Sharmagne Leland-St. John and I will be reading - June 16th @ The Colony
Cafe, Woodstock, NY on June 16th. We will be doing a two week tour in
various cafes & libraries, ending in NYC June 30th.
Hope some of you will be able to attend. - Deborah
June 16th, 2003:
1) Deborah Russell is an artist/poet with a passion for Keats and Yeats,
romantic poetry and the Shakespearian sonnet form. Russell is a Haiku
haijin and appreciates Issa, Shiki, Basho and contemporaries such as
James Hackett, Dr. Bruce Ross, Lee Gurga, Mitsugu Abe, Susumu Takiguchi.
Her poetry and short stories have been published in Tapestry, the arts
section of News International in Pakistan, Scotland Poetry, New Zealand
Poetry, World Haiku Review, Gunpowder River Poetry, Heron's Nest,
Amaze Cinquain Journal, Haiku Hut, quillandparchment.com, Arcanum, Verge
(art zine) and numerous other publications including poetry anthologies
with two publications by the South African Literary Association. Her
work has also been published in India, Japan, Australia, Germany, and
China. Several of her poems have been translated into French, Afrikaans,
Xhosa, Japanese, Arabic, Punjabi, Urdu, German, Korean, Chinese,
She occasionally reads in Silver Spring, Baltimore, and Washington DC.
In September, 2002, Russell toured Japan with the World Haiku Club on
the Basho Journey that was filmed by NHK, in a two part documentary for
television and attended the World Haiku Festival in Akita.
2) Sharmagne Leland-St. John (Native American poet, lyricist) -
Sharmagne has performed in concert playing various stringed
instruments. Last year she co-wrote a screenplay based on the novel
Grass Dancer which was in the finals for the Sundance Film Institutes
Screenwriter's lab. Sharmagne publishes the popular, on line e-zine,
Quill and Parchment.com, and has been published in Lummox Journal, The
Blue Mouse, and many other poetry journals. Her poem "I Will Dance For
You" was Editor's Choice in an anthology called An Eternity of Bliss and
was also recorded on a three disc CD set, "The Sound of Poetry." "I
Said Coffee" was published at "e This!," Lummox, and Blue Winter Mouse.
She was invited to read "Promised Land" for a special United Nations
poetry week and is published at their website. She has written songs
set to music by Peter Yarrow, Hedge Capers, Peter Walker, and other
well-known song writers. She has performed either solo or with her
band of poets, "Poetry in Motion," at Bukowski's in Vancouver, Canada,
The Rapp Saloon in Santa Monica, California, the poetry Guild in
England, and The Library Fund Raiser in Woodstock. She has published a
book of poetry called Unsung Songs.
Every Monday Night "Forever"
Colony: "Special Guests" at the Colony Cafe - Monday Night Open Mic
Features read at approximately 8:45pm. Open mic prior and following the
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