Poets Among Us

Well, I haven’t been the most prolific of blog writers of late, but that’s mainly because I’ve been juggling projects galore. One perpetual project is keeping my print inventory up to date and ready to go: bagged, backed, priced, sorted, labeled, boxed. That done, I’m ready for a road trip!

This time, the trip was just down the road about a mile, to yesterday’s Poetry Festival Santa Cruz, ably organized by my friend Daniel Yaryan of Sparring with Beatnik Ghosts fame. Daniel asked me almost a year ago to come up with a design for the festival logo. I believe I’ve posted it before, but just to refresh your memory, here it is:
Poetry Festival Santa Cruz

Forty poets performed their work in the ballroom at the Cocoanut Grove down at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, while next door in the concourse were booths showcasing books by local small presses, poetry-related memorabilia, and art. That’s where I come in.

Here I am in my hipster hat at my booth.
Looking hip at Poetry Festival Santa Cruz

Not too shabby a view.
The vendors' view

The Festival ran from 3pm until around 9pm. Here it’s beginning to get busy.
The crowd at Poetry Festival Santa Cruz

Most of my time was spent taking care of my table (with the excellent assistance of Sarah-Hope), but once or twice I was able to duck into the main ballroom to hear some of the poets perform. Here is Ellyn Maybe and her band.
Looking hip at Poetry Festival Santa Cruz

A good time was had by all, and we’re hoping for another festival next year.

Now back to work… it’s a cold and rainy day here in Santa Cruz. When it’s cold, I move my workspace into the kitchen. It’s easy to turn a stovetop into a tabletop! Just be careful not to get ink on your vegetables.
Working in the kitchen

Stay tuned to see what I’m cooking up next!

Author: Melissa

2 thoughts on “Poets Among Us

  1. I’m typing this while listening to Ellen Maybe’s rap. Kinda funky & fun! Anyway- congrats – looks like another successful outing for you! The booth looked very good.

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