June Poetry Prompts
These prompts were given to me by collaborating poet traci kato-kiriyama. I will engage in fevered writing with each of them.
1.“But in this dark moment of crisis, a handful of good neighbors emerged.”
David Mas Masumoto on modernfarmers.org; “A Bitter Harvest: Inside Japanese American Internment Camps during World War II”;
2. “How to Defy the Law of Your Own Gravity and Survive”
from a lovely card that Nancy Keystone gave to me. She made cards with this quote that was said to her by artist Howard Hussey in 1992
3. “Energy is all there is.”
from “Reiki For Life” by Penelope Quest
4. “Search for stellar survivor of a supernova explosion.”
from sciencedaily.com – European Space Agency/Hubble Information Centre;
These prompts were given by me to collaborating poet traci kato-kiriyama, who will engage in fevered writing with each of them.
Readers of this blog are invited, no, encouraged, actually implored, to write your own poems inspired by these prompts and submit them via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Paste the poem into the body of the email and please include your name, mailing address, email, a jpg photo and a 30-word bio. The deadline is June 18, 2017. All poems submitted will be posted. The best Reader Poem we receive each month will win a $25 prize.
traci kato-kiriyama is: an award-winning artist, community organizer, and cultural producer; educator and springtime Teaching Artist-in-Residence for Grand Park; Artist-in-Residence for NeighborWorks America; Steering Committee member of VigilantLOVE; Director/Co-Founder of Tuesday Night Project (recognized by USA Today and LA Weekly for their Tuesday Night Cafe art+community flagship series, currently in its 19th year). She and stage partner, aerial artist/actor Kennedy Kabasares, are in their third stage of development for Tales of Clamor – a theatrical case-study that examines the sound of silence, the echoes of a little-known yet major moment of American history, and its universal reverberations in today’s landscape. “Tales of Clamor” utilizes aerial apparatuses, scenes based in the present and past, and rarely scene video footage from the 1981 CWRIC Hearings (Commission of Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians).
As an author for Writ Large Press, traci continues to transform the manuscript for her next book project, which she looks forward to release in 2018. Her writing and commentary have been featured in numerous print and online publications including The Coiled Serpent anthology (Tia Chucha Press); Elle.com for Melissa Harris-Perry; The Hollywood Reporter; The Rafu Shimpo; An Eye For An Eye Makes The Whole World Blind (Regent Press); Open Doors: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry (Chapparal Canyon Press).