Hi all Monday Night Poetry fans and readers.
I hope you were all able to catch the most excellent story by Dyana Smolen of the Syracuse Post Standard about my work and life. We hope Dyana will come down to Monday Night Poetry and read--we welcome all genres of writing. She is currently at work on a pending piece about Sushi Blues. You can also find her stories online at syracuse.com.
Upcoming events of interest include December 15 at 6 p.m. the Second Annual Bentley the Dog Auction to benefit the Chenango County SPCA. I will be there doing pet illustrations so bring your favorite photos for me to work from. A portion of the proceeds from art sold will also go to the shelter.
Don't forget to check out Emily Vogel's poetry open mic in Norwich on Tuesday evenings @ 7 next door to The Blarney Stone where a poetry slam takes place in fall during Chenango county's Colorscape festival.
April 2009 will have alot of goings on.
I will be giving a talk in Canastota at the Public Library on the art of doll making, doll collecting and particular doll and bear artists. A preview has already been sent to the library for their upcoming newsletter. There will be a display in the library in the month of June.
April 14, 4:30 pm. At the Colgate University Bookstore I will be giving a one-woman show and reading the title of which is "Word Pictures: Illustrations and Poetry by Rachael Ikins". I will be displaying my pen and ink work for sale as well as reading from published work and works in progress.
Also in April no date yet, I will coordinate an all-poetry reading event at which I will read also at Creekside Books in Skaneateles NY. Last month I participated there in a local authors events as I was born and raised in Skaneateles. We had a good turnout and excellent readers of many genres.
MNP will continue weather permitting through winter. Spring 09 we have on schedule so far Michael Czarnecki of Foothills Publishing and Phil Memmer with his latest prize winning collection of poetry.
Anyone has news of interest or poetry they d like to see in print online here, send it to me at
any blog readers in the Albany, Troy, Schenectady area who'd be interested in a poetry open mic event let's hear it. Founding one here or if there are groups out there let me know.
See you Monday!