Thursday, February 21, 2013

YAY! You came back!

Hi folks: Lots more again this time! Here ya go:

The three readers for this post are:
1. Michael Vandergag of  Beyond the Interface:  Guides clients through the process of applying User Centered Design and Usability best practices to the design, development and testing of products, Web based applications and software.We help ensure that product concepts and software solutions are easy to use, error free and provide a satisfying user experience that meets business goals and customer needs.
BTI's Mentor-Up program engages experts to guide clients through business improvement, from strategy to best practices that satisfy their customers, delight their stake-holders, achieve success. Michael is also the current Vice President of the Rochester Professional Consultants Network in Rochester, NY and is scheduled to take over as the groups President in 2014. Contact:

2. James Gautier: Poet , Teacher, Spoken Word Artist, Loyal Friend, Entertainer and the host of Jimmy's Potpourri on Kill Radio .org ( visit: to listen.)  Visit for details

3. Marjorie (Margie) Campaigne:
Completed LEED Green Associate training at SUNY Morrisville, with Irene Santoro of Forever Green Training  Sustainable Design, in December 2010. Eco-Consultant with Green Irene, offering Green Home &; Business Makeovers, Green Workshops and in-home parties, Green fund-raising. Think of a Green Makeover as an Energy (and Money) Saving audit. Completed the Green Irene training module, now certified to offer Green Business Makeovers at varying levels of green certification, via the Green Business Bureau. Participated in numerous environmental fairs and events by tabling and answering questions from attendees. 

Conceived and implemented Project H.O.U.S.E. - Household Opportunity to Upgrade & Save the Environment, designed corresponding eco-website to educate people about lowering their carbon footprint.

For more visit Margie's web site at:

Events of note for this time:

1.Karla Linn Merrifield’s Newest Poetry Collection: Lithic Scatter and Other Poems is an intimate journey across the diverse landscape of the American West. Those words of New Mexico poet Michael G. Smith hint at the scope of Lithic Scatter, which was inspired by Merrifield’s many lengthy treks through the West. The 59 poems traverse a dozen states covering some 1.7 billion years! In Kansas, for example, we learn about Jewish immigrants who escaped European programs to become homesteaders, safe at last// in a sod house on one-hundred-sixty acres,/ in the blank ark of the sere open prairie. In Nevada, you’re mesmerized,/ needing more than both hands//to navigate this terrain of faultlines,/ how it shrinks humanity, how it favors lizards. In Arizona, readers arrive during the seasons of kiva spells/ and adobe smoke,/ in rimrocks of Arizona and alcoved dwellings of the Ancient Puebloans (Anasazi).Merrifield is also a well-informed tour guide to a dozen National Parks, Monuments, and Historical Sites. Thus, in Yosemite National Park in California, she turns eyes to a rock-climber inching/ upward a half mile on El Capitan’s vertical face sees only granite,/ curses its polish, oblivious to the glacier whose ghost is sheen on stone. And, at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington State, a frog along the trail speaks through the poet, instructing hikers to plant your feet/ on the earth and look up toward the canopy/ of ancient treetops.
Lithic Scatter and Other Poems (114 pages), with a cover photograph by the author, is available for $16 in selected bookstores and from online booksellers, as well as from the author via query to her at or by phone at (585) 259-6934. ISBN 978-0-9882279-9-6.
2.One of Las Vegas' poetic institutions, now in it's 11th year, is on the move! Mark your calendars for February 26th. Join Word UP! Poetry & Music, Las Vegas' longest-running and most established weekly poetry reading, as we celebrate our brand new venue at the Freakin' Frog. Located just down the street from our soon-to-be old venue on Maryland Parkway, across from UNLV.There are several advantages to this move. First, WE ARE GOING BACK TO OUR OLD, ESTABLISHED TIME OF 7:00-9:00 P.M. to make it easier for everyone who had trouble making our temporary 6:30-8pm time at the Coffee Bean.It will also allow Word UP! to cater to our loyal and long-time supporters, but also open it up to new audiences as well. Word UP! will also now have the use of a stage and complete sound system graciously supplied by the Freakin' Frog, a food menu for those wanting a bite to eat, and for those who care for something else other that coffee, add beer and whiskey to the list. We'll also have greater flexibility in time and resources for hosting special events like the annual Men's & Ladies' Night poetry showcases. For those not familiar with the Freakin' Frog, even though the establishment serves alcohol, it *IS* an all-ages venue.So, Word UP! ***WILL STILL BE*** an all-ages poetry reading. All poets, musicians & entertainers of all ages are always welcome. And as usual, no censorship. Our only request is that you show your love and support for our new partners by supporting their establishment.We'd like to thank the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf for their years of loyal support to Las Vegas' longest running weekly poetry reading. Our inaugural event will be our ever-popular Beat Poets night. Bring your favorite beat poetry to read. We'll also be treated to a Word UP! tradition, Nick Marco's rendition of Alan Ginsburg's "Howl," featuring Baba Shafeeq. Your long-time hosts,Megan Milligan, Mark Snyder, & Lana Hanson at: The Freakin Frog 4700 S Maryland Parkway Las Vegas, Nevada 89119 11:00 am - 3:00 am

