The Poetry Box LIVE – September Edition!
Saturday, Sept 10, 2022 @ 4:00 PM (Pacific) / 7:00 PM (Eastern)
- Michael Waterson (California), author of COSMOLOGY OF HEAVEN & HELL
- P.M. Draper (Florida), author of AFTER PYRE
- David Gonzalez (New York), author of SOUNDINGS
Enjoy a Video from the Show:
ABOUT THE POETS
Michael Waterson tells himself he looks good on paper. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA in the sulfurous glow of Blake’s Satanic mills, Waterson got gob-smacked by language at an early age, rapt by the wizardry of Shakespeare, the Celtic spells of Yeats. Growing up Roman Catholic in a place characterized as “hell with the lid off” colored his life in ways he’s still discovering after seven decades. As a young man he headed off to a party in California and never left. Now a retired journalist, his career includes stints as a factory worker, wildland firefighter, San Francisco taxi driver and wine educator.
He earned a BA from San Francisco State University and an MFA from Mills College. His poetry has won awards and appeared in numerous online and print journals. He currently resides in Napa, California where he is Poet Laureate Emeritus. He is a seannachie (storyteller) and singer/songwriter with a local traditional Irish music band, Kith & Kin, and has had several one act plays produced around the country.
You can order Michael’s new book HERE
P.M. Draper is a baby-boomer who retired during the pandemic. Her previous book of verse, The Tao of Hibiscus was published in 2020. She won 2nd place in the Covid competition for her poem “A Time Like This” which appears here in After Pyre. She’s been a closet-poet for years, coming out in 2018 when she joined a local writers’ group. She lives in Vero Beach, Fl with her husband and Boston Terrier, Oreo.
You can order Patricia’s new book HERE
David Gonzalez is a storyteller, playwright, and performer whose poetry has been featured at Lincoln Center’s Out-of-Doors Festival, Bill Moyers’s documentary Fooling with Words, and NPR’s All Things Considered, and at universities and performing arts centers across the country. Oh Hudson, a long-form piece, was commissioned by the Empire State Plaza Performing Arts Center to commemorate the Quadricentennial of Hudson’s exploration. City of Dreams, a spoken-word/Latin jazz project, commissioned by The University of Maryland and La MaMa, has toured throughout the U.S. David wrote the opera libretto for Rise for Freedom, as well as numerous plays, including The Man of the House (commissioned by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts); Mariel, an Afro-Cuban musical (commissioned by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); The Boy Who Could Sing Pictures, and many more. Mr. Gonzalez has toured widely throughout the U.S. and abroad. He received his doctorate in Music Therapy from New York University and has garnered numerous awards and commissions. He is a Joseph Campbell Foundation Fellow, has extensive experience supporting communities through the arts, and is a proud recipient of the International Performing Arts for Youth “Lifetime Achievement Award for Sustained Excellence.”
You can order David’s new book HERE