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In Today’s News

August 13, 2018

Ashley Bryan

Bob Keyes article in the Maine Sunday Telegram provides the latest news on Ashley Bryan. His show opened recently at the Portland Museum of Art and it is fantastic. At age 95 Ashley is working on a number of books and is planning on one being completed within the month. It is a book of collages based on Christina Rosetti’s poems. He’s also working on a larger project based on his time during WWII when he served in the segregated Army. Seventy four years ago he was at Omaha Beach.

I was very excited to read that he is working with Maine composer Aaron Robinson who happens to be a former student of mine. They are collaborating on an African-American requiem for chamber orchestra, choir and spoken voice.

He’s calling it “A Tender Bridge: An African American Requiem,” based on a Bryan quote: “I always confuse the past and the future, the way I mix up death and life – they are connected only by a tender bridge. This is why stories are at the heart of civilization.”

Plan to take your students to the museum for the show and watch for information on the performance of one of Ashley’s books scheduled for the end of October.

READ the entire article.

“Oh, When the Children Sing in Peace,” 2006, collage of cut colored paper on paper, from “Let It Shine: Three Favorite Spirituals,” 12 by 20 inches. Photo from Portland Museum of Art

 

 

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POL State Champ

June 26, 2014

Gorham High School graduate

This year Charlotte Feinberg represented Maine at the National Poetry Out Loud competition in Washington D.C. during March. In order to earn the trip to D.C., Charlotte had to recite many many poems. Charlotte loves poetry and as a matter of fact she has many passions. Charlotte graduated from Gorham High School this year. Charlotte was kind enough to answer some questions for this blog post. The Maine Arts Commission wishes Charlotte well as she moves on to the next chapter of her life. We know she’ll continue making her mark on the world!

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Charlotte reciting at the National Poetry Out Loud competition.

 

What prompted you to participate in POL?
My English teacher Kerry Herlihy encouraged me to participate. Being a writer she assumed it was right up my alley, I thought I’d give it a try.

Name the 3 things that you learned or impacted you.

  1. The performance experience I gained was immense, I had performed my own poetry before but the memorization and performance process really strengthened me as a speaker.
  2. I also learned excellent memorization skills.
  3. The thing that impacted me the most was my connection to the poetry, the entire process allowed me to understand and truly love the poems that I had been performing.

What was the greatest challenge with you POL experience?
My nerves were rough, between dancing and poetry I was no stranger to being on stage but the memorization aspect made it especially tough.

What kind of support did you receive and who provided it?
Kerry Herlihy was an incredible support to me throughout the entire process. Encouraging me and keeping me calm and making me laugh. David Patterson really helped with my understanding of the poems, especially “When you are Old” by William Butler Yeats.

What advice would you give to other students who are thinking about participating in POL in the future?
Choose poems that you care about, disregard any ideas about what you think will aid you in the sense of competition and stick with things you can connect to on a personal level.

What was your greatest success?
Conquering my stage fright and being able to perform in a way I never had before.

What is your long-term take-away?
I’ll always have a connection to my poems, and a true appreciation for the power of spoken word.

Thousands of students participated in Poetry Out Loud at the local, regional, and state level in Maine during the 2013-14 school year. This year 365,000 students across the country participated in POL. The POL program is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation and is administered at the state level by the Maine Arts Commission. Materials will be available in September for next year. If you are interested in participating please contact argy.nestor@maine.gov.

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