Final Thoughts | 2015 Artist Writer Mashup April 25th, 2015

Good morning Victoria!

Congratulations! You’ve made it through the entire project! You’ve put new art into the world inspired by other art, and hopefully the chain of creativity and drive continues forward. Now that it’s all over, tell us how you feel! Answer the following questions in a blog post:

  • What did you ultimately produce?

I produced a prose poem.

A prose poem produced itself.

The prose poem produced me.

  • Do you feel that your work is finished or will you continue to edit and refine the work?

I feel the poem; the piece will require extra production time. I sit, I listen and still hear the poem humming, a soft tune – almost complete, almost satisfied with itself.

  • How do you feel about the project overall?

A blast!

  • What was the best part of the project? What was the most difficult? 

Best part was meeting and having a chance to expand as a creative person with other creative people.

Most difficult, waiting for the poem to start – my mind overwhelmed with possibilities,  too many options as the illustration’s power wielded mental, emotional and reactive tornados.

TGIS! Today is Jersey Shore Poets & Monmouth County Library event PoetsLive!

Join the Jersey Shore Poets with the Monmouth County Library Eastern Branch/Shrewsbury in honor of National Poetry Month~

Feature poets; Renee Ashley & Emari DiGiorgio

JSP Flier 2015 scan0001We love to share our poetry and we love to hear yours! Open-mic time to share your poems~

Monmouth County Library/Eastern Branch

1001 Highway 35

Shrewsbury, NJ 07702-4398

Call Library for more information at 732-389-2669

We hope to see and hear you there, Saturday at 1:00 – 4:00 pm.

Happy National Poetry Month!

TGIF! One day closer to tomorrow’s PoetsLive! reading~

Join the Jersey Shore Poets with the Monmouth County Library Eastern Branch (Shrewsbury) in honor of National Poetry Month~

Feature poets; Renee Ashley & Emari DiGiorgio

JSP Flier 2015 scan0001We love to share our poetry and we love to hear yours! Open-mic time to share your poems~

Monmouth County Library/Eastern Branch

1001 Highway 35

Shrewsbury, NJ 07702-4398

Call Library for more information at 732-389-2669

We hope to see and hear you there, Saturday at 1:00 – 4:00 pm.

Happy National Poetry Month!

No Medium | 2015 Artist Writer Mashup

Lamplighter’s 2015 Artist Writer Mashup is featuring the illustrations of New Jersey artist Lauren Clark. Each participating writer is paired with an illustration. Throughout the project, writers are given a series of prompts, contemplations, and questions. Each participating writer is to compose some work of fiction, non-fiction, or poetry inspired by the illustration. Here is today’s prompt:

What is the title of your work?

Untitled AWM 2015

Have you titled it yet?

Yes, saved as Untitled AWM 2015

What is your illustration’s title?

AWM Illustration 13

What genre are you writing in?

Free write

Did you start in that genre?

Yes, I generally prefer starting freely.

All of these things are just constructs – scaffolding and framing we build to make sense of art, to justify art and put it in a relatable context. They are all pedestals for us to place the writing and art on to honor it. Though creativity is universal, some would say Art (capital “A”) exists purely based on the fact that these pedestals exist.

  • Smash your pedestals. Destroy your work today – cut it up, reinterpret it, shift it to a new genre.
  • What do you gain from deconstructing, destroying, and subverting the illustration?
  • What do you gain from doing this to your writing?

Remember to blog and share your post in the comments below!

Now that’s a ‘Mashup!’

Lauren Clark graduated from William Paterson University, where she studied various forms of art, and where she started taking Illustration more seriously. Lauren likes to play with imagination, something so many lose as we “grow up.” The series of Illustrations used for this project has been showcased at the Hoboken Arts Festival and on a month long display at a local wine bar. You can see some of Lauren’s work on Etsy.com

2015 Artist Writer Mashup April 18th, 2015

The final week is upon us! If you’ve been writing actively, chances are you’ve produced a full draft and have been editing your writing, boiling it down to some form you think is approaching “perfect.” Tell us about it! Answer the following questions in a blog post:

  • Do you have a (nearly) finished piece of writing?

Yes, in my head, in some alternate dimension of space and time, the piece is completed.

On paper, not yet.

On Word, not yet.

  • Is it in the genre where you started? What drove you to change?

The primary focus driving me to change my mind (the one in alternate reality) is the illustration is so completely pliable, effectively compelling in its construction and openness to multi-interpretations, I can’t choose which place, which perception, changing like a molting hawk, a gold finch from winter olive to bright spring yellow, the task shifts constantly.

  • What of the art inspired you most through this process?

Black. White. Gray. Shapes. Nature. Human Nature. Boxes. Squares. Handkerchief. Ghost. Skull. Flower. Enlightenment. Interrelatedness. All of these and more~

  • What else helped to inspire you? 

My spirituality inspires me in everything ~

Celebrating 25 years of the American Disabilities Act!

So much good has been accomplished for so many Americans living with disabilities!

Here’s to 25 more years of progress~

http://wordsiwheelby.com/2015/04/25-ways-the-americans-with-disabilities-act-sparked-positive-change-in-the-united-states/

Living Life to the Best of Your Possibility

‘You can judge a nation by the way it treats its most vulnerable’ ~ Aristotle

Victoria Kaloss

Monmouth County Library/Eastern Branch & Jersey Shore Poets Present~

JSP Flier 2015 scan0001Celebrate  National Poetry Month with Jersey Shore Poets, Sat. April 25th~

Join us in becoming transported by poetry-

words in action!

Open-mic, share your poems, share your love of poetry~

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