‘Speaking Volumes’ a ‘beat’ feast

Posted April 08, 2009, at 7:27 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2011, at 6:38 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Musical performances, poetry recitations and dance performances in an atmosphere likened to a beatnik coffee house from days gone by will be part of “Speaking Volumes” to be held 7-10:30 p.m. Friday, April 10, at the Bangor Civic Center.

Sponsored by Rape Response Services, the event will mark Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Admission is $15, including sweet treats from the dessert bar and unlimited coffee, tea or espresso beverages designed to order.

Among the distinguished performers:

• Annaliese Jakimides, poet and writer. Her work has been published in many journals and magazines, including Beloit Poetry Journal, Utne, GQ Italy, and Hip Mama, and included in collections, most recently About Face, in which 23 women writers explore their relationships with their faces, and the hot-off-the-press “This I Believe II: More Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women.” The latter includes her essay, originally broadcast on NPR in January.

She writes the arts interview and Last Word essay for Bangor Metro magazine and is the editor for the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts monograph series. Through the Maine Humanities Council, she facilitates discussions with New Books, New Readers; Let’s Talk about It; and Born to Read.

• Shana Bloomstein, performer, choreographer, teacher and full-time licensed physical therapist assistant, licensed massage therapist, yoga and dance instructor and mom.

• Karin Spitfire, poet, book artist, body-worker and wilderness guide living in Belfast. In 1979 she was the shelter director of the fourth battered women’s shelter in the United States. In 1982 she created and performed nationally “Incest: It’s All Relative.” Her book of poetry, “Standing with Trees,” was published by Illuminated Sea Press in 2005.

• Kathleen Ellis, author of three collections of poems, most recently “Vanishing Act.” She co-edited the anthology, “The Eloquent Edge: 15 Maine Women Poets.” She has received artist fellowships in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts and Maine Arts Commission, and her poems and translations of Latin American women poets have appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies. She coordinates the annual POETS/SPEAK! reading at Bangor Public Library and teaches literature and writing at the University of Maine.

• Amy Robbins-Wilson, artist, writer, composer and performer and recipient of the Harry S. Truman Award for scholarship, leadership and public service. She is the author of “Transformational Mothering: A Prayerful Companion for New Mothers” and two albums of original music, “Circling” and “The Divine Hours of Motherhood.”

The event is co-sponsored by the Old Town Rotary Club.

Proceeds benefit Rape Response Services, a nonprofit organization and subsidiary of Penquis.

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