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A place to connect with the musings, poetry, writing, spoken word, interviews, performances, events, film, and photography of a poet, writer, and multimedia artist who still carries a note pad and moleskine with him as well as embraces the current technological tools available for artistic expression.

Experiencing a creative journey means being inspired. James Berkowitz has lived and traveled in many cities fascinated by art, language, and culture. He breathes musically poetic words into his visual writings and enjoys experimentation by playing guitar and composing music to poetic titans such as Walt Whitman and Langston Hughes.

During recent years the discovery of reading poets and writers such as Nazim Hikmet and Mario Benedetti whose works and experimental use of language James feels akin is part of the excitement of evolving. Growth into prose writing of short stories and plays are now taking place. Whether he’s in the street or at the laptop he finds himself grateful for the opportunity to share and connect with other sentient beings via written and spoken word.

All poems, writings, photography, film, video, and quotes presented in this website are copy written by James Berkowitz. All rights reserved. With the exception of quoting brief passages for the purposes of review, the author requests permission in writing for any further use.

"In a time where voices of dissent and any independent voices for that matter are threatened, one voice will continue to melt away the anger, hatred, judgment, and condemnation of diverse people from our vast sea of humanity; that is, the omniscient and truthful voice of eternal love."

James Berkowitz
August 2005



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CO-LAB

Seed Gallery, 210 Market Street, Newark, NJ

 

CO-LAB is NOW. Celebrating the NOW, all aspects of the evenings music are LIVE and IMPROVISED. This is not your granddad's open mic. This is a LIVING ART experience.

BRING YOUR INSTRUMENTS. BRING YOUR ART SUPPLIES (+tarp). BRING YOUR FRIENDS. BRING YOUR ENERGY.

Open to ALL musicians, artists, creative people; experience the magic of improvisational synergy. Be part of an inspiring evening.

PRESALE $5 EMAIL NEWARKSEED@GMAIL.COM WITH YOUR FULL NAME

$10/DOOR

WE APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT

Looking forward to an amazing night and collaboration at CO-LAB Seed Gallery. In honor of National Poetry Month http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/47#9 I will be reading and performing a poetry set at 8PM including newly published works from "The Revolutionary Poets Brigade" anthology http://www.vagabondbooks.net/p/2014-collection.html Photo is of my featured performance in North Hollywood last month at Writer Wednesday's hosted by Jessica Wilson Cardenas Grateful for your presence and support. Thank you Bacaz Bacaz Bacaz for your hard work and vision. ‪#‎poetry‬ ‪#‎lit‬ ‪#‎art‬ ‪#‎music

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Mar7

VAGABOND RELEASE PARTY

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Beyond Baroque, 681 North Venice Boulevard, Venice

 

I'm honored to be part of this anthology (The two poems chosen are "A Saint in the City" and "In Honor of Woman") and will be reading one of the two poems at this event. Grateful for your support and presence. Please share.

Join us for the World Launch of the VAGABOND 2014 Collection.

The Revolutionary Poets Brigade will present its new Los Angeles Anthology, featuring 70 L.A. poets, including: Luis J. Rodriguez, Matt Sedillo, David Romero, Iris De Anda, Conney Williams, Yvonne De la Vega, Antonieta Villamil, Julio "the Conga Poet" Rodriguez, Chris Devcich Guido-Corleone, Nigel R Mitchelll, Apryl Skies, Jessica Wilson and many more ... and the great photo-art of Mike Chamness, all on the theme of social justice;

Henry Howard will be presenting his new book, Sing to Me of My Rights (“A major work of rage and compassion, Henry Howard’s book will be recognized as a momentous volume, blazing the way to a future free of injustice. This book holds its head high and deservedly so.” Jack Hirschman, 4th Poet Laureate of San Francisco);

and the new works, Poetry for the Masses, and Global Economic Amnesty, by Mark Lipman.

Pre-launch reception starts at 7pm in the lobby.

