And Now for Something Completely Different...
...Well, maybe not completely different. PoetsWednesday has always provided a varied and talented line-up for our audience, but beginning in 2015, it will be better, yet. "Why?," You might ask. The answer: We'll be welcoming Joe Weil & Dave Roskos (along with me) as co-directors.
Of Course, most of our audience already knows Joe & Dave. If you don't, here's a little info.
First of all, it's only fair that I begin at the beginning. So, many many kudos to the founder of PoetsWednesday, Edie Eustice. Edie founded it back in 1978 (PoetsWednesday is the longest running series in NJ). She did all the groundwork in securing the series its very supportive and still current home at the Barron Arts Center. Along with her, Sue McBride, I believe, put the series into action.
Years later (1980s), along came Joe E. Weil. Edie & he hit it off (they are two of the smartest people I know) and BAM! Something great happened.
Anyway, lots of wonderful readers and speakers and musicians later, and I find my way to an open (1991 or 2). Edie had taken a sabbatical and Joe was having parties and asking everyone if they wanted to help out. I volunteered and just like that I was a co-host. The series featured some of the most interesting artists, & the open was one of the best ever. (Dave Roskos regulary featured & read in the open throughout the late 80s, 90s and up to present.)
Edie came back. Joe moved to Binghamton & got married (hi Emily) and had two gorgeous children (Claire & Gabe).
Edie moved to PA (and continues to create multitudes of artistic groups including one in poetry and one in film. How I wish I lived closer to her). And, I have run the series for several years solo. Needing companionship & a little HELP!, I reached out to Joe & Dave. Lucky for me, they both agreed to help out.
Beginning Jan 2015 Dave & Joe & I will be your co-directors. I am looking forward to it!
They each have a bio. included in this blog. Check it out by searching their name.
Joe will be hosting this week's reading on December 10th. Please join us!