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Tantra-Zawadi: Day 1 at the Montserrat Poetry Festival

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I noticed the green of the land and the openness of the sky as the pilot announced “We are making our descent into Kansas City and the temperature is…”

I was met at the airport by Mark Pearce, host/founder of the Montserrat Poetry Festival and Alec Bell, a poet from the United Kingdom.  We shared highlights from our lives and our passion for the arts on the ride from the airport to my hotel.

We are in the ‘heartland’ of America with the flavor of cowboy poets, blue grass music, great barbecue peppered with a little bit of London and Brooklyn to spice up the poetry pot!  This is the 3rd Annual Montserrat Poetry Festival!  We kick off this afternoon at 1PM at the Montserrat Vineyards.  We should reach temperatures of 88 degrees today under the big, blue Missouri sky.

Last night Mark and his lovely wife Ann, welcomed us into their home for a barbecue and all the fixings.  Ann was an excellent host and Mark worked the barbecue grill beautifully.  Their home, once an old Presbyterian church, is now a loving abode rich with the history of the land, warm memories of love and new stories of adventures in poetry!

I am off to get some breakfast and run through a few of my poems before the festival begins.  I will keep you posted as the day unfolds.

Sending you positive energy for an insightful day.

Written by diamondandcompanypr

May 23, 2010 at 20:49

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(NEW YORK, NY–MAY 10, 2010)–Spoken word performance poet Tantra-zawadi today announced the upcoming release of her new book, Gathered At Her Sky: Life Poems by Tantra-zawadi. Published by PWP Books, Gathered At Her Sky, is being released in late May 2010 in conjunction with Tantra-zawadi’s appearance at the 3rd annual Montserrat Poetry Festival.

Tantra-zawadi, performance poet/artist, playwright, AIDS activist, is the author of “alifepoeminprogress” and a member of Collective Spirits, a melodious venture of like minds devoted to making deep and meaningful music for the dance floor.  Their “Love Planet EP,” produced by Jonny Montana and Neil Maclean (Camio Recordings), showcases Bennett Holland on keys, Tantra on poem and Dana Byrd on vocals (available on-line at http://www.traxsource.com).

“there are so many people who have blessed me with their sustienance

graterful for the love of my family.  None of this would be possible….

Her spoken word video “Scarlet Waters” featuring Michael Cox on bass, was featured on the video-wall for Product (RED) created by U2’s Bono and Bobby Shriver, to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS in Africa.  Her latest film, “A Silent Genocide:  A Brief Insight into HIV/AIDS,” is a short documentary edited by Oliver Covrett, featuring commentary by Betty Makoni, a 2009 Top Ten CNN Hero and the founder of Girl Child Network Worldwide. Tantra also filmed a public service announcement for BETAH Associates produced by Marc Herbert Productions aimed at promoting HIV/AIDS awareness through the art form spoken word as well as a performance video of her choreospective “Girl.”

For more information about Tantra-zawadi, visit http://www.tantra-zawadi.com

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May 10, 2010 at 12:59

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