Inquire @ Beyond Baroque

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James Berkowitz Features @ Bob's Espresso Bar

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Bob's Espresso Bar, 5251 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood

 

Happiest of Tuesday to all of you! I am pleased to announce this week's feature for Writer Wednesday! None other, than a good friend and great poet, Mr. James Berkowitz!

James Berkowitz is a poet, writer, multi-media artist, and event producer. He has published two books “Canteen Trumpets at Noon” and “The Angels are Watching”. Recent credits include the anthologies “Revolutionary Poets Brigade” and “Men in the Company of Women” amongst several places where his work is recognized. James is currently working on a collection of poems and short stories as well as reading and performing live. He loves the magnificence of nature and its many settings as well as the pulse and stimulation of city streets. His greatest reward is connecting with other sentient beings. http://www.jamesberkowitz.com/ http://jamesberkowitz.tumblr.com/

---->>>>PLUS... OPEN MIC! Open Mic is 5 mins, open to all creative genres! Step up to your mic!

Be well and WRITE NOW!

FREE Age limit: All ages

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Dec20

Third Friday at The Rapp Saloon

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The Rapp Saloon, 1436 2nd Street, Santa Monica, California, US

 

Poetry/Music/Spoken Word/Open Mic/ Hosted by Elena Secota Featuring: Tom Gramlich, singer/songwriter Pogo Saito

*I will be reading holiday and winter inspired poetry from yesteryear to celebrate.

https://www.facebook.com/events/709092545770346/?ref_dashboard_filter=calendar

FREE Age limit: 18+ or w/adult

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CAROUSEL OF ARTS

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20TH Church of Christ, The Scientist, 132 Brooks Ave., Venice, California, US

 

A Community Event Celebrating, Life, Art, Poetry, and Music

CASH ENTRY AT DOOR RECOMMENDED

ADULT $10 STUDENT $5 WITH CURRENT ID SENIOR 62+ WITH ID & CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER FREE!

AWESOME GIVEAWAYS ON SITE!!!

HASHTAG #COARTSLA

Adult $10 Student $5 with current ID Senior 62+ with ID and Children 12 and under FREE Age limit: All ages

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ROOFTOP SCENE LA

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Venice Breeze Suites, 2 Breeze Ave., Venice, California, US

 

BERKYRAMA

PRESENTS

"ROOFTOP SCENE LA" A celebration of Life, Art, Poetry, and Music

VENICE BREEZE SUITES 2 BREEZE AVE. VENICE, CA 90291 THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 2013 7-10PM

Facebook Event shortened URL link http://bit.ly/rooftopscenela

Hashtag #RooftopSceneLA

ALL GUESTS WILL BE WELCOMED BY A PROFESSIONAL CONCIERGE

$15.00 CASH ENTRY AT DOOR RECOMMENDED COMPLIMENTARY FOOD, DESSERT, & NON ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES GIVEAWAYS ON SITE

Watch the sunset over the Pacific!!!

GRATEFUL TO ALL OF OUR ARTISTS AND SPONSORS CHECK OUT THEIR SITES SHOW SOME LOVE :) LIKE THEIR FACEBOOK PAGES FOLLOW THEIR TWITTER PAGES

ART JOHN CHRISTENSEN http://www.americanprimitive.net/ DAN PYLE http://www.DanPyleArtist.com/ SANDRA ZEBI http://www.zebidesigns.com/

BELLY DANCER

KIMBERLY COBIAN http://www.betterfly.com/kimberlycobian https://www.facebook.com/Poetrypalooza

MUSIC Juan Cardenas (Flute)

PHOTOGRAPHY

SUNNY BAK http://www.sunnybak.com/ RACHEL BUJALSKI http://www.rachelbujalski.com/ DAVID ZENTZ http://www.davidzentz.com/

Poetry/Storytelling

JAMES BERKOWITZ http://www.jamesberkowitz.com/

MARK LIPMAN http://marklipman.blogspot.com/

MARYAM MOTTAHEDEH

Maryam Mottahedeh is an Iranian American poet residing in Los Angeles. Maryam uses poetry as a medium of self integration, expression and embrace of vulnerabilities that allow transformation. Her poetry narrates her healing journey and her reflections for such a need on a larger scale socially, politically and spiritually.

