ALBANY POETRY EXAMINER
A POET SPEAKS THROUGH BARDS, BALLADS, & BOOKS
Bay Area Poet, Gary Turchin, accomplishes this through many venues such as his website at www.GaryTurchin.net/, Open Mics at local cafes, as a member of the Bay Area Poetry Coalition, as the featured reader, schools, and events which he sponsors such as the coming live concert of original songs and performance art called The Bard & The Balladeer, featuring himself on spoken word, and singer/songwriter Ken Risling doing some fine original music. (Give Ken a listen: http://www.reverbnation.com/kenrisling) They will be doing two shows, June 14 and 15 at Berkeley’s Subterranean Arthouse, (2179 Bancroft) 7:30, $15 recommended donation. They will be at Sebastopol’s Community Center on July 20, too, if you’re up that way.
Gary says, I’m also hoping to have copies of my new book of poems, Falling Home, available in time. It’s a beautiful book, best cover design I’ve ever done (see attached jpg). Best poetry of my life, 172 pages, including 50 pages of photos from my family archive, a kind of archeological dig into my origins. The pictures will surprise you as much as the writing.
The books are $18, $20 to mail. It will be online soon. Meanwhile send checks to 2100 McKinley, Berekely 94703. If you don’t read poetry, you can look at the picture….You’ll like.
At the End of Your Rope
At the end of your rope
with nothing to hold on to
not even air
not even hope
not even your best shot
nothing you can do
and in falling
If you can’t come to the show, and I really hope you can, you can still buy a book. All the book sales, and anything left from the gate is going to go toward supporting my journey to Montreal, Canada in October, where I’ve been asked to screen my movie, The Healthiest Man On Earth, at the 2013 World Parkinson Congress. If you haven’t seen the film, here’s a link: http://youtu.be/craVH8mzpuQ
The film won the audience favorite award at the 2013 Albany Film Festival, and is slated to be shown at the Davis (CA) Film Festival on June 22, and the Rob Knox Film Festival in London England next week.
About Gary Turchin: The shy member of a family that didn’t shy away from much, Gary Turchin found his expression in words and pictures and performing. He has pursued his passion for the silly (and serious) rhyme for more than 30 years. He was blessed with twin daughters in 1988, and began writing silly rhymes for them. Eventually, he created an interactive poetry show, Gary T. & his Poet Tree, featuring these rhymes, which he has presented more than 500 times in schools and libraries and venues throughout California. Tens of thousands of kids have been entertained and inspired by his whimsical verse and funny presentation.
He is working on a poetry memoir about college, Stranded, with Jack & Jill, and a series of kids books. Meanwhile he regularly shows his idiosyncratic art in galleries, performs his poetry (for kids and adults) at every opportunity, and looks for ways to create ever more novel and original things.
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