Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Alice Lovelace & Louise Runyon, Revisited!
Poetry Reading plus Discussion:
The Arts and Activism
Thursday, April 24, 7:30 p.m.
Charis Books & More
Louise Runyon and Alice Lovelace first performed together 27 years ago in a dance/poetry show they created called Women at Work. These veteran Atlanta artists have recently re-teamed; join them as they perform their work and entertain questions/answers/ discussion on their evolution as artists and activists!

Lovelace, known as Atlanta’s “grandmother of performance poetry,” has played leadership roles in the Southern Collective of African-American Writers, Neighborhood Arts Center, Alternate Roots and the Arts Exchange, and was lead organizer of the first-ever United States Social Forum, held in Atlanta this past summer (http://www.alicelovelace.com/). Runyon, the first woman to work at Atlantic Steel since WWII, began her arts career writing and choreographing about the steel plant. A dancer as well as poet, Runyon is Artistic Director of Louise Runyon Performance Company.
Lovelace is known primarily as a political poet and Runyon as a personal poet, but both have deep roots in the arts and activism. Both poets explore the mother/daughter relationship but from very different family situations and cultures. Runyon will sign her new book, LANDSCAPE / Fear & Love and will also read from her children’s book, Petunias In The Window, the true story of her mother’s 42-year struggle to save her New York apartment building from demolition.

Scroll down for more info about Runyon's LANDSCAPE / Fear & Love, including sample poems, reviews and info on how to order!