3  Lift Bridge Book Shop  45 Main Street  Brockport,New York 14420    Ph#(585) 637-2260                February 14th, 2013 Greetings: Local Poets-  I would like to invite you to our very special 10th Annual Poetry Month Event on Sunday April 28th, 2013 starting at 12:30 PM at Lift Bridge Book Shop. Each poet will have the opportunity to read for a short period of time. The length will be determined by the number of poets who will be participating. A sign-up list will be available on the day of the event to determine the reading order. There will be a display of the participating poets' books for sale with the chance for purchasers to get books signed. Refreshments and music will be included as well. Time permitting, there will be an open mike opportunity following the scheduled poetry reading.      To participate, please RSVP by e-mail to or call Lift Bridge Book Shop at 637-2260. (Ask for or leave a message for Joe) Also please contact friends, family, and fans who may be interested in attending the event and confirm whether you will be bringing copies of your book(s) along. If you have a new title or one that has not been carried at Lift Bridge Book Shop before, please e-mail me the ISBN, Title, Author, and Price so I can get the information into our computer inventory before the event.  I look forward to an afternoon filled with the celebration of poetry. It is also an opportunity to once again showcase the wealth of poetic talent this part of New York State has to offer.      Hope you will be able to attend!         Joe      Please RSVP by March 12th, 2013
4Poets All Over :
  We had occasional discussions and many event postings, but because the members were scattered across the globe, there was little to argue about. In any case, the days of Yahoo Groups are over. No more traffic. No more arguments. No more events. No more love. It's lonely out there since the advent of Facebook and other social media. There are numerous Las Vegas Facebook Groups, one for every reading and organization, so I saw no need to create one (besides, I no longer live in Vegas, boo-hoo!), but I did decide to create a Poets All Over Facebook Group. I've yet to discover if it will really take off, but I've added/invited about 150 members so far, and I'm trying to stir up some activity. If you're a writer or poet, I do hope you'll join. This group is moderated by Danna Jae Nordin . Send her an e-mail at to join. 
5.Thursday February 14,February 2013 Team Challenge Winner! Congratulations to RNEST's Team Challenge winner for February's "Everyday Heroes" theme... PandaWear with her Guardian Angel Earrings  Thanks to all of you who Voted!
6. The Multi Million Dollar Poetry Seminar. Click the link for info  and sign up! Hurry! Pre- registration closes on March 1st, 2013! 

A special ESP (Everybody Swaps Pages!) reading. Click the link and sign up for this too! And Again, Hurry! Pre-Regsetration closes on March 1st, 2013 for this as well! 

8. Roc Bottom Poetry Collective is a group of poets/spoken artists/performers and writers from Rochester, NY (The Roc). We are a collective group dedicated to elevating the artistry and performance of poetry in Rochester, Upstate, NY and worldwide. We aspire to respect and unify ALL genres of poetry while promoting peace and unity throughout our community and worldwide. Join the Word Movement from Roc we Rise!

Def Meets Deaf Poetry Jam V! Click the link above for details!  
 Whew! Lots of stuff going on!  BTW, this just came up:  on December 15,2012 I looked  at the status on this blog and found that it had passed 10,000 views ( in the Blogger format a"hit"is a click on the link and a "View" is an indication that the link was live for at least 30 seconds indicating that someone might actually have read some of the post. They are tracked separately.) When I included this information in my next post I received over 100 comments all of which effectively stated " Congrats, but just who ARE all those people?" So when I set up the format for 2013 I decided that with permission I would Identify 3 "readers" per post to justify the numbers.  The only "requirements" are that you indicate both an interest in being added to the list and that you show that you have in fact read at least one post between 2009 when this blog first went live and the time at which you made your request to be listed. In most cases, asking to be listed is enough to meet both qualifications. just to be clear I'll re-Phrase: THERE IS NO REQUIREMENT OF BEING A POET, READING POETRY OR HAVING ANY INTEREST IN LITERATURE  WHATSOEVER TO BE ON THE LIST OF READER'S FOR THIS BLOG!   See you next time!  

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