ELENA SECOTA http://www.elenasecota.com/

Elena Secota was born in Transylvania, Romania and studied acting at The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, in London.

Amongst her favorite roles are: Antigone in Sophocle's Antigone at Theatre Technis, London, Sophie Oresanu in the BBC/Masterpiece Theatre, Fortunes of War, with Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh, and the Empress in Lost in Siberia, with Anthony Andrews, filmed on location in Moscow and Uzbekistan.

Elena's love for poetry is expressed in her volume, Poems by the Sea, a collection of 72 poems and 140 color photographs. She enjoys reading her poetry throughout the Los Angeles area and was featured at Beyond Baroque, Cobalt Cafe, The Last Bookstore, Feral Fusion at the Amsterdam Cafe, Sweet Noise: A Soap Box Nation, Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural & Bookstore, Writer's Row, Indelible Ink, and The Ding Dong Lounge in Manhattan, NY.

Hosting the Third Friday Salon, at The Rapp Saloon in Santa Monica, Elena sees poetry as a universal language for an awakened consciousness and compassion.

ANTONIETA VILLAMIL http://www.antonietavillamil.blogspot.com/

Internationally recognized award winning bilingual poet, editor, translator, cante singer and cultural promoter, with over 15 books in print, focuses her writing on the forgotten ones and honors them with a persistence that compels us to hear their voices. She directs LA POESIA FESTIVAL www.lapoesiafestival.blogspot.com at the literary arts center Beyond Baroque in Los Angeles.

Antonieta Villamil was chosen next to the North American poets Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Walt Whitman, Randall Jarrel, Emily Warn, Saul Williams, Sam Hamill, among others; for the documentary film and anthology edited by Andrew Himes and presented in 2005, “Voices In Wartime”. See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sxkI9Ix5as. Antonieta Villamil´s poetry has been published in anthologies alongside poets like Amiri Baraka, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Jack Hirschman. Most recently she was invited to perform at the 2012 San Francisco International Poetry Festival. Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IblJy8Bv4k Web page: http://sfipf.org/poets/antonieta-villamil/.

Winner of the “14th International Latino Book Award 2012” in The United States, with SOLUNA EN BOSQUE for Best Book of Poetry in Spanish in The United States. The 13th International Latino Book Award 2011 for the full edition of “ACANTILADOS DEL SUEÑO / Sea Cliffs of Dream". In June 2001, "Sea Cliffs of Dream" won the "International Poetry Award Gaston Baquero" in Madrid, Spain. Julian Palley writer, essayist and critic of the PEN West association of the USA, wrote in 1998 that “…she is an extraordinary promise in the field of literature. Not only promise: The poetry of Antonieta Villamil is a mature contribution of the highest quality.”

JAMIE VIROSTKO http://jamievsblog.wordpress.com/

An award winning actress and Indiana native, JAMIE VIROSTKO, has been a featured storyteller all over Los Angeles. She was the co-producer and MC of the L.A. STORY FIX and, currently, her own one woman show, GINGER STEW, at the Talking Stick in Venice. Following intense conservatory training in London, she earned her acting street cred in Chicago's vibrant, storefront theatre scene. Described as both “virtuosic” and “multi-faceted” by drama critics, Jamie marries adept performance with good old fashioned storytelling for highly humorous, moving and, at times, provocative results.

JESSICA WILSON http://www.europawynd.blogspot.com/

SPONSORS

CANAL CLUB http://canalclubvenice.com/home.html

DAN PYLE http://www.DanPyleArtist.com/

DANNY'S VENICE http://dannysvenice.com/home.html

GROUNDWORK COFFEE COMPANY http://www.groundworkcoffee.com/

JAMES' BEACH http://www.jamesbeach.com/

PRESS BROTHERS JUICERY http://pressbrothersjuicery.com/#!menu/cfvg

SEA OF SILVER http://www.seaofsilversm.com/

SINNERS AND SAINTS DESSERTS http://www.sinnersandsaintsdesserts.com/ Sinners & Saints is a bakery like no other, we are not only making heavenly 'sinners' desserts, but also a healthy option for those of us who have a sweet tooth, but still want to watch their weight and sugar intake without compromising on taste.

