of Helicon Nine Editions for which she received the Governor’s Arts Award (KS). She won the Di Castagnola Award (Poetry Society of America) and Best Poetry Book of the Year Award (Latino Literary Hall of Fame) for her book, Shadows & Suppose.  She received the 2009 Poetry Award from El Instituto de Puerto Rico, NY; the Thorpe Menn Poetry Book Award for Promesas: Geography of the Impossible; first Kansas Arts Commission Poetry Fellowship; two Billee Murray Denny Prizes; River Styx International Poetry Award (Philip Levine, judge); and others. Her work is in magazines, texts, anthologies, and CDs, including the 2007 Grammy-nominated Poetry on Record: 98 Poets Read Their Work 1888-2006 (“The third CD features poets of the post-World War II era. (“It’s Gloria Vando’s ‘Fire’ that serves as a high point on this portion of Poetry on Record.”—The Music Box review). She has served as a judge for the NEA and numerous State Arts Councils, is a contributing editor of the North American Review; cofounder, with her husband, Bill Hickok, of The Writers Place, a literary center in Kansas City; and now serves on the boards of the Venice Arts Council and Beyond Baroque.

ANIKA PARIS is a platinum award winning singer/songwriter and recipient of ASCAP’s Abe Oleman Scholarship (Songwriters Hall of Fame), CRIA Award, Nashville’s Song Festival, ASCAP’s Pop Awards. Published with Universal Polygram and Warner Chappell, her songs are featured in major films starring Gwenyth Paltrow, Ben Affleck, Maria Carey, John Tutturo, to name a few, and on soundtracks. She is the only female composer for Warner Brothers Telepictures, toured the US, Europe and Asia, even performed for the royal princess of Thailand. She has composed for Off-Broadway’s Novel, Morpho-Genesis, The Judas Tree, The Island of No Tomorrows and Temple of the Souls, which received four HOLA Awards in 2012, including outstanding music. She teaches songwriting and performance at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, and is a newly minted author with her book Making Your Mark in Music (Hal Leonard, 2011). Her poems have appeared in publications and anthologies, including The Kansas City Star, Spillway, The Mom Egg, Chance of a Ghost, Poetic Voices Without Borders, Anthology of Kansas City Poets, and most recently in Woven Voices (Scapegoat Press, 2012), a three-generation poetry anthology alongside her mother and grandmother (Anita Vélez-Mitchell)



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