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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Mixing Fiction, Poetry, Music, and Art

The “Rumi-esque Reading” last Sunday afternoon at the Watermark Gallery turned out to be a great event.

In the warm, inviting environment of the Watermark Gallery, decorated with the original works of Manzar, lovers of the arts gathered to hear two poets and three fiction writers read their work.

Deanna Nikaido opened the event by reading several poems by Rumi. She then read from her own collection of poetry, Vibrating with Silence.

Nitin Jagdish read two stories: “Lines: A Portrait Contemplates Its Audience" and “Fragments from a Backyard Melodrama.” Two other readers read dialogue within Nitin’s narrative, which enlivened the reading.

Caryn Coyle read her story “She Walks in Beauty,” about a Native American ancestor guiding a twentieth century woman on a spiritual journey.

I read two sections from the novel I’m still revising: Womb. It’s a novel narrated by an unborn child still in the womb. I hope to have it polished and ready for agents and publishers around the middle of next year.

Cliff Lynn closed the program with a reading of his own award-winning poetry, followed by a reading of Rumi’s work.

During the intermission, live music was performed, over wine, refreshments, and conversation. Another live performance – from a musician at the Peabody Institute – was enjoyed after the readings.

Perhaps the most enjoyable part of the event was just gathering together during the intermission and after the readings to talk with fellow writers, poets, artists, musicians, and lovers of the arts.

Whether you’re an artist or a writer, a poet or a reader, I encourage you to go out and get involved with events such as this. Visit the art galleries, attend the readings, enjoy the company of fellow creative people. Beyond being fun, it can be an inspiration.


Anonymous cliff lynn said...

Thank you, Eric, for allowing me to participate in the event. It was indeed magical! I have to say, I was initially intimidated by the brilliance of the other writers, in fact, my own work paled by comparison, but when I started reading Rumi, I really got it...then, the flutes...whoa.

October 26, 2007  
Blogger Eric D. Goodman said...

My pleasure, Cliff. I'm glad you were able to be a part of the event. Your poetry is very ... Rumi-esque, and it certainly added to the event -- as important a part as the flutes!

November 07, 2007  

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