VENICE BREEZE SUITES http://www.venicebreezesuites.com/

SCHEDULE *Note: Schedule subject to change.

7:00 – 7:55 RECEPTION

Accompanied by flutist Juan Cardenas

7:55 - 8:00 INTRO

8:00 – 8:10 ELENA SECOTA 8:10 – 8:20 JESSICA WILSON

8:20 – 8:35 KIMBERLY COBIAN

8:40 – 8:50 MARK LIPMAN 8:50 – 9:00 JAMIE VIROSTKO

9:00 – 9:15 INTERLUDE

9:15 – 9:25 MARYAM MOTTAHEDEH 9:25 – 9:35 ANTONIETA VILLAMIL 9:35 – 9:45 JAMES BERKOWITZ

9:50 – 10:00 GIVEAWAYS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Oops!!! I have no cash. Where do I go?

A: ATM LOCATION: Market Beer & Wine 825 Boardwalk (Open til 10PM) One block north of Venice Breeze Suites after Brooks Ave and Café Venezia *ATM is located at the back of the store.

Q: Where do I park my vehicle?

A: There is FREE Parking on Main Street south of Brooks Ave., and after 6PM where metered heading toward Windward Circle. Look carefully for all signs pertaining to the space you choose.

A: There is also FREE Parking after 8PM on Pacific Ave. running parallel to the boardwalk.

A: For $10 you can park adjacent to Danny's Venice in a well lit parking lot on Windward Ave., with a parking attendant.

A: THE BIG BLUE BUS http://bigbluebus.com/ For $1 this will take you to Venice!

A: LA METRO http://www.metro.net/ For $1.50 on either the #33 or #733 bus will take you to Venice!

Please note food, dessert, and non alcoholic beverages will be served on a first come first served basis

Q: What kind will there be?

A: Check out Press Brothers Juicery link above The brothers will be at the event serving their delicious fruit and vegetable drinks.

A: Depending if its a cool or hot summer night will determine if we serve hot or cold tea/coffee.

A: Planning to have a few platters with an assortment to choose from. Will update when ordered.

A: Yummy desserts from Sinners and Saints Desserts will be served. There will be fifty sinners and fifty saints in attendance. Check out their link above.

Q: What are we giving away?

A: A Charcoal on Wood 10” x 22" piece entitled "Gumshoe" by artist Dan Pyle

A: One (1) $50 gift card good for use at Canal Club, Danny’s Venice, and James’ Beach

A: One (1) $25 Gift Card from Groundwork Coffee Company

A: Five (5) $20 gift certificates to Sea of Silver jewelry in Santa Monica

A: One (1) $20 gift certificate to Sinners and Saints Desserts

A: One (1) Gift certificate valid for a one (1) night stay September 15, 2013 – April 15, 2014 at Venice Breeze Suites hotel. *Not valid on holiday weekends.

A: One (1) Zebicasso Plate by artist Sandra Zebi.

$15 CASH ENTRY AT DOOR RECOMMENDED Age limit: 18+ or w/adult

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May12

Celebrating the Mother with SoapBox Poets

Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Boulevard, Venice, CA, USA

 

www.facebook.com/events/145832098930576/

Look forward to partaking at "Celebrating the Mother with SoapBox Poets" in honor of Mother's Day Sunday, May 12TH at the renowned Beyond Baroque Poetry Center in Venice, CA. I will read a poem in honor of my mother which was the first poem I ever read in public as her eulogy as well as a couple of others including "In Honor of Woman" and work embracing the feminine spirit. Grateful for your presence.

FREE

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Mar23

Lunch & Cocktails Poetry Open Mic Hosted by LRWH & Steamers Jazz Club

Steamers Jazz Club, 138 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, CA, USA

 

Hosted by LRWH & Steamers

www.facebook.com/events/150629491769416/

Featured Artists:
James Berkowitz

Attending Artists:
L.B Straum
Betsy W
Tairy Barrie
Wayne
Allan
Antonieta Villamil
Dylan Brody
Robbi Nesfer
Joe Gardner
Emily Serae Jane Combs

Two and a half hours of continuous poetry, spoken word and musical entertainment.

