For its Jan. 4 First Friday event, The Art Center has got something different planned."Make It New: Poets Take The House" presents four poets with four very different perspectives and performances, all conquering one theme - to make it new.The art-loving public is welcome to take a creative leap beyond New Year's resolutions to take part in a "New Year's Inspiration." Poets/performers featured include Frank Coons of Grand Junction; LadySpeech of Denver; Stewart S. Warren of Albuquerque, N.M.; and Wendy and Shawnee Videlock of Grand Junction. Poet Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer of Telluride will be the master of ceremonies for this First Friday Event.LadySpeech is one of the first poets that came to Trommer's mind when organizing this one-of-a-kind event. "I consider myself a healer who is a performance poet with slam influence. The content of my poetry centers around self and community healing. I am a 'Warrior' poet. I write to advance my ancestors to speak my truth," said LadySpeech.Warren is the author of 12 poetry collections and is published in various journals and anthologies. His poetry is both personal and transpersonal with a mystic undercurrent. He is the owner of Mercury HeartLink, a small press in New Mexico, and is the founder of the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program. Born and partly raised in eastern Oklahoma, at the age of 17, Warren became a convicted felon. He holds no university degrees. Neither of these details have hindered his passions nor his abilities to be a writer and a teacher. Quite the contrary, his life has been a remarkable journey. Videlock lives in Grand Junction, not far from The Art Center. Her book, "Nevertheless," is available from Able Muse Press. Videlock is a performer, visual artist and a teacher. She will be performing with her daughter, Shawnee Videlock, at the Jan. 4 event.Frank H. Coons was raised on the "red earth and yellow light" of New Mexico. He is a practicing veterinarian and is practicing to be a poet in Grand Junction. His work has appeared in Willow Creek Journal, The Eleventh Muse, Malpais Review, Santa Fe Literary Review and others. He was an honorable mention for the Mark Fischer Poetry prize in 2011. Coons was the first person that Grand Junction poet Luis Lopez suggested to strengthen the range in content and performance for the Jan. 4 event. Doors open for the event at 6:30 p.m. and folks will be greeted by the music of Peg Oswald on Native American flute in the Atrium Gallery. The local drumming group, Grand Junction Hand Drummers, will open the event at 7 in Studio Colorado and close the poetry performances at the end of the evening.Celebrity bartenders include Caole Lowry of Planet Earth Gallery, DJ Strangfellow, and Bernie Buescher, former Colorado Secretary of State. This event and experiment in "Making It New" is made possible through the sponsorship of Farolito Press and is free and open to the public. Curating this poetry event is Dr. Luis Lopez and Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer.
The Art Center set to offer poetic inspiration
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