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Shelter in Poetry: Poems of Alarm & Remedy

June 28, 2019, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

{elbow room} presents Shelter in Poetry: Poetry of Alarm & Remedy* with works by Karin Spitfire, Barbaria Maria, Kathryn Robyn, and Meredith Bruskin. Performance followed by an (optional) discussion. Refreshments will be served.

Come with your ear, your power, and your voice!

Friday, June 28
7:00 PM
@ the Fallout Shelter at Waterfall Arts

Donations accepted. All proceeds benefit Waterfall Arts

*Please note that the performance includes adult content and is not suitable for children or teens.

About the performers:

Karin Spitfire, who started out as a dancer and performance artist, selects the medium to match her need for expression. Along with her major forms, poetry and artist books, bookmaking naturally lends itself to interests in all combinations: words, visual imagery (painting and printmaking and letterpress printing) to convey content. Spitfire is the author of the self-published poetry book Standing with Trees and a poetry chapbook, Wild Caught. Her poetry has been published in numerous print and online literary magazines, and she was Poet Laureate of Belfast, ME in 2007 and 2008.

Barbaria Maria’s work encompasses poetry and performance. She describes her work in performance installation Soul Migration as “not fantasy, but the extraordinary that exists in the ordinary.”  Maria leads a popular ongoing writing group. Among her work are volumes of poetry, Crossing Time and Palace Boulevard; and video projections Because We Can’t Go Back and Convergence as well as a poetry CD: 108 Names: Poems to the Divine, with music by Jeff Densmore. Her work also takes the form of choreopoems, including “The Song of Creation” and “Excuse Me, But.…”

Meredith Brushkin says: “I find I must speak both my grief and joy, resistance and celebration, sometimes loudly, sometimes softly, but always with intention. It is time to speak out. Time to act. Time for the poets’ voices to allow our hearts to bear the truth … and move forward. For there is much to do [if we are] to save this planet.” Brushkin’s ethos describes the collective voices of the group. Meredith Brushkin is the author of Between Sorrow and the Rest of Our Plans, a chapbook of poetry about the intimacy and challenges of being between the worlds, inspired by her years in nursing.  She finds inspiration in the leadership of Indigenous people for environmental justice.

Kathryn Robyn is a poet, songwriter, playwright, and editor of all genres. She was seen last summer as Fraulein Schneider in the MAS production of Cabaret, and in March, lifting her voice at the International Women’s Day rally in Ellsworth. Her work and activism takes many forms. An author of two books, she demonstrates the use of home as a tool for healing and personal awareness, in Spiritual Housecleaning and The Emotional House. She has also co-authored a book, Political Straighttalk that deals with healing the nation.

{elbow room} a co-production with Waterfall Arts, was founded to feature original performance works in the region, and has included work by Carolyn Gage, William Yellow Robe, and more recently Kristin Frangoulis’ play about the Back to the Land movement.



June 28, 2019
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Waterfall Arts Belfast
256 High Street
Belfast, 04915 United States
(207) 338-2222


Waterfall Arts
(207) 338-2222

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