714-871-8800 Age limit: 21+

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Mar21

MODERN ART ROMANCES THE CAIRO COWBOY

Cairo Cowboy, 46 Windward Ave, Venice, CA, USA

 

A Venice Art Crawl www.facebook.com/TheVeniceArtCrawl
celebration of life, art, and the moment.
It's also the second day of Spring (1st day officially March 20th ;o), World Poetry Day, and the Persian/Iranian New Year.

FREE TO THE PUBLIC
on.fb.me/Zh8ocT

Location: Cairo Cowboy Mediterranean Restaurant
Address: 46 Windward Ave., Venice, CA 90291

Artistic Director: James Berkowitz

Film Screen Premiere:

Documentary footage from Kumbh Mela 2013
Uncut from the Ganges River to Venice Art Crawl

~Filmmaker Nina Trip will present this holy pilgrimage festival projecting on screen throughout the evening.

Artists:

~John Christensen
~Tida Souratha
~Marjan Vayghan http://www.marjanvayghan.com/

Performance:

*Note: Times/performers subject to change. Will update as necessary. Please plan accordingly.

~Poetry - Antonieta Villamil 6:50-7:00
www.antonietavillamil.blogspot.com

~Poetry - Mark Lipman 7:00-7:10
www.vagabondbooks.net

~Music - For My Supernatural Maker 7:15-7:45
https://www.facebook.com/pages/For-My-Supernatural-Maker-FMSM/237132473010691?ref=ts&fref=ts

~Poetry - Jessica Wilson 7:50-8:00
http://www.europawynd.blogspot.com/

~Poetry - James Berkowitz 8:00-8:10
http://www.jamesberkowitz.com/

~Music - Gandarvas 8:15-8:45

~Poetry - Maryam Mottahedeh 8:50-9:00

~Comedy - Betsy Salkind 9:00-9:20
www.betsysalkind.com

~Music - Tim Geracoulis 9:30-10:00

The Cairo Cowboy serves delicious Mediterranean food Vegetarian offerings available
BYOB with each meal

FREE

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Jan30

MEN IN THE COMPANY OF WOMEN

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WORLDWIDE

 

Grateful to be part of this creative endeavor exm.nr/WQHxCM  Now available via Amazon http://amzn.to/XSIsl5  Thank you very much for your support.

26.99 Age limit: 18+

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Dec20

MODERN ART ROMANCES THE CAIRO COWBOY ~ VENICE ART CRAWL HOLIDAY INSPIRED EVENT

Cairo Cowboy, 46 Windward Ave, Venice, CA, USA

 

A celebration of life, art, and the moment.

Venice local poet/writer James Berkowitz and Los Angeles poet/writer Jessica Wilson come together for a reading/performance of holiday inspired poetry and writings along with original works to share and uplift the spirit. We also have word that the musically gifted Corty Byron will be joining us with his guitar and voice to play some tunes.

This is a family/kid friendly event with a gathering of creative souls sharing classic poetic works serving as inspiratio
n to Christmas, Chanukah, and the winter season.

FREE TO THE PUBLIC

Cairo Cowboy Mediterranean Food Restaurant
46 Windward Ave., Venice, CA 90291

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR:
James Berkowitz

POETRY READING/PERFORMANCE
James Berkowitz http://www.jamesberkowitz.com/
Jessica Wilson https://twitter.com/EuropaWynd

MUSIC
Corty Byron http://www.cortybyron.com/

The Cairo Cowboy serves delicious Mediterranean food Vegetarian offerings available
BYOB with each meal

SPECIAL ART CRAWL DISCOUNT FOR THIS EVENT
!Mention this invite!
For
Half off Espresso, Cappuccino, Latte, Ice Tea

FREE

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LIVE PERFORMANCE VENICE ART CRAWL NOV 2012

LIVE PERFORMANCE AT POETRY PALOOZA 2012

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