A quarterly event, Real Poetry, Real Talk was developed by the IAAS to promote poetry under the auspices of phati’tude Literary Magazine. Our first guest host was Jon Sands, one of the nation’s most celebrated spoken word artist and poet, who helped edited the first issues of phati’tude Literary Magazine, and recently published his first poetry collection, The New Clean.
The featured distinguished poets Louis Reyes Rivera and Rachel Hadas, who read poetry, discussed their work and participated in a Q&A. The program ended with a half-hour open mic session, and book sales and signings.
“Real Poetry, Real Talk” will be a place for performance and learning, where the reading of “real poetry” is followed by “real talk” designed to celebrate the written word. The series will feature a variety of nationally-known and local literary talents who bring high levels of energy, amusement and poignancy to an exciting selection of poetic styles. Top notch writers will read their works, discuss the art of poetry and answer questions from the audience, offering inspiration in a nurturing, open environment to students, teachers and lovers of poetry.