My Journey Gets Rough(er)

February 26, 2015

Why? Because I’m looking for a damn venue to host my Red Dashboard LLC Press Dallas Reading Series II. The original venue bailed, but we also needed a rainout, Plan B.

Help poetry and writing Goddess, I need you…

If you’ve ever heard the hail (hell) in Texas is big, sometimes the size of baseballs, yep, it is true. And it hurts…the brain!

Over and out, I will keep you posted, those who give a poo, and understand…


The Fox Chase Reading Series Presents
“Writers and Poets of Red Dashboard Press.”
1 – 2:30pm, March 21, 2015
Ryerss Library and Museum at
Fox Chase
7730 Central Avenue
Philadelphia, Pa. 19111

We are proud to announce a New Jersey
and Pennsylvania Poet Reading Series
in a 2015 location.
(There is a Series II, April 2015
for our Texas authors TBA)

No Rain or Snow Date

Featured Readers:

Elizabeth Akin Stelling, NJ (managing editor)
James Temp Kelley​, PA
Laura Madeline Wiseman​, AZ
Marion D. Cohen, PA
g emil reutter, PA
Joshua Gray​, DC
Barry Gross, PA
Erin Locks, NJ

Alan Jankowski​, NJ (tentative reader)

Red Dashboard LLC Publishing​ authors by invitation only

Location Information:
Ryerss Museum, Foxchase, PA

All are invited to sit down with us afterward to share in food and conversation (dutch),
la Maldova, 9808 Bustleton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19115 (267) 538-2710 (Russian)
Restaurant subject to change, to a closer venue location



“Whether he’s talking poems or possums, Shelby Stephenson is a fine choice for poet laureate.”

Read more here:

My Journey Down South

It’s February 3rd, I’m headed east of Raleigh,
Raleigh, North Carolina, and a fine day it is.
I’ve been on the road from New Jersey to Front Royale, VA.,
stopped in on a poet friend, had a good night.
Then I drove most of the way and stopped in Greensboro
for a poetry gathering, at a residence, and then we did dinner.
Afterwards we went to another poet’s house and did a fireside
chat and read more poetry. Wonderful! And my kind of visits.
The night before I attended an induction ceremony,
for the new Poet Laureate of that southern state
I went further down to Charlotte, family visit, then
back up.
Shelby Stephenson, is one of Red Dashboard’s book authors.
His two books The Hunger of Freedom and Shub’s Cooking are
available on Amazon. Wonderful books, his work is fantastic.

I drove back up to Raleigh and attended the ceremony with
the four ladies I met in Greensboro, fun times; we also had dinner.
The next day I went to Shelby’s home outside of the city. He
took me to his brother’s BBQ place, we drove, and all the while
talking life in poetry. I couldn’t have asked for a better visit
with the new Poet Laureate of North Carolina, 2015-17 (up to Governor).

The road has given me so much material for writing; it gives up
asphalt, white and yellow lines, shoulders- soft and hard, rocks,
stones, rusty nails,
the smells of the land, pollution,
strangers faces in motor vehicles, children in the rear window, animals,
signs, all color skies, sunrise, sunsets, and all sorts of shadows
that lead us to our thoughts, leading to words, leading to poetry and song.

Oh, and did I mention I sold a few books along the way, promote baby, promote!

(above photo taken during induction ceremony; bottom- at lunch, Stephenson’s BBQ, Benson, NC)