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."
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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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.
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.
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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 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.
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.”
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.
SINNERS AND SAINTS DESSERTS
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.
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.
